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Intimations of Mortality


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richard13

 Genre: Experimental

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Consisting of an Organ, a Clavier, and 3 synth tracks, this is another early experiment in melody. It is, as you will hear, a little depressing, or morbid: a kind of tone-poem for a senior citizen. I can't, in all conscience, ask you to enjoy it but, who ever said that all music had to be happy or upbeat? At least it's not all discords and arrhythmic. The title (previously used by Allen Ginsberg, among others) is a play on one of Wordsworth's poem titles, and the photo is by Betty Yeo.
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Lyrics
Too soon, too soon Death comes.
I see Him on a not-too-distant hill
and know He looks my way.
Would that I were mounted and could ride
somewhere beyond His reach or stride.
But, truth be told, I would not have it any other way:
I do grow tired and feel it in my bones
that if I lived eternally, I'd surely ache
for just as long.
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Uploaded: Mar 15, 2012 - 11:05:58 AM
Last Updated: Mar 15, 2012 - 11:05:58 AM Last Played: Mar 22, 2017 - 06:42:32 AM
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gadzooks said 1985 days ago (March 15th, 2012)
Intimations of Mortality
Hey Richard, I like the lyrics a lot ... there is nothing morbid about death ... it's biology and we all think about it and wonder if he is looking our way. The music fits the poem perfectly ... I think you should have read the words over a section of the tune. Great job creating such a visual piece.
SG
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richard13 said 1985 days ago (March 15th, 2012)
Thanks Stan
The poem and the tune were separate creations until shortly before posting today. I suppose if I'd thought about it a little more I would have read them. Biology: all the tired old organisms have to give way to the fresh new organisms. I guess ;-)
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abzwork said 1985 days ago (March 15th, 2012)
Intimations...
I like how it leaves me feeling off balanced, kinda floatin'...a little scared to look back...don't want to see myself layin'out on a gurney with a toe tag..lol..I'm clinging...now..theres my deep breath...most exceptional my friend..:):):)peace
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richard13 said 1985 days ago (March 15th, 2012)
Maybe I should have called it "Toe Tag"
That would have piqued some curiosity ;-) Thanks Erin, I'm sure you're re-balanced again by now.
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Narad said 1985 days ago (March 15th, 2012)
Intimations of Mortality
I like a lot this "stuff that dreams are made of" touching even my bones.
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richard13 said 1985 days ago (March 15th, 2012)
Dreams?
I'm sure I saw Him: just over there...
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sammydix said 1985 days ago (March 15th, 2012)
IOM
the first thing when i thought was, "where have i seen that title before? a movie? a book?" glad you answered in your info or i would have been bugged all day.
kinda arty in the unpredictable way i like. like Orb had a sad, reflective moment. definitely creates a mood.
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richard13 said 1985 days ago (March 15th, 2012)
You...
It's all your fault, calling me a codger, you young whippersnapper!
Sure, kinda arty for an old farty ;-)
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Philip18 said 1985 days ago (March 15th, 2012)
Mortality
Certainly is sombre - hope you were OK at the end of the recoding session! I do like the interplay between the instruments that you've used. You've captured something that we all have to think about.
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richard13 said 1985 days ago (March 15th, 2012)
Yep! I was OK then and I'm OK now
but thanks for your concern Philip. I promise to make the next post less sombre. Cheers.
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Jarvoid said 1984 days ago (March 16th, 2012)
Very reflective
and grim but not macabre or morbid.....matter of fact...sort of, "it's inevitable ,get over it and on with what you have" feel to it ...it's a keeper....
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ShadowofNine said 1981 days ago (March 19th, 2012)
ntimations of Mortality
Nice work, has a charm about it, simple yet attractive...Enjoyed listening...
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michaeljayklein said 1979 days ago (March 21st, 2012)
The Man in the Glowing Nightgown...
...yeah that boy is always near, which I why I always try to live each day to it's fullest. This is a very interesting piece--I kind of agree with Brother Stan that a recitation of the words over a chorus would be an additionally nice touch to an already good work. Thanks for sharing this! Michael
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saturnismo said 1957 days ago (April 13th, 2012)
I recognize that sensation
When I search in the music I walk by this moment. Is as a vision of the water from the boat. Thanks.
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CIASM_ZENABI_ said 1957 days ago (April 13th, 2012)
mortality
reading your description I get where you came from with this and I like it. cheers graham
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Monkaton said 1651 days ago (February 12th, 2013)
Great Sounds
Your use of synth is excellent. The sounds and production are very clean and pleasing. I also think the lyrics are very good also.
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Experimental music is any music that challenges the commonly accepted notions of what music is. There is an overlap with avant-garde music. John Cage was a pioneer in experimental music and defined and gave credibility to the form. As with other edge

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