Last modified: Saturday, 7 June, 2008, 4:47:42 AM.
A few weeks ago, I happened to listen in to an interview on the radio while I was driving. I couldn’t tell who the person was, or why this individual was being interviewed on the radio show, but the gist of the conversation seemed to revolve around the process of creation (or rather, innovation). Essentially, the interviewee had divulged to the listeners the key steps (in her opinion, I would think) in one’s attempt to create something: step one, take an existing idea or product; step 2, add to it your own ideas or reinterpret it according to your own vision; step 3, repeat step 2 until the new item is distinguishable from the original. Voilà. As I recall those steps in my mind, I realized that this is a no-brainer for anyone who has attempted picking up a new creative skill, like song-writing. Basing an idea on an existing work does not only provide a reference point, but it also provides an understanding on why and how the original idea works.
On that note, the first track under the Ramandu moniker was formed under similar circumstances, having been influenced by another of Eisley‘s demo tracks (if you are slightly confused, ‘Magnificence’ was completed two days prior to ‘Fade Away‘, but I felt it worked better as a second track). Originally titled ‘Peter The Magnificent’, the song was inspired by the character Peter Pevensie from the Narnian novels (yes, I am a bigger fan of Lewis’s fantasy series than I am of Rowling’s). I remember being so in awe of the character’s integrity, bravery and brotherly kindness – even after death, as he led the Narnians to rapture – that I was moved to create a song. In 2008, the track also received a makeover; it’s gotten a little faster, a secondary guitar part and less abrupt transitions between the loud and quiet(er) parts. In the process, the track felt like it was no longer informed by a single character, but rather by the magnificent parallel world in which he resides.