Center for Creative Inquiry

Moon Glit*ch

If the eye sees the moon reflected in the waters of a river, the present experience is the continuously changing flow of water illuminated by the light of the moon. But then we name it, calling it ‘the reflection of the moon.’ We verify the truth of that name in each succeeding moment. Repeatedly confirming the echo of our initial perception, we perceive a static image of the moon, while the ‘present’ play of light on water recedes from view.

About the Artist:

Ignacio Ercole

Ignacio Ercole (they/them) is a psychologist, artist and mindfulness trainer. They have been trained as a psychodrama facilitator and contextual and mindfulness based therapy psychology. They teach mindfulness programs for general audiences and for educators including mindful art classes and mindful eating sessions. Currently they are completing teacher training programs in Full Presence Mindfulness and Kum Nye Tibetan Yoga.

Description of Work:

This piece of music was inspired by the "Reflections of the Moon" prompt. The melody shows continual changes throughout the piece, but at the same time gives a sense of familiarity—for moments, it seems that we can grasp it, yet at the same time it mutates in ways that aren't easy to describe. There is an underlying tone that represents the calling of a deeper truth while the rhythm plays with echoes of itself, symbolizing how we experience reality through cycles and patterns. The ambiguous presence of a voice or rain gives a sense of both humanity and nature, while the way they interact conveys a sense of transcendence.

Description of Process:

My starting point was to read the quote several times checking how it landed for me. Then I chose the different instruments and sounds to work with. I recorded the drums and the atmospheric sounds followed by the voice and the strings. I worked with the equalization of each layer and added effects. At the end, I recorded the string several times until I got the right version, and I took out what I considered wasn't necessary, leaving just the elements that worked well together.