All Roads Lead Nowhere

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This little loop is an homage to all the end of the world, post-apocalyptic stuff that's so popular in the world today. It was inspired by, well...a lot of things, actually! A sweet little gem of a game known as Bastion, another one called The Last of Us, shows like The Walking Dead, Sci-Fi novels like The 5th Wave, and so on.

It's probably hard to imagine being alone in the world, or perhaps being one of the select few surviving humans on the entire planet, when the place is essentially overpopulated to the gills. Nevertheless, this is the kind of music that comes to my mind when I envision such a desolate, lonely experience.

Despite the fact that there's probably no chance of making a happy life in such a world, you just keep right on going. Sure, there's an alternative...but while others might be desperate enough to end their own existence, you're no coward.

And so you move on, from place to place, hoping to meet someone else who's just trying to eke out some kind of life. Someone who won't try to kill you. Or worse.

Going anywhere. Going nowhere. And the music plays on--even if it's only in your head.

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Again your loop is beautifully seamless! I do hear some strain of hope in this endless knot of existence. Stress and despair may be companions of the time but something pricks at the heart like the musician plucking at the piano strings. That is not all there is... You've created a lovely setting to shine that glimmer of hope. Life continues! hard as it may be. It's Life! and be damned if we're going to give it up! This song brings other stories to mind Book of Eli being one of them.
The strings could get tiring and sometimes seem to but then the burden of their constant work is lifted by another part of the song and I'm able to go on listening. Excellent job in capturing this in music! It's not a huge cinematic piece but it is no less full and the depth is continual. You've packed a lot in to that 1 minute and 29 seconds.

ChronoNomad responds:

I thank you very much for your review, shoKawa! There is indeed some semblance of hope to be found, even in such a weary and thin existence. I suppose that if my music does possess a theme at its core, it would indeed be hope. Art imitates life after all, and I have never been bereft of that thread of hope...even through the darkest and most trying of times.

Book of Eli is another fantastic example of this type of media offering! It has become a rather classic theme, though there are many different takes on it. It also brings to mind the Mad Max films with their dusty, technologically challenged and ultra violent post-apocalyptic environment. So much inspiration to draw from...

It is true that the strings carry on throughout the entire loop, but I was hoping that the variation around them would serve to compensate for their somewhat repetitive nature. Actually, I find that being able to wrap a really good piece of music around a nearly unchangeable central motif is a real challenge as a musician. I like to do so every once in a while and see how well it is received. I am glad to hear that the other sections work in concert to carry the burden of the strings and help keep things interesting. I count that a success!

Big and cinematic this is not, but it is a very pleasant loop for a nice relaxing listen, I believe. Simple and background-like, which is just fine since life really does deserve its own soundtrack. I can very easily imagine myself out walking with this filtering into my ears, letting my wandering feet get away from me and not really minding if I get a bit lost in the process.

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4.76 / 5.00

Oct 16, 2015
8:43 PM EDT
Classic Rock
File Info
3.4 MB
1 min 29 sec

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