This year my monthly challenge is to create a piece of electronic music using only one short field recording to create the whole piece on the theme of Imaginary Creatures. The sample or field recording will have a connection to the creature but this month is seemingly a strange choice.
In Greek mythology THE SEIRENES (Sirens) were three monstrous sea-nymphs who lured sailors to their death with a bewitching song. They were formerly handmaidens of the goddess Persephone and when she was secretly abducted by Hades, Demeter gave them the bodies of birds to assist in the search. In ancient Greek art The Sirens were depicted as birds with either the heads or entire upper bodies of women. In mosaic art they were depicted with just bird legs – Theoi.com
Hence, I chose an original field recording of peacocks, who not only are alluring and have beautiful feathers but also have loud raucous calls, which I thought might make for strange voices of Sirens, with a bit of processing.
My Sirens are looming out of a darkness, fierce bird like creatures sounding like foghorns, screeching and wailing as they sit in rocky sea caves for their next prey.
The artwork is by Museleon.