From the recording Ataraxia

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The Enigma of Existence

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These dark mysteries of the nature of our own miraculous existence and the universe we find ourselves in, can never be fully illuminated by even our best cognitive efforts. Can we ever learn to live with the unfathomable brute fact of existence?

This piece features my own variation on an exotic, ancient Near Eastern scale, to evoke the required mood of mystery and perplexity of the theme of this track. The mode I use in this track has the equivalent intervals as:

E F G# A B C D# E

I also experiment with a percussive style of lyre playing, whereby instead of plucking the strings with either the fingers or a plectrum, I actually hit the strings with a small wooden baton, to create an eerie sound, rather like a hammered dulcimer.