I’ve always been particularly interested in the mystical nature of music—that is, its ability to evoke the otherworldly.

Using the common, well-trodden language of western music for composition had the difficulty for me of sometimes being too familiar to conjure this foreign essence. So here and there I have experimented composing with new languages.

Because I did not want to construct music that was bizarre and unpleasant, I tried working with variations on the standard language of music with the aim of having enough familiar elements that the listener could grasp while still incorporating something new. Further, I tried to have the new elements be enjoyable—meaning they would tend toward the consonant and would incorporate a natural logic.

This blog contains details on some of these compositions and the languages behind them.

–Greg Chmura

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