Valravn

As some of you may know I have a deep interest in how sound can be processed into something that may retain the essence of the original but is also very different. I’m on a perpetual learning curve and even after all the years I’ve been doing this, I still get excited by anomolies and accidents of chance with sound.

This year my monthly challenge is to create a piece of electronic music using only one short field recording to create the whole piece. The field recording will be as near a representation of the thing I’m writing about.There is also a theme for the year that will become clear after a few months. Eventually, I’ll put them all together as a collection on Bandcamp, (which I’m in the process of doing for last years project, Haiku)

My first piece – Valravn (Raven of the Slain), is based on the Norse mythological creature, a supernatural raven. There are many versions of the Valravn myth in traditional Danish folklore. Sometimes they are described as originating from ravens who ate the bodies of the dead on the battlefield and transformed into a knight after eating the heart of a child. In another version of the late 1800s, when a king or chieftain was killed in battle and not found and buried, ravens were said to eat him becoming valravne. The valravne that ate the king’s heart gained human knowledge. They were evil creatures performing malicious acts, leading people astray, had superhuman powers, and were “terrible animals”.(wiki)

In my track, I took a short clip of a raven cawing and created the whole piece using just this one sound.

Artwork is by Museleon.

Thanks to trouxel on Freesound for the raven clip, corbeau 1 (public domain)