Misty Mountain Hop


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*Walkin’ in the park just the other day, baby,
What do ya, what do ya think I saw?
Crowds of people sittin’ on the grass with flowers in their hair said,
“Hey, Boy, do you wanna score?”
And you know how it is.
I really don’t know what time it was, woh, oh,oh
So I asked them if I could stay awhile.

I didn’t notice but it had got very dark and I was really
Really out of my mind.
Just then a policeman stepped up to me and asked us, said, “Please,hey,
Would we care to all get in line, Get in line.”
Well, you know, they asked us to stay for tea and have some fun; Oh, oh,oh.
He said that his friends would all drop by, ooh.

Why don’t you take a good look at yourself and describe what you see,
And baby, baby, baby, do you like it?
There you sit, sitting spare like a book on a shelf rustin’,
Ah, not trying to fight it.
You really don’t care if they’re comin’; oh, oh,
I know that it’s all a state of mind.

If you go down in the streets today, baby, you better,
You better open your eyes.
Folk down there really don’t care, really don’t care, don’t care , really don’t , which, which way the pressure lies,
So I’ve decided what I’m gonna do now.
So I’m packing my bags for the Misty Mountains
Where the spirits go now,
Over the hills where the spirits fly.
I really don’t know.*

- Led Zeppelin, 1971 -

This fractal artwork was inspired by a song of one of my all-time favorite rock and roll bands, Led Zepplin. The song reminds me of a similar experience of my own when I was young, that had me move to, and has kept my life in the mountains for the better part of my life.

‘Misty Mountain Hop’ was released in 1971 on the ‘Led Zeppelin IV’ album. It was recorded at Headley Grange, a mansion with a recording studio in Hampshire, England, where the band sometimes lived. Musically the song is a medium tempo rocker which begins with bassist John Paul Jones playing the electric piano. It is notable for the presence of layered guitar and keyboard parts, making it solidly melodic, and is driven by one of drummer John Bonham’s most powerful recorded performances in the studio. The song features a memorable riff, on which Page and Jones harmonize using keyboard and guitar.

The most common interpretation of the song’s lyrics is that they point to an encounter with the police after smoking marijuana in the park, and leaving to go to the Misty Mountains (‘where the spirits fly’), which seems to be a reference to J.R.R. Tolkien’s ‘The Hobbit’. I love Led Zepplin… I love ‘The Hobbit’… and I love the mountains… so this artwork is for all three of them !

The original is 6000 × 6000 pixels at 300 pixels per inch. The artwork has two separate fractals, both created in Apophysis. The gradients were created in ApoMap, a gradient editor commonly used with Apophysis. The fractals were created as a transparencies and then used as layers in Photoshop post-processing. The sky background was created in Photoshop. Because the original is so large and difficult to see over the internet, I have included a few of detail cutaways below.

Many thanks to Wiki for the background information about the song details.

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