As we approach the dawning of the Second Age, it is time to conclude the epic chapter of the writing process for the First Age. For this final installment, I have asked Ben to give me his rundown on how he went about writing the introductory piece of beautiful acoustic music he composed for the CD. This is what he had to say:
"Satya began as an experiment, an attempt to write a song from a chord progression rather than from a selection of brutal riffs.
I had verses, choruses and a heap of bridge parts, but there was one section that I felt reached a lot deeper, evoked the right mix of melancholy whilst making you wonder what was coming next. (That’s the part where the drums come in in the finished product). The combination of steel and nylon string guitars juxtapose a strong, bold statement and a quiet reflection respectively (that nylon string broke it’s back soon after, sadly - nothing lasts forever...)
All it needed was a melody to tie everything together, which was originally going to be performed with choir style vocals. In the end, we all decided the guitars alone had a sort of simple beauty to them that we didn't want to diminish.
As Satya came together, it became pretty clear that it was the perfect intro to the First Age. When Batty first performed the drums for it, it was pretty much just the one take, as real as possible, that was needed to give Satya the perfect lift in energy needed to introduce the First Age.
Satya is strong and ordered, but it does give a hint that perfect order is intrinsically fleeting and perhaps even oppressive. The solo tries to push outside this order, playing with rhythm and tonality to hint at the changes to come".
So, there you have it. The completed account of the process that went into composing the First Age. I hope you have enjoyed our reminiscing and the inspirations behind our music. I shall keep posting as the Second Age is released and we spread the will of the Obelisk.