The Time Falling Bodies Take to Light (single) (2020)


Ethereal, spectral, ambient, and rising, ‘The Time Falling Bodies Take to Light’ combines analog synthesizer, wordless operatic female soprano vocals, wordless choral ostinato motifs with Indian tabla and violin to create a unique and affecting piece.

“…an adventure of the mind beyond the boundaries of the norm. This is the definitive fantastic voyage.”

  • R J Lannan, Artisan Music Review

Composer-Producer Tom Caufield says, “When I moved to Los Angeles, I had the honor of working for award-winning sound designer and musician Frank Serafine. Frank had done the sound design for Disney’s innovative Disney film ‘Tron’ and won an Oscar for his work on ‘The Hunt for Red October.’

“Frank hired me to be a composer and technician at his audio-post house in Venice Beach. We quickly bonded while working on a handful of national commercial spots. After hours, we’d often pull out some instruments and jam. Frank was a mentor and inspiration. He introduced me to music elements and cultures of which I’d previously been unaware. He expanded my musical horizons in a meaningful way.

“This piece grew out of a jam session, a drone and a rhythm, for which I later wrote structured vocal parts to accompany the synths and Indian instruments. Coincidentally, Frank was an old friend of a choral group director. We took some mobile equipment down and recorded the voices in their space – an old cathedral, and achieved a beautifully light, otherworldly character.

“I especially like the way that the piece blends technology and natural voices and instruments. 20th-century repetition, western operatic soprano, Indian percussion, Indian viola, and Middle Eastern vocal techniques combine to convey a culturally eclectic atmosphere. I was lucky to have such great inspirations and collaborators.”

“Sadly, two years ago, Frank was killed after being struck by a speeding car. It was a shock to all of us who’d known him.

“With the recent global events rendering me housebound, I recently took on the task of organizing my 1400+ track archive and came across this piece. Years had passed, and busy with new music, I’d forgotten about it. I gave it a listen, was enchanted, proud, and felt compelled to share it. While listening, I thought of the night Frank and I first worked on the track’s sound and feel and how even though Frank was gone, a small part of him lives on when people hear this music. Because we humans can capture our thoughts and feelings, death is not always the end of the story.”