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Passage (Broken Saints soundtrack vol. 1)

by tobias tinker

Electronic and acoustic music, mostly instrumental, often ambient or atmospheric, but deep enough and engaging enough for 'active listening' - even when it's the soundtrack for the award-winning Broken Saints online series...
Genre: New Age: Ambient
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Taliesin
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2. Gathering
5:29 $0.99
3. Pulwaiya
5:38 $0.99
4. Before
4:32 $0.99
5. Alchera
6:11 $0.99
6. Muraqiba
3:33 $0.99
7. Thar
5:35 $0.99
8. Daxinkali
2:19 $0.99
9. Kumbhaka
3:21 $0.99
10. Passage
4:39 $0.99
11. Jaisalmer
5:01 $0.99
12. Charon
3:53 $0.99
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Album Notes
Broken Saints is a 'serial online graphic literature event' (read: online comic) which has captured the imagination of tens of thousands of fans - and dozens of major Internet awards - worldwide since its inception four years ago. Written and directed by Brooke Burgess, illustrated by Andrew West and designed and programmed by Ian Kirby, it tells the dark, unsettling but ultimately compelling story of four characters 'from the quiet corners of the globe' who are brought together by shared experiences, dark visions and hardships to face a terrifying threat.

The first volume in the Broken Saints Soundtrack series is 'Passage'. Composed, produced and released in early 1996, it predates the series by a few years and was one of Brooke Burgess's key inspirations in coming up with the basic concept and atmosphere of Broken Saints; it should not, therefore, be surprising how well this music ended up fitting the storyline as it developed. Several themes from this work are central to the series or to specific characters, including 'Muraqiba' (Oran), 'Gathering' (Raimi), 'Jaisalmer' and 'Thar' (Kami), 'Taliesin' (featured at the series beginning), 'Kumbhaka' (featured at the end), and the title track, 'Passage' (Raimi, and the main theme from the Classic site).

'Passage' is the record of a number of journeys, all very much interconnected, some still underway. The first journey was a physical one, and took me to India, Nepal and Thailand for six months when I was but a wee lad of 19. Within that journey was a photographic odyssey which generated a collection of around 1000 slides and prints, some of which are even worth looking at... The other journeys are more nebulous; perhaps it's better to let the music tell that story.

To sum up 'Passage' in a few words is very difficult; quite simply it was, and remains, one of the most elaborate things I have ever undertaken. The initial idea was to select 12 photographs that told the story of my journey, and compose a suite of music around them, each piece exploring the mood and texture of the image it was based on. Somewhere along the line I realized I was telling the story of the creative process as I then understood it (my current conceptions of it are not incompatible with this vision, just a little looser and larger), along with a vast array of connected ideas and impressions of how the world works.

Musically, 'Passage' is quite diverse. It touches on everything from jazz to ambient, classical to trip-hop, worldbeat to elecroacoustics to minimalism, from rigorously composed complexity to freeform trance-like improvisation. It is realized on piano, synthesizer, trumpet, flute, acoustic guitar, fretless bass, and a selection of odd ethnic hand percussion. All in all, it's a pretty advenurous piece of work...



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Brendan Vance

An intriguing, if lengthy, gem...
This atmospheric pass through the world of Broken Saints, rich with diverse styles and fine-hemmed musicianship, can be described as a collection of surreal images from various parts of the world; from cityscapes to the East.

Saints fans will recognize immediately the familiar sounds of the series (with a few pleasant surprises built into the arrangements) that donated so generously to its feel. For them, the album is highly recommended.

For the mainstream listener, the album is an interesting passage between complex classical sounds and simpler, modern stuff. One will find that there's a lot 'going on,' adding an appropriate depth to an 'ambience' kind of work.

Richard Hetley

You don't often find music with such meaning behind it
And so it begins. It's important to note that this isn't just the start of a soundtrack: this CD represents an authentic spiritual "passage" by the creator. It contains a web site (not just the individual pieces) that explains the journey, complete with text and fantastic images. The inspiration from the images is quite clear in the music, which brings you through moods from the mystical to the childish. It is quite satisfyingly emotional.

Richard Halberstadt

Beautiful instrumentals with both classical and modern feel
How is it that one man can produce work like this and not be more well known? A unique combination of modern sounds and ethnic instrumentation making up a series of incredibly atmospheric pieces which can be appreciated both on their own and as the soundtrack to Broken Saints (, in which case they'll be indelibly associated with the characters and storyline of this groundbreaking story. If you want to be transported to another world, this is the place to start...

Jack Brown

A true journey of music and spirit
Passage was the first album by Tobias Tinker that I listened to. Straight away, I was captivated. The piano work is excellent, as is the drum and flute. Tinker masterfully sculpts a journey through self, with this album. You can hear the many different influences in his music. The drumming of northern India and Nepal, the flute playing of Persia and the Middle East...It all combines to form a clear picture of serenity and an experience not felt by many in the West today.

I truly believe this to be one of Mr. Tinker's better works, and I strongly recommend this as a starting point for all those interested in hearing a virutoso at work.

John Zaharick

Soothing and exotic instrumental music
The mixture of piano, flutes, and tribal drumming helps set a unique atmosphere. I can't compare this to any of the instrumental/experimental music I own. While I may be influenced by the Broken Saints series, the constantly shifting sounds on this album bring up images of tropical islands and deserts. When the acoustic guitar comes in, it serves as a very pleasant surprise.

This isn't just a piano and some drums or even typical relaxing meditation music, but the otherworldly music of the spheres.