Welcome! Here, find respite for a few minutes, from all that might trouble you. Listen to the music described below. With those sweet sounds, transport your mind to another more beauteous realm. Happy travels!
- What passion cannot music raise and quell?
- -- John Dryden, A Song for St. Cecilia's Day
|By Light Entangled|
A little while ago, I was listening to my ancient record collection. Yes, records -- vinyl records! Anyway, I was listening to the song 'Discipline' from an album of the same name by the group King Crimson. This song is rather interesting. The guitarists, Robert Fripp and Adrian Belew, play interlocking note patterns. One pattern might by slightly longer than the other. The note patterns, therefore, go in and out of phase with each other. The bass and drums join in, creating a complex overall sound. This reminded me of subatomic particles being able to exist in different quantum states at the same time.
Could I write a song like that? That was the challenge, and this is the result. You can hear it as five beats to the bar or three beats to bar or whatever, but it doesn't matter. It's got a good beat and you can dance to it!
|When Angels Come to Earth|
Did you ever see the movie City of Angels? In this movie, angels are everywhere. They're invisible. They wear black trench coats. And they monitor human behavior. Nicholas Cage plays an angel who falls in love with a stressed-out doctor played by Meg Ryan. He decides to make the ultimate sacrifice: he gives up his angelic powers so that he can be with her on Earth. It was a very touching movie. As I recall, there was a lot of good music in the movie, too.
I tried to capture the mysterious idea of angels on earth in this piece. The theme is stated at the beginning in the bass with a church organ sound. The rest of the piece is a series of variations of that theme -- it is stretched, compressed, flipped over and sounded in imitation with itself -- and it even ends happily.