C.106 - "Dies Irae" (Wrath of the Abyss)
Composed: 28th November 2016
These next two, “C.106” and “C.107”, I had nearly forgotten about.
They were two small tracks written for an indie video game I was working on, “Wrath of the Abyss”. The developer asked for numerous ambience track for dungeons, one of which called for a “Monastic Chanting”. Therefore, I wrote two small chanting compositions using familiar Latin phrases, and then created recordings of them (complete with my own singing!)
Instead, it uses very simple modal phrases based on D Dorian, with its characteristic B-natural. I would have thought I was using the rules of Fuxian counterpoint to construct these chants, but after finding a couple leaps of a diminished 4th tritone (the infamous “Diabolus in Musica”), it seems I disregarded the rules.
Regarding instrumentation, there is a long organ pedal on the tonic down below, which I recorded on my local church organ. The voices are a combination of my own (recorded in as many different voices as I could create) and EastWest Choir samples with WordBuilder. The result is a rather unrealistic large choir chanting the text.
But this was not the first chant I was to construct.
Reminiscence written on 28th July 2019
Last updated: 19th August 2019