An ambient piece of cello improvisation featuring my animated artwork "Inclement Night in Raven's Wood" and forest sounds by freesound.org artists.
Explanation of The Four Breaths of DanuExplanation of The Four Breaths of Danu by ~Toradellin-Danaan
An explanation of the Alternative verse form used in “The Four Breathes of Danu”:
The poetic verse form I've used in “The Four Breathes of Danu” is based on the skaldic verse forms used in the Old Norse sagas such as “The Poetic Edda”. Rather than rhyme, skaldic poetry is structured around alliteration, syllabic accent and syllable count.
Of course despite originating from Old Norse, English is different to Old Norse in a number of ways. Thankfully though, it is similar enough to use this poetic form. An example of the difference is in the syllabic accent. Old Norse has predictable lexical stress as the accent is usually placed on syllables in the word stem and so the accent usually falls on the first syllable. Whereas, in English the lexical stress is less predictable and so it is regarded as having variable stress.
There are three forms of Old Norse skaldic verse, Fornyrythislag, Ljothahattr, and Malahattr. Each has a slightly different struc