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Dedicated to a great artist on Newgrounds who also served in several deployments in Iraq: Anchorwind

This is the level/stage where your character stops for a moment and reflects upon the beauty of the realm that he is in. A moment of serenity and a break from the action. Like in Last of Us with that scene where you walk across a desolate building amid a bright, clear day, and all of a sudden giraffes graze upon the open field with their majestic and graceful walk.

But in this scene particularly, we come across a small child tinkering away with a piano as the sun’s rays lie upon a dusty floor. All is calm as far as one can see from out a cracked window. Unbeknownst to the child, one listens from a distance to the fumbling of notes that seem to just wander by each single note in its purity while also being untainted from any other tone around. The music has not known any such poignant chord to accompany this child and is content by any of the proceeding tones.
When the music stops and the child goes, one stares upon the piano as it sits in silence awaiting to remedy you. One’s thoughts may withdraw in disbelief in thinking how foolish the whole experience has been, but then retentively turns toward that child, “what poor child being oblivious to which that awaits from out in the distance.” Those notes will never be heard again and will for years past become like an alluring fog within a dream. Surely it is mystery from where this child has come and to what horrors may await to the child that brought such a moment of consolation from this hell-bent life that one has to partake in. What will ever happen to that child?
Well... eventually you may realize that child was you.
Somewhere down the road we lost it.

Category: Stage (Level) Music


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Well, I think there's not much to say that hasn't already been said by someone below, and that's a good thing :)

Love the feeling on this one. The synth strings that come in around 2:15 give it a distinct sci-fi feeling. Almost more "awe" to me than innocence. Like a grand revelation or first-contact moment.

One thing I might do mix-wise is turn down the piano a bit. I know it's the focal instrument in this piece, but it gets a little loud at times. May also help cover up a few creaks from the bench and what sounds like might be some slightly detuned keys.

Phonometrologist responds:

Thanks for listening and leaving a review! I don't take these for granted.
"Almost more "awe" to me than innocence. Like a grand revelation or first-contact moment"
sure I can hear that as well. Know that this interpretation you gave can be correct since this is a piece about lost innocence. Reminiscing of the past and grasping for what it was like before then. I stand in revelation to that fact that I cannot go back as there is a gap of where I was and now.
The bench sound and detuned keys is something I'm fond of philosophically in my music. I like the reality of imperfection and the "organic" sound as one would put it.

Ok, the play count is wrong. I've had this on loop for a little over 8 hours now, giving me 100 listens by myself. I digress. I've tried in earnest to find my relevance here. I get the art piece. I get the written description. I don't get my role here. Furthermore, I don't really talk about my tours much here (NG)*, so you may have had to do some digging elsewhere**? ....unless we've had conversations i'm forgetting (entirely possible). Regardless, thanks for the nod, even if I don't understand what I had to do do with it.

Regarding the piece itself: I really enjoy it. It sounds almost random enough for a tinkerer like me to play at 2 in the morning when I'm just searching for something.

*(NG) : NG is a strange place for me, I've been here for a few years but it is such a quiet, almost dead, place that i'm surprised when anything at all happens. I think that's the consequence of not being a "mainstream" content producer. /shrug.

**Digging elsewhere: If you did, thanks. Not that it would be hard, a quick google search of anchorwind makes me very easy to find.

--Dear NG: I wish you would let us come back and edit comments. This is one I know upon learning more I would like to change. Sigh--

Phonometrologist responds:

We exchanged messages before and you mentioned it to me directly. Plus, the heartgrinder and I were talking. Either way, I planned on writing this piece for a month now and your role in this is very much a philosophical one. Music has to start somewhere that is on a silent palette. Where does one begin? You were the motive to its conception primarily because of our talks and who you are, but not music related. Anyway, I'm a man that struggle with words so I decided to use music to communicate my emotions on a broken world.

..I'm at a loss for words. The description, and this song.....very heartfelt, very emotional....very..very...beautiful. I teared up.

Really great work here! I also have to ask if that piano is real? Because of all the noise that seems to accompany the piano. If it is real, how did you get that dramatic stereo effect? With two different takes? It sounds really awesome I love the how the two pianos are interwoven with each other.

This really reminds me of something that Olafur Arnalds would do. At least that specific piano sound, the dull noisy texture. The stings and atmosphere are absolutely perfect accompaniment to the swirling piano and guitar plucks. Job Well done.

Phonometrologist responds:

Thank you Omega! You know, I was just thinking about ya and wanting to check up on what you've been doing lately.
The piano is real, i.e., my own, and I played this on one take. I used two mics on either ends of the piano. Though, they weren't a stereo pair as it was whatever mics I could get my hands on.
I had to look up Olafur Arnalds. Thank you for another artist to go to in regards to piano music.
Thank you for your time in listening and writing a review :)

Alright, I'm on the third loop right now.
You know, I haven't read the description until now, but that didn't stop me from thinking about Gustavo Santaolalla while listening to this. I would really like to play a game where this is stage music. Another thought that came to my mind is that this reminded me of broove's music. It's a shame that the flash game "pine", where his music was featured, was taken down by Dylan because it was unfinished. "ALZ" is still up though :D

As I'm sure you know, this is right up my alley in terms of music I enjoy to listen to. The piano is a bit rough even, or maybe I should use the word "Cold"? I use a sound similar to this quite often, because I enjoy it. But it is not soft and warm, is what I'm trying to say. There are a few pieces that use this kind of cold sound, but can still express a form of warmth as well. At a few points in this track, I think I felt that effect. Mostly because of the combinations of other intruments though. At most points, however, I got the cold feel from this track. But know what? I like it.
I can imagine an empty house in a desert of Ice and snow while hearing this, and it's a very pretty image.

That said, I can definitely see what you were going for in the description as well. The art piece that inspired you is brilliant, and I left a review for it as well. In a way, I feel that this could be brilliant menu music as well. But it fits in stage music, so I see no reason to complain.

I would like to imagine that I have still not lost contact with the child in me; something that I'm very happy about.

As for the genre, I get why you choose ambient, and this certainly fits. I just think that this is a very cinematic ambient piece, which almost makes it all the better.
You use very interesting tones and chords. Not unlike Erik Satie, especially in the Gymnopedie No. 1.

It's a bit like the individual chords and notes aren't designed to catch my immediate attention nor interest, but to simply float around. This is pretty perfect, at this is background music. The progression is something floating too, which I thoroughly enjoy. I can sit back, relax, and just float with this track. Very apt, considering the fish in the art piece.
The mixing felt a bit interesting during the first minute, before I got used to it. Probably because I heard all the high notes very clearly (clearness comes with the cold sound) in my right ear, and the low tones more in my left. That's what it'd be like with a real piano though, and once I got used to it in combination with the other intruments, it sounds fine.

That's about all I have to say. I really like this.
Sorry if my review is a bit all over the place. One could say that it too is improvised :)
Probably on the 7th loop now.
Brilliant job. I wish you good luck in the contest!

Phonometrologist responds:

"reminded me of broove's music"
I honestly regret more that he doesn't write as much as he ought as for him music is more a hobby as he puts it. One of my favorite artists here because he seems to write such poignant piano music that stir my heart in a manner that strangely seems all too natural for him.
" I got the cold feel from this track"
That's quite an interesting insight. I wonder if that has anything to do with playing primarily in the higher register alone combined with the attack.
" I have still not lost contact with the child in me"
The aspect of being a child that fascinates me and I miss the most is the feeling that would be considered being oblivious to the world around me. Back then, the world was a great mystery and my perspective was confined to all that I knew at home. Before seeing and experiencing the evil and heartbreak that is in it. It eventually reaches to your own home and your eyes and mind grow up to understanding that before you reach that age that one tends to live a sheltered life. I wouldn't go back to it, but it's funny how that works. A strange place to live as a child.
" It's a bit like the individual chords and notes aren't designed to catch my immediate attention nor interest, but to simply float around."
You are correct. The chords are so simple that what makes these chords different from any other is the mindset behind them. It was never meant to be listened to in a microscopic point of view for each individual note. You know, as I listen too, I don't think the notes and chords that play really tell you where the piece is headed. It does sound like it just floats on, but by 4:05 one can tell that the music has arrived home in its own subtle way. I'm talking as if I don't necessarily know what I was doing myself. Sitting at the piano doesn't necessarily become an intentional one for me all the time. It really didn't come about from any preconceived thought process.
"I wish you good luck in the contest!"
Likewise! Thank you for writing this.

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3.88 / 5.00

Jul 12, 2015
11:39 PM EDT
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