AREKU – Everlasting
It’s now two months since my album “Everlasting” went online at Spotify, iTunes and Google Play. Today I wanted to talk a little about each of the compositions of the album, the process of making this album, and other thoughts related to Everlasting.
Everlasting is my first EP, focused on “orchestral music”. My inspiration to making this came from classical music, or more precisely orchestrated works in general. I’ve wanted to do something like this for a couple of years, creating something melodic, maybe even pompous to stimulate my growing ego. Writing for orchestrated settings as that’s something that have always enchanted me. It might be worth knowing that I have
about zero knowing of musical theory or composing theory, as I’ve learnt by trial and error through playing to see what works and observing others compositions.
So prior to working with this album, I did a song called “Now is Forever” to try my wings. It was well received, something which brought me great joy. I had begun working on the main frame for “Everlasting” slightly before the release of “Now is Forever, but this gave me even more inspiration and energy.
The album opens with “Prelude”. I wrote this with having it as an opening track in mind, forming an introduction to the content to come. I went with a more mellow sound, but be aware as I also intended it to be like “the calm before the storm”, most notable is the switch during the last phrase with the lonely cellos.
Here I continue on the calm before the storm – I imagined it being the soundtrack to a forest scene, where peace is soon to be disturbed. Starting off with flutes and a harp (a dubbel new for me), moving over to a rising string section with one lead violin, also mixing in a hint of glockenspiel. At 1:47 I wanted to begin the more sorrowful part, as of there it’s suddenly dark clouds seen in the horizon. The flutes returns.
3:07 – The sky is now dark. I visualize how some kind of ill willed creatures disturbs the peace, accompanied by the pizzicato of the cellos and accentuated by timpani. This kind of build up is something I was inspired by most notably Edvard Grieg.
Then enters organ, to further empathize the feeling of something grim, before we return to the flutes for a sense of calm before the full string section returns in a rather more mellow way than last time. Then comes the switch to what I would call the second “movement”; with more strings and a hint of brass, fooling one that maybe everything is alright again. This builds up to the section starting at 6:37 with arpeggiated harpsichords together with more prominent strings. After the song was finished, I noticed that the first part of this section reminded me a bit about the music from Donkey Kong Country 2.. This more hectic part symbolized the chaos of the previously mentioned scenario, and is followed by a lonely flute with strings, before the harp returns and we enter the third and last movement which follows the same style as the first movement. Light have returned.
I would say that this is the spiritual successor to “Now is Forever”, and it was the first track of this album that I completed.
Winter (~Alice Lost~)
As the name implies, this is a take on my previous single “Alice’s Winter Box” (also available on Spotify and iTunes as a single) which I wanted to do an orchestrated version of, without loosing to much of the melody box-feeling. I therefore used short strokes of violin together with longer ones to back up the main rhythm, while still preserving the melody.
One day I wish to have a toy box remix of all my songs, but that day is not today.
This is a mostly an improvisational piece, featuring movements from “Now is Forever”. The original was written in one sitting, but it took me a couple of revisioins to make it into what it is on the album. This one is all about the feelings of the moment, mostly featured by the sometime odd changes of key and time. The motives were “time”, and I wanted this piece to have somewhat of a dreamy feel to it.
This is also one that I’ve learned a lot from. Before the release I showed it to my dear friend and fellow musician SaSa who is a skilled pianist, who gave me some very great feedback that will influence me as a composer and be carried with me into future works.
Now is Forever
This was my first venture into composed/orchestral music. It felt very natural to include it on this album as its final track, as this was the origin of it all. It’s an journey through emotions and settings, and I guess that it also tells about myself.
I still recon that this is my best orchesteral composition to date, and by that I still have a lot to learn from music and myself.
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