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Vela / Velorum

Velorum was born out of a growing frustration with some of the mundane instruments that accompany the software sequencer I use to compose music. Whilst seeking to vent this built-up frustration, I found that by playing certain instruments out of their intended range and disabling a number of essential parameters on their interfaces, the sounds produced became unstable and glitched, fluctuating randomly between some of the basic waveforms that build up the complex timbres within the intended ranges of the instruments. This discovery lead to the creation of the instrument, or more specifically the sound produced by this instrument, that formed the foundation of Velorum, and the piece just evolved from there.

Despite being the preceding piece, Vela was actually born out of Velorum. These two pieces were also initially intended to be one long composition with Vela acting as a short introduction. However, the piece began to evolve and became distinctly different in sound to the main body of work. I wanted to let the piece breathe but at the same time its duration began to surpass that of which I wanted to dedicate to an introduction; it was clear that Vela had evolved into a piece of its own. Due to this, it felt natural to split the composition as a whole into two separate pieces, but at the same time maintain the relationship with a fluid transition between the respective parts.

The name comes from the constellation Vela in the southern sky, of which Velorum is the genitive form of the word. Its name is Latin for sails of a ship. During the composition process, I was reading about the Vela constellation and adopted the name as a working title, which consequently stuck. When I split the composition into two pieces, I decided to use the genitive form of the word for the second piece to again maintain the relationship between the two pieces despite the separation.

Hope you enjoy!

Russell / February 2014