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Glacially Inevitable (Music Video)

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Uploaded on Jan 26, 2010

Note: An improved, enhanced version of this video is now available as part of a 4-video set on DVD here: http://www.schwansongs.com/fourworlds/

Back in April 2007 I wrote a slow ambient piece of music. I started by computer-generating a nice chord progression, then slowing it way way down. My thought was to make the music so achingly slow that the listener would begin anticipating the next chord change, but eventually be forced to relax and let the music move at its own glacial pace, and possibly start to enjoy all the sounds "between the notes."

I also wanted to choose synthesizer voices that gave a cold crystalline ring to the music, especially since slow frosty bells are one of the trademark sounds of my "ic42" compositions.

And given my penchant for puns, since the piece was written in C sharp, and it was icy cold and slow, I chose the title "Icy Sharp - Glacially Inevitable". The original piece can be heard here: http://www.macjams.com/song/31306
Now almost three years later, spurred on by a "2010 Reunion Challenge" at Macjams, my main music composition website/hangout http://www.macjams.com I decided to enhance and extend this piece, reworking the voices, and making a video to accompany it. Unfortunately, being in Southern California meant that I could not video-tape nearby glaciers or ice caves. So I decided to take a more abstract approach... I would build my own computer-generated ice palace instead, using my favorite computer graphics software, POV-Ray, http://www.povray.org
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To read the entire article, please go to my blog entry here: http://schwansongs.blogspot.com/2010/...

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