Some people release music mor often then others. William Ogmundson is one of those who constantly release new music, and who am I to decline a spotted post just because you’re “too creative”? William is an American composer from New Hampshire, and you can read more about him here!
Into the Distance is featured on his latest album La Vie En Coluleurs (I think it might be French, and without knowing French at all I would translate it to The colors of life). The album was released in June 2019.
Tell us something about your track Into the Distance!
Into the distance was recorded at Greg Maroney’s studio in Pennsylvania. I was in the process of recording my album La Vie en Couleurs when I noticed a wooden box sitting in the corner. Greg explained it was a shruti box and how it was a drone that worked off of below like a harmonium, so of course I had to try it out! (Greg had a really cool former life where he made a living playing middle eastern music for a belly dancing troupe, but that’s another story).
So, Greg played the shruti box drone, and I improvised a piano part over it, which became Into the Distance. I tried my hand at the shruti as well and Greg played piano, which became his new single Heart of Darkness. The pieces were like yin and yang-mine was light and cheery-his very dark and brooding, which I found fascinating, since we were both just improvising over the same two-note drone (G and D). I thought it was cool to subtly combine eastern and western cultures on a song, and I’ve never attempted a song before that doesn’t have a chord progression, chorus, bridge, or any of the formal elements of composition. It seems to have a centeredness, a feeling of calm, that is unlike anything else I’ve come up with.
Thank you again for sharing your music with us William!