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Museleon - Circles

from Something Fishy by RadioSpiral Artists

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The challenge was to create a piece of music basedon alternate tunings and unusual scales and to make it about being underwater.

Scales = Fish

I have always loved watching Koi carp and they have appeared regularly in both my music and artwork. They not only look beautiful in their many golden shades but are also graceful, swimming in circles of varying sizes, in small groups, occasionally coming up to the surface to take the air.

With this image in mind, I decided to use the scale Min’yō (民謡), a scale used in traditional Japanese folk music, as my musical starting point.

I decided to create a piece solely using this scale and its notes with repeated phrases interweaving, to try and replicate the circles that Koi swim in the glinting water. I also added small ‘water blips’ from field recordings, as the Koi take in air and then continue on their never-ending circular motion.

Odette Johnson


from Something Fishy, released March 2, 2019


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