Friday, December 14, 2012

A miracle and mystery

This disc has got to be on your Christmas wishlist this year. The Italian neo-classical formation Connexon from Naples have taken twenty Ambrosian and Gregorian chants, and transformed them to instrumentals of stunning and consistent high quality. Bassoons, oboes and flutes take over the major vocal lines, with the three violins, viola and cello providing a suitable aural backdrop. Original and fascinating. And essential.

The idea of this little game is to create an album cover for an imaginary artist/group, as well as an imaginary review, following these instructions:

[1] The artist/group: go to the wiki random page generator. The first random Wikipedia article obtained this way is the name of the band or performer. In this case, I ended up with Connexon.
[2] The title: go to the random quotations site. The last four words of the very last quote of the page is the title of the album. The random quote that came up was by H.G. Wells: We must not allow the clock and the calendar to blind us to the fact that each moment of life is a miracle and mystery.
[3] The illustration: pick a suitable one from my Flickr collection. My picture, Waiting forever, can be found here on Flickr. The on-line editing was done with the programme On-line image editor, the font settings selected were Old English Text MT 65 Gold Metallic and Underground 110 white, respectively.

Note: this is a variation on the "Debut album game" that has been making its rounds around bulletin boards and blogs for some time now - the original version called for a random Flickr Explore photograph to be used as the cover. I have been trying to find out who had the original idea, but so far no success.