Best New Music: ALL TOGETHER AGAIN by Peter Broderick

All Together Again, released on 17th November 2017, is the new solo record from American composer Peter Broderick. The LP collects in a single place all the works he was commissioned to write during his first decade of career.

This group of oddball works does indeed include a couple pieces written for weddings (“Our Future In Wedlock and The Walk”), and a song someone asked me to write as a gift for his wife on their first year wedding anniversary (“Emily”). And indeed, there’s a 17-minute piece written to accompany a ferry boat ride in Istanbul (“A Ride On The Bosphorus”). A few of the pieces were written for films (“Robbie’s Song, Atlantic and Seeing Things”), and one for a kind of interactive installation (“Unsung Heroes”). (Peter Broderick, Erased Tapes)

The interesting thing about this album is that despite being a collection of pieces conceived for different purposes and in different moments, they all manifest the same musical sensibility and the charm that have become distinctive features of the style of Broderick’s production. From a musical point of view, his music belongs to that category of compositions where nothing is excessive: every note, every chord every beat, every layer of music is there because the song couldn’t stand without. This is music stripped of any redundancy. Soundscapes and delicate melodies that are perfect to accompany the movements of your thoughts.

One of the most particular pieces of the LP is A Ride On The Bosphorus, an epic 17-minutes long piece that was commissioned for an art project. The author explained: “Towards the end of 2013 I was contacted by an Irish artist named Fiona Hallinan. Fiona described to me a project in which she was selecting different journeys, from a chosen point A to point B, and asking musicians to create musical scores for these journeys. She then created an App which, once downloaded, would allow the user to listen to the score whilst in the vicinity of the journey it was for. She asked me if I would be interested in taking part, and in particular if I would create music for a 17-minute ferry boat ride in Istanbul. Amazingly enough, I had been on that exact ferry not too long before, and it was a beautiful journey that left quite an impression on me. I have amazing memories of creating this piece of music, which I consider one of the most joyous and upbeat things I’ve ever made…

In the video below you can enjoy the track and revisit the experience that generated it.

 

Other recommended tracks of the LP are Unsung Heroes, If I Were a Runway Model and The Walk.


 

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