Wüste - 7. Mond - The Atmospheric Breakdown At The End

Mond – the atmospheric breakdown at the end

Somewhat unintentionally, my first record ended on a sort of breakdown I hadn't really planned. As you could tell from reading about my music, I tend to put a lot of thought into all of my endeavours and the resulting pieces all tend to reflect that – be it in applied mechanics, reception of other artist's works, or whatever.

Not so much in 'Mond'. I had a lovely little melody, I came up with a nice chord progression (both of which show up in similar varieties on 'Ouvertüre'), arranged into theme and improvisation, added a Solospot for Bass (give a hand to Mr. Jager please) and voilà – 'Mond'.

Now 'Mond' is a piece I also enjoy to hear – it does however strike me every time, how 'different' it is from the rest of the album. And I really don't have a good explanation for that. Most of the pieces have either 'aspirations' to come close to some favorite artist or favorite piece of music, or are built around musical or mechanical concepts which at the time were new, exciting and troublesome to me. And around comes the closing statement, which basically does none of that.

That is not to say that I don't like it – as you might have noticed, I'm quite the fan of myself (hooray for David). But even following that line of thought, I still find it curious how the finishing statement of such a concept-ladden album like 'Ouvertüre' turned out completely non-concept-ladden (Maybe a Meta-concept?). In case someone is wondering, the intro was written as 'Open Bass Solo' into the sheets, and the result on the record is what Thomas Jager had envisioned for himself. Personally, I liked it very much, as it gave the track a nice contrasting opening. This also started the motif of '1 Solospot per album', which I have used on my 'Wüste'-trilogy – 'Ouvertüre' has gotten the Bass Solospot, 'Elegie' the Key Solospot and 'Requiem' the Drum Solospot. You will notice that I haven't included a Guitar solospot – the reason for that was to balance out the overall solospots on my records, with the guitar getting the most solos, but not a single 'big solospot'.

In retrospect, composing 'Ouvertüre' turned out to be a very counter-intuitive experience, most of the pieces sounded great in the end, but usually were never anything I could have envisioned beforehand. And while I still don't quite get how 'Mond' ended up becoming the thing it became, I do like it as a contrasting closing statement – and having a sort of ballad-thingy is always something I like.

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