Above: Cóemgín Cùil
New York City-based composer Kevin Keller shared this with me: a musical experience to which the over-used word 'awesome' can truly be applied. Follow this link to hear a spellbinding version of a familiar ballet variation.
Here's how it came about:
Irish ambient artist Cóemgín Cùil has shared a surprising detail about "Pas de deux" (from his new album Murmurations): it was created by playing Tchaikovsky's beloved "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy" at half-speed...backwards.
"I was lying in my bed one afternoon, daydreaming, and was suddenly struck with the idea of playing well-known classical music backwards, and then slowing it down, just to hear what would happen," says Cùil. "One of my favorite works has always been Tchaikovsky's NUTCRACKER, and especially the Sugar Plum Fairy section, so I used it as an experiment."
What happened next?
"I was amazed, and delighted!" Cùil recounts. "By applying various digital filters and reverb, the track became this almost haunted soundscape that managed to retain the mood and architecture of Tchaikovsky's original while being itself a wholly new composition."
Kevin Keller mixed and produced the album Murmurations, mastered by Robert Rich.