Saturday, 9 March 2013

The 4th Dominion

In Clive Barker's Book, this is the first (recently) 'foreign' dominion that Gentle travels to with the mystif Pie. I don't want to get bogged down with the details of the book, which can be found here if you are interested, but it's important in that this the first time I have tried to actually get the music I'm writing to tell the story, as opposed to just letting the composition grow organically.

OK sure, most of this piece also just grew in the writing, except for two  areas where I did deliberately try to make the music say something.

Firstly, the piece starts with a simple theme played simply on a scratchy sounding violin. It sounds amateurish, and is meant to. The theme repeats and develops and becomes more sophisticated: more accomplished, perhaps. I intended this to reflect Gentle's rapid relearning of magic as he travels into and through the 4th Dominion.

Secondly, towards the end of the journey through the 4th, Gentle and Pie encounter the bodies of the old priestesses frozen deep in the Jokalaylu glacier, imprisoned there by the old god Hepaxamendios. Enraged at  the cruelty delivered on the Priestesses, and empowered by his newly re-learned magic, Gentle frees them with a serious of fist smashes through the ice. This episode is reflected towards the end of the piece            (at 10:10)

Personally I think this is the best thing I've written to date: I'm actually rather proud of it! This is it in its first draft. A slightly more polished version but with a wackier ending (which I'm still not too sure about) is available on bandcamp here for either free listening or small fee downloading (let me know which version you prefer).

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