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Wyrms of Beinn Nihbeis

from Viridis EP by Solarno



'Wyrms of Beinn Nibheis', the final track on Viridis, is an exploration of my love of worldbeat music. With Viridis being inspired by the color green, visiting the beauty of the Scottish Highlands was a natural destination for my musical wanderings. To that end you will hear bagpipes, tin whistles, dulcimers, and bouzoukis throughout the piece. Ok, not all of those are necessarily authentic Scottish instruments, but they are geographically related.

The drums are a combination of field drums and fully electronic noises. The bass line is courtesy my ever present impOSCar2. Also found are various analog and digital synth samples (from unknown machines), and a Mellotron choir patch.

The title of the piece is based on the highest mountain in Scotland, Ben Nevis, who's original Gaelic name is Beinn Nibheis. A common translation of Beinn Nibheis is "the mountain with it's head in the clouds", though for my purposes I'm using a darker translation. Beinn is still mountain, but I'm taking a more literal translation of nibheis, that being venomous. From the name Venomous Mountain, I imagined the great wyrms of Scottish legend (aka dragons) using the mountain top as point to survey the local villages below before unleashing their terror.

While the song itself is not dark, it does have an underlying sense of heavy foreboding throughout the first 2/3rds before finishing in a more positive tenor. One could think of this as a story being told where by the end, the nightmare has been vanquished.

Thanks for listening!


from Viridis EP, released October 30, 2013
All production and mastering by Jim Furey at The Robot Junkyard.
Published by MixiM Music
Copyright 2013, Jim Furey

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The cover art contains a section of "Carn Dearg and Ben Nevis from Achintee" (1874) by English landscape artist Sidney Richard Percy.


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