July 21, 2012

Song: The Moon Sinking into the Mediterranean

The moon sinking into the water.A spacious and meditative semi-improvisation, recorded on my classical guitar. I found that the main theme drew me in. Made me want to get to know it better. Which is why it repeats throughout this track.

Two sets of four unique notes. I added simple variations revolving around the main theme.

There are breaks from the theme. Then, back home again.

Silence and space are prevalent throughout. I deliberately left longer pauses and let some notes ring long.

There are a few parts where there is too much string squeaking, and a couple of renegade notes that should have been in another song.

Not ideal, but I’m not aiming for perfect recordings, perfect technique, or even perfectly-crafted songs. These are exercises in musical creativity and improvisation. It’s the ideas that are important, not the technical aspects, although I will continue improving that element as well.

Music: The Moon Sinking into the Mediterranean

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When I listened back to these slow, thoughtful sounds, I pictured a large, orange moon floating in the calm, quiet Mediterranean waters at night. Gently moving up and down with the waves, glowing a warm orange, and then taking its time to slowly, slowly sink into the water, until becoming completely submerged.

How does music create mental images like that? How does music produce emotions and feelings?

It’s a mystery. I don’t mind that it is.

Nacho del Sol

I'm Nigel. A wandering minstrel at heart. Playing for other wandering souls. Love full sun. Been known to indulge in sonic experiments. If I ever fake my own death, I will flee to Costa Rica and re-name myself Nacho del Sol. I will travel only by donkey and befriend all the locals.

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