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The Northerner Diaries Symphonic Sketches

by Jeremy Soule

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As a composer and performer, The Northerner Diaries are my virtual orchestral and choir “sketches” as I work towards the completion of my Symphony 1. These recordings represent wild and unfiltered ideas created in the same vein as concept art you might see from an artist prior to the commencement of an oil painting. At this stage, I have not paid any attention to structural and compositional forms as abstraction from “ginnung” or the “mighty void” is never a predictable process.

But, I am fortunate to have been born in an era of computers that give sound to my notes and this, for me, is inspiring. And while the musical instruments and vocal sounds are computer generated, I performed each instrument and vocal using specialized software, digital keyboards and control interfaces. This process required me to play each element individually, one by one, while I recorded into a multi-track digital audio workstation.

My interest in Scandinavian stories began decades ago. And looking back, I suppose it all started with my exposure to the music of the composers of the region. Of course, Sibelius and Nielsen are giants to me. But living composers such as Jukka Linkola have inspired me as well.

I’ve also spent the last several years of this project studying Old Norse lore. But finding stories to weld into music turned out to be a greater challenge than I had anticipated. First, the language barrier between English and Old Norse is large. And secondly, there are many dialects of Old Norse. I’m thankful for my Icelandic friends that have helped me in working with these texts, but I still have much to learn.

Nevertheless, The Northerner is a journey for me and as I push myself, I am finding that there is always a new way to see this world. Truly, the North is a remarkable place. In my studies of masters such as Vigeland or the prose of the mythological Odin, I’m continually fascinated by what I learn from my neighbors in the North.

I’m grateful for your support of The Northerner project. Thank you for taking this journey with me. I hope you enjoy The Northerner Diaries!

- Jeremy Soule

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released July 5, 2018

Composed, Orchestrated & Performed by Jeremy Soule

Julian Soule - Executive Producer
Jeron Moore - Producer
Josh Hodges - Art Direction
Photography by Jeremy Soule & Jeron Moore

Special Thanks to: Wesley Ballew, Carole Barnes, Gordon Bellamy, Bruce Broughton, Samir Bitar, Dmetri Bourkovski, George Broussard, Russell Brower, Tim Carroll, Carlos Castro, Chris Chung, Leila Connor, Brian Costa, Michael D'alessandra, John Davison, Pen & Wendy Densham, Ross & Audrey DeRoche, Leonardo DiCaprio, James Egbert, Barry Fall, The Soule Family, The Mednick Family, The Brueck Family, The Bayot Family, The Stone Family, The Bubbenheim Family, Attila Fodor, Troels & Tawnia Folmann, Doug Frank, Ted & Leigh Fujimoto, Gary Garritan, David Georgeson, Grant Gershon, David & Wendy Glass, Joel Green, Gabriel Guardian, Tina Guo, Crispin Hands, Edward R. Hearn, Brian & Rochelle Heywood, S. Bryan Hickox, Eustace Hicks, Iris Hodges, Peter Hollens, Todd Howard, The Inky, Simon James, John Johnson, Jonah Johnson, Henry & Andrea Johnson, Bryce Jones, Anne Juenger, Ehud Kaldes, Martin Kantola, Brenda Kell, Lyle & Dorothy Kell, Larry Kenton, John Kurlander, Guy Laliberte, John Laraio, Nick Laviers, Oleksa Lozowchuk, Rigan Machado, Greg MacMartin, Malukah, Jonathan Mavor, Paul McCabe, Richard McWhorter, Junichi Miki, Dominic Milano, Scott Miller, Ed & Chrystal Mills, Linda Moore, James Moore, Giovani Georgio & Francisca Moroder, Mike Murray, Nick Murray, Jayson Napolitano, Michael Nash, Eric Persing, Paul Paccione Ph.D, James Savage Ph.D, Michael Campbell Ph.D, Martin Pompadur, Pookie, Alex Rabb, Mark Remeikis, Charles Rex, Brian Richmond, Reed Ruddy, George "The Fat Man" Sanger, Ted Schilowitz, Hannes & Viola Schimmel-Vogel, William & Phyllis Scott, Chad & Susie Seiter, Amrita Sen, George Shangrow, Thomas Schoos, Sherry St. Germain, Larry Starr, Robert & Julia Stein, Lindsey Sterling, Tommy Tallarico, Chris Taylor, Arnie Toshner, Scott Tsumura, Murray Watts, Dale Warland, Tina Wilson, Ace Yukawa, Peter Ziegler

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