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When the Clock Strikes Midnight

This composition is based on the concept of a doomsday clock which is currently set at 2 1/2 minutes to midnight, the closest it's ever been since 1953. The music itself represents the anxiety, fear but ultimately hope experienced by people in relation to armageddon.

This piece can be split into 3 different parts, the 'anxiety' section, the 'clock' section and the 'humanity' section.  

We start with the 'anxiety' section, the music here represents a general feeling of unease. String arpeggios reach out in hope of solace to a seemingly uncaring and benign universe. In the third repeat of this section a french horn joins the strings adding some warmth and comfort but before long the horn cries out a warning as we enter the 'clock' section.

The 'clock' section is the natural result of when anxiety turns to pure fear. The chimes ring out the midnight hour reminding us of our impending fate, combinations of rasping low brass, distorted guitar, tam-tam and eerie dulchimer create a sense of chaos which climaxes with the timpani and the entire string section blasting out a staccato rhythm.

Next we are back once again to the 'anxiety' section as the fear somewhat subsides, glockenspiel, harp and celeste add a lightness and sense of comfort as we experience a sense of temporary relief, but these elements soon diminish and we are back to where we began; with a repeat of the anxiety section we heard at the beginning, with the strings once again calling out in hope. The french horn makes another entrance and once again adds a sense of much needed warmth, but eventually it cries out yet another warning as the sinister motive from the 'clock' theme re-emerges in the lower sounding instruments.

Just as the music feels like it is once again heading back to the fear represented by the 'clock' theme, a rising pattern starts to occur in the lower instruments, the momentum becomes stronger and with a sudden crash of the cymbals the french horn breaks through and plays a heartfelt solo as we enter the 'humanity' section. The horn is soon joined by the trumpet and the two both play interlocking melodies. The strings are still playing the arpeggios, but now there is a sense that the hope has been fulfilled. At first the trumpet, horn and strings all sound thier own idea of hope overcoming fear. But as the trumpet and horn gradually unite, the strings too eventually take notice and join them in a united theme representing the spirit of humanity overcoming the fear and anxiety represented earlier. This theme then fades into the distance and we are left with a feeling of hope in the face of adversity.



This composition is based on the concept of a doomsday clock which is currently set at 2 1/2 minutes to midnight, the closest it's ever been since 1953. The music itself represents the anxiety, fear but ultimately hope experienced by people in relation to armageddon.

This piece can be split into 3 different parts, the 'anxiety' section, the 'clock' section and the 'humanity' section.  

We start with the 'anxiety' section, the music here represents a general feeling of unease. String arpeggios reach out in hope of solace to a seemingly uncaring and benign universe. In the third repeat of this section a french horn joins the strings adding some warmth and comfort but before long the horn cries out a warning as we enter the 'clock' section.

The 'clock' section is the natural result of when anxiety turns to pure fear. The chimes ring out the midnight hour reminding us of our impending fate, combinations of rasping low brass, distorted guitar, tam-tam and eerie dulchimer create a sense of chaos which climaxes with the timpani and the entire string section blasting out a staccato rhythm.

Next we are back once again to the 'anxiety' section as the fear somewhat subsides, glockenspiel, harp and celeste add a lightness and sense of comfort as we experience a sense of temporary relief, but these elements soon diminish and we are back to where we began; with a repeat of the anxiety section we heard at the beginning, with the strings once again calling out in hope. The french horn makes another entrance and once again adds a sense of much needed warmth, but eventually it cries out yet another warning as the sinister motive from the 'clock' theme re-emerges in the lower sounding instruments.

Just as the music feels like it is once again heading back to the fear represented by the 'clock' theme, a rising pattern starts to occur in the lower instruments, the momentum becomes stronger and with a sudden crash of the cymbals the french horn breaks through and plays a heartfelt solo as we enter the 'humanity' section. The horn is soon joined by the trumpet and the two both play interlocking melodies. The strings are still playing the arpeggios, but now there is a sense that the hope has been fulfilled. At first the trumpet, horn and strings all sound thier own idea of hope overcoming fear. But as the trumpet and horn gradually unite, the strings too eventually take notice and join them in a united theme representing the spirit of humanity overcoming the fear and anxiety represented earlier. This theme then fades into the distance and we are left with a feeling of hope in the face of adversity.