The idea behind Ragnarok is based on the old Norse Mythology of the term “Ragnarok”. Which is basically the destruction of the current world and the re-creation of a new one. With that in mind, I developed the tape into two parts, Side A being the destruction and Side B being the re-creation. I created each track, not only to stand out individually, but to tell a story. I wasn’t necessarily creating individual songs, but maybe one big song. I wanted Side A (Tracks 1-7) to have a darker, more destructive feel. I wanted the listener to understand the concept of the album and give it the feel of a movie soundtrack. I wanted the listener to be able to close their eyes and picture the world (any world) coming to an end. The fall of the times, so to say. I guess when people think “destruction” they probably think of buildings falling down, guns firing, etc. Thats fine, but picture more of an ancient world. Axes being swung, spells being cast, dragons being slayed – haha! – a fantasy world. Whatever works for you as the listener is fine, though. Its all in your head. I just want to give you an opportunity to put some music on and escape for a little while I also tried to give the project more of a vintage feel, based more in fantasy and experimenting than anything. A real lo-fi sound. So when you listen to the first side, listen to it from start to finish. [That goes for the project as a whole, also.]
The making of Side B (Tracks 8-14) was more of a challenge for me. I think i have mastered the “dark sound” so i gotta say Side A was more of a natural process. With Side B, I challenged myself to try and create a more “uplifting” sound. Being that the concept of Side B is “Re-creation”, I had no other choice. I was trying to create a new world, a more peaceful world. I want the listener to relax. I felt like Side B was a huge learning experience for me. It gave me a better understanding of sounds, samples, drums and new ways of incorporating them. It was a clean slate, a chance for me to experiment as a producer and open up my mind to new, different production techniques. Like with any project i work on, i really aim to set a mood. With this project I knew that beyond that, I also had to create a story Arc, which was challenging for me. I wanted it to play through as a complete project. Ultimately, take a half hour and play it all the way through. That will give you the best experience. When I let my girlfriend listen to the final product, without any knowledge of the concept she said “Wow, the 2nd side was way happier.” After hearing that, I felt comfortable calling it Ragnarok. All in all, creating this project was the most fun i have had to date with instrumental music. All the research i did on Norse Mythology was really an eye opening experience. It gave me a chance to learn about new things. Ive become fascinated with it. I hope to explore Scandinavia in person one day. The End….?
Its been about a week since i have released my newest instrumental project. Its available for FREE download and $6.00 for a limited edition cassette tape Ragnarok….
Read some reviews here:
“With the opening strings reverberating chasmicly, listeners are instantly made aware of the sonic scope and depth that Ragnarok occupies. Clinton is in no rush here to convey his inspiration of the mythical lore that this project is steeped in. As a result, the sounds stretch expansively and naturally; drums erupt with their fall-out lingering well into the next hit, horns exhale until literal deflation, and synths drone panoramically above. It’s vastly ominous; something like the sparser moments of The Crow‘s film score…” – Hardeep [The Word is Bond] [http://www.thewordisbond.com/96842/ill-clinton-ragnarok-ep-review/]
“Ill Clinton created a batch of moody instrumentals that could essentially act as the soundtrack during Ragnarok. But instead of presenting you with the obvious dark and horrific-sounding beats to pair with the bloodshed, he constructs the tunes that could be heard when silence blankets the Earth and the dust settles. The calm after the storm and the rebirth that follows…” – Tiffology [Crayon Beats] [http://www.crayonbeats.com/ill-clinton-ragnarok-album/]
“ll Clinton must be consuming some quality water (and who knows what else) in Philadelphia, for his new album shows a richness in making some incredible beats and productions on a hip-hop level, and beyond.Ragnarok is sample based and features the kind of musical textures that would make people come up with different names for each sub-genre they felt was appropriate: trip hop, acid jazz, EDM, whatever…” – John Book [http://www.thisisbooksmusic.com/2013/08/06/review-ill-clinton-ragnarok/]
“Philadelphia’s Ill Clinton is a prolific producer of this age, slipping under most media radars with a tenacious approach to launching out digital and physical content that hits at the core of head nodding hip hop anthems of the most sophisticated order. Known to some as Vibe, the latest offering in his hypnotic instrumental hip hop archives has landed on the door steps of one of the worlds leading cassette labels I Had An Accident Records and the 14 track tape release Ragnarok. Where the rhythms take it back to the 90′s era of hip hop, the overtones have a mystic and ancient quality that makes it feel ominous and all consuming, diving back into the origins of musical creation of a higher order. A collection of beautiful beat mantras for this generation to soak in the beauty of neck snapping drum work, analog heavy overtones and a spacious aura that transcends time. Some of the most celestial tracks in the hip hop age come to mind when listening to Ragnarok, and it feels so easy getting lost inside of the album from the minimal layering of majestic tones….” – Sound Colour Vibration [http://soundcolourvibration.com/2013/08/13/ill-clinton-ragnarok/]
“Yo, this is so ill and definitely worth your money. It’s a cool lil’ tape for under five bucks that bangs hard with obscure beats. Take ”Black Pontiac” for instance. The drums are melancholy but the feel is very uplifting and is very easy to bob your head to. I highly recommend this dope mood changing tape brought to you by I Had An Accident Records” – Access Hip Hop [http://www.accesshiphop.com/store/?itemid=23670]