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Stone of Lazhward

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Stone of Lazhward refers to the blue stone Lapis Lazuli. Lapis Lazuli has been mined from a location in north eastern Afghanistan called Lazhward for over 6000 years. With that as inspiration I opted for a Persian influence as is made apparent with the opening oud-esque melody line. While the oud melody line is not created from authentic Persian melodies, it is my interpretation of the Persian dastgah musical structure.

The closest western analogue to a dastgah would be a 8-tone scale from which a series of melodies called gushe are created using usually 4-5 of those tones. For Stone of Lazhward I created 8 such gushe and their corresponding chords based more or less on a simplified B-flat scale which are repeated in sequence three different times.

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from Kyanos EP, released October 18, 2011

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Solarno Los Angeles, California

Every song by Solarno has a story behind it, and a goal to create an experience and atmosphere of exploration, not just of the music itself, but also the inspiration behind it.

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