Christopher Stewart's Articles (136)

Dam (The Dam part 4)

The fourth movement of « The Dam » is entitled simply « Dam. » In the storyline, this is when the obstacle is recognized and the necessity of dealing with it is accepted. The truth of the matter is finally being faced.

The lyrics are pretty much ready, so better let them tell the story.

1st verse

The feeling is getting stronger / I'm aware of a dam

Building internally / This is…

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Added by Christopher Stewart on May 16, 2011 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Rapids (The Dam part 3 - revisited)

In « Rapids, » the third part of « The Dam, » the protagonist/narrator is being carried from a mostly disappointing river straight into an heretofore unseen dam.

The intent behind this instrumental section is to convey a feeling of being taken ahead by an unrelenting force, and to let the listener reflect on the discourse presented in « River. »

In the storyline, the rapids represent the rising tension which…

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Added by Christopher Stewart on May 12, 2011 at 9:00pm — No Comments

On The Origin Of Flight

i remember, once, i couldn't walk

sure, i could move by myself

but i couldn't walk

perhaps, i didn't feel the need to

possibly, i was happy crawling on hands and knees



yet, i could see

and from what i could see, others were walking

obviously, they had stood up, and they were walking

and i was not, but hey, i was happy crawling



and then one day, i don't remember why

i tried to stand up, but i couldn't and fell down

and so i kept… Continue

Added by Christopher Stewart on May 2, 2011 at 11:19pm — No Comments

Architects Of Progress

it was a path, a road, a way forward

it was not just any other day

yet, in a sense, it could have been



had it been the unusual sunshine

the melodies of the birds

or something in the air



lures material

she now knew empty



she had chosen progress

it had become possible





it was a number, a goal, an ideal

it was not just any other whim

yet, in a sense, how could it be otherwise ?



had it been the many… Continue

Added by Christopher Stewart on May 2, 2011 at 9:12pm — No Comments

Uncoiling part 1 (revisited)

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Added by Christopher Stewart on May 1, 2011 at 10:00pm — No Comments

The Winged Life (revisited)

« The Winged Life » takes its name from William Blake's poem « Eternity » :

He who binds himself to a joy

Does the winged life destroy

But he who kisses the joy as it flies

Lives in eternity's sunrise

This piece is a singularity as far as the poligrafic repertoire is concerned.…

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Added by Christopher Stewart on April 30, 2011 at 10:00am — No Comments

Confrontation (Polygraph part 2)

« Polygraph » is intended as a portrait of human relationships turning to the sour, hinting at the necessity of constant genuineness. The suite lasts about ten minutes and is composed of the following four sections : « Exposition, » « Confrontation, » « Deliberation, » and « Vindication. »

The second movement, « Confrontation, » aims to depict the often difficult yet cathartic experience of having to stand one's ground and…

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Added by Christopher Stewart on April 28, 2011 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Exposition (Polygraph part 1 - revisited)

« Polygraph » is intended as a portrait of human relationships turning to the sour, hinting at the necessity of constant genuineness. The composition lasts a little over 10 minutes and is composed of the following four sections :

  1. Exposition
  2. Confrontation
  3. Consideration
  4. Vindication

I have a particular fondness for that piece of music. One fine evening many years ago, the…

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Added by Christopher Stewart on April 27, 2011 at 9:00pm — 1 Comment

Leftoverturned

When I complete a composition there are often unused ideas left. Some of those I find actually pretty good but if I can’t see how to fit them into the piece then there’s not much choice but to discard them. For a while.

I rarely delete stuff, I archive. Once in a while I browse the archives and listen to such ideas in no particular order, and sometimes I get to see a way to combine some of them. Then I have the seed of a new…

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Added by Christopher Stewart on April 25, 2011 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Void

On a background of Wall Street Bailouts and Large Hadron Colliders, « Void » paints sunyata, the Buddhist concept of emptiness.

From Wikipedia :

In Buddhism, the realization of emptiness of inherent existence is a “state of pure consciousness” in which the practitioner realizes all particular objects…

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Added by Christopher Stewart on April 18, 2011 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Leaving The Ashram

 



« Leaving The Ashram » is the third chapter of « Entering The Stream, » a trilogy describing an episode of intense introspection that will open our second album, « Satori. »

This instrumental suite comprises four movements :

  • Meditative Walk
  • Running The Last Stretch
  • The Tabla Master’s Enigma
  • The Ordinary II

It was originally put together in 2004, way before…

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Added by Christopher Stewart on April 16, 2011 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Waking In Heaven





« Waking In Heaven » is a short instrumental about learning to trust life and allowing it to do its thing so we can end up where we belong, healed, hopeful, happy, and in love with life.





The composition starts with a minimalist approach, goes to the grandiose, and then takes a leap for the celestial. An irresistible mood lifter for me, it works well on its own, but I have a feeling that it could end up as the concluding…

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Added by Christopher Stewart on April 14, 2011 at 10:00am — No Comments

Stereoscopy



« Stereoscopy » is the definitive title of a song which I used to refer to as « Point Of View. » I changed my mind about the title while writing and singing the melodies, thinking that the former word doesn’t get the chance to be employed very often, while the latter phrase is rather common. Well, around here at least.

The underlying idea of the song is that of the benefit of sharing perspectives, for instance to get…

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Added by Christopher Stewart on April 13, 2011 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Why « Samsara » ?

 Poligraf’s first album will be entitled « Samsara » in reference to the cycle of reincarnation in Buddhist culture.

Samsara is a Sanskrit and Pali term derived from to « flow together, » « to go or pass through states, » « to wander, » and which translates as « continuous movement » or « continuous flowing. »



In Buddhism, it refers to the concept of a cycle of birth and consequent decay and death, in which all beings in the…

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Added by Christopher Stewart on December 15, 2010 at 4:00pm — 2 Comments

Epilogue (Juggernaut part 6)



("Steamroller" by dam)





The closing movement of « Juggernaut » is entitled, simply, « Epilogue. »



Inspired by ELP's «…

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Added by Christopher Stewart on December 13, 2010 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Introversion & Intervention (The Chrome Lake parts 1 & 2)



("introvert-study" by Robert___T)





« The Chrome Lake » is the core middle part of the « Entering The Stream » trilogy. Lasting a little over 12 minutes, the composition depicts one episode of intense soul-searching, and…

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Added by Christopher Stewart on December 12, 2010 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Multilethalead (Octoccata part 8)



("Label from a bottle of O·c·t·a·T·o·n·i·c" by Christopher Stewart, using a picture of William Henry Fox Talbot by Antoine Claudet)





The eighth and final movement of « Octoccata » is entitled « Multilethalead » and…

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Added by Christopher Stewart on December 11, 2010 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Marimbariation (Octoccata part 7)



("Athletics tracks finish line" by Petey21)





« Marimbariation » takes its name from the brief passage featuring the marimba that leads this seventh movement of the « Symphony of Eights. »



Once the percussive instrument concludes its opening…

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Added by Christopher Stewart on December 10, 2010 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Progigoriation (Octoccata part 6)



("Nixie eight" by L. Marie)





How on Earth can a musical movement be named « Progigoriation » you ask ? Well, obviously, because it's the prog rock variation of another similar movement entitled « Igorchestral » I emphatically reply.…

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Added by Christopher Stewart on December 9, 2010 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Reoctoverture (Octoccata part 5)



("behind the eight ball" by eschipul)





The next segment of « Octoccata » is entitled « Reoctoverture. » Basically, this section is a reprise of the introduction, hence the name, as it restates the theme presented therein, albeit…

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Added by Christopher Stewart on December 8, 2010 at 4:30pm — No Comments

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