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Amor mi fa cantar a la Francesca

from Magenta EP by Solarno



This piece was based around the melody from one part of the Rossi Codex, a collection of secular songs written in the mid 1300's and reflects some of the earliest known polyphonic music of Northern Italy. This piece turned out to be a difficult transcription for me. I read musical manuscript just fine, but not 14th century manuscript. Plus, flying to the Vatican to study the real manuscript was pretty much out of the question. Instead I listened to multiple recordings of it, and there are many interpretations of it, to find the shared melodic parts and transcribed them by hand. Loosely translated into the English, the title is "Love Makes Me Sing to Francesca".

This was one of those tracks that just gives an artist fits. Melding 14th century music and instruments with modern dance music is not as easy as it sounds. I went through quite a few arrangement and instrument changes before settling on the final combination. The sparser and more organic the arrangement became the better it sounded. I guess 14th century Italians knew a little something about writing music. Anyways, what I ended up with is a highly dynamic piece that I hope pays proper homage to Italy in the 1300's.

As minimal as this track is in many places I still threw a ton of instrumentation at it. Here's the list: G-Force impOSCar 2 and M-Tron Pro. Plogue Chipsounds emulations of the Korg Poly-800, C-64, and a Yeno Super Cassette Vision. Logic EFM-1. NI Absynth 5. And Session Strings Pro, Alicia's Keys, Studio Drummer, and Choir all running from NI Kontakt 5.


from Magenta EP, released May 16, 2013


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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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