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The Music of the Dwarves
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 02, 2019 10:04 am    Post subject: The Music of the Dwarves Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

The cult computer game Dwarf Fortress simulates a fantasy world with different civilizations who each have their own musical traditions - scales, tunings, musical forms, instruments, etc. Sometimes characters in the game are described as playing music, and although it doesn't actually generate the music it does give sufficiently detailed text descriptions that we could imagine really writing music to meet the descriptions.

I've been experimenting with doing that as a compositional exercise. The game descriptions are sometimes contradictory or musically nonsensical, so there's a fair bit of creativity needed to make something out of them that even sort of sounds like music. As far as I know, nobody else is doing this - other people on the Web writing Dwarf Fortress-inspired music seem to be just writing ordinary human music of our own world to listen to while playing. Maybe others will be inspired to try recreating the dwarves' own music.

First piece: "Blameless Turquoise," an example of the Paints of Jade, recorded on a Roland D-05. Second piece: "We Spoke of Centimetres," an example of the Tressed Silk, recorded on a Eurorack modular. Both links are to my Web log entries; audio, sheet music, etc. are linked from there.

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