The Darkest Night In 500 Years

Program Notes
Depicts a battle of balance to ascend to a higher level of consciousness. This piece is a suggestion of the struggle to clear the 5th Chakra (throat) and move on to connect to the 6th Chakra, the third eye. Chakra philosophy suggests that within the human body there are 7 Chakras: Root, Sacral, Solar, Heart, Throat, Third Eye, and Crown. Those who try to clear and heal corrupt zones must look within to clear the storm that lies inside.
Each chakra is matched with the following note from a musical scale:
1 Root – C
2 Sacral – D
3 Solar – E
4 Heart – F
5 Throat - G
6 Third Eye – A
7 Crown – B
The root note (C) within the piece is corrupted with the constant clash of C#. The Solar note (E) is changed to Eb, symbolizing a mutation of development from the corrupted building blocks of the root chakra. The throat chakra (G) note sings clearly across a battle of toxic chakra zones. There is a suggestion of the Third Eye note (A), but is a faint calling due to such disarray between the lower chakra zones.


Biographical Sketch
Aaron Crawford is currently a student at Missouri Western State University pursuing his Bachelors of Music focused in Music Technology with a Psychology Minor focusing in music cognition. He has worked professionally in the audio field over the past 12 years as a touring musician, live sound engineer, recording engineer, producer, and mixer. In the past he has had pieces diffused at the 2000 and 2002 Electronic Music Midwest Festival. In 2013, Crawford engineered and co-produced the Grammy nominated music group Norma Jean new record “Wrongdoers” which peaked at 35 on the Billboard Music charts.