Originally published on Lotus Magma (old site) 8 July 2011
Composer Alexander Morte shows off his creative genius with profound, classical music inspired, instrumental pieces. Although classical music might not be among your favourite genres, Morte's powerful, dramatic and compelling tracks are guaranteed to leave you breathless. When you are listening to Morte, you find yourself becoming so immersed that you start to form a story in your mind, and may contemplate many different ideas, therefore his music is great in the background, whilst thinking or reading.
In "When all hopes are gone", you may feel sadness whilst listening but also uplifted at certain parts. These different and often conflicting emotions reveal the pieces' humanity.
When I listened for the first time I imagined an epic struggle between good and evil but after subsequent listening, I heard a lot more on the smaller scale, that all together add to make the piece superb. Likewise, "Awakening in another life" can make you feel like your standing on Everest at some points but then can also inflict severe melancholy through it's morose undertones. Through tracks like this we can hear an ongoing theme of disappointment and tragedy, which combined, can create a powerful effect on the listener to feel for the artist or even sometimes to feel the same way themselves.
Another interesting, and more contemporary feature, in Morte's music is the use of sampled sounds, for example, the sound of thunder and rain, battle drums and a wolf howling. Some would say that this technique is too experimental to enjoy or at it's worst, is clichéd or unoriginal, and usually I would tend to agree, however, in this case these sampled sounds fit perfectly and only serve to enforce the idea that Morte's music could and should be part of the soundtracks to films. In addition, his tracks are mixed to a professional standard and the composition and organisation of the music is flawless.
Music that evokes such strong emotion needs to be heard by everyone, and though Morte has other musical projects, most of his Myspace hits seem to come from people who are infatuated by his instrumental tracks. His music is available to buy on iTunes, and Amazon and also on CD directly from him. After hearing the sample pieces on his official MySpace page, I doubt anyone would be able to resist purchasing his album.