This version is recorded LIVE from my studio (just last week, January
2019) as a fan tribute using ONLY Spitfire Audio LABS free virtual
instruments, and from here thanks very much for sharing these free (but
outstanding) instruments for composers.
I know all Labyrinth songs and I may be encouraged to try a few more next
I also have to say I know almost the whole soundtrack by heart and I
even was invited to perform the score to the 30th anniversary FAERIECON
2016 . Then I learned all the songs from Labyrinth in order to perform
on a special event celebrating 3 decades after the release. There I met
again with The Frouds (designers of the movie, Toby was the baby and
actually works with his parents creating puppets as in Dark Crystal new
series). Also in the picture Jim Henson’s daughter and illustrator
Charles Vess (Stardust, Sandman)
Revisiting snippets of old geeky fantasy things… What is your favourite fantasy movie?
I am intending to to do a series of things that were meaningful to me
as a child… as you know my favourite movie is The Dark Crystal and
I’ve shared like four tributes of that, but there are also other songs
I’m intending to cover like The Neverending Story, Last Unicorn, and
more… and even some 80s and early 90s things that were a familiar
soundtrack when I grew up
but just curious… what are your favourite fantasy movies just in case I may be intending to cover some of them
Thank you very much to my patrons at https://patreon.com/yidneth that support the creation of this candid snippets of things that were significant for me as a child.
New original Celtic song inspired by Autumn that belongs to the series “Incantations”. Autumn is one of the most romantic seasons… the colours, the misty mornings, the productive working days indoors, sipping hot tea while it rains outside… It has always moved and inspired me. What’s your favourite thing of Autumn?
Song is available for download on my patreon (free for patrons)
You can also support purchasing from my shop (digital format)
Or you can purchase it from Bandcamp
Above: new music video click play to listen while you read 🙂
I know I post only scarcely lately but these take me long time, more now that my computer is so outdated, so I literally took almost a month since last video (last post) to get this done! 🙂
A tribute to THE DARK CRYSTAL: Gelfling Song (Voice, double Ocarina) and excited about Age of Resistance TV series.
The Dark Crystal (1982) is my favourite movie and soundtrack of all time. Directed by Jim Henson and Frank Oz, this movie was pure magic! I am now a musician and I am forever grateful to the magic JIM HENSON created for the children of my generation. This is a fan tribute, a cover of cover of “Gelfling Song” from THE DARK CRYSTAL original movie score performed by myself singing and with a double Ocarina. We also recorded all the critters and audio sound FX ourselves. Recorded in Navarre, Summer 2019.
One of my biggest influences as an artist
As some of you know, I’m currently a fantasy artist, I compose music
and also do fantasy illustrations. One of my major influences was this
movie, when I was barely a child. For me it was always the most magical
movie, where there were no humans but just otherwordly amazing little
creatures. The music composed by Trevor Jones was a mix of folk and epic
symphonic soaring the motifs that were with me as I grew up. I had the
vinyl which remains for me “my desert island” album.
I grew up being a fan of all things Henson, from The Dark Crystal,
Labyrinth, Fraggle Rock, Storyteller, The Muppets… He infused my
childhood with magic and wisdom and a wish to be a better person, and a
creative one. Still among all his works, this was my favourite, because
the meaning is deep and rooted even deeper in my mind. We are light and
darkness, and we must seek BALANCE.
Learn to love your shadows
Above: Me with an “Skeksis” because they’re not all that bad you know
The movie involves a crystal cracking and two races appearing, cruel
Skeksis represents our sins and vices, gentle Mystics or UrRu represents
peacefulness and crafts but are also a bit alienated from the world.
The whole movie revolves about “healing” the Dark Crystal which results
in the need of “merging” them into a balanced Primeval Race again the
Of course I have some pieces of memorabilia :). Above me with Gelflings Jen and Kira dolls.
Among lots of memorabilia and merchandising hahah 🙂
I had a dog Fizzgig and a dog called Kira… that pretty sums it up 🙂
Netflix will release a prequel Series next 30th of August
I’m so excited!!!
Age of Resistance is a series based in this movie that will premiere
later this month. For me it’s exciting because many people from the new
generations will re-discover the magic of the old film. I have many
friends involved artistically in it including the Frouds who were the
original designers of the movie. I’ve had the honour to meet them as
guests of many conventions we’ve both attended and in fact I have
performed The Dark Crystal snippets for them when they attended some of
my concerts. They designed the puppets and overall look of the original
movie and they’re on board for the series so I trust it’s gonna be
Are you excited about the prequel series reboot? I hope many
rediscover the magic of the original movie too. If you haven’t watched
it I urged you to do and check the making of. It was an amazing effort
at the time it was made all with practical FX.
If you haven’t watched this movie I urge you to investigate about it,
overall as I mentioned earlier on it is a story of BALANCE.
The video is entirely filmed in Navarre (Spain) most of it barely some weeks ago 🙂
Most of the video was filmed in a very secret pond I often visit. It’s
hidden in the middle of the woods and despite what it looks deep enough
for a comforting swim. Additional scenes were filmed in other more
stagnant waters to mimic the original “swamp” vibe from the original
movie. We visited some more stagnant ponds and swamps for the matter for
some additional takes and sounds.
I tried to included close ups of different creatures, because even
if they are “earthy” if you look very closely some creatures look
otherwordly… you all reemember “Kokeneli” and that I had a pet isopod
Recording the audio
Above: Backing vocals by the creatures of the pond
All the Nature Sound FX were also recorded using a portable Zoom
microphone and that included general pond ambience, water gurgling,
frogs and crickets. We (@hedac
and I) layered all the sounds to create a “swamp” sonic soundscape
similar to the one featured in the original movie. It was one of the
funniest parts of the making of.
I tried to sing in a way my voice would recall a little bit to Kira’s intonation in the original.
In the original movie the song is performed by two Gelflings, Jen playing a double flute or “aulos” and Kira singing.
Above: Double Ocarina with my “yidneth” logo engraved
Cosplay : Recreating a Gelfling Look
I had previously recorded a cover from this very movie “Jen Play his
pipes” so this is my second tribute to this (my favourite) movie. This
time though I tried to evoke the looks.
The wings were a courtesy from my friends at El Costurero Real, they
are based on Cicada wings which are similar to the ones Gelfling girls
have. I also thank Folk Owl for the green capelet. The rest of the
look was layering greens and using and styling a wig with bangs and
Easter Eggs : Find “Fizzgig” and the “fufunchi”
As in almost every video I do there is a rat or “fufunchi” hidden.
Even if my “fufunchis” have been gone a while I still composite them
into the videos (so they’re still with me) and it has become kind of an
“Easter Egg”. Let’s see if someone can spot her. :). You can find a
ratty also in other videos like Flame, A Blooming Heart, Haunted,
Ethereal among others.
Dare to find Tuula in the video?
The second Easter Egg I’m gonna give it away, you can spot “Fizzgig” among the other creatures 🙂
I had already recorded another cover of The Dark Crystal some years ago (another theme though)
This is NOT the first but the second cover I do for this movie, many
years ago I had already covered “Jen Play his Pipes” also from the
original movie score, that time recorded live at the Bodmin Forests (UK)
Above: Older cover from another Dark Crystal theme “Jen Play his Pipes”
I know this last month I have not been much around but all August I’m
embarked on a self-care month. It has been pretty rough lately, mostly
struggling to sleep and low spirits, but thanks to whoever enquired,
I’ve not left, 🙂 even if I post little I try to check in and I take
FOREVER to make these but be sure you’ll be updated of my music releases
as always 🙂 I have started meditation and muscular relaxation and I’ll
do a workshop that takes the whole month, but starting to feel results.
Trying to get better in many different levels. 🙂 So a bit off the
loop but “not gone” 🙂 still thanks to whoever was concerned and reached
This is a song about the contradictions of love and our endless quest for it… It’s a very old song of mine but the recording is brand new and this is its fist “official” release.
So Flame is out on Spotify and all digital retailers like amazon, youtubemusic, itunes and so on… there will be a videoclip in a couple of days but meanwhile I’m trying to gather your impressions of the new song
A little magical Incantation along with the Ravens… Filmed 9/2/2019 in Zuriza (Spain)
Trying my Christmas present: My A key tin whistle
The flute I’m playing was my self Christmas present, an alto Irish
tin Whistle in A key with an extra G hole. The maker is Shearwater
Whistles and though an affordable brand I was quite pleased with the
result. I bought if for myself on Christmas though I had to wait for it
to be done. I finally could film this video a couple of weeks ago.
Location and Recording
Location is Zuriza (Spain, close to France border) barely a few weeks
ago… It’s incredible how weather can change so drastically, it was
all wintry white and now leaves and blooms are unfurling. The footage
was filmed using a brand new toy, a handheld stabilized camera (Osmo
Pocket) who was gifted to me by @hedac to do more vlogs (yes, yes I know, I must do more!!)
I’m wearing my hat from my friends El Costurero Real, self knitted
mittens and a coat gifted by my friend Wui. It’s not leather but fabric
and faux fur.
The crows and raven sounds were really recorded in place too, they
are not an fx added. We used a portable Zoom recorder. The audio is not
from the Osmo Pocket camera itself. A second round of flute was
recorded to make a duet. Other than that there is only a supporter
drone which is a mix of sounds in the studio, including one pad made
out of the recorded voice of one of my fufunchis (Ritva, my rat) which
sounds New-Age but comes from the sampled squeaks of my rat (now gone) I
have the instrument of their voices so they can be part of my music.
Above, Ritva, an angel now, but her voice is featured as part of the humming drone all through the tune
About the “Incantations” project
Incantations is a little project I have recording outdoors. They are
usually short and improvised, most of the melodies are done in the spot
inspired by the place. Thus this one was called “On your Wings, the
Ravens Incantation” because the crows and ravens were hovering above me
while chanting. The Incantations are made as a way to channel Nature,
they are usually very short improvisations… I hope some of them will
become songs in their own right one day. In a way it is like the birth of a possible song in the simplest way, just letting myself flow and be inspired by my surroundings while I ground in Nature.
Above an image of the previous Incantation (Over the Clouds) which went viral uncredited 🙁
I am wearing again my hat from El Costurero Real and the reason why is because one of the previous Incantations went viral
several times but stolen, cutting my credit and watermark out of the
video and without even mentioning me. With over 4 million plays
scattered among a few groups and countless of shares on facebook, I
stumbled upon my own video without my name on it. I will make maybe a
post about it. Some of those groups even asked for money to restore my
name to my “stolen” video. But I could prove it was mine and some were
finally blocked. Still as in the previous one I was in in silhouette, I
decided to do a similar one wearing the witch hat but this time showing
my face. Let’s see what happens this time, but I am encouraged to
continue these series of short and sweet compositions outdoors.
I have created a playlist on my youtube channel with the Incantations and recordings in Nature
And this was the video that circulated out without control (if you ever stumble upon it)
Filming a new one as soon as the leaves unfold… but shifting my
colours into green… what do you think? Spring is drawing near and a
new Incantation along with it
This song is about a longing for freedom that we learn to find eventually within ouselves. It was written is a little reprise of Away (one of the songs included in my first album Ancient Shadows back in 2006 that you can actually find at my youtube) but this version had different melody and lyrics and was never included in the albums. Lyrics are included at the end of this post. It has only been performed live during concerts usually with Hammered Dulcimer. I recorded a Live unedited version in July 2018 but last December my long time supporter and fellow singer Kenneth Élan aka Greenhearted from Puerto Rico recorded some harmonies over the live version. He did with permission to be an official release here, on my youtube and patreon .
Here you can watch the video
Download the mp3 for free from Patreon . Thank you very much to all my patrons especially those who “fly with me” (tier) Adrian Nunn, Rhianon Hutchinson and Alfredo Armas.
Oh so lost within and nourished by pain this tangle of fears the bars of my cage And ravened within this broken bird is yearning to fly is yearning to reach the sky But I’m longing to break through that silken gossamer veil gauzy clouds weave with silver threads and fly with the winds that carry me away Away… Away… I wish I were safe back in my shell far beyond the furthest end far away….
So here a belated Christmas present that as Three Wise men gift. Like every year Lost Frontier ( a well known New Age podcast in Spain) makes a compilation of exclusive recordings and Winter/Christmas songs absolutely FREE. I participated last year as well and this year I included my version of “In the Bleak Midwinter” but you can download the entire album for free and enjoy also some original soft electronic and New Age compositions by a long time family of New Age composer. This article also includes the cover, back and inlay so you can print it and have it in your collection but for more information and download visit the official Archive.org link
Every year I do a Christmas / Yule / Winter Special, this is the fourth year in a row and here is my version and video of the traditional Christmas/Yuletide Carol “In the Bleak Midwinter” (Public Domain) performed by myself and featuring my “deer” friend Hirvi and filmed mostly in Navarre, Spain where I’m fortunate to live. With this I want to wish all my friends, followers and supporters our best wishes from Yidneth Studio (me and @hedac). It was released last Friday Night (the longest night of the year) though I’m sharing it now as yesterday I made a special performance/concert to celebrate the solstice.
My new music video greeting card for 2018 Holidays
Merry Yule! Winter Solstice is the longest Night of the year but also the rebirth of light… all days will be longer now on. Thus we celebrate the Solstice with a live performance at “Granja Escuela Ultzama” (Lizaso, Navarra). I will perform along with my partner Héctor Corcín and with I will also bring my fellow fairy friend María (Nekara) as assistant to weave all the magic. The concert is entitled “The Magic of Winter” and includes my original songs as well as some of my Christmas Specials, including “In the Bleak Midwinter” that I have recorded for the current season.