COMING TO THE NEW LANDS

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I’ve never been to America, certainly never to 20th century New York, yet in this piece, another from my concept album Cosa Nostra, (made using samples of ‘found sound’- i.e. using sound samples I ‘found’ then captured and manipulated to create music/sound art) I needed to recreate the flavour of the city as it would have felt to a young Sicilian on his first day in town since arriving by ocean liner.

The sheer size of the place, the hustle and bustle, street noises, its newness, all these things would have been alien to him, as he walked the streets taking it all in. He would have never have seen or heard anything like it before.  These are the things I wanted to reflect with this piece. I watched a lot of old gangster movies to try and get the feel of New York in those days. The fact that the Sicilian is out for revenge and wants to murder his lover’s killer who had escaped to New York, was not particularly important to this piece. His first day there would have simply been one of checking out the place.

The album was themed around a storyboard I created. A bit like Romeo & Juliet except the families at war are both 20th century Mafia. The preceding track, ‘Sailing the North Atlantic’ was posted last week (https://zoolonaudio.wordpress.com/2017/01/18/sailing-the-north-atlantic/).

Here it is, ‘Coming to the New Lands’. There’s a lot going on with this one. I recommend the volume be turned up, or headphones on. Hope you enjoy.

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21 thoughts on “COMING TO THE NEW LANDS

    • I have a picture in my mind of happy, loud people with clothes pegs (giving them that unique accent, Bronx?) on their noses getting on with life in New York. I don’t really do cities, except Paris but New York in that period back then must have been most interesting. Thank you R&M.

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    • Thank you. Working with, and adapting samples is something I really enjoy. Thankfully, this and the others have never been for sale as copyright issues arise when using samples from movies. The samples I make myself are royalty free.

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