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18.7 MB
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 16, 2014

Wow, This is such an awesome piece. Normally I do not get through 8 minute songs just listening to them, but you had my undivided attention the whole time. The way that this piece evolved over the duration was just astounding. It really reminded me of Philip Glass in a lot of ways simple and very effective in conveying the emotion of the song.

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Phonometrologist responds:

Hey thank you for the kind review. I didn't expect to get such a positive response.
The words you used are encouraging, "evolved over the duration...simple and very effective in conveying the emotion." This pretty much sums up what my objective is in music. To convey a message by taking the listener through a long journey is what I try to do with as much efficiency and effectiveness as I possibly can.


Rated 5 / 5 stars April 15, 2014

What a lovely surprise. I was convinced that my visual works went unnoticed.

What an emotive and exploratory piece this is. The beginning of this journey into torment, isolation and maddening hunger instantly devoured my interest. The soundscape and lonely piano set a lovely tone.

If feel the longer this track goes, the more optimistic it gets. It hardly forgets where it came from, though. The overall sound never quite sheds itself of its desperation. Which is perfect.

The inspiration is mutual, friend.

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Phonometrologist responds:

Regarding your art piece, I've grown more attached to it, and I began to see a key aspect within your work that I was quick to overlook unintentionally. Upon first glance, the lines that suggest motion stood out. I then sought to look around the black spot to see more of the detail of the heart, but I was missing the point. I eventually realized what was intended and that was to portray that hole within the hearts of man. Perhaps that is even why you titled it Famine in parenthesis. The coveting, hunger, and desperation takes hold as when one pursues to fill that void but finds it to be insatiable. I find it to be very accurate, and I can say that by personal experience of my coming to that revelation.
I know the optimistic part does seem a little off after what was heard before it, but I felt that the cadence wouldn’t have as much of an impact without it. Kind of like, how does one know sorrow without a reference. Reminds me of Kahlil Gibran as I quote, “Love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation.” Most would take that to be in context to relationships, but I see it as a whole for the love of humanity. Let’s just call that musical interlude a loss of innocence.
The heart beats until life's end, and mine beats in the hope of its continuance.
Thank you


Rated 5 / 5 stars April 15, 2014

Creepy but beautiful in its own way. Well done sir.

Phonometrologist responds:

Much obliged. Wish I could insert a gif of The Creep by Lonely Island.


Rated 5 / 5 stars April 15, 2014

Ahh this is great! I'm glad you added the description. When I listened last night I thought "Ooo is that some 12 tone?"

I really like that the sections of this piece are so different and yet still feel cohesive. What really brought the music and the art and everything together for me was the description of the art, especially the "desparate hunger" part. I think that sums up exactly the feeling I get from your music.

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Phonometrologist responds:

You seem to really know your stuff. I can't say that I know many who enjoy the technique created by Schoenberg, but I'm finding more and more. I for one do, and have gotten great inspiration from that approach. For example here, the tonality of the latter half wouldn't even have existed without first utilizing the Twelve Tone Row Matrix that is heard in the beginning. It can be a great tool and a different approach for coming up with a chord progression--even though that is going against its purpose. To me it's like going back to the works of Bach where each single note is getting as much attention to it as the next where they are carefully woven together.
Cohesiveness was really the challenge and if it wasn't for that technique, it most likely would be lacking.
I've "sat" with the artwork by Heartgrinder for quite a while and I started to see the commonality that I could project into the music as well. I call it the heart of humanity, and the music by all of its different attributes is how I attempted to portray it.
Well, as you can see, I enjoyed your review. Thank you for allowing me to "hear" your perspective.


Rated 5 / 5 stars April 15, 2014

so happy with this. looking forward to working with you again in the future.

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Phonometrologist responds:

Yes! To the future.
Your scratching and your overall performance really enhanced this.