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Eruption of Previous Life


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TobinMueller

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This piece, although finally recorded in 2005, has its origins in high school. I wrote the first version of this as a senior, after hearing Claude Debussy's "La cathédrale engloutie" (The Submerged Cathedral). I have tweaked passages ever since. The track was renamed by Suzanne for Morning Whispers. I used to call it "Expectation."

This is the fourth track of my solo piano CD "Morning Whispers" - available through Simig Media, iTunes and CDBaby.

Art work is "The Painter's Muse" by Hovakimian Anoushavan, an Armenian artist and newest addition to the ArtsForge Gallery. He also did the artwork for my upcoming album, AUDIOCRACY: Revolution's Son.
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Uploaded: Dec 18, 2007 - 01:00:21 PM
Last Updated: Dec 18, 2007 - 05:04:21 PM Last Played: Jan 28, 2017 - 03:02:12 PM
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Cori Ander said 3568 days ago (December 18th, 2007)
Superbly interesting
Woa. This is highly interesting music in my ears.

It speaks serious depth and at same time some restlessness, like when the body feels it is time to move, and the head just don't know where, or if it's the right time yet.

Musically very rich in content. A very strong bearing musical idea.

I feel there are LOTS more things to say about it. Right now my impulse is just to listen tp it a third time. And it will be more before this day is done. Thank you for a great contribution to my music collection!
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TobinMueller said 2992 days ago (July 16th, 2009)
Rich in content
Thanks for noticing all the little, for wanting more to listen than to speak. I get the same reaction when listening to your music - wanting just to let the joy and love emanating from your playing wash over me. I'm glad you could feel a little bit what you so wonderfully generate in others.
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Cori Ander said 3568 days ago (December 18th, 2007)
btw
Btw; a great painting too!
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TobinMueller said 2992 days ago (July 16th, 2009)
Hovakimian Anoushavan
This marvelous Armenian artist not only did the cover to my prog rock CD - AUDIOCRACY: Revolutions Son - but also did several drawings for the lyrics insert. The CD and this art is available on CDBaby!
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gail60 said 3568 days ago (December 18th, 2007)
loved it!
This is a wonderful piece. You are just so talented it makes me very insecure! :) Thank you for sharing another lovely original melody! Fantastic job.
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TobinMueller said 2992 days ago (July 16th, 2009)
original melody
Thanks. I work at trying to add something to each piano melody that is unique. I truly appreciate you comment.
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Feter said 3568 days ago (December 18th, 2007)
Eruption of Previous Life
its beautiful ..and full of heartfelt sorrows
the left hand at the bass just incredible timming
and I m so impressed by that .a real treat there
thank you for Sharing it my friend !!
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said 3568 days ago (December 18th, 2007)
Debussy

and Keith Jarrett (bass sostenuto)

The energy in your playing is your signature here .
I like how you build it by using chords to change the colors.
Would fit with contemporary dance.

michael2 said 3568 days ago (December 18th, 2007)
beautiful
i can definitely hear the Debussy influence, with a little jazzy dissonance in the chords. Tobin this is really incredible; seriously, i would say that this is my all time Tobin fave. you've outdone yourself on this one.
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TobinMueller said 2992 days ago (July 16th, 2009)
Debussy
Thanks. Its great to hear someone say that this is their favorite. Altho the original song was much different, I first developed many of these rifs and musical ideas as an 18 year old. Those musical ideas have stayed with me thru the years because they were also some of my favorites, but I was never happy with how they hung together. It wasn't until I was presented with this piano commission and had to come up with enough pieces that I set to work at actually making it all work - 30 some years after I first played them. Kind of a neat experience. I should post my original unfinished ideas to show the growth...
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thoddi said 3568 days ago (December 18th, 2007)
how many fingers...?
I couldn't even dream this sort of music and can't quite understand how you manage to do what you do with those keys here. It's truly art when you show us such a combination of technique and music. A masterful performance that brings the energy and the music to us although it must be a very challenging piece to play.

Bravo!
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RickB1 said 3568 days ago (December 18th, 2007)
I am such a hack...
The ear, the passion, the mastery of the keyboard and the technical proficiency...you are truly blessed. So much to learn just listening to you...
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Moviz said 3568 days ago (December 18th, 2007)
wonderful
artistry here that paints many images in the mind. I like the interaction of the chords one minute with a traditional sound and then combined with modern and in parts towards the end I can hear the inspiration you got from 'The Submerged Cathedral' with those bell like runs, just lovely, M
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said 3568 days ago (December 18th, 2007)
Origins in high school?!!
About time you got this composition down right... :)

Wonderful music.

D
TobinMueller said 3566 days ago (December 20th, 2007)
About time
Thanks. There are stage shows I rewrote as many as 7 times, so tweaking things (or re-designing them from the ground up) is something that has cursed me my entire career.
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chipan said 3568 days ago (December 18th, 2007)
Excellent piece
I can definitely hear the influence of Debussy's "La cathédrale engloutie" especially towards the middle. Your piano pieces are very interesting and always have a great amount of energy and presence.
chip
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jiguma said 3568 days ago (December 18th, 2007)
Good stuff Tobin!
I'm constantly astounded by the quality of the music you post here. I don't always get it I have to admit, but it's always full of pointers to your vast musical experience and talent.

Anyone that can do that on a piano gets my vote! You probably even read the little black dotty things ;)

I hope that you and yours have a great holiday season Tobin - all the best for the New Year.

Neil
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Ibstrat said 3568 days ago (December 18th, 2007)
Very accomplished writing
especially if you wrote that in High School!Lots of emotions in there- superb playing!
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Mcboy said 3567 days ago (December 19th, 2007)
man
i dig that art.......and the muisc ain't to shabby....hehhehhe....playful and somber...is this possible.....the bass notes have a somber quality but the upper register exudes playfulness....how'd ya do it?......some nice bernstein-nian chords in there too.....very kool!
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TobinMueller said 2992 days ago (July 16th, 2009)
Bernstein-nian chords
Now that you mention it, I was performing Candide when I developed much of this piece. That finally, those Bernstein-nian chords, have stayed with me ever since. Thanks.
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DWL said 3567 days ago (December 19th, 2007)
Staggering
'nuff said !

Cheers

Dick
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guitapick said 3567 days ago (December 19th, 2007)
The Submerged Cathedral...
...is an extremely inspiring piece of music. Love when you move into that "area of sound" with the strong bass notes alternating with the chords/melody line. Then back to the original theme.

Truly fine, fine playing and composition, Tobin. Compliments to the artist, too.


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Joe Brady said 3567 days ago (December 19th, 2007)
Tobin,
I just love the right hand in this piece; hits a friendly spot on the ear, while the left hand seems to bear warning, or anticipation.........very interesting; your talent is immense. Thanks for this, Hope you and yours are having a wonderful Holiday Season.
Joe
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Jim Bouchard said 3567 days ago (December 19th, 2007)
woah!
or rather, woot! Actually I think it's the left hand that is playful, that rhythm (especially in the middle section) is just the coolest thing! exclamation point!
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echoroom said 3566 days ago (December 20th, 2007)
Beautiful
Wonderful musicianship, and an great piece of art
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Scott Carmichael said 3566 days ago (December 20th, 2007)
same ol same ol from you
Yes i said it... same old innovation... same old technical mastery... same old sense of adventure in your art (which is infectious).. same old wizardry...

the fact that this emerged in your high school days is really something... you were one of those geeky guys who was actually doing something while I was out causing trouble, weren't you?... and now I'm older and want my kids to be like you...
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Scott Carmichael said 3566 days ago (December 20th, 2007)
Oh Yes
and the same great artwork to accompany the song
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paddler said 3565 days ago (December 21st, 2007)
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Love Debussy - the large warm chords reflect the style perfectly - sunlight and shadow.I wonder if this is a duet? Seem to be more notes than two hands could mange! Excellent quality

Happy New Year

RG
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thetiler said 3564 days ago (December 22nd, 2007)
Enjoyed
When I hear this I get a city industry feel for some reason. I think you are from New York? and being from a large town it seem so have had a huge effect on you and seems to come through in your wonderful music.

Nice stuff as use-usual.

Love the the interplay between the bass and the chiming of the higher registry of the piano.

Way to go, another Tobin treasure! Thanks for sharing!
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TobinMueller said 3512 days ago (February 12th, 2008)
The City
I think whenever jazz elements come into play, a sense of The City permeates. The City sticks to one's bones, even when awash in memory or the idyllic meanderings. For the most part, MORNING WHISPERS was about healing/peace/sadness/meaning and avoided City sounds. 13 MASKS was about intellectual juxtapositions, contrast and creativity and chaos, and the City definitely played a large part in that, for me. This track straddled both concepts (and doing 13 MASKS was partially motivated by wanting to do more songs like this). Thanks for noticing.
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VicDiesel said 3564 days ago (December 22nd, 2007)
Ah. That's what it reminded me of
Yep, definite Debussy influences, though I didn't spot any whole tone scales. Though Cathedrale Engloutie was not the prelude that had all the whole tone stuff.

You have a peculiar composing style. The classical influences are equally mixed with shades of cocktail jazz chords.

As a composition this develops nicely if a very long arc.

Just a remark: for something that is at least quasi-classical, I would have liked to hear a bit more room ambience. This sounds too close-miked for my taste.


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TobinMueller said 3512 days ago (February 12th, 2008)
Thanks
I know what you mean about the ambience. But this track is in my collection of closely mic'd pieces, 13 MASKS, and, overall, I really wanted them to be inside the piano intimate, providing a specific impression collectively. A lack of ambience enables this track to fit into the rest. An experiment, but I think if you listen to the collection, you'll get it.
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timothy devine said 3560 days ago (December 26th, 2007)
Nice playing
In high school
Hmmmm
One great piece of music
When I was in High school there was an album called Tubular bells
I guess there still is...
The intro and ending reminded me of TB
Soundtrack from the First "The Exorcist" Movie
thanks for posting this and sharing it with us.


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TobinMueller said 3512 days ago (February 12th, 2008)
Tubular
Yes, Tubular Bells had a direct impact on this intro. Nice catch. I loved that song, the open 6ths, the rhythmic rain, the build. A direct inspiration.
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said 3552 days ago (January 4th, 2008)
Eruption of Previous Life
Dramatic, like a mix of power lurking in the shadows by innocense dancing in moonlight... I have no other way of expressing what I pick up from this, but to say it's an awesome melody!!!!

Thanks Tobin,
Wade
magnatone said 3481 days ago (March 14th, 2008)
Eruption of Previous Life
Well, I've pretty much had to stop everything I'm doing to listen to another, another, another of your incredible piano works. You've got chops!
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TobinMueller said 2615 days ago (July 28th, 2010)
Chops
Mmm, I love chops. I used to cook them all the time when the kids were little - with lima & kidney beans and a heavy sweat/sour sauce. Funny, I think my kids think I'm a better cook than a player. I rarely played a piece from beginning to end, usually sticking to a section I play over and over, which drove them crazy!
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RAVENS said 2616 days ago (July 27th, 2010)
Wonderful
The title drew me in...

Your playing is so interesting, that's what keeps me here. This is fabulous on so many levels.

RAVEN ;-)
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