Years composed: 2016
Instrumentation: 2222 / 2221 / timp, 2 perc / str
Duration (approx.): 3′
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I’ve been a heavy metal fan since I began playing music. The naked aggression, the adrenaline inducing energy, the driving rhythms, the scary sometimes post-human vocals; this was the perfect thing for an angsty, angry teenager to fall into. It was the first medium to really show me the potential for pure, raw, unadulterated expression. And not only expression, but the way to really craft and orchestrate gigantic walls of sound that fills amphitheaters and blows out eardrums.
This is the kind of raw energy that I tried to capture in Rock Salt.
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