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It's the Advent: the four sundays before Christmas.

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gadzooks said 1621 days ago (December 15th, 2012)
The First Candle
I find this peaceful yet haunting ... spiritual ... strange harmonies. Very nice
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djdrshaman said 1621 days ago (December 15th, 2012)
Candle
Very intriguing. Was wondering if u subscribe to a form or just used your instinct on the spot to create the weaving in and out of dissonant tension
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VicDiesel said 1621 days ago (December 15th, 2012)
Form
Good question. This is purely intuitive: I go for the sound, and the tension/relaxation of moving dissonants. The few consonant sounds are accidental :-)

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alackbass said 1621 days ago (December 15th, 2012)
The First Candle
The recorders mixed with the dissonant harmonies give this both a Renaissance and 20th century atmosphere. Haunting!
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michaeljayklein said 1621 days ago (December 16th, 2012)
The First Candle...
You know, for several years in my teens, I played the organ for a Catholic church and spent many an evening all alone up there at night in the organ loft with just the candles at the altar below providing light. This reminded me of those moments quite vividly; in settings such as those, there is a kind of "music" one hears even when it's not there--rather hard for me to articulate but this is very close. I thought this was a very effective piece Vic--I liked it very much, and thanks for sharing it!
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Skean said 1621 days ago (December 16th, 2012)
The First Candle
I think you have managed to capture many different emotions, at least if you ask me, nicely done.
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richard13 said 1621 days ago (December 16th, 2012)
Obviously...
I am in the minority.
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VicDiesel said 1621 days ago (December 16th, 2012)
No problem
So it didn't convince you. I was taking a risk with writing in this idiom. I'll probably tinker with it some more.
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Jscott said 1621 days ago (December 16th, 2012)
great!
The harmonies are a little different but affective
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Philip18 said 1620 days ago (December 16th, 2012)
The first candle
Tense. Those harmonies are sort of grating, but somehow effective. I picture a movie in which someone is contemplating a tragedy and trying to come to terms with it, with all the conflicting emotions that entails.
VicDiesel said 1620 days ago (December 16th, 2012)
Tragic
My ears are clearly not everyone's. To me there is nothing tense, grating, tragic, of conflicting about minor seconds. It was indeed the peace of mind that I was going for. The whole piece is fairly static, just focusing on one feeling.

But if you hear it differently that's your good right. Thanks for listening and commenting!
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Ed Hannifin said 1620 days ago (December 16th, 2012)
Now, for me...
...what it brings to mind is being in the sanctuary at the Trappist monastery in Spencer, as a monk gets the organ puffing and tries out some intervals before the bells ring and the brethren file in...

So...a sense of waiting...a sense of things being tested and tried...a waiting for resolution that may not come, leading to just...waiting...and a sense of expectation...

Suitable to Advent, in my view...
AcetyleneJukebox said 1620 days ago (December 17th, 2012)
Ewiges Feuer
I really enjoy compositions that reflect the solemn side of this time of year and this piece does that beautifully. well done.
"A Little Suite for Christmas" by George Crumb has some of the same moods as this piece and even goes a step farther. I recommend checking it out.
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Narad said 1620 days ago (December 17th, 2012)
The First Candle
Advent-ure stuff ! The candle light grows with every combustible ! :)
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smokey bacon jnr said 1620 days ago (December 17th, 2012)
phantastic
Loved it. Some of the sounds almost sound like they've been recorded backwards. Reminds me of some early music I've heard.
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Demeter7 said 1619 days ago (December 17th, 2012)
You
are so talented. You made a soundscape that seems to be from the past, present and future all at the same time. I was listening and then it stopped, it stopped but I was still hearing more. Cool, Vic. thanks.

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Doug Somers said 1619 days ago (December 17th, 2012)
Light in the darkness
Reminds me of a kind of chant. As the piece goes on I come to expect the dissonance and so it has a human quality of the melding of voices. Intriguing and quite lovely.

Thanks Vic,
Doug
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Warren Smith said 1619 days ago (December 18th, 2012)
Intuition and music
Hearing this piece took me back - what? to at least 25 years ago - when I had whim-bought an album by a Japanese Zen flutist. (Or is is flautist?) I listened to that foreign music over and over again trying to come to a concrete understanding of what was essentially essays in intuition. In the long run I like to think that encounter helped me develop an awareness that the intuitive plays a large role in letting the music flow.

The sound here is curious. Each initial note seems to have a slightly different edge that then levels off into a purity. Unless I am just hearing things ...

I'm also trying to discern how this was recorded. Was it done with two recorders played alternatively? With one tone leading intuitively to another? However you did it, I find the tonal progression oddly interesting, perhaps because it defies prediction.
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VicDiesel said 1619 days ago (December 18th, 2012)
Recordering
Every note was done separately. This was done with three recorders; each time I would play the track with one track enabled, adding the note that seemed most appropriate at the point. Enable the next track for recording, back up a couple of measures and repeat.

Unfortunately this has somehow led to some tonal differences between the notes. Now that I've written the piece out I'll rerecord it.

Thanks for your insightful comments.
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DWL said 1618 days ago (December 19th, 2012)
Intriguing
Varese comes to mind. This has the same sort of surreal harmonies and dissonances he uses.

As always, very cleverly written and beautifully performed.

Cheers

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tmcfate said 1607 days ago (December 29th, 2012)
interesting
to read how you recorded the peice. this seems to be a lesson in pacience. i could learn from that.
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VicDiesel said 1607 days ago (December 29th, 2012)
Patience
That's somehow in keeping with the season, not? But seriously, it is too easy to lay down a loop or some chords, put it on repeat and start noodling over it. I thought it was a good change of pace to just think about the song, and play whatever feels like coming in the moment.

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