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So Now What?

By orangedrink on August 7, 2016 10:12 pm

I am really behind on listening to everyone's music.  Apologies!

This is a field recording/soundscape piece.  This piece is about the uneasy tension when things are going well.  Should we expect the worst?  This piece is also about the uneasy tension in preparing for the worst.  When can we relax / Is it over yet?

When my partner and I met, we were separated by 1.5 hours driving time.  We saw each other about once every two weeks.  The relationship was blossoming and we were really falling in love.  But the distance wasn't infinitely sustainable.  It felt like everything was going great, but one of us had to move and uproot their life, or we were going to have to break up.

The piece starts off with the sounds of a sunny suburban summer day.  You can hear some children playing, a dog's collar rattling, and the hum of an air conditioner.  The sound of a dangerously low aircraft looms in the distance.  The piece gives way to high wind and the warning of a impending storm.  The melodic loop is a promise of a peaceful outcome.  But, gale force winds are "likely to continue."

So now what?

[SPOILER ALERT: I moved and we happily live together!  I'm making more music now than ever, so according to my life's work, this was the right decision.]

This submission is licensed by author under CC Attribution Noncommercial Share Alike (BY-NC-SA)

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August 8, 2016 1:55 am

I'm happy that you made a decision that worked out for both of you and gave you more time for music.  And I totally understand the feeling of waiting for the other shoe to drop.  That's me whenever things are going right because I'm so used to everything going wrong.

August 8, 2016 3:26 am

make me feel

August 8, 2016 5:57 pm

August 9, 2016 2:36 am

I like the contrast between the peaceful/cheerful sounds like birds chirping and the more ominous tones that come in. 

August 9, 2016 12:54 pm

I too am guilty of not being up to date on people's music unfortunately, just taking some time to catch up a bit now!
This is an absolutely gorgeous piece, orangedrink. The evolution throughout is great and the sounds and textures are very moving. Fav'd for sure!

August 10, 2016 4:16 pm

This works, and only improves on reading your thinking behind it.  So good!

August 15, 2016 5:46 pm

Beautiful work

August 15, 2016 11:13 pm

"Expect the best, and prepare for the worst" smile

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