- creative field Musik, sound design
- Client Name Sascha Dragicevic, Carlos Martínez Rivera, Gianluca Patrzek
- Completion Date 03/28/2017
As part of the Songwriting course, taught by Sascha Dragićević, students were asked to create unique compositions, with an individual approach. Carlos Martínez Rivera and Gianluca Patrzek’s finished pieces were both notable for their choice of innovative compositional and sound design methods. We look forward to future productions and how both of these students develop.
The Gates Of Quetzalcoatl
by Carlos Martínez Rivera
According to Toltec cosmology and traditions, on the spring equinox the great feathered serpent-god Kukulkán, one of the most important gods in Toltec mythology, also called Quetzalcoatl, descends from the pyramid of Chichen Itza in Yucatán.
The pre-Hispanic people had different ways to invoke and make contact with their gods. One such way was a dancing ritual, musicalized with the instruments of the times: a a type of drum, flutes and ocarinas shared the ceremonial place to welcome the principal god.
A legend states that Quetzalcoatl once lived among men, with whom he shared a special relationship. After a betrayal by Tezcatlipoca, he sailed out to sea and promised the Toltecs that he would return to Tollan, where the Toltecs lived, to once again deliver the peace, beauty and greatness that Tollan had once called its own.
The pre-Hispanic date of the Return of Quetzalcoatl “Ce Acatl” was the year 1519, the same year the Hispanics came to conquer the American continent; the day of the arrival of Hernán Cortés. Because of this, the people of the New Continent thought he was the great Quetzalcoatl, and welcomed Cortés with treasures, gold and products.
This project was inspired by ancient pre-Hispanic rituals and dances used to invoke or make contact with different gods, which can be still heard and witnessed in some places in México. The music consists of different rhythmic patterns, combined with melodies from the ocarina and flutes.
The theme of the project is the Opening of the Gates to Quetzalcoatl, an almost extraterrestrial being, who entered the world of humans with the help of the cosmical connection of the pyramids and the universe. In this composition, a combination of technological and ancient instruments represents the dialog between the Ancient People and the Celestial God upon opening the portal of his arrival.
by Gianluca Patrzek
It was my intent to portray some kind of dream, characterized by changing perceptions, emotional states and a certain irregularity. The individual snippets of sound reflect this. I wanted to create different sensory states, often brief and continuously interrupted.
In preparation I researched ASMR (Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response). ASMR describes the effect of certain sounds (noisy eating, cutlery clattering, typing, friction) on people. In many cases these sounds trigger a tingling of the scalp and have a calming effect. ASMR is a scientifically recognised form of therapy for anxiety and stress. I was curious to what extent I could use this effect in music. The sensory response is often related to childhood experiences. Typing or smacking one’s lips while eating, for instance, can be associated with a safe, gentle environment. Whether a sound triggers the response is thus dependent on the individual.
The following outlines the process I followed with this composition:
– Recording a variety of sounds and analysing their spectrum
– Recording electronic sounds and building instruments
– Arranging ASMR sounds through the use of microbeats
– Using silence as a compositional tool; silence both creates and dismantles space
I recorded and used the following sounds:
– Fragments of speech
– Kitchen sounds (cutlery, scraping, door handle, vegetables)
– MicroKorg samples
I created a collage of themes that, despite their differing tonality, still come together to form a coherent whole.
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