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8 min 11 sec
4.82 / 5.00

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This piece has a lot of personality.
It starts out atonal, ambient, and then moves its way through classical and cinematic. What is first heard is an improvisation around a twelve-tone scale, and in even the latter section the twelve-tone scale is heard in motifs as the music starts to pull reluctantly toward a more tonal center. The twelve-tone scale in the beginning is birthed into tonality by the end. And yes this can all be interpreted metaphorically with the artwork. I’ll leave that up to you.
Inspired by the artwork of the one and only, Heartgrinder:

Thanks to floppypawss for the inspiring bass parts in which he performed on here as well.



Rated 5 / 5 stars April 29, 2014

Interesting piece. I hadn't listed it as one omy favourites of the competition because I didn't really know what to do withthe style. Now I listen to it more carefully I think I really missed something before. It's a long piece with realy different parts. Even though it's experimental and rather abstract it still touches you, and that's what I think music needs. It tells a certain story of changing emotions. It's like Real Faction said. It sounds like it's about dying. Scary and painfull at first. But then you move on towards a whole new world. It sounds very cinematic. I like how all of the sounds are interwoven and balance each other out. Despite the sounds are strange and a little dissonant, it's still polished and good on the ears. My only complaint perhaps is the violins that start at 4:29. They sound a little direct and dry for my taste. It gets better later on, when more instruments join in. Then they sound very good. Perhaps they should start out more distant at first, and slowly grow stronger and closer while other instruments join in.

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Phonometrologist responds:

I appreciate you enduring this and your approach to listening by giving your perspective. I love to hear even from those that haven't been accustomed to this style and even for those that would like to tell me how they don't like it.
Every word you used to describe this is well taken and insightful to me. I invite all to offer there own meaning to it by taking ownership of what they listen to. I would even use some of your words to describe this, but there is a hidden meaning to it as well which you touched on.
To get more technical, I agree about your complaint. I was in a super rush to reach the deadline though, and I didn't have enough RAM to keep all the instruments going as it was let alone add yet another plugin for the strings. I would have liked to add more to the strings, but this will have to do. I will just have to learn from it and take what you said into account for the next projects.
Thank you for the thorough review.


Rated 4.5 / 5 stars April 22, 2014

Very atmospheric, very engaging.
Great soundscape and melodies take interesting turns at certain times.

Not much I can criticize here. Great job!

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Rated 5 / 5 stars April 21, 2014

Nice track! I enjoyed the atmosphere of this song. Keep up the good work!

Phonometrologist responds:

While I cannot promise to keep up good work, I will continue working. I enjoyed your comment and rating.
Thank you!


Rated 5 / 5 stars April 20, 2014

I like that you know what you are doing. Things are not abstract (as it seems) but connected. The only minor thing I would go for is to fade the atonality at 4.15 till not heard. But this is not even a suggestion but a matter of choice. Very well done.

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Phonometrologist responds:

I like to think I know what I'm doing, but really I cannot say that I know how these things will turn out. I sometimes doubt what comes out is really me as I have no idea at moments. Your personal preference was definitely an option, but I don't want people to think the contrast between parts had no connection at all and by thinking that they were two separate pieces.
Thank you for the time as I know it is perhaps even more precious to you in how you spend it.


Rated 5 / 5 stars April 17, 2014

The chaotic parts didn't mean anything to me, which may seem like an insulting opinion, but you must understand, that I am a man of chaos; I dwell in darkness and I speak the language of all that people choose not to hear, see and speak of. The very fact that you've managed to create chaos I could not ascribe meaning to, shows how talented you are as a composer. I've listened to the chaotic parts with a willing and curious mind, yet nothing came to me - it was abundant with incoherence, yet melodic and flowing - that's something I rarely ever experience nowadays. You've given me a state of absolute solace in chaos, where in there wasn't a single thought to disturb my experience - I was captured by the torn essence you've painted with sound, and for that, I commend you.

The classical part and the cinematic part is taking nothingness, and building everything out of that nothingness. Something I'm personally very fond of, ontologically speaking. You have the ability to combine emptyness and everything into one dramatic track, thus again, I commend you. It's not very often I come across someone that can draw a melody that has no meaning, as it's a depiction of the loss thereof, in a way of silence. Silence is a golden state; it touches us in ways like looking in a mirror through our ears, and you've successfully reached that state, my friend.

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Phonometrologist responds:

For me to get a complementary and well thought-out review from you in my opinion says a lot as I find this to be quite encouraging. The philosophy behind a piece is something I really like getting into, and that alone is what gives part to the listener entitlement of the very thing for which I can no longer keep as my own. For you being a self-proclaimed man of chaos, and for me not to be able to communicate a message to you within chaos is very interesting. When I write these things, it is more of a reflection in how I observe injustice in the world. Or at least the pain therein for those far less fortunate than I. Those raped, abused, and killed for no reason of their own compels me to write. Those robbed of peace and joy from their thoughts deserve others to share the burden. By keeping them into my thoughts, I wouldn't be doing them any favors if I chose to spend my time carelessly on things that don't amount to anything. I would rather use what was given to pay homage in some way that I can.
Perhaps the chaos isn't suppose to prescribe meaning for I cannot find reason for why people go through these things while I have been so fortunate. Arnold Schoenberg constructed the idea of the 12 tone primarily as a way to get rid of the normative in music and try to express music through the human subconsciousness. Expressionism in itself could have been born by the dislocation of emotion from the early twentieth century. Writing this is perhaps a reflection for not to have any meaning to why, but just is, and it is my choice to make something good of it. For me, at the very least, I find meaning in the title for that I find hope.
I have to say that I find your statement to be very profound: "Silence... touches us in ways like looking in a mirror through our ears." Unfortunately many cannot bare it for what that leaves them.
I look forward to your intelligent writings :)