Now that’s a title that commands your attention!
The last few months were completely devoid of inspiration music-wise. I’ve learned to relax when this happens, and just wait for the muse to come a-knockin’. Then it suddenly all came together when I read a remarkable book by an Austrian author, Christoph Ransmayr. It was called, yes, The Terrors of Ice and Darkness, and it was a pseudo-fictional account of the Austrian-Hungarian expedition to the North Pole in 1872. Harrowing and dark, described in a language that moved easily from purest poetry to visceral, meaty horror.
The book is, as I said, remarkable, and it inspired me to write and record a whole hour’s worth of music in record time. I think it took me all of two weeks to complete, from start to finish. But that’s how it is when inspiration kicks in.
I’ll be posting a new track a day on my Soundcloud, and then the entire album will be on Bandcamp. The genre is, as per usual, all over the place. It has rock, folk, classical, electronic, jazzy stuff, bluesy noodlings, Hans Zimmer percussion… I just call it Prog and leave it at that. It was a blast to work on, and I’m kind of sad that it’s over.