I've recently been learning about modes- scales that are different than the normal major and minor scales that we're used to. (Well, actually, they include the major and minor scales but have 5 others as well.)
So I enjoyed putting the theory into practice. Since some of the modes have a rather otherworldly sound, I think of these pieces as musical journeys into fantastical realms. :-D
The first piece (and only one, so far) is entitled Phrygia.
Composing this piece (in the Phrygian mode), I noticed that this mode seems to remove the bitter-sweetness that occurs in natural minor, leaving only an eerie and dark scale remaining.
See if you can hear the difference.
Phrygia - from the Modal Suite
(Want to read more? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phrygian_mode )