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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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Very moving piece. You certainly know how to capture a visual idea and turn it into a musical journey. This is a perfect example that art isn't just there to look or sound pretty. It holds a much deeper meaning, and a reason for why it was conceived. Thank you for reminding me of that.
"Know the rules of art, but do not always follow them. Break them when you have a reason to."

Wow. This track is so elegant and pretty. You are truly versatile in many genres. Was thinking about what this sounded like, then I realized this is sound like you because it's so unique and special. It's pure eargasm and so pleasing to listen to. My theory knowledge is donut so I cannot comment on the awesomeness of this work.

So I just gonna say some uninteresting as usual: this work is fucking awesome. Keep doing what you do best!

Phonometrologist responds:

It's always good to see you around, friend. It's been years and quite a journey.
I'm hesitant to think that this purely unique... it could be that I'm too close to the project to hear it from another's perspective, but I definitely feel that this could be a poor rendition of another person's work that inspired me. Hopefully I made it it's own.
Thank you.

Wow, listening to this gave me a musical experience like no other. I can't get enough of it. I'm trying to describe how it makes me feel, but I'm nearly speechless. What I can say is that it feels disconnected from the human experience; the music is highly emotional but seems to reflect something more universal than human emotion. I hope that makes some sense.

I adore the strings writing and the unorthodox combination of articulations. What library did you use?

Phonometrologist responds:

Yes music is difficult to put into words, and the process of doing so seems to filter out much of the meaning between individuals. I appreciate your thoughts on the piece. The two violin parts came from 8Dio's Studio Quartet Series: Deep Solo Violin.

it's very relaxing! Good job!

Phonometrologist responds:

Thank you. Based on the audio you published, relaxing is the sort of thing you're after.

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4.80 / 5.00

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

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