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FD - Miserere Mei

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This is kind of a slight departure from my ambient pieces. I've been always fascinated with choirs and Gregorian chants, and I wanted to give these voices a chance to reveal a darker side. The religious undertones were just an excuse for me to explore this dark choral ambiance, as the many voices layer on top of each other creating a very solemn atmosphere. "Miserere Mei" roughly means "Have mercy on me, Lord" in Latin and it's an old litany.

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This is a neat experience... love it! Right up the alley of some of Penderecki's choir work but with a dash of cinema and 80s retro

ForgottenDawn responds:

Hey, thanks! I'll have to check that out ;)

aww yea. Great sonk

ForgottenDawn responds:

Thanks man

The dissonance you create with these voices remind me not of a traditional chant per se, but what I would imagine could be heard in Dante's iteration of Purgatory. It's haunting, and it evokes to me the many souls still waiting for sweet release into Heaven. And then when the pads come in, it reminds me of those cold, freezing atmospheres that I'd heard in Tekken 4 and stuff. I used to love these ambiences; you brought them back to me once more.

No complaints about mixing; as far as music is concerned, you have given me a piece which strikes me as unforgettable. And not only that; I can come up with imagery so profound. (As a personal side note, you have also inspired me to pray for the release of souls in Purgatory. Thank you.)


ForgottenDawn responds:

YES. Tekken 4, one of my childhood games, thanks for bringing it back. :D
Huge influence on my music too. I remember the Prologue music being particularly haunting, with those screeches getting under my skin and that dirty, distorted atmosphere. It really sounded like I was fighting for my life. That kind of atmosphere wouldn't come back in later installments, unfortunately.

When I've shared this piece to some friends of mine, they've had this similar vision of somebody seeking atonement. The various interpretations I'm gathering from all of you is really interesting and precious. Gets my gears running in my head.

Thanks for your review! :)

Oh wow, you work fast!!!

I've already expressed my love for parts of this, but I still want to leave a short review. As I already mentioned, the dynamics in the intro are brilliant. When it comes to ambient music, this is almost as good as it gets. You do so much, with so little. Subtle things here and there, that keep the attention to the listener, while guiding us through an atmosphere of dreamy sounds.

I can't comprehend that this is almost 4 minutes. It honestly felt like one. The "religious" theme through the Gregorian chants works perfectly for this track. This piece reminds me (through atmosphere and sound design) of the calmer parts of "Destati", (by YĆ“ko Shimomura) from Kingdom Hearts, which happens to be one of my favorite pieces.

Wonderfully done, dude!

ForgottenDawn responds:

Hey there! Quick like a thunder, haha :D
I'm really glad you enjoyed the piece. It's kind of a new territory for me and it's always exciting to explore new possibilities. Thanks for your review!

Credits & Info

4.12 / 5.00

Dec 27, 2015
11:35 AM EST
File Info
8.9 MB
3 min 53 sec

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