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Beat in the Cathedral

A multi-stage piece by Darkmatter

When the piece “Ternary Cathedral” by Darkmatter opens, it consists largely of a shimmery, muted melodic line, like the high end of a pipe organ set in reverie mode. It is heard in a dark echoing chamber, and as time passes, distortion enters. The inbound backdrop for that melodic bit seems to be the same phrase set through some heavy filter. A brief drum pattern helps connect the two, finding a rhythm in the fairly loose and cloud-like melody, and hammering it home. That the beat doesn’t last very long makes it doubly interesting — usually a beat is the backbone of a track; here it is a cameo, one element among many.

Track originally posted at More from Dark Matter, based in London, at

By Marc Weidenbaum

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