Barren Lands Rajmil Fischman

Lands that are barren may have trees,
they may have water in abundance or be dry as deserts,
they may be desolate or densely populated,
they may be found everywhere…
What makes a land barren is not its statistics;
it is rather the effect it has on our spirit,
like the void instilled by a pale winter sun in a damp morning,
or by the thousands of heads and limbs of a grey ‘concrete forest’.
In fact, barren lands may not be physical,
and yet, they are definitely real …

Rajmil Fischman

The structure of Barren Lands is modelled on the periodicity of surf, consisting of repeated series of waves of increasing size and power. When the most powerful wave is reached, the cycle begins again. In the case of Barren Lands, there is one cycle made of three waves which are preceded by an introduction and followed by an epilogue.

  • Year of composition: 1997
  • Software used: Composers’ Desktop Project Sound Transformation Software, SoundScape mixing and editing suite. Final equalisation: Pro-Tools.
  • Duration of the submitted work: 10:13
  • Production: Keele University

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