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The Place of a Skull

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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.

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This was quite the experience.
There are so many emotions flowing through this piece that I know not what to make of them. At first it seems like nothing but chaos, but once you dive into the piece, there is a lot to take from it.

Phonometrologist responds:

You share the same sentiments about it sounding chaotic at times with others that have left their comments about it as well.
"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science." -Albert Einstein

I actually rather enjoyed that track. Definitely not what i had expected. That being said I can tell that you understand you're music theory and you understand composition well. I was thoroughly impressed where you took the track from beginning to end. While i may not really be able to provide proper feedback, due to never hearing something like this before, i can say that i really enjoyed it. Ambient noise is hard to work with. Great use of panning as well. a little constructive feedback i can give though thats not related to composition is make sure you eq that feedback noise you used from around 1:30 to 2:10 reaaaallllyyy well, or just get rid of it. That kind of noise can create a nasty headache. Again though, Great piece of music.

Phonometrologist responds:

Thank you for taking this on to review--I can't imagine it to be easy for someone that never listen to music like this. The feedback noise you're talking about really is feedback, but I purposely made it worse by adding a crunch modulator. It doesn't sound as bad without that plugin. This way it sounds more like tinnitus like what I experience from time to time lol but yes you are right that it can give a few people headaches upon listening to that sort of thing for a long time. It was precisely what I wanted to experiment with--sounds to make one uncomfortable. You've been quite kind with your words so I thank you. Even if you chose not to be, I am still grateful for you taking the time to listen and review.

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.

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.

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

Not much I can criticize here. Great job!

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!

Credits & Info

Bass Guitar

4.41 / 5.00

Apr 15, 2014
12:03 AM EDT
File Info
18.7 MB
8 min 11 sec

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