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Peter Link: Anadori

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Inspirational Song of the Weekend
Saturday — Monday, May 23 – 25, 2015

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Excerpt from Peter’s blog article, Make Those Mistakes:

One day I walked by my Clavinova piano in my studio and noticed that it had been left on from a previous session. I was curious as to what sound they were using in the session, so I just let my fingers run an arpeggio across the keys simply to hear the sound.

I gave the arpeggio no thought before I played it. In other words I did not decide to play an arpeggio in the key of Bb, I just wanted to hear the sound so I just let my fingers land where they might.

What came out of the instrument was an arpeggio that I would not have planned to play in a million years, and because I only played the white keys, the randomness of the notes stayed in the key of C.

What I heard come out of the instrument was not just a sound, but the beginning of an entire 7 minute piece called “Anadori” which I wrote for the album. As soon as I heard what I had played, I quickly grabbed my little digital recorder and played it again to remember it. It was full of “wrong” notes, random “wrong” notes, and so it came out sounding somewhat Asian in its tonality. But it was fresh, unexpected. It was instantly evocative to me of the sea. It took me flying above the ocean in a graceful arc of tranquility.

I sat then at the piano and noodled around the tonalities, recording each improvisation for about 10 minutes and then realized that I was late for a meeting, got up and ran out the door to the meeting. Some weeks later, I came back to that recorder and was captivated once more by the “wrong” tonalities of that little melody and used what I had mistakenly played that day as the main theme to the piece.

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Anadori

Instrumental performed by

Peter Link

Music by Peter Link

From the album Ode To Joy

 

 

I sat then at the piano and noodled around the tonalities, recording each improvisation for about 10 minutes and then realized that I was late for a meeting, got up and ran out the door to the meeting. Some weeks later, I came back to that recorder and was captivated once more by the “wrong” tonalities of that little melody and used what I had mistakenly played that day as the main theme to the piece.

Whenever I worked on the song, it always took me to the same place – high above the sea. So one day I decided it needed a name. It was becoming a reality so I needed to call it something better than “that Asian mistake song”.

I Googled “Japanese sea birds”. Up came a bunch of names that I could not pronounce, but one of them jumped out at me – Anadori. I had my name. I then went to my sound effects library and loaded various sea bird squawks and calls into the song, spent about two hours organizing their flight across the sky and filtered them in and out of the composition at various points.

The mood with its multifarious images was set. Out of my mindless non-intention came first, randomness, followed by improvisation on the mood set by the randomness and finally composition.

When I listen to the piece today, it doesn’t feel like anything I’ve ever written before. Oh, some of it is recognizable, but its essence is foreign to me.  It did not come from my experience originally; it came from randomness. It did not come from my soul, but it did finally enter my soul and so has the earmarks of my soul, but not the origination.  All that said, you might find it an interesting listen.

– Read Peter’s Blog here: Sparks From The Fire 

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