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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.


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.

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.

I don't really come to the Audio Portal like I do with the Game, Movie, and Art Portal. Love this music.

Phonometrologist responds:

Well I'm glad you stumbled over here and upon this. Depending on what you liked about this, I could lead you in the direction of some great music here in the portal. Like in most places, you have to go digging for some quality stuff, but it certainly isn't lacking here either.

This is not really a review. I just wanted to tell you that this is quite astounding. I love it!

Good job ;)

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Phonometrologist responds:

I'm grateful that you decided to tell me this. I'm very surprised by the amount of feedback I've gotten on it to be honest. It's all new to me :)

Cool track! Very vanguard. I hope your courage to create such a extreme detailed, complex and extreme piece will be rewarded.

Great use of orchestral effects and very nice dark soundscapes. the lastpart after 6:00 reminds me a lot of a mix of pink floid, zimmer (man of steel) and vangelis (bladerunner). The rhythmic use of the piano to underline the strings was a very good decision - simple but effective.

Next to jacobs and peters submission this is the second track i would recommend to win 1st place. Both pieces were very strong, unique, brave and in my oppinion same strong.

Hope you judge guys reward some bravery - thats something what we needed more on this portal. I also think Phonometrologist would deserve more attention. This man should be helped! Not to finally find him in the top 3 with THIS piece would make me sad...

5/5 and fav good sir!

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Phonometrologist responds:

Whatever the results may be, I have to say that your generous comments has already made this worthwhile, and if it doesn't even reach another set of ears it is not all for naught because of you. I'm really flattered and I'm not sure what to say except that this is the kindest review I've gotten thus far here at NG.
Personally, I can't say that this approach was courageous, because I thought at least I would get some reviews on a piece that I thought most people wouldn't enjoy as far as how the beginning goes. Good way to take an opportunity to be myself and experiment when you know someone will be weighing in their thoughts on it.
I find it really interesting that the six minute mark reminded you a little bit of Pink Floyd. I wouldn't have guessed that, but perhaps that it is only natural since I've listened to a lot of their music from an early age and still do enjoy them.
Thank you SoundChris, and I'm looking forward to hearing more great music from you.

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Credits & Info

Bass Guitar

4.85 / 5.00

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

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