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.
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.”