The process of creating music involved wide-ranging musicological research geared to reflecting aspects characteristic of the Middle Ages in terms of instruments and composition. That research was followed by work encompassing handmade instruments, composition and the development of digital tools. The result was a sound track based on sounds of the 12th and 21st centuries, striking a balance between the languages of medieval and contemporary music.
We enlisted the help of the artisan and luthier Sedo Garcia [http://www.sedoluthier.com/] to obtain the musical instruments we needed. Sedo specialises in making and modernising medieval instruments, and the hurdy gurdy, fiddles, reed pipes, chririmía, lute and bowed psaltery that give the sound track its unique timbral identity all came from his workshop.
We recorded Sedo’s instruments and created digital manipulation software (a granular sampler) for altering the recordings’ melodic and rhythmic articulations. We expanded, compressed and cut up the original instruments’ sounds to obtain flexible, sculptural audio material that we could manipulate in a “contemporary” manner.
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