Terra de Lumine

Nov 14, 2020, 02:33 PM

Earth's surface created by Elska (Laura Boland).

"This soundscape represents Zone 1: Earth’s Surface; an ethereal introduction to Dante’s journey before he reaches the entrance to hell.  The dark forest sequence is depicted with samples of nature sounds that I took in a forest upstate New York. The resonant gongs at the beginning of the piece are from a bodhran drum. The piano tracks are the droplets of light.  You can also hear bits of a music box sample that is distorted.  I used a field recordings of waves crashing that I took in Cape May, NJ.  I manipulated this sample to represent the earth’s erosion and also the danger ahead and encounters with animals. 

"Virgil, his guide, is represented in the vocal passages. I wanted to create depth and dimension as a foreshadowing approach to mimic and portray the landscape and the long journey before him. I tried to do this with panning and reverb. All samples are mine. Others include rain, footsteps, church bells and a few patches processed through an instrument called an organelle."

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 http://www.citiesandmemory.com/inferno