Compo Status :: Round 88 Voting :: Ended 2014-12-14 00:00:00 *CST () :: 7 Votes

darkest night of the year by chunter

Round 34
Author chunter
Title darkest night of the year
MP3 Link http://www.loopproject.com/filebase/sdcompo/chunter/sdc34-darkestnightoftheyear.mp3
Module Link sdc34_chunter-darkest_night_of_the_year.rar
Filesize 3671KB
Score 5, 4, 2, 1Total Points: 12 (4 Votes)
1st Place Vote5 Points2nd Place Vote4 Points3rd Place Vote3 Points4th Place Vote2 Points5th Place Vote1 point

Authors' Notes

In a global culture that gradually moves itself toward 24-hour days that are, on a vast majority, spent indoors, the aspect that maintains our agricultural sense of the harvest is the collection of holidays celebrated around the world between October and January. It is no coincidence that Christmas is four days after Winter Solstice, and that we celebrate the beginnings of hope for a better life and a better world on the darkest night of the year.

An interpretation of Stille Nacht by Josef Moht and Franz Xaver Gruber.

Comments

Comment by Airmann on 2008-12-23 14:51:13

Merry Xmas Chunter ... This is definitely the weirdest version of "Stille Nacht" that I've ever heared :-) ... What tonality has it ? BTW: I like your title - The darker the night, the brighter the light shines !

Comment by CAG on 2008-12-23 17:39:05

it sounds more atonal to me. this is... interesting. certainly different from your other pieces.

Comment by chunter on 2008-12-23 21:30:42

It plays between major and relative minor with very deliberate tense jazz chords. The reharmonizing process relates to a difficult arrangement of America the Beautiful I had to play when I was in college.

Comment by agargara on 2008-12-24 01:31:38

The harmonizations were interestinq and created a dark atmosphere, thouqh it could have been much darker. The tonality is quite tame, if you ask me, at least compared to Schoenberq. Not that this is a bad thinq. :)

You could possibly qive the sonq more interest if you broke away from the pattern of havinq harmonization and bass chanqes on the first beat of every measure. You also could sometimes include a pickup beat. Just an idea, not sure how well it would work in practice.

Anyway, I like the feelinq you created. You seem to be pretty qood at proqram music.

Comment by cralias on 2008-12-24 13:05:45

Makes me feel that in the Christmas Eve the organist and troubadour kinda took too much "medicine". Weird; in a good way, mostly.
Ending (1:38 - ...) rocks, could have been more of that maybe?

Comment by JustinCredible on 2008-12-25 09:48:10

Hey Chunter,

i agree with Airmann, that this is definitely the most weired version of Stille Nacht, that i came across, too.
But aren't we all a bit weired :-) I still like the overall-feeling of this song.
Merry Xmas
Justin

Comment by 40WPM on 2008-12-26 17:49:49

Short and simple. I like how theres something just not right with it throughout... in a good way. Maybe a little repetive? A tad more variation could help.

Comment by Chotoro on 2008-12-26 23:25:03

I really like this one. Wish it was longer, and the high end twinkles a bit too much, but I'll put this on my mp3 player.

Comment by organic_io on 2009-01-02 12:13:42

Definitely a freaky take on silent night... The tension of this unnerves me actually because it feels NOT peaceful. But definite props for originality. The mix sounds good although it could be a bit clearer.
Congrats on your streak, do you have the cojones to top Ambtax's 20 round record? We'll seee :)

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