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It's Complementary My Dear Watson

from Magenta EP by Solarno



And here is where I tie all four songs together into one tidy storyline featuring everyone's favorite British detective and his loyal sidekick. This track found it's origin in late 2010 as a piece I created to explore a fun bit of MIDI gear called a Beatseqr created by my friend Steve. Other than adding some effects and the vocals, it is true to the original's arrangement, including the drum track still being 100% Beatseqr generated.

I wrote up the 'lyrics' as a script for the good detective and his sidekick, and then had them 'read' by the two British voices Apple includes in their OSX speech software, which is why the sidekick is female for this version of their existence. Another note, this is the first published piece of mine in a while that does not contain any instances of the G-Force impOSCar 2 synth. This sounds in this piece, to stay true to it's origins, is 100% from Logic. Along with Ultrabeat for the drum samples, I used Logic's EFM-1, ES-P, ES2, and ES-M synths. The drums were triggered by the aforementioned Beatseqr and what you hear is a single take live performance using the Beatseqr. You can learn more about the Beatseqr here: beatseqr.com


But, what, what is this magenta?
It is a color, but it does not seem to be a color.
It doesn't show up anywhere in this prism

Well, it's really quite simple.
It's complimentary my dear Watson.

Look around Watson.
In this room we have a prism,
a cell phone from T-Mobile,
a manuscript from the Codex Rossi,
and a jar of coal tar.

But what does this all mean Holmes?

It means we will find our clever mastermind in northern Italy.

Of course.

Think about it Watson.
It's all about the color magenta and northern Italy.
A prism cannot create the color magenta as it is a mixture of both extremes of the color spectrum,
requiring both blue or violet and red wavelengths.
T-Mobile is the mobile division of Deutsche Telekom whose corporate color is magenta.
The Codex Rossi is a collection of fourteenth century music manuscripts from northern Italy.
And if you remember your history,
the name magenta comes from a coal tar based dye more commonly known as fuchsine
which was discovered shortly after the 1859 Battle of Magenta near Magenta Italy.
A battle won by Napolean III.

the Napolean of crime,
is who we're after,

and we'll find him in Magenta.


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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