The Measure Of Hope
This is the first track from the POTENTIALISM album I’m currently working on.
‘The Measure Of Hope’ is essentially a musical and emotive representation of human cultural history, depicted from the birth of civilisation to modern times. It is my musical landscape within which the concept of Potentialism is to be explored. The title is based on the idea that hope is tied up within culture because only a balanced, considered culture can give what most of human kind desires or hopes for; primarily happiness.
Taking great inspiration from many history books and anthropological works such as J. Bronowski’s amazing 1973 television series ‘The Ascent Of Man’, the track focuses on creating a chronological, fluctuating, cultural collage.
Rather than compose music about a specific civilisation or people, I chose to create a piece that summarised my interpretation of human cultural history. Inevitably this is condensed but emotive representation is more important here.
The piece uses many real acoustic instruments, along side virtual instruments, vocoders, synths and soundscape elements incorporating field recordings I took from around the world. The idea was to try to represent ancient and traditional cultures mixed with modern cultures and technologies.
The track fluctuates massively between low-key, ethnic sounding passages and bigger, heavily orchestrated passages, often interspersed with disguised vocal elements and computerised, sequenced distortions. This is to represent emerging cultures, civilisations who peak then fall, new civilisations beginning to rise, human concepts shifting and re-directing, reactions as cultures merge or clash, belief systems coming and going or altering and personal experience within the framework of human history.
The echoing, modulating fade out is an unbiased look ahead to what may come. A glance in the direction of the future and then the decision not to look too far. Not through fear or trepidation but merely because for this piece and it’s objectives, that’s far enough.
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