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BOOK CHASE

Book Chase is one of a few tracks I wrote for the filming of a project I and a colleague created for the School of Arts and Humanities of the University of Lisbon, which consisted on bringing one class from primary school of a poor district to college. One of the activities was finding their way to the library in search for some books, as if they were researchers in a treasure hunt. I think it went quite well and I would like it to be extended to more classes as a service provided by the university, but we didn’t have the resources.

This track is one of my favorites, that being the reason to publish it first. I used the same composition technique in all of them, while intending, for the first time, to use a very restricted set of instruments. This prompted me to invest on rhythmic structures, exotic time signatures and strange chord sequences, with melodic lines settled on arpeggios. I had a lot of fun!

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Uncertainties

This one took a long time to finish. All this changes and uncertainties in my life kept me away from composition. Things are getting better now and I hope to get back on track.

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On The Piano #1 – December 5, 2020

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Julia

This piece is about murder. A woman with a hammer climbs the wall of a gated community during the night with the sole purpose of blowing a man’s skull. She then comes back to her accomplice, who takes her home in a very old station wagon. As the text of the narrative, this piece was written fast, with sections corresponding to specific scenes. This is the sort of approach that suits me better in music composition.

Don’t take this as a movie soundtrack. It is the soundtrack of memories you recall after reading, either the entire text or a few suggestive sentences.

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Cosmos Yard

Composed for my sci-fi novel O Sentido Latente, this piece was a technical turning point to me. The melody on the long middle section was completely improvised, using the bass rhythm to guide me. Afterwards I matched the pitch of the bass with the melody, note by note, to achieve harmony. This was long before having any notion of the role of chords and progressions in music. I am particularly fond of the final result.

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The Acacia Hotel

As in the case of Cristalia and probably all the music I will share on this blog, The Acacia Hotel is part of the soundtrack of my abandoned narratives. It is a very simple tune with both repetitive and improvised lines that somehow convey a refreshing mood, until the change to a more tense segment.

Most of the time music is looping inside my head. When a child and a teenager movies were my reference to understand reality, to the point of making me a spectator looking for aesthetic and ethical sense or finality in daily life. Such sense and causality is an illusion to make us feel safe. Now and then The Acacia Hotel recalls me the emotion of this chilling epiphany.

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Cristalia

I composed Cristalia during one of my attempts to write a second science fiction novel. The narrative was abandoned but the sound remained. Most of my music is the result of this kind of process. Sometimes a specific scene and more often a certain mood persecutes me and I do my best to convey it through sound. After that initial stage, music takes me over to the unknown. I just let it go, mood, scenes and ideas emerging one after another whilst feeding each other in a creative symbiosis. It is all a team work of sensations.