What lurks under the surface of a glistening river flowing?
All seems calm and tranquil BUT there are things that swim in ‘packs’ looking for prey beneath the surface.
The Amazon is about 4000 miles long and is a myriad of tributaries, inlets, swamps and pools teaming with wildlife. As some are beautiful others are, not so beautiful, and are deadly.
I set out to create a tranquil riverscape but like most of my tracks they evolve into other things quite by chance and being involved with Music Weeklies ( www.musicweeklieschallenge.com/ ) has given me space and spurred me more to experiment with very old gear and sounds. I usually spend a large proportion of my time thinking about a subject and what type of sounds might evoke that thing or image, like a painter does with paint. But, like an artist who likes to experiment with colour and techniques, very often too much knob twiddling results in happy accidents and this is one of those tracks, altering my ideas a great deal.
Eureka! a sound that to me was like a shoal of angry hunting piranhas looking for prey enmasse.
It’s a simple tale of nature, the hunters and the hunted and here at the end in a dark pool, one lucky piranha muscles its way into the writhing throng and thumping the side of the prey with its jaws, tears off good sized chunks of flesh.
I knew watching poorly made B movies on rainy afternoons would come in handy one day.
Artwork based on a photo by Attis 1979 of a Red Bellied Piranha (Pygocentrus Nattereri) on Wikimedia under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic License.