They’re Parts, Not Whole

A series of overlapping textural material by Leonardo Rosado

The track’s title mixes a cold date stamp with an ambiguous sentiment, and in turn “160515T01 the saddest morning glory” summons up a series of overlapping textural source segments. These include plucked string instruments and pulsing drones and some deeply echoing woodwind and sequences of held notes, among other aural delicacies. Those held notes, like the overall piece, travel at too slow a rate to be considered collectively as a melody, as of a piece. They’re parts, not wholes. The whole here is more experiential than developmental, less a matter of something that changes as it goes and more a matter of some things that illuminate each other through proximity. A seemingly rote drone gains rhythm when contrasted with an even more placid tonal companion; a semi-prominent rhythmic element recedes when faced with a more capacious contrast. Recorded by Leonardo Rosado, “160515T01 the saddest morning glory” is slow and subtle, evenly paced and emotionally remote, and utterly beautiful.

Track originally posted at More from Rosado, who is based in Göteborg, Sweden, at

One thought on “They’re Parts, Not Whole

  1. Hi Marc,

    I am so happy to see that you enjoyed the piece. And you are so so spot on the reinforcement of different elements strengths when combined.

    Thanks for your sagacious description

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *