“Violena” — Composed and Arranged by Amylian.
I still remember the days when I was composing this piece. I wanted to capture a somber tone blended with a dark atmosphere that can sting the hearts. This piece went so many phases and changes and I think I am proud of the latest one, which I am presenting now.
However, the title “Violena” is hard to describe. It’s derived from “violin” and as for the “na”, it’s just my way of making it sound like a female. In truth, I wrote this piece accompanied by female soprano, but since I am only working on a simple computer and programs, I couldn’t include it. I am a man who loves female voices and I consider them to be heavenly and bringer of happiness or sadness. Their voice is like a world in its own, just waiting to be unleashed. At the end, I decided to include the organs to set the dark mood.
This is the first 4 bars. Of course in the latest version, it’s different because of all the arrangement and mixing that’s been done! You can listen to the piece below on Soundcloud. Remember, I am just composing music for fun and I am no professional whatsoever.
“Sputnik Sweetheart” By Haruki Murakami
Another of Haruki Murakami’s masterpieces is Sputnik Sweetheart. It’s not strange for Haruki to use psychological metaphors and simple narrative devices to create an effect that would instill in the readers some twisted emotions. The plot is simple, it’s about an aspiring writer, Sumire –which means Violet — who craves to be successful. Yet she finds it difficult to cope with society, a misfit to say the least. “K”, the narrator is an interesting person beyond any means. Period. Haruki discusses the theme of loneliness — which is his greatest assets– sexual desire, and friendship. Not to mention the love triangle. It’s interesting.
The flow of the narration is sweet, and enjoyable. Filled with images, metaphors, dark humors is Haruki’s Sputnik Sweetheart. I am still half way so I don’t want to talk more about it, and in fact, I am reading it for the second time, but this time in English. The first was an Arabic translation . The English one is far more superior.
“The Art of Music”
In the past two days, I’ve been thinking of a certain philosophy to the way I create music. Well, I am not professional, but I create music as a hobby. An amateur you might say. However, I can say, music is simply in our mind. If you can get it out of your head down on a paper, or any software out there, is enough. Unless of course you can let a studio mix it for you, or you’d rather rent a whole orchestra to perform it is entirely up to you. Haha. Reasons behind music is what makes it alive just as there might be a reason for living.
I’d like to share today two pieces of music I have created. They are not exactly what I had in mind, for I had a bigger vision, but, unfortunately, limited resources and software.
#1 The Beast Awakens – Composed & Arranged by me.
Well, I cannot ignore the fact that I have been influenced by Chopin here. However, the title bears meaning, and I guess it broadens the imagination.
#2 Blue World — Composed & Arranged by me.
The fact that I live in a hazardous environment, surrounded by oil factories is the reason I composed this one.