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This latest set of recordings feasture Broderick's score for a modern dance piece, commissioned by London-based choreographer Adrienne Hart of Neon Productions.
The brief demanded a piano and strings-based score, and so Broderick sticks diligently to these instructions, creating a thirty-minute piece divided into seven sections. In keeping with works such as Float, Music For Falling From Trees is an album characterised by a languid, supine beauty that drips effortlessly from Broderick's rich, melancholy arrangements. As modern composition goes this is all unabashedly under the thrall of romanticism, yet by no means is i t a one-dimensional affair: after the drifting loveliness of the first two parts, Broderick engages with a brisk, staccato section for 'Part 3: Pill Induced Slumber', giving a first real indication of how the composer's agenda has been shaped by the quintessentially kinetic realm of choreography.
The piece develops into a wild and noisy affair, revealing a real sense of energy and a brief glimpse of an anarchic streak as the music slips momentarily into discordance. Elsewhere Broderick dabbles in otherworldly drone on 'Part 4: The Dream' and goes on to showcase his potential as a more cinematically inclined soundtracker, fashioning a wonderfully expansive and evocative stretch of music for 'Part 6: Electroconvulsive Shock'. It's all at the highest standard, yet tantalisingly, you always feel that there's much more to come from this artist as he continues to mature. Music For Falling From Trees is a very fine thing indeed, though as ever with multimedia projects like this, you inevitably crave access to the visual component. Nevertheless, Broderick's music paints its own vivid and very opulent picture.