Du Malone writes: In Music for #FM20 I sought to identify suitable music for listening whilst playing my Black Sea saves.
The selections worked for me — but that was months ago and it’s time to refresh.
Since I am now beginning an MFC Mykolaiv save, I decided to take the opportunity to search for suitable Ukrainian music.
A search on databases, principally Amazon music, yielded the following candidate genres:
- sacred choral music
- folk songs and traditional dances
- pop / rock (including modernised approaches to traditional music)
Sacred music in the Orthodox tradition often sounds attractive to me — and I was delighted to find collections from a number of countries in the Black Sea region — for example, Polyphonic Orthodox hymns.
But there is way too much discordance between such music and FM! FM is many things — FM is many good things — but sacred it is not.
Exploration of folk music and traditional dances threw up a different problem: on the compilations I discovered (an example here) most of the tracks were very short — typically a couple of minutes.
For FM, that’s no good. You don’t really want several songs in the space of a single half of FM game play.
The main discovery in the area of modern styles of music was the band, The Ukrainians. I tried listening to the album, Unfortunately, for me, this just proved a non-starter. No doubt the band has many followers, but I won’t be joining them.
This left one candidate: classical. In my searches under this heading I discovered composers I’d never heard of — for example, Yevhen Stankovych. A useful source was a compilation sub-titled ‘Journey to freedom‘.
Unfortunately when listening to them I was frequently thrown back on the problem of appropriateness. When playing FM I think ideally I want a melodic sweep to carry me along. From that point of view, the pieces I listened to by Stankovych (b. 1942) proved too expressionist, with too much unsettling contrast in rhythm and volume.
And so I fear that, to date at least, I’ve drawn a blank. I’m hoping that, by publishing this, readers might come forward with recommendations.
In the meantime, I will, on the musical front, have to look forward to my planned saves in Russia (with PFC Sochi) and Georgia — though that should yield plenty of candidates.