18/12/12 - THE LAST CALL
The music direction that I assigned to the December single of Phases was "End of the world" - not so much a music style (although I'm sure "end of the world" music would sound interesting), it was more of a designated subject for the last single of Phases. Of couse, the theme / topic was related to the end of the mayan calendar on Dec. 21st, which for some, meant the end of the world. It was a good theme for the final song of Phases I thought. A part of me, just like every human being, likes to believe that the world will end. A fascinating and scary but somehow relieving thought. Unless I'm crazy. There is something reassuring about the idea that everything would stop all at once, for everyone, everywhere. Nothing.
But what was fascinating for me was not so much the apocalyptic end of the world, but the few minutes right before it. It's the big existential question: what would you do if you had a few hours to live? A question we could ask ourselves every day actually. So I thought about the last call at a bar as an analogy to the last call for life... The calling of the end. So that's what's found in the lyrics of "The Last Call".
It's not so much about what I imagine the end of the world would be but rather about a friend's experience, just before the end of the world happens... and I'm the voice talking to him or her. It's late at night and this friend I was imagining at a bar, just after the "last call". The bartender, that I imagined being, is announcing the "last call"... and that same bartender happens to be the Earth, "she's tired" and "she might go". I have no clue if this makes any sense but it's really all these ideas that are combined in the lyrics of "The Last Call". The feeling of the song is also inspired by alcohol. I wanted to write a song inspired by the long walk back home after a crazy night at the club or the pub... Maybe it says a lot about the state I'd like to be when and in if the end of the wrold really did come.
Musically, it's all very Montag sounding and maybe less surprises here than in... Phase 9 let's say (rock sound!). It's got a dreamy feel to it... And there's a lot of optimism in it, despite the rather dark subject. Lots of synths in there as usual. They're described in the audio documentary if I remember well!
B-SIDE: 8 SOLEILS
Just to give you an idea of the project "Le jour des 8 soleils" by Pascal Grandmaison for which I wrote the music score.
This track is a variation of a composition that wrote as part of Le jour des 8 soleils by my friend Pascal Grandmaison. Because it's getting late and I'm lazy, let me just copy/paste the description of the project : "Le jour des 8 soleils leads visitors along a poetic route through the Quartier, following an invisible character in search of intriguing and fascinating light. Already a signature attraction for Quartier des Spectacles, architectural videoprojections will for the first time be arranged in a multimedia concept spanning a large number of downtown building façades. In addition, at each projection site spectators will be able to enhance their visual experience by listening to a soundtrack and narration on their mobile phones."
So I basically conceived this iPhone application that plays different music tracks according to your location. Whenever you walk closer to a building, the music changes and plays the corresponding score and when you are walking between building, there is narration and a continuous sound atmosphere. It's all very spaced out and new agey. You can experience the projections and the music if you're in Montreal between Dec. 6th and March 3rd! As you can see on the images (vimeo clip above!), it's a film that is shown on 8 different buildings and that is about seeking light (hence the name: "the day of the 8 suns".
A very calm way to end Phases, I have to admit!
I will write something about Phases in early 2013... Just to do a short recap. There'll be more announcements soon!