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Aug 30, 2015 | 8:57 PM EDT
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4 min 9 sec
4.86 / 5.00

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I probably won't be writing anything for a while since I'm tired, and when times like these happen, I tend to look back and reflect upon the past. I remember how I enjoyed playing this piece, but also how the arpeggios ended up getting lost after I added more parts. I listen to critiques more than I would admit to as Johnfn has mentioned this in the original, but I'm okay with these flaws. My process tends to start off with piano and slowly add layers upon layers before the piece becomes something a bit differently than what was first intended. I always thought this piece could have just been piano only.
I recommend the documentary "The Mystery of Picasso" to see a genius work his ideas out.
“The chief enemy of creativity is good sense.” Picasso
I think I would like to try something a little more messy next time.

Anyway, I just wanted to upload something that perhaps someone could enjoy or find useful for something.



Rated 5 / 5 stars

This is one of the most original compositional styles I've heard in a long time. The song lacks a traditional melody, yet it retains my attention for the entire duration of over four minutes! The piano layering is magnificent. I love how the low frequencies act like a pad, supporting the higher notes.

My only complaint is that I think the mix seems to be a little flat; it could sound airier. But I do understand that applying this effect could be extremely difficult considering that the low frequencies already sound spacious.

Phonometrologist responds:

Thanks for stopping by to let me know your thoughts about a particular piece as it's always an encouragement to read. I would criticize the mix as well-- I agree. This was done two years ago and my production knowledge was pretty limiting then. I've learned much since then, but of course I'm not quite there yet either. I'll never consider myself a production/mixing artist before I am a composer and pianist. But a part of the mix sounding a bit muddy within the mid to low frequencies is because of the playing style as well. When playing live, I have intended that effect in person by playing low register arpeggio's in the left hand whereas the notes themselves aren't as important as much as the overall sound and harmony changes.


Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

Wish it was long but it is lovely

Phonometrologist responds:

Thank you for listening :)
To make it longer press loop


Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

Ah, I love piano music. Excellent sense of progression and harmony here, Phonometrologist. It has a heaviness to it, yet at the same time it flows beautifully. It does get a bit repetitive after a while, though. I suppose you could've added some more creative rhythms. Still, it's very majestic. As a stand-alone piece, it might need more rhythmic variation, but it would probably fit very well in certain video games. I really like the way you gradually stripped away the energy at the end. It made it feel really conclusive. Overall, nice job! Keep up the good work, man. ;)

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Phonometrologist responds:

Thanks TaintedLogic. I've always considered this piece to reflect the eb and flow of the ocean when it comes to the repetitive nature of this. But this was an improvisation as I didn't put too much thought into specific notes but rather just the overall mood and direction of it. Thank you for listening


Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

I know this isn't repetitive, but I enjoy the repetition of it. The structure of it is soothing. Job well done, sir.

Phonometrologist responds:

Glad you enjoy the repetitive nature of it. It personally reminds me of an ocean and how repetitive the waves are as they hit the shore or even a boat. And that reminds me of a discussion I had with my nurse girlfriend about how infants find the sound of when one makes a "shhhhh" sound and how it relaxes them because of it sounding similar to what the placenta makes with its fluids. Perhaps that is why humans find waves crashing upon the shore soothing as well and even music in general because it is sound that is first heard... not language.


Rated 5 / 5 stars

I'm pretty sure you could pick any chord progression in the world, with any melody, and still make it beautiful, using nothing else that the dynamic and expression in you playing style. I actually improvised for one and a half hour on a real piano today, and I noticed I was playing very silimarly to this. I understand precisely why you would choose such a way to let your emotions flow. Rather than having a simple and clearly defined melody that you repeat with intelligent chord progressions, you can actually show just as much emotion by just playing in a certain way (not saying there's no melody or good chord progression here though). At least for improvisations. That said, I usually like the combination of the two the most. Which is perfect for the original version of the track (well, I guess that in one sence, this probably is just as much the original version).

The arpeggios are nice, so it's good to hear them. I like how you kept some silent backing strings in there as well, as they don't really take anything away.

I think that's it for this review really. I like the track, but I'd rather just listen to it today, than engage in an in-depth analysis. Thank you for sharing :)

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Phonometrologist responds:

You are always generous with your words, but I don't mean that to sound that I think you're being unauthentic in the words that you use for I really do take them to heart. It really was just using dynamics to express the beauty of music really. Perhaps a little bit of hesitation (rubato) between notes here and there too. I don't know.. this is a weird piece in terms of listening but not being able to necessary know what to hold on to. I understand the chord progressions of what I'm doing obviously but my brain really doesn't follow it chord by chord, but rather the overall structure and sound of it. Just showing that I get what you mean.