The winter storm takes many forms. Blinding blizzard of snow. Freezing water born on howling wind. Barren branches, helpless victims, sway precariously, threaten to break, and oftimes do. Wind and freezing rain is the likely scenario for the Oroville, California winter storm which inspires this treated photograph by artist Jerry Langell. But Langell’s storm is about more than a winter confluence of natural elements. It is about a sense of ghostly possession, of death’s seasonal reign, a palpable charge of negative, repellant energy. It is a hostile spirit taking over trees, all of nature, so vulnerable without foliage or the nurture of sunshine.
Composer Laszlo Benko highlites in his audio track a unique energy which we can associate with the storm. It is perhaps more positive than we might expect in mood. The wasp buzz effect speaks of a energetic charge that seems to saturate the mist. His pentatonic phrases might suggest a more remote location for our enchanted tree, or perhaps we are invited to ponder this wonder of nature from an Eastern, more contemplative perspective.
The current project is an entry in the 2016 Midisparks Winter Composers Contest. The theme of the contest is abstraction in nature, and particularly in Winter. We invite you to cast your vote for Oroville Winter Storm.
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