Creating 100 Demons - Part II

Part II of composer Daniel Elms' series on the creation of this new work.

The distorted sounds of the parade were created from the phonemes of an ancient text that was said to protect anyone unlucky enough to be discovered by the Night Parade. I approached different linguists, both academic and non-academic, with the text, yet no one was able to provide a definitive translation due to the ancient language involved. However, an approximate explanation of the text is that by reading it aloud, one presents oneself as a fellow demon, who is late to the parade due to being too drunk to show up on time. This single statement is a wonderful example of the comical nature that underpins much of the traditional folklore I researched: often implementing comic or satirical gestures to create a sense of balance in works of darker, more malevolent nature.

Full blog entry here.

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