Dwight Goodyear | Fireflies

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by Dwight Goodyear

Experimental world music for piano, koto, and ensemble that explores appearance and disappearance through the symbolism, behavior, and imagery of the firefly.
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1. Fireflies (Messengers)
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2. Firefly Tree I
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3. Fireflies (Warriors)
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4. Catching Fireflies I
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5. Firefly (Blue Ghost)
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6. The Summer of Fireflies
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7. Fireflies (Assassins)
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8. The Firefly (a Strange Dream)
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9. Firefly (Femme Fatale)
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10. Catching Fireflies II
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11. Firefly Tree II
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12. Grave of the Fireflies
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Album Notes
Experimental world music for solo piano, piano and koto, and piano and koto with small ensemble. Composed, performed, and produced by Dwight Goodyear. These works explore the dynamics of appearance and disappearance through the symbolism, behavior, and imagery of the firefly. Many tracks were inspired by Japanese myths of fireflies as ghostly messengers (tracks 1, 5, 9, 12), lovers (tracks 4, 5, 6, 9, 10), and warriors (tracks 3, 7). In track 8 all three aspects come together in a musical interpretation of the Japanese tale F. Hadland Davis entitled "A Strange Dream" (you can read this online). The two "Catching Fireflies" pieces are metaphors for our efforts to capture enchanting things that elude us. The two "Firefly Tree" pieces were inspired by the phenomenon whereby thousands of fireflies gather together in a tree and flash in synchronized patterns of energy at once ethereal (represented by the synth sounds and effects) and Earthbound (represented by the cellos and low koto pitches). There are two minimalistic pieces that model signaling behavior of certain fireflies (the Blue Ghost and Femme Fatale). The Blue Ghost firefly emits a glow that increases and decreases which I tried to capture in the piece; the Femme Fatale firefly sends mating signals and then kills the approaching male firefly. "Grave of the Fireflies", inspired by the film of the same name, is a haunting elegy for those who disappeared in the face of very different fireflies: the fireflies of war. In terms of imagery, I emulated the flashes of fireflies at various distances and luminosities by employing a musical pointillism with various levels of reverb and volume. All these works combine aspects of Western music with Japanese aesthetics and music. They were realized using a keyboard set to control various samples. Approach them as you would fireflies at night.


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