Scene and Heard – Environment


Environment is the fourth track from Shaun Bracey’s Scene and Heard album. Inspired by an image taken by Jamie Randall of three silver wind turbines the piece is a musical representation of the struggle between man and nature to achive balance and sustainability. One purchase enables download to 5 devices.


This picture contains many contrasts for me; black/silver, harshness/gracefulness, nature/technology. Wind turbines cause a great deal of controversy and I wanted the music for this piece to explore the uneasy relationship between man and the natural world. To begin with nature reigns supreme with gentle chords in D major. Gradually we hear the turbines turn using the unrelated key of F# major, clashing against nature and gathering momentum until they settle into a consistent rhythm. With the move to F# minor there is some compromise, as though the whirring sails have started to blend into the natural landscape. The music then gathers pace and nature and technology dance together, albeit with a sense of unease. The piece ends with a gentle conversation between the two themes which I hope represents the future of our planet; man and nature maintaining a difficult, but ever hopeful balance.

The open environment, unplagued by man’s folly. Then, slowly, sails gather speed, striding as they groan across ancient ways. Beauty, eye-beholden? One evil, one saint, one scourge, one solution.

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