1. Methane 1
2. Methane 2
3. Stone of Lazhward
4. Starling 520
Kyanos is the first in a series of EPs that will explore the nature, science, and history of color.
Kyanos is the ancient Greek word that eventually became known to describe the color we know today as cyan. Contained here are four songs inspired by the search for information surrounding the color cyan.
Methane 1 is a dronescape/dubstep journey around the Alpine lake Lago Maggiore, where between 1776 and 1778 the physicist Alessandro Volta first discovered and isolated the gas Methane. Methane when burned is cyan in color.
Methane 2 is a fun little synth pop jaunt, drifting between swirling synth leads and heavy layered bass lines. This track makes extensive use of the impOSCar synth from G-Force, a spectacular soft-synth version of the mid 80’s OSCar. The OSCar was notably used by Stevie Wonder, Ultravox, Jean Michael Jarre, Orbital, Sneaker Pimps, and BT.
So what does this track have to do with Methane? Get ready to geek out… Methane has a bond angle of 109.5 degrees, and this song has a speed of, you guessed it, 109.5bpm.
Stone of Lazhward refers to the blue (in many cases cyan) stone Lapis Lazuli. Lapis Lazuli has been mined from a location in north eastern Afghanistan called Lazhward for over 6000 years. With that as inspiration I opted for a Persian influence as is made apparent with the opening oud-esque melody line. While the oud melody line is not created from authentic Persian melodies, it is my interpretation of the Persian dastgah musical structure.
The closest western analogue to a dastgah would be a 8-tone scale from which a series of melodies called gushe are created using usually 4-5 of those tones. For Stone of Lazhward I created 8 such gushe and their corresponding chords based more or less on a simplified B-flat scale which are repeated in sequence three different times.
Where the other three tracks on Kyanos have something specific to do with cyan, Starling 520 is more about bringing together ideas and influences from the first three.
Background on the name of the track? 520 happens to be the approximate wavelength of the color cyan in nanometers so I have managed to sneak in a reference to the science of cyan. Starling is a bit more vague, but makes sense in my mind. While listening to the track as it evolved, it reminded me at times of some of the loungey, future-synth songs found in sci-fi movies from the late 60’s and throughout the 70’s. I combined that thought with the hearing of a bunch of birds one evening and Starling came to mind. As far as bird species goes, Starlings have a very sci-fi name to them. Cheesy? Yes. Effective? Definitely.
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