Blackmore's Night - Memmingen[source]
<title>Blackmore's Night - Memmingen</title>
My recording of Blackmore's Night's "Memmingen"
<series order="34">2022 music project</series>
I first learned about <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blackmore's_Night">Blackmore's
Night</a> by watching a YouTube video of some sweet gameplay of the pivotal
tower defense game <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Desktop_Tower_Defense">Desktop
Tower Defense</a>. Some dude was playing through the game with
<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-IzVUOtMHa4"><em>The Storm</em></a> as
background music. I was mesmerized. Kind of.<glacius:cite>I tried to find
this video on YouTube, and even though I found multiple 15-year-old Desktop TD
gameplay videos I didn't find the one with <em>The Storm</em>. It was probably taken
down for copyright violations. I remember the days when a man could just upload
copyrighted material to the Internet and it wouldn't get taken down. Alas.</glacius:cite>
It's pretty much exclusively
<a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Renaissance_fair">Renaissance Faire</a> music,
with old-timey lutes and stuff, but Blackmore can't escape his <em>Smoke on the Water</em>
phase and he plays some mean licks on occasion.
Anyway, <em>Memmingen</em> isn't one of those. It's just a short,
classical-inspired<glacius:cite>You know it's classical-inspired because it
ends on the world's most obvious Picardy 3rd.</glacius:cite>
acoustic guitar solo with some fake strings in the background. I'm assuming it's
named after the German town <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memmingen">Memmingen</a>.
<a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ritchie_Blackmore">Blackmore</a> spent a lot of time
in Germany at one point in his life according to Wikipedia.
<glacius:figure glacius:src="memmingen-book.jpeg" type="image">
<caption><em>Memmingen</em> score via Japanese eBay</caption>
Capo on II. Unlike every other <glacius:link category="Guitar">guitar</glacius:link>
<glacius:link category="Music recording">recording</glacius:link> I've made, I actually
recorded this one live. As usual, I half-assed the mixing so the bass is just kind
of overblown, but I don't have the patience to twiddle those knobs.
Cover of Ritchie Blackmore's <em>Memmingen</em> from <em>Blackmore's Night</em>'s debut
album <em>Shadow of the Moon</em>.
<caption>Screenshot of my <a href="https://ardour.org/">Ardour</a> setup</caption>