Here we go, moving along with the Psalm project here with Psalm 8. This is a shorter track in the pantheon of Last Rites tracks and simpler in instrumentation. I'm experimenting with paring down and that simpler is better. Many of my songs have so many different instruments going on that its hard to keep track of them all and make sure that they are heard AND not sound like a circus of noise.
It is very catchy and a nice way to start the day. Second only to a good cup of joe.
I am still learning how I want to do the format of these things. I do like to share the technical side of things without getting too into the details. So, I'm going to see how this goes.
I'm making use of my new favorite key of D major and I don't really modulate to a minor key (although I use minor chords in the D major key). Well, I do modulate out using "gear-change" key changes (whole step key changes without use of a V-I cadence: D major to E major to F# major).
As I said, I'm really only using a couple of instrument tracks - much fewer than I usually run. In the heat of it, I have two rhythm guitar tracks, one lead guitar, one bass, a consolidated drum, and two vocals. Hmmm...putting it that way, it sounds like a lot, at least more than though. Oh well...
I don't know what else to put in here, so if you have suggestions, please feel free to comment.
Anyone following my facebook page will know that I have been working on an orchestral work that will hopefully be released next. I am not going to be releasing this under Last Rites - this will be purely Phrygian Phish material. It is for MTEP and features the recitation of the St. Gertrude Prayer.
For Last Rites, I have Psalm 9 next. Since I am using Douay-Rheims, I will be diverging from modern translations of the Bible that separate Psalm 9 into Psalms 9 and 10. Just on that, it will be longer than usual. I am hoping to have this one done by the end of the summer...we will see.
And lastly, I have a new toy! Well, not a physical toy, but new software: Sonic Pi. This is some really cool stuff - you can basically code music and not only that, you can change the code as it is running creating a live performance of coding. For the kid who programmed Mortal Kombat on his graphing calculator in High School, this is a dream come true. The flexibility to explore fractals, serialism in a non-diatonic state, and all sorts of really cool stuff is making the future bright for Phrygian Phish production. I'll write more later on it once I have something to share.
So that is it for now! Please feel free to download and share Psalm 8!
I feel that it gets pretty quiet around here when I am not posting here every other day gearing up for Renatus. Now, I feel like we are getting into a good holding pattern.
So, yeah - new music! Last Rites nonetheless. Wait a minute...didn't you just release an album? Yep, but I'm not letting that get in the way of making more music. This will be the way of the future for Phrygian Phish for the moment. Once I finish a song, it goes out. However, over the horizon looms a project that just wouldn't be done justice if I released it in pieces. When we get there, we'll figure it out.
The goal is to have one thing a month released. Or so....I am not going to hold to a definite here. I'm going to say at least one a month. Probably more.
Anyway, to the subject at hand - Psalm 7. Looking good on not falling off the bandwagon on this Psalm project thing. Reading the Psalm, I got a sense of urgency in the Psalmists' words so I translated that into fast(-ish) thrash metal. For those familiar with Last Rites' catalog, think Wisdom of Job. Tonically, I am living around D major/B minor with some overtures to the octotonic scale. For some reason I like playing in this key...don't know why. But that is why I kept it for Psalm 8 as well, which will be released later this month!
Without further ado, here is Psalm 7!
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