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Twin Helix

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Dedicated to my son.

Twin Helix was initially conceived with two alternating notes on the piano, F# & A, while the other notes appearing around this consistent ostinato created what eventually became the harmonic structure.

The first two notes start on the down beat, but because the bass note plays the root of the chord on an off-beat, the rhythm skews our perspective on what really holds this composition together.

The first two notes in the left hand are mirrored with the first two notes played in the right.

Because the left hand alternates with D and C# in the bass while the F# and A are repeated, this outlines either two chords (D & F#minor) or a single chord as DMaj7. Labeling these notes as chords really isn't the point here as my writing process was determined by the notes that float around the short motif. The right hand's melodic contour is determined by this as you can hear in the beginning. The top note starts in the right hand with F# in a descending motion to E, D, C#, G#.

I humbly wanted to share with you how this piece was first conceived so it can be understood how the building blocks in music shall mimic life's negentropic nature.

The process in writing this piece of music started on piano, and it represents the DNA that is formed to create a new being. As insignificant those first two notes may seem to our ears, it is essential for this music's existence, yet these two notes alone are not enough to give the whole picture of what is seen and heard of an individual. And like in nature, I did not have to conceptualize nor think of how it ought to be for it to exist. I had to learn how to perceive it naturally. This is the discipline in all art; to practice and learn from it's craft, so that eventually we can remove ourselves from it, allows the art to reveal itself without our cursed frailty. This is how I interpret what Beethoven had said, "Don’t only practice your art, but force your way into its secrets, for it and knowledge can raise men to the divine."

This was played and recorded on my grandmother's old Sohmer upright piano with some felt between the strings and hammers.

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this is what pushes me to learn the piano, this is awesome dude. lovely work!

Phonometrologist responds:

My hope is that the music will inspire. My parents forced me to play piano when I really just wanted to play drums. I quit as a preteen. Then I made it my own and wanted to learn a few tracks just for myself when I was 18. Music was my sanctuary while I played piano alone in my room for years. It seemed to me that I was able to see more clearly the world around me when it was just me and my piano. With anything that involves spiritual insight and wisdom, it's a journey that you alone will have to take. Music is similar. Don't rely on others to encourage you. If you learn to acquaint yourself with the piano, the keys will be your friend and counsel.
“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.” - Mark Twain

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Jun 29, 2020
5:10 PM EDT
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7.1 MB
3 min 6 sec

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