I thought it would be fun to become a member here but as it looks like I stepped on everybody's toes I would ask you to delete my account.
Sorry, but this sad-sack passive-aggressiveness is so uncannily similar to some posts on the Bacos thread that I just can't resist replying to it, since I held my tongue on that one
I don't believe you've stepped on anyone's toes here; you've just dishonestly presented a recording as legimate and, potentially, yourself as a real pianist.
But to me it's like fighting over whether a photographer these days is allow to use photoshop to improve his results.
This fatuous analogy has become such a cliche that I think any reasonably intelligent person could recite it in his sleep. The fact that such manipulations, and even photography itself, are not art is immediately apparent to anybody that has studied traditional philosophy. In short, photography is not timeless and universal but a modern machine, just as is a car, a screwdriver, or any other technological innovation that man has devised to facilitate a process. That is, a photographer merely reproduces or manipulates a scene that is already there, created by God, for his own ends. Painting, on the other hand, goes back to the time of cavemen and has always been produced through sheer talent, sweat, and toil coupled with the most basic substances and tools that man has to create his own vision of something. So too does the pianist performer. Since music is an abstraction, the substance and intention of the notes in a work having no larger meaning apart from the life they are given by the performer, the pianist is involved in the creation of the work, as if it is happening for the first time. The photographer is merely capturing, say, a sunset, which has plenty of meaning in itself apart from what he can manipulate it to look like.
I've known people that can't draw at all but are damn good at the technical skill of photography, which is on the artistic level of being a rock DJ or a race car driver. Just as there are people who can't play the piano at all but think they have a wonderfully unique conception of a work and who are manipulating computer programs to achieve it. They might think it sounds wonderful because they're narcissists, but the rest of us hear it for what it is: vapid tripe. Sorry, but there really isn't even any opinion about this. It isn't art; it's chicanery pure and simple.