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Corpus Christi Mysterium in Seville

Back to Seville, and a grand procession through the streets of the old town to mark Corpus Christi, led by a powerful brass band echoing through the quiet streets. 20150517_110457

Long-standing contributor Mark Taylor has reimagined the brass band sounds, and described his approach like this:

“All of the audio in my re-imagined version is taken from the original field recording; nothing has been added. Granular synthesis and sampling techniques played a central role in the task – mainly within Native Instrument’s Reaktor.”

“Various sections of the original recording were extracted and became the basis for the five strands of my remix:

– Woodwind and Brass phrases = opening mysterious chords.
– Everyday background sounds = wind effect.
– The bell ringer = the fragmented church bell like chimes.
– Flute and drum = regular melodic pulse.
– Drums = distorted, percussive loop.”

“I’ve always found musical processions to be quite magical, mesmerizing experiences – everything else seems to grind to a halt as they pass by… as if time beyond the parade slows to a crawl.”

“Combining this thought with the deep symbolism behind the idea of Corpus Christi I decided to try and create something quite mystical, but still with a hint of that pageant passing by the listener.”

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