DISQUIET JUNTO PROJECT 0354: Rituals and Canticles. (A future tribe in the ruins of our current civilization scrounge for instruments for their rituals. Tribe ritual = Death.)
After reading this project description, two associations immediately sprang to mind. The first was the NY band Swans, who used to bolt heavy chains to metal tables for use as percussion instruments. The second was Shakespeare’s Macbeth, in which the porter hears a banging at the castle gates and imagines himself to be the keeper of hell.
Putting these together, I composed an abrasive piece of music-as-incantation. The tribe are banging on the gates of hell from the inside, hoping that there is something on the other side that will release them from their environmental wasteland. Of course, they are deluded - there is no key for re-entering the past, for undoing the damage done.
I used only samples from Nathan Moody’s source material. All samples were initially edited in Audacity, spliced together to make rhythmic patterns and drones, then imported into Ableton for panning, compressing, limiting, etc. The whole process took about two hours. Thank you for listening.