“Nightmare at the Darlings” — An Original Piece for Piano and Two Violins

Jim Dee
Jim Dee
Oct 26, 2018 · 2 min read
“lightning graphic wallpaper” by Felix Mittermeier on Unsplash

For any friends harboring a curiosity for the aural intersection of classical and psychedelic, I present this new work “Nightmare at the Darlings” for piano and two violins:

I conceived the overarching idea years ago and often experimented with it as a potential solo piano piece, though never succesfully, as it lacked a particular vein of disorientation that eluded me at the time. But, as I’ve been so drawn to violin lately, I realized that adding additional string layers would fulfill the macabre vision — which is to musically describe (and possibly even induce) a frightening, disorienting, unsettling foray into the horrific-psychedelic, though safely and hopefully not without its own kind of beauty that, I think, offers integrity to the experience.

For anyone interested, the piece is notated in 7/8, and is in C minor. :-)

BTW, one reaction I get commonly to my original music is that I should score films — which I would absolutely love to do. Anyone interested in that, please contact me.

Regarding the visuals here… The footage began with a Creative Commons clip by Youtube user iForest1 entitled “forest woods ferns pan 00040”. I converted the footage to B&W, slowed it down, adjusted the contrast, and added the dancing lightning effects atop it. As for the new visuals, feel free to reuse as well. (For the audio, permission is required.)


✍🏻 Jim Dee maintains his personal blog, “Hawthorne Crow,” and a web design blog, “Web Designer | Web Developer Magazine.” He also contributes to various Medium.com publications. Find him at JPDbooks.com, his Amazon Author page, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Medium, or via email at Jim [at] ArrayWebDevelopment.com. His latest novel, CHROO, is available on Amazon.com. If you enjoy humorous literary tales, please grab a copy!

Hawthorne Crow

Tales, rants, observations — blog of Jim Dee, long-haired smart ass, self-employed web developer, hyper-creative writer, musician, renaissance man, defiant, prone to philosophization, as-always a pyro, ever-frustrated cat owner, free agent, bandanna wearer.

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Jim Dee

Web guy at http://ArrayWebDevelopment.com — see also http://JPDbooks.com.

Hawthorne Crow

Tales, rants, observations — blog of Jim Dee, long-haired smart ass, self-employed web developer, hyper-creative writer, musician, renaissance man, defiant, prone to philosophization, as-always a pyro, ever-frustrated cat owner, free agent, bandanna wearer.

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