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Broken String


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Tom Atwood

 Genre: New Age

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This replaces an analogue version posted a few months ago. SlimGirlFat suggested expanding the piece (originally for solo piano), so I have filled it out a bit. Even something broken can be beautiful. A broken instrument, a broken heart, a broken life.
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Song Stats
Hits: 4781
Comments: 25
Fans: 8
Plays: 301
Downloads: 183
Votes: 19
Uploaded: May 11, 2005 - 09:57:34 PM
Last Updated: May 12, 2005 - 09:07:36 AM Last Played: Feb 02, 2015 - 08:06:02 PM
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Hardware:
Casio Privia PX-300
G5
Software:
GB1
Comments
Peter Greenstone said 4395 days ago (May 11th, 2005)
:)
I am a big fan of the original and I do like this version.
While I like the expansion you did here I kind of miss the
sound of the live piano. The midi piano sounds maybe
too perfect, as I imagine a more run-down piano
characterised by the melody. You play this very nicely and
it s still a moving piece but I prefered the natural sound of
the real piano and the space it was in even though maybe
the recording could have been cleaner.

I like the idea of introducing the woodwinds playing a
theme familiar from your last couple of pieces. It ties
them together nicely. I think it may be better to start
them off in the background and slowly bring them
forward. Right now they seem to be introduced too much
up front and seem a little distracting at first.
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Tom Atwood said 4394 days ago (May 12th, 2005)
:)
As usual, Peter, your comments are right on target, and the issues you raise
are things I thought about before posting this. Like you, I also miss the
rundown piano, but thought I would give the digital a try. Maybe I am like a
monkey, attracted to shiny objects?

And I also continue to debate when, where and how to bring in those flutes. I
tried easing them in, but given the 'broken' nature of this piece, thought a
more sudden, jarring approach might work better. I may revise this again,
based on your comments. Thanks for the careful listen.
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White Hawks said 4395 days ago (May 12th, 2005)
Emotional
this song is very emotional. and i like it. it's a beautiful
piano pieace. thanks for sharing this great pieace Tom!

- Jem
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Tom Atwood said 4394 days ago (May 12th, 2005)
Emotional
Thanks Jemimah. Good to see you are back. Hope school is going well.
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said 4394 days ago (May 12th, 2005)
I hear a Music Box Winding Down
This is haunting and beautiful.
eleveneyes said 4394 days ago (May 12th, 2005)
beautiful indeed
I love the openess/sparseness of this piece.
The way you weave in and out of varying degrees of consonance and dissonace is beautiful. much the way life is, pleasure and pain, beauty and ugliness, love and hate all happening at once. this is lovely. the only thing that bugged me was about 2/3rds the way through there's that thing playing a 1-e- -a 2- rhythm, i like the idea you were going for, but it distracted me a bit. that's the only thing. this is a very moving piece. thanks for posting.
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Tom Atwood said 4394 days ago (May 12th, 2005)
beautiful indeed
Thanks Ray, for the kind words. I see that the addition of the flutes is more
controversial than I thought it would be. I guess that's something I need to
reconsider and revise. May have been an idea that just didn't quite work...
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TobinMueller said 4394 days ago (May 12th, 2005)
Loss, incompleteness, affecting
Excellent use of mood, intervals, space, sounds. Would be
a great track at the end of a CD, if you want to leave
people with a feeling of incompleteness and loss, since
this is what it leaves me, in a emotional, affecting way. I
listened several times; the first time the ending seemed
abrupt, out of the blue, and I liked it less. The second
time I experienced the loss and it was unsettling,
compelling. Very well done.
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Jim Bouchard said 4394 days ago (May 12th, 2005)
I know this is supposed to be New Age
But I like the jarring flutes. That's probably my favorite part. They sound like mellotron flutes the Beatles might've used. Very cool direction to take this.

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Tom Atwood said 4394 days ago (May 12th, 2005)
I know this is supposed to be New Age
Thanks, Jim. That's one vote for the flutes. As for the New Age
category, it
just seemed like the closest category I could find. When I posted the original
piano version, I put it in Classical. I never know where to put stuff? Thanks
again.
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SlimGirlFat said 4394 days ago (May 12th, 2005)
This
is a truly beautiful piece of music Tom,
very emotive and beautifully played.
I dont mind the flute, although I agree with Pg that
perhaps a slightly more gentle introduction would be
better.
but its such a minor picky thing in what is a truly lovely
piece.
Slimmie
D/L
drakonis said 4394 days ago (May 12th, 2005)
broken smiles
We are all broken, in one way or another. Being broken is
being unique. I'd propose that it is not necessarily
beautiful to be broken, but it is beautiful to accept the
fact that I am broken, and even better to accept the
broken nature of others. The alternative is to whine about
everything, and that is definitely *not* beautiful :-) Oh,
um, yah, back to your song! I didn't go back to find the
original, but this is very poignant, masterfully played and
paced. My only (minor) nit is that the reverb is a little
heavy (to me) in headphones, and tends to create a
lingering muddy high-midrange phase-haze that distracts
from the exquisite melody. Beautifully contemplative,
occasionally dissonant, very personal and human piece.
Like the music of Beethoven, there is a great deal of depth
in this short at-etude (Atwood-etude), and after listening
to it a few times just now, I realize it is begging me to
continue to listen to it, as it grows on me. I just scrolled
down to read other comments just now, hmm, the flutes...
I like them, just as I liked the occasional 2nd on the piano.
I thought they were a little surprising coming from
nowhere near the end, so maybe instead of fading them
in, why not pre-announce them earlier in the piece, just a
short flutter about 1/3 of the way in? Overall, this was a
deeply somber, intimate soulful mood piece. I feel
compelled to politely thank you for sharing something so
touching. DLed, faved, 9-7-9-8!
ttfn,
Drakonis
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Del said 4394 days ago (May 12th, 2005)
broken smiles
I just had to say that your comments are marvelous.
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stevel said 4394 days ago (May 12th, 2005)
mmm nice
I really like this...very nice piano tune. It is very evocative..
read your description there ' a broken life' sounds quite
heavy but I guess as the Dylan song says 'everything is
broken'. I will download this one
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Swanny said 4394 days ago (May 12th, 2005)
Like The Piano
Lost me with the annoying Sketchy Sax...
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Tom Atwood said 4392 days ago (May 14th, 2005)
Like The Piano
Thanks Swanny. I will put that down as a 'no' vote on the flutes...
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Mystified said 4394 days ago (May 13th, 2005)
Masterful
....This is absolutely gorgeous and piercingly poignant.
What a beautiful eloquence this composition has, though
free of a single word.

So well done. Thank you.
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bronco said 4394 days ago (May 13th, 2005)
Beaufiful Calming Piece
Let's see, a broken instrument, a broken heart, a broken
life. Nahh, none of those sound familiar. Seriously very
moving piece, felt it reaching out to that broken part of
me.
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fairy beth said 4393 days ago (May 13th, 2005)
Purtty
Yeah what Mysti said... This is a delicate, very beautiful
tune. You can sense the emotion. Well done.
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alley-oop said 4393 days ago (May 13th, 2005)
Your sound
You certainly have a style that mines the emotions of the
listener, Tom. A wonderful sound that is unique to you. I
always enjoy your music.
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said 4391 days ago (May 15th, 2005)
QUIETLY INTENSE
Great song a I really felt the despair so I went outside and killed a fly! Thanks for the emotional piece! Too bad for the fly though?
thetiler said 4388 days ago (May 18th, 2005)
Enjoyed this piece
Like the ambience of it. Nicely done.

Thanks for sharing.
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I. Spike said 4388 days ago (May 18th, 2005)
Delicously dark..
I looooove these changes... Dark, melancholy,
shadowed... and just when you think everything is going
to be all right a dissonant chord pops up and says, "Sorry
I'm still broken..."
Loved weird sounds towards the end... accordion...?
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Anonymous said 4388 days ago (May 18th, 2005)
plaintive
very excellent use of intervals and space between them ...
i understand this plaintive mood completely ... i identify
strongly with it in my life ... very nice! ... flutes are not bad
... just need more legato ... less accented to match
smoothness of piano ... perhaps weave them into song
earlier in subtle background ... so it's not too much shock
when they appear later ...
The Leonids said 4167 days ago (December 26th, 2005)
Broken, but beautiful
A melancholy hope.
Beautiful, broken.


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