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Meditation in a Storm (for Japan)


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NK0023 : Newburgh: approaching snow storm by Martyn Gorman
Newburgh: approaching snow storm
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I have been working on the piece for some time now. The foundation of the music happened in a moment of inspiration. The inspiration arose out of a setback. On March 10, I had been on Vancouver Island visiting my parents and came home early that Thursday to be ready for an Under the Piano session that evening.

I do a fair bit of preparation before clients come as I like to create a welcoming and beautiful space in which they can experience an Under the Piano session. As they lie under my piano my clients enjoy a visual, tactile and aromatic experience as well as an auditory experience. There are lush cushions and silky sheets, a myriad of candles, original art on the walls and the option of aroma therapy included in the powerful experience of being massaged and cocooned by the vibrations produced by my piano and the auditory journey created by my music.

The client did not show. Disappointment.

But I was ready and primed for creation: the candles were all lit. A magical ambience had been created. In the meantime, a wind storm had been brewing outside. My apartment “expresses” itself when a storm comes along. The windows rattle and howl as the wind buffets the building. Despite this, at about 7:30 pm I turned on the recorder and created some music. My experience was meditative and I was powerfully in the moment despite the howling and rattling of my windows. Even though the music rose to a loud climax, I thought it only appropriate to call it a “Meditation in a Storm”.

Synchronicity.

As I was soon to discover, there was a much bigger “storm” than the one outside my apartment. After recording the music, I transferred it to my computer and spent about 4 hours playing with the creation. Normally, I do not edit my recordings, but I became curious to see what I could do to remove the wind noises in the background. It took awhile because I had never attempted this before. I was finally complete a few minutes before midnight. I walked to my local 24 hour supermarket to get a snack. As I waited in the line at the till, I looked up at the big screen TV to see the horrific devastation caused by the earthquake and tsunami that had just hit Japan. The earthquake had hit Japan at 5:46pm, March 11: with the time difference, this is almost exactly when I had completed the piece I had so unwittingly and so aptly named Meditation in a Storm.

Unconsciously, was I creating my meditation in answer to a much bigger and drastic event that was happening in the world? As I later added the orchestrations to this piano piece, my intention and thoughts have often been with the people in Japan. I dedicate Meditation in a Storm to the people of Japan, who have demonstrated such incredible presence of mind, partnership and compassion in the face of this disaster.
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Uploaded: Sep 10, 2011 - 01:12:49 AM
Last Updated: Sep 10, 2011 - 01:12:49 AM Last Played: Oct 09, 2016 - 08:30:15 PM
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aRcTip said 2264 days ago (September 10th, 2011)
Meditation in a Storm
Astonishing! Thanks for sharing.
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crissew said 2264 days ago (September 10th, 2011)
Awesome
Just happened to see that you have graced us with another of your gorgeous pieces. Download button hit before even listening but upon listening, this piece is stunning. It is great to hear you adding some new pieces to the puzzle.

Love the description that you posted too. Take care friend. You are amazing.
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UnderThePianoMan said 2262 days ago (September 11th, 2011)
Thanks
Hi Charles. Sorry for the long absence, I've been meaning to post something new for sometime. It's not for lack of material but rather time. I finally decided to et a little more serious about orchestrating. Dusted off the old Orchestration book from my university days in the distant past and did a little reading. I've realised that I've been waiting until I could by the orchestration software and hardware that I dream of and that if I didn't get on with it I might never get on with it. I'm pleasantly surprised by what Garageband can do.
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Narad said 2264 days ago (September 10th, 2011)
Meditation in a Storm
Wonderful dedication ! Kudos ! :)
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Mojekay said 2264 days ago (September 10th, 2011)
Excellent
This piece shows real artistry - thanks for the journey.
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richard13 said 2263 days ago (September 10th, 2011)
Truely beautiful Craig
Thanks not only for the wonderful music but also the backstory. Coincidence? I don't think so ;-)
I haven't heard your orchestration before so this is a double treat.
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UnderThePianoMan said 2262 days ago (September 11th, 2011)
Coincidence
Thanks Richard. I like to think it's more than a coincidence - it's nice to think life is a little magical. It's fun and exciting to start delving into the world of orchestration. I haven't done much since I studied it a little 25 years ago. Like I said to Charles, I realised that if I wait around until I can get the software and hardware I really want I might not get anything done at all. So here I go!
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lyzak said 2263 days ago (September 10th, 2011)
Gorgeous Meditation
These were the first sounds I listened to this morning. A wonderful way to start my day. Thank you!
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UnderThePianoMan said 2262 days ago (September 11th, 2011)
Thank you
I love hearing simple stories like that - very rewarding.
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Feter said 2263 days ago (September 10th, 2011)
Meditation in a Storm
very peaceful ...clam and almost a choir like ..a sweet piece of meditation ..everyone need a moment of peace after the storm ..this is like a recollecting thoughts and rebuild consciousness..
thanks a lot for sharing !
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UnderThePianoMan said 2262 days ago (September 11th, 2011)
Hello there
Nice to hear from you Feter. I remember chatting with you when I first joined and then you seemed to not be around. Now I've been gone a little while and it's a treat to see you back.
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magnatone said 2263 days ago (September 10th, 2011)
Meditation
Hi Craig - what a total pleasure to hear a new creation from you. A port in the storm, calmness of spirit while the world goes crazy - this is beautiful. I'm so happy you've come back - hope you're well!
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UnderThePianoMan said 2262 days ago (September 11th, 2011)
Hi Karen
Sorry for the absence. I've been meaning to get back on for some time, but you know how life happens and new habits and patterns emerge.
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TobinMueller said 2263 days ago (September 10th, 2011)
Delicate and transcendent
Wonderful. And thanks for the in depth description of the process. Delicate and transcendent.
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UnderThePianoMan said 2262 days ago (September 11th, 2011)
Thanks
"Delicate and transcendent" - very much what I am often striving for in my music so your choice of words is much appreciated.
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Mosaica said 2261 days ago (September 12th, 2011)
Synchronicity...
...gives rise to a piece as beautiful as this. The piano is like rain droplets and the oboe sound is so soothing. Congratulations on this composition.
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filmscoremike said 2260 days ago (September 13th, 2011)
Wow.
This is lovely. A beautifully fitting dedication.
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UnderThePianoMan said 2260 days ago (September 13th, 2011)
Thanks
… and I enjoyed your "Near Death" score very much. Congratulations.
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eleveneyes said 2260 days ago (September 13th, 2011)
MIAS
Great piece and performance! I do believe this creation was in answer! Creation is from beyond and you were tapped in that night for sure. Thank you for this!
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Bowman said 2258 days ago (September 15th, 2011)
Stunning,
poised and so quietly beautiful.
I could only wish to create such tender music that comes from the heart.

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Philip18 said 2247 days ago (September 26th, 2011)
Meditation
You do generate a contemplative mood. Beautifully sparse playing, full of light and shade, and the orchestration is excellent. I found myself closing my eyes and breathing deeply as I listened. A pity those clients missed out on this experience!
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paul f. page said 2068 days ago (March 24th, 2012)
A more restrained...
...piece I have not heard in a long time. You really take your time in letting this spin out with those lush chords (and the bass that punctuates each harmonic change). This is gorgeous and soothing to listen to, and I shall do so many times, I am sure. How cool it would be to lie under your piano and hear this! Too bad your expected client missed the opportunity. This is just beautiful music, period.
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SISTERS said 2018 days ago (May 12th, 2012)
serenity rules
thank you for sharing your wonderful gift with us.
it's truly a becalming and beautiful piece.
Anne
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