Sometimes the composing process is easy, sometimes it can be like pushing water up a glass slope. Here are some of the inspirations which have contributed to Anno Domini's composing process.
When any track sets its stall out like this, you really can only imagine what was going on in the composers minds. Conflict was actually originally composed in 1991, and was initially conceived as a follow on from an early (unreleased) Anno Domini track called "war". However it wasn't until the late 2000s when the modern version was recorded.
Right at the start of the track, there is a reverse cymbal sound; symbolising an incoming bomb, it is backed by a slowed down sample "just relax, and listen". That is exactly how the band want you to be; relaxed... because this is going to be one hell of a ride.
This version of conflict was released to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.
Multi layered drums and a sawing synth/string lead give a sense of foreboding, the band have set out modern warfare with a dance inspired beat. The madness of warfare is further explored as a sample of Winston Churchill is used, "never in the field of human conflict..."
As the track progresses, you are taken along with its flowing theme; this is a fast paced, almost breathless take on war. Its scary, dramatic, and ultimately respectful.
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Album: Parallel (2013)
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Colossus - a secret project, covered up until the late 1970s. The first programmable digital computer was put to work in 1944 having been developed in the preceding years by Tommy Flowers and his team at the GPO research centre in Dollis Hill, London.
Its an amazing story, and one which ultimately denied one genius his recognition. To find out more about Colossus, please visit the National Museum of Computing at Bletchley Park, UK (@TNMOC). www.tnmoc.org
The inspiration for the album as a whole comes from the development of computing and its uses in the 20th and 21st centuries.
Whilst the UK is in Lockdown due to Covid-19, Anno Domini have been recording and selecting.
Over the last 40 years, we’ve been composing music both together as Anno Domini and individually as solo artists. Many solo tracks have been included on our albums under the Anno Domini name because we both believe that all our music is jointly owned, regardless of its origin. However, for the first time, we’ve divided our INDIVIDUAL music and created two new albums, with every track being ‘hand-picked’ by each of us. Both albums start and end with the same track with representing the oldest and newest tracks from each album. We hope you enjoy this unique opportunity to listen to our INDIVIDUAL music and how we both contribute to the unique Anno Domini sound. #weareannodomini
One Day in May
One Day In May
Album: ... TBC
Inspiration from anywhere is manor from heaven for musicians, but for sports fans who are also musicians? Well, once in a while you get *THAT* moment.
For Anno Domini, that moment had been building throughout the 2018/19 English Premier League season, and Watford FCs run to the FA Cup Final in May 2019
To be in Wembley, for any team is special. To be in Wembley for Watford FC? That is dreamland for the fans. Underlined by the drama o the FA Cup Semi Final Watford played agianst Wolves. 0:2 down with 11 minutes to do, Watford won 3:2 - if that isnt inspiration for a football fan, then nothing is.
With both band members at the game..... music was bound to happen.
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