Terra de Lumine
"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."