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Misshapen Pearl

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In 2015, Whirlguy organized a collab to celebrate Newgrounds 20th Anniversary. My role was only to write a small part to signify the year 2007 titled "The Great Redesign." And Tom Fulp got married that year so he'll be celebrating their 11th Anniversary in a couple weeks.
For Newgrounds 23rd Anniversary, I decided to expand my piece that was originally about 30 seconds.

This is in the form of a Passacaglia which the root meaning is to pass through town. Hence the ostinato so the musicians can play as if marching through.

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Absolutely terrific. Contrary to what another reviewer said, I actually really like the flute. I could definitely visualize this being in a film.

If I HAD to find a criticism, it would be the mixing right at the top of the crescendo. The rapid lower-end strings seem to overpower the rest of the mix, and it kind of detracts from the dynamic range of the section. But if you were going for that overpowering feeling, then you nailed it.

I think my favorite part is that section between 1:46 and 2:00. Actually, maybe my criticism is influenced from the fact that the choir is no longer front-and-center after the cello(?) comes in. I just really love that choir.

Still, the whole thing is totally deserving of 5 stars. It's really great.

Phonometrologist responds:

Thank you for the detailed review. And yes I agree.

Wow, cool. Happy Pico Day (though it's late...)

Phonometrologist responds:


Wonderful work as always. I like the steady progression. If you look at the soundwave of the piece, you can clearly tell it's building up to something. It's also nice that the "musicians" don't seem to be 100% in sync at all times - at least in the early parts - as it gives the piece an additional sense of realism.
It's nice to hear a new (or old :p) track from you. I hope you've been, and are doing well!

Phonometrologist responds:

I still lurk around from time to time... when I can make the time. Hope all is well with your studies. It seems that you've been quite busy yourself.

Beautiful minimalist strings at the beginning. I love the contrapuntal nature of it too. The intricate rhythm of the flute at 1:05 didn't suit the texture entirely well imo, and the next minute or so is largely characterized by rapidly shifting foreground textures (first flute, then strings, flute again, then organ, vocals, etc.). I just thought the piece lost its sense of directionality a tad in the middle section there. That said, the piece comes together really well by around the 2-minute mark, and I love the dark answer by the cello and bass at the very end. Overall very strong stuff. I think your style has changed quite a bit since 2007 judging by this, but this piece still has a great dramatic and organic vibe. Keep it up, Phonometrologist!

Phonometrologist responds:

Hey TL, you're quick. I agree with you on the criticism. If this piece that I were to conjure up was purely without any prior influences, I probably wouldn't choose to add the flute part. But since it was part of the original, it's married to the music and I'm not about to object now to the odd pairing. Originally I used one of Bach's flute sonata's as a guideline since Whirlguy wanted a snippet of music inspired by the Baroque period. Hence the title.
Thanks for stopping by once more.

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4.59 / 5.00

May 5, 2018
10:40 PM EDT
File Info
6 MB
2 min 38 sec

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