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day 21

Thinking about: O Willow Waly, Milowda, Lighthouses, Ghost stories.

Some say that to this day, you can still hear her calling from the lighthouse tower...

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I haven't had many opportunities to write string quartet arrangements, so that was the challenge for me.

I started with the melody and the timbre of the distance singing voice (more reverbed voice than dry). I wanted her to sound behind.

The string sounds are somewhat narrow bandlimited square waves. Initially, I was going to used bowed string models, but didn't want to bother tuning it.

The harmony and arrangement was very loosely inspired by Milowda from the expanse OST. I started out with block chords, than gradually tried dropping in more contrapuntal melodic lines.

Oh, the melody is very much inspired by that "O Willow Waly" song sung in the Haunting of Bly Manor.

The string ensemble kind of sound like ondes martenots and/or theremins at the time. Happy accident. Certainly adds a supernatural charm to it. I initially wanted more realistic strings to give it tragic romance vibes. But, I did not have those sounds. Probably for the best though right?

@paul love it! and thanks again for sharing about your process as well! :tealheart:

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