Creating 100 Demons: Part III

The final part in composer Daniel Elms' series on the creation of 100 DEMONS.

I always find that it is one thing to create the pre-composition of a new work and another thing entirely to use those creations in musical and intuitive ways. Often, sticking to a formula rigidly is — in my mind — counterintuitive to the art and act of composition. It took me many months of working with the harmony, the recorded material, the folkloric and theatrical influences before I was at a stage where I could use the pre-composition in a natural way and achieve a state of creative “flow”. But it was the enthusiasm and passion of Manchester Collective, a bold ensemble, unafraid to explore the distinction between music and other mediums, who breathed life into the notes on the page and the ideology that underpinned them.

Full blog entry here.

Creating 100 Demons - Part II

Creating 100 Demons - Part II

"I remember my first visit to see Kodo. Their performance was full of energy and beauty, and executed meticulously, even down to the group’s entry onto the stage. All the while, the seriousness of their art and musical abilities was offset by theatrical, often comical, moments that provided the show with a sense of balance."