The Abominable Sand

Nov 14, 2020, 12:40 PM

The Abominable Sand created by Peter Hodgkinson.

"Instead of the obvious religious intentions, I was more concerned with the present "violence" against nature. Most of Dante's Inferno is observational I wanted the experience to be immersive. 

"The track has a breath or cycle that is clear at the beginning, this is subsumed by intensifying distorted voices and sounds which depict the descent into the Abominable Sand-the sand is the blurring of high pitch and static that consumes the voices. The Abominable sand is, in this case, like a desert sand storm that desiccates and shreds all that is captured in its path. 

|The composition was sequenced in LogicX using MIDI instruments and treated sounds - samples were taken from DAT tapes of many years of sound exploration including shortwave voice recordings, vintage synths and found sound/ field recordings. Many were further treated in granular synthesis software. Native Instruments Kontakt sampler was used for the keyboard parts."

Part of the Inferno project to imagine and compose the sounds of Dante’s Hell, marking the 700th anniversary of The Divine Comedy. To find out more, visit