The Hidden Path is the 32nd song in the free background music series: longzijun.wordpress.com/2010/05/28/free-background-music/
A shorter seven-minute version of the song is also available.
If you are having downloading problems, please refer to this page: Downloading Problems (Free Background Music Series).
About the Video
The video features Lee Chan. who choreographed and performed the dance, which combines classical ballet, contemporary dance and yoga.
Choreography & dance: Lee Chan
Video shooting: Teresa Ng, longzijun
Music, video shooting and video editing: longzijun
About the Music
The song was recording using Cakewalk’s Home Studio. Most of the parts were played on a Korg M50 synthesizer. I also played alto saxophone in one section. The percussion parts were mostly created using pre-recorded hits and loops.
Duration: 11 minutes
Tempo: 115 bpm
The song is influenced by some African styles, most notably Juju music (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J%C3%B9j%C3%BA_music). If you are interested in finding out about this music form, King Sunny Ade is a good place to start. Here is a clip of his song Ase:
You can find the East African music influences in The Hidden Path in the way that the song:
- Relies on a strictly pentatonic scale. In this song’s case, the scale is related to C minor and only includes the notes C, E flat, F, G and B flat. This means there most of the traditional triads found in Western chord progressions cannot be formed. For example, the typical C minor chords of ii (D diminished), iv (F minor) and VI (A major) would need an A, while v (G minor) and VII (B flat major) would need a D. The use of the pentatonic scale also places a pretty great restriction on melodic possibilities.
- Emphasizes the interplay between melodic instruments playing rhythmic, repetitive lines and percussion instruments of offering a kind of melodic counterpoint through the use of different pitches and timbres. The distinction between melody and rhythm is slightly blurred.
- Features a song structure that doesn’t really on the usual verse chorus and bridge structure. It focuses more on the different kinds of grooves created by combining melodies and rhythms.
Of course, there are electronic music influences as well, such as the music in the album by David Byrne and Brian Eno—My Life in the Bush of Ghosts (which is also influenced by African timbres and rhythms).
The Carrier (from My Life in the Bush of Ghosts)
The Hidden Path was composed as a companion piece to my most popular song: Dreams, which is loosely inspired by Balinese Gamelan music.