Song: Unknown

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If you’ve read my explanation/confession/description for “Ominosity“, you’ll know how much I dislike naming songs.  I’ve got no inspiration whatsoever for this song’s name, so it will forever exist as “Unknown”.  If you can think of a better name, let me know.

This song is a byproduct of boredom in its purest form.  Sometimes I find myself in a rut with the direction my composing is going, so I’ll force myself to sit down and arrange whatever comes out of my brain first.  I’ve always loved “Hall of the Mountain King,” so I figured I’d slaughter it by converting it into MIDI with a groovy drumbeat and strange background synth instruments.

Grieg would definitely kill me if he heard this.

No offense intended, old buddy.  Just trying to get myself out of a rut.

(Thanks for the help.)

BTW, the drums really are sweet on this one.

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Song: Lost Islands

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Mmm…hehe…a ha ha ha.  This song is so bizarre.  I’m not sure how to explain it.

Truth be told, a large element of track 10 (the MIDI percussion track) was generated by random mouse-clicking.  At the time I wrote this piece, I was frustrated by the way my percussion tracks had all started to sound the same.  So, I resolved to write a percussion track unlike anything I’d done before.  Several hundred mouse clicks later, the first rendition of “Lost Islands” was born.  I tweaked my favorite random-clicking percussion track, added several other percussion tracks (taiko, tom, wood block), picked sweep for the main instrument (I still don’t know what a “sweep” is), wrote a choir track and added a couple other mystery instruments (like the shakuhachi).

I’m still amazed this piece turned out as coherent as it did.  The song has a sweet groove and the dissonant-ish choir adds rather than distracts.  The percussion blends well and the instrument mix really is one-of-a-kind.  I don’t know that I’ll ever find the patience to write a percussion track more complex than this one.

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