Rauschen Time was written in response to Disquiet Junto Project 0401: Noise Pacing
Step 1: Familiarize yourself with the German word “rauschen.” Understand that “rauschen” is noise in the sense of white noise, waterfall noise, background noise, static, wind in trees, rain, etc. The blurred, diffuse, continuous kind of noise, not short individual non-tonal sounds.
Step 2: You are going to make music in which one or more “rauschen” noise(s) will be used as the beat or rhythm for a track. Record and listen back to such “rauschen.”
Step 3: Select one or more noise elements.
Step 4: Create a track using the elements from Step 3 as beats or rhythmic material, and then layer something melodic atop it.
Unpitched percussion makes for nice white noise, and the different instruments allow timbres that work against and in concert with one another. I used several clusters of instruments when putting together a theme, which shows itself, but is generally not easily identifiable. Two double stopped string bass groups gave a bottom to everything – although toned they acted more as low, dark white noise.
The idea was to offer an industrial feeling, something that might accompany the movie Metropolis.
Rauschen Time was written for two Horns, two Trombones, Bass Drum, Maracas, Cymbals, Gong, Snare Drum, Tambourine, Violin, Viola, Cello and String Bass.