Peace through music

Greetings, everyone!

My first two music analysis dealt with stress, evil, and death

I thought I had to change that.

That’s why I chose a music from Aion, the MMORPG (online game), which is called “Fairy of Peace”. The name says it all. Though, I will have to demonstrate it, of course!

I am offering you the opportunity to learn more about the world of Aion a little bit & its wonderful music.

What you need to know, to understand it, is that you have two factions : Elyos (“good guys”) and Asmodians (“bad guys”). You can choose which faction you want and the class a bit later. Personnally, I was an Elyos and a Spiritmaster (a witch and her pet, in other words).Screen Aion 11 Yes, that’s me and my earth spirit. And my other cute little pet.

The image above the title is also my character, meditating. It’s peace we’re talking about, I said.

I had really good memories and made friends thanks to that game. I played for 3 years if I’m not mistaking, and I must admit I miss it. I haven’t played for almost two years (in September). However, I don’t have time to play like I used to…

The game is Korean, and the music I will scrutinize was composed by Yang Bang-Ean (Ryo Kunihiko). He composed the first soundtrack, then there was an other one composed by Inro Joo and Wonki Kim. I tried to look for the rest but I couldn’t find it, unfortunately.

It was hard to find the right music to analyse, they are all so beautiful… I discovered some from the Asmodian side that were also marvelous… but I will discuss another one another day. I promise.

The Analysis

First, here is the video:

Then, let’s go!

As usual, I have divided the musical piece into different parts, so that I will explain step by step:

  • 0:00-0:42  Part A
  • 0:42-1:37  Part B
  • 1:37-1:55  Transition
  • 1:55-2:50  Part B’
  • 2:50-3:12  Part C
  • 3:12-3:51  Part A’
  • 3:51-end   Ending

Part A

The first instruments that can be heard are the harp and the triangle. The harp could represent feminity – which can also be associated to the fairy, fairies who are usually women – and the triangle adds the fantasy genre to the music. The notes performed by the harp are getting higher, and meanwhile the flute makes its entrance. It is high-pitched, it does a theme that makes you dream, that makes you want to achieve that dream, and it is inspiring.

The flute leads as it performs the theme, and it is then accompanied by the chords, that join them (= flute, triangle, harp). I tend to say that the chords could add some drama, though here, it’s not drama but it’s not joy either.

Around 0:35-0:37 a crystal sound can be heard, enhancing the fantasy. From these first 40s, clearly, it is relaxing, it procures well-being. It is pleasant to hear.

When you hear the flute, you feel the freedom, the theme seems to be free as the notes are long and high-pitched. The tempo can be given through the harp and the chords, which are doing something entirely different from each other and from the flute. They are not following the flute but their own freedom, emphasizing the liberty.

I always tell what I hear and what it tells. Though, sometimes, you have to pay attention to what you do not hear. Here, I’m talking about the drums. They are not here to set the tempo. But when you set the tempo, you are imposing it, meaning there is no freedom. Therefore, their absence clearly highlights the liberty – again.

Part B

This is my favourite part, maybe it is due to the piano as I am a pianist, but to me, it is even more relaxing.

The piano is at first alone, playing its own theme. It means that nothing is bothering it, so it is peaceful. I also feel some loneliness about how the notes are played. There is this impression that it is taking its time – it is due to the long notes played sometimes, although it is actually perfectly rhythmic. These long notes are actually foreshadowed by the pedal of the piano, holding the previous notes.

At 1:06 the chords arrive, preceded by the crystal sound, adding more magic to the musical piece. Long notes are played by the chords, they are accompanying the piano, and what they are playing is different. Little by little there is more intensity between the two, getting forte, and then they end up getting along by doing the same notes with a decrescendo (1:24-1:29). A weird dark sound can be heard in the background while we still hear the piano – maybe to tell that there is still an issue going on, bringing some kind of dramatic tone.

Transition

It seems to be the issue I was mentioning before, some kind of fight between two groups : chords vs piano + harp + triangle. First with a crescendo, then a decrescendo, as if it were a small argument. I made up these two groups because the chords are on their own, and the rest are playing the same thing. It is as if they were trying to determine who would lead. At the end of the transition, the harp can be heard doing a glissando. To me, it – again – sounds magical.

Part B’

The flute appears again, and it is the leader, too. It is doing the theme from the piano (Part B), and this is why I called it “Part B'”.  The piano is almost following the flute (it is comprehensible, it’s his own theme), and the chords too. It signifies that the flute really is the leader & the fairy of peace, and the two groups are to follow it, to make peace. The fairy wants them to get along and I actually heard a French horn, that belong to the group of the chords. So this is what we have, and what I deduced:

  • Group 1: Chords (violins, viola) + French horn = Asmodians (because it is a bit darker due to the low pitched notes).
  • Group 2: Piano, Harp, Triangle = Elyos

And the fairy [of peace] tries to unite them, instead of making war – it is her role.

At 2:18, the notes of the flute get higher, it is also more forte, there is more intensity – as if it were getting angry. At the same time, the piano & chords add more notes even though they try to follow the flute – maybe that’s why it gets angrier.

At 2:36, there is an “agreement” between the three of them: they are all together. It represents their unity. However, the fairy [flute] left at 2:44 and the piano and chords remain: they do not do the same thing, the unity cannot last because of the departure of the flute.

Part C

A woman is singing, accompanied by the piano. She leads and there is this feeling that she is like some kind of goddess. There are 3 voices, and I actually have the impression that they are not from the same woman but are all different. Maybe they represent the leader from each group (1+2) and the fairy. To me, the first one might be the goddess of the Elyos as the glissando of the harp can be heard right after; the second one for the Asmodians as she seems angered, and the other one is the fairy. This is all it makes me think of…

Then after the third woman, the French horn makes its appearance with the rest: the harp, the chords, the flute (the piano is still present) & it leads to our Part A’.

Part A’

As I said before, every instrument I quoted until now are present, with the flute playing the theme she did in the beginning of the musical piece – still leading. Now it is more majestic, amplified by the crescendo. The chords get higher notes and they are more like those from the flute. The piano, however, does not follow the flute & the chords. This majestic feature is even more taking its tall at 3:30 with the French horn, it gets more intense.

The piano and the chords seem to get along after that but between 3:46 and 3:50 they don’t. It is calmer here thanks to the flute which appeased them.

Ending

The ending is still quite calm. The first group involving the violins, violas, and the French horn can be heard, with all the instruments together. It seems a bit dark and it is done on purpose as it is supposed to represent the Asmodians’ faction, but at 4:02 the harp makes its entry with a glissando and seems to pacify that darkness, even though it belongs to the opposite faction.

At 4:08 the harp is alone, but it is then joined by the chords at 4:14 and they play exactly the same thing. It signifies that they came to an agreement and made peace. At last.

Conclusion

The musical piece is about peace, represented by the flute, which also represents the fairy [of peace]. There are two groups, representing each faction from the game:

  1. Asmodians, with: the chords (violins, viola), the French horn.
  2. Elyos, with: harp, piano, triangle.

Throughout the musical piece, the two factions do not seem to come to an agreement and can’t stop but arguing. Everytime, the fairy (flute) appease these arguments and try to reconcile the factions. At the end, they reconcile.

As it is about a fairy, magic can be sensed through the use of the triangle and the crystal sound, that can sometimes be heard.

The peace is felt through the freedom each instrument inspire when they play, it is even more perceived with the flute which embodies liberty. Are there are no drums, it signifies that nothing is imposed (no tempo imposed), so it enhances this liberty.

Undoubtedly, this piece represents peace magnificently, and I personally feel relaxed when hearing it.

See you next week with a new analysis!

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