The Crimson Grail Part III

image497378992.jpgIt starts with a beat, faster and more flexible, the pulse picked up in the guitars. Two note ostinato maintained for many minutes, the powerful, refreshing chords. Dozens of guitars playing the same open string chord is an impressive sound. Tuning is separating again, but I think the interference patterns add to the sound. Now a third, syncopated rhythm. Amazing feeling of 200 volunteer musicians working together, really moving.

Now another layer of fast strumming, rising in pitch. Asterisk again, pethpas a Coda signal. Exhilerating experience, this is why we make music together.

Huge sound, indescribable. It almost has voices. People standing. Screaming!

Now, quiet, hesitant music. Sparse. Fine. Glorious.


Author: gtra1n

I'm a composer and musician, and I write about music—I do that here, for the New York Classical Review, at the Brooklyn Rail (I edit the music section there) and any place else that will have me, like New Music Box and Music & Literature. I also wrote the Miles Davis' Bitches Brew book in the 33 1/3 series.