Ordinary [Light & Shadow Version]

by Jeremy Clarke & Marcello van Freese

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My next work for my good friend Jeremy Clarke, the british-born poet in residence at Eton College and writer on Rufus Books. After our first collaboration, it was only natural to have a second music creation as an addition to his words. The result is a really meditative, deeply moving composition.

Ordinary is a re-imagining, a modern, urban context of 'The Ordinary of the Mass of the Western Church', and its five prayers: Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus and Agnus Dei. Here, the prayers have been given over to 'ordinary' urban subjects - the suggestion being that there is significance, indeed a kind of holiness, in the slightest, most throwaway circumstances and situations. It is simply a matter of perspective. A stark and simple beauty resides in every thing, if we look long enough, or differently.

My part of the collaboration concerns, as always, the auditive exploration to reach and extend the listener's mind with my own vision and understanding of ambient background music. I took some of the previously used synths and field recordings of our first collaboration and mixed them together with new accents and another main focus on the subtle melodies by taking out the massive melancholy and changing the whole piece into a more spriritual one.

Due to the subtlety of sound details, this track is best listened to using headphones, as it was made up of multiple layers of sounds and sound effects taken from the life (exterior and interior) of the city, meticulously crafted and created specifically for this work.

This piece is also available from jeremyclarke.bandcamp.com.


released January 4, 2013
Words by Jeremy Clarke, 2012
Music by Marcello van Freese, 2012/2013
Mastered by Sergey Kosov, 2013



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Music and poetry for sensitive souls and nostalgic dreamers in a warm variety of electronica and spoken words.

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