Song: Reign of Anarchy

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This song is, in a word, random.  Sometimes I get a bunch of ideas in my head and I can’t think up a whole song for each one, so I throw them together into one big mess.

Like this.

Organs are a greatly underutilized instrument, in my opinion.  They’ve been around for hundreds of years and are such a critical element of hymns and spiritual music, but really they fit a whole variety of other genres.  I love what “Phantom of the Opera” did for the organ – it applied it in a modern context with the grandeur it deserves.  Organs are sweet.

Now this is not to say that I use organs appropriately in “Reign of Anarchy,” because I really don’t.  I wanted to write a really evil organ bad guy boss kind of song, but – as always – it didn’t really turn out how I’d planned it.  This song sounded way different in my head.  The opening bars are probably my favorite part of the song, and it’s kind of downhill from there.  This song is a little too unfinished for my purposes, but it’s fun so I’ve uploaded it here.  I’d appreciate any ideas regarding a future final arrangement.

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Song: Purgatory’s Mansion

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This piece uses a really simple mix of instruments – four pianos and a drumset – to create a driving yet haunting theme unlike anything you’ve heard before.  The simplicity of “Purgatory’s Mansion” is remarkable – I really like this recurring simplicity idea, if you haven’t guessed – and I think that’s why it’s such a dramatic piece despite its lack of orchestration.  With the piano being my favorite instrument and the one I’ve studied the most, you’ll notice it shows up in almost every one of my compositions for at least a cameo appearance.  “Purgatory” is one of the few pieces that really uses it front-and-center, and I like it.  Pianos are great!

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Song: March of the Zargansk

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Your first question is probably “what the **** are Zargansk?”  That is a very good question, and I don’t really have a good answer, but this is what it sounds like when they march.

“March of the Zargansk” is a very bass song.  Over 90% of the song takes place below middle C.  There’s something ominous about the bass clef and I like exploiting that.  Also, MIDI instruments sound best in the low bass range because the human ear isn’t as precise at those low wavelengths – so the synthesized instruments sound more realistic than, say, a piccolo or flute in its natural range.

Were I to pick another name for this song that didn’t involve imaginary names, it would probably have something to do with “inevitability.”  This song conjures up images of something really big, really bad coming…and there’s not a thing you can do about it.  Inevitable indeed.

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