By Liam J.S.

 

Själv

The song was recorded solely on acoustic-electric guitar, although it uses extensive layering, though at its most complex never exceeds three tracks: one of harmonics, one of harmony, one of melody. It was recorded on one instrument because I was aiming for lyrical rather than rhythmic appeal, and one instrument gave it a sense of unity that is lost sometimes when too many instruments are combined. This song begins with a pattern of 10th intervals, in E minor accompanied by many different harmonics and harmonies the whole song revolves around a unity between the chords of the verse and chorus, as well as accenting with harmonics, and a unity between the harmonics of the different sections.

It’s hard to express the emotional qualities of this song. It makes perfect sense in my mind, but I can’t express it in words. This song started as a simple chord progression, and it stuck in my mind for a long time. After a while, I came up with some chords for what sounded like a chorus, featuring hardly any conventional chords, and yet sounded very whole and complete. It wasn’t till much later that I was playing around with harmonics and came up with a simple rhythm playing on the 12th and 7th fret harmonics. Originally it was going to be a separate song, but I eventually experimented with the combining the simple progression with the harmonics and that simple act completed the whole experience, the softness of the harmonics contrasting and yet completing the minor progression. In my mind, it may be the most blissful piece I’ve ever created, when I play it my mind becomes tranquil and I am absorbed in the complex chords that all seem to fit together. I doubt that anyone else will ever feel this way about it, but it gives me pleasure to have created something that I find so pleasing.

 

 

All songs written by Liam J.S. except for "Vicarious" written by Tool.

All songs recorded and played by Liam J.S.

©2010 by Liam J.S.