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a promise in the sky


Author Comments

Today's prompt is "spectrum."

I am going Hard Mode on this prompt, as the term has a few different meanings, all of which bear weight to me. I will only be talking about two of them.

A rainbow forming in the sky in the midst of a rain shower (especially on a spring day) always brings me joy, even if I know it is ephemeral. The moment it forms, and the moment I look at it -- these stay with me forever. I have captured some pictures of rainbows and double rainbows in my time before they disappeared. As such, I've made it a tender song, to express that ephemeral joy and brightness, and also the sad understanding that it physically doesn't last -- but also the hope within me that it points towards things that do last.

And -- this is where Hard Mode kicks in -- I mentioned in a thread I'd created that I label certain instrument families with different colours. I made sure to use each colour in the spectrum when composing this, but because I'm terrified of even agitating the neighbours, I've had to rely on a MIDI guitar and BBCSO / VSCO / Flex percussions instead of playing my own strings and percussion. So, in order of spectrum colours:

  • Red: cymbals, windchimes
  • Orange: bowed strings
  • Yellow: horns
  • Green: piano, harp
  • Turquoise: melodic synth
  • Blue: guitar
  • Indigo: basses
  • Violet: piccolos, flutes, oboe, bassoon
  • Magenta: xylophone, glockenspiel

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Like yourself, when I first started out, I tried to give each instrument a persona of their own. Thank you for reminding me of what that was like.

Credits & Info


4.50 / 5.00

Mar 22, 2021
5:43 PM EDT
Video Game
File Info
2.7 MB
1 min 58 sec
  • Sytrus
  • VSCO 2
  • Flex
  • FL Studio 20
Misc. Kit
  • BBC Symphony Orchestra Discover

Licensing Terms

Please contact me if you would like to use this in a project. We can discuss the details.