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To Build a City

Andrew Eales on January 24, 2013 10:10

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    This track was composed in celebration of the Chinese Year of the Snake, which commences on 10 February 2013. The Snake Year has many characteristics, among which it favours industry, engineering and technological development. This set me thinking of composing a piece which portrays the building of a great City.

    The text for this track is taken from Genesis chapter 11:

    “Now the whole world had one language and a common speech. As people moved eastward, they found a plain in Shinar and settled there.They said to each other, “Come, let’s make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” They used brick instead of stone, and tar for mortar. Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves; otherwise we will be scattered over the face of the whole earth. But the LORD came down to see the city and the tower the people were building. The LORD said, “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.” So the LORD scattered them from there over all the earth, and they stopped building the city. That is why it was called Babel — because there the LORD confused the language of the whole world. From there the LORD scattered them over the face of the whole earth.”

    The story here tells us that working together in harmony, our potential is unlimited... but that God deliberately brought confusion, disunity and racial division in order to prevent us reaching and fulfilling that potential.

    In my track I have tried to bring together different musical sounds from around the world to represent a united mankind: Latin American singing (which I actually performed myself), Oriental flutes, European piano music, Tribal beats, ... a cacophony of sound building to a huge and triumphant climax in which we all come together, putting aside petty divisions, religious bigotry and racial division in order "To Build a City".

    The track is my most ambitious ever. I hope you will enjoy it and am always encouraged when listeners “like” my tracks and leave comments. Please feel free to repost this track too.

    And in the same spirit of cooperation that the music portrays I am very pleased to offer my warm thanks to the following, who listened to early mixes of “To Build a City” and provided invaluable advice:

    Patrick Alexander Ytting:
    Peter Owen:
    Terry Robinson:
    Davide Costa:
    Dave McKeown:
    Heiko Hoffman: :


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