music for Discord’s Apple
August 6, 2010
Discord’s Apple doesn’t have anything like a soundtrack, not like the Kitty books or Voices of Dragons do, but I do have an album that was incredibly inspirational and helped the idea of the book come to life: American Angels, by Anonymous 4.
Anonymous 4 is an a cappella vocal quartet best known for medieval chant and polyphony — they sound like this:
For me they’re the soundtrack of everything that’s magical and exotic about medieval Europe, and I’ve loved them for years. Then American Angels came out — the superb clarity in tone, the beautiful harmonies, the otherworldly music, but this time singing American folk and gospel music. It was a revelation: my own heritage, the same songs my southern and pioneer ancestors would have known, transformed into magical high art. Click here for a sample of “Angel Band” to hear what I’m talking about.
The album came out around the time I was writing Discord’s Apple, and it fed right into the theme, and right into what had inspired the novel in the first place: discovering a vast and amazing heritage in the most unlikely of places.