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“I believe there is another world, Sixsmith, a better world.”

Best work on parallel and cycles since "From the Corner of his Eye" by Koontz.

I am a fan.

And the cloud atlas sextet is just absolutely haunting, riveting, and mysterious.

This is the music you're referring to, right?

Full version available on the Warner Brothers website:

Yes, that's it. The music from my dreams.

Frobisher’s story is told through a series of letters to his lover back home. To believe him — and one wonders if one should — the Cloud Atlas Sextet is one of the greatest pieces of music ever written. “When it’s finished, there’ll be nothing left in me,” Frobisher writes. “It’s an incomparable creation ... Will never write anything one-hundredth as good. Wish I were being immodest but I’m not.”

Cloud atlas Frobisher

The Cloud Atlas Sextet itself evolves six times:

In the end, they scored the Cloud Atlas theme — which Tykwer describes as “Debussy-ish” — several different ways. Just as Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugh Grant, et al. play a multitude of characters, the theme goes through a series of reincarnations.

“We looked at the Sextet, ultimately, as a character next to the characters of people.”

The theme is interpreted six times. Tykwer is giddy at the chance to enumerate them: (1) Frobisher’s initial piano performance, (2) a symphony, (3) a rendition by a jazz sextet, (4) nursing-home Muzak, (5) futuristic Korean street music, (6) a solemn hymn sung by a hoard of clones.

“Isn’t that crazy?” says Tykwer. “I hope you forgive me. Nobody spots it now. I always go, ‘Come on, this is so fun.’”

Didn't the Architect construct The Matrix six times, getting "exceedingly efficient"?

Matrix architect exceedingly efficient

Frobisher is Q:

Frobisher Q Skyfall Cloud Atlas

Six may be the perfect number. It may also be a symbol for evil.

Guess it depends whether you're talking to a priest, imam, a mathematician, or a musical composer.

I do think it interesting that the sixth Matrix is the one Neo breaks free, just as the sixth story in Cloud Atlas is the one where humans break free from planet earth.

I think the humans break free from earth in the 5th story, but break free from oppression finally in the sixth.

I read that, and just about everything else I could find on Cloud Atlas last Sunday after watching it a second time.

I'm patiently waiting for a third opportunity to watch it; I think three would be the perfect number to watch, enjoy, and catch all the nuggets and see many of the connections.

What an inspiring piece.

The music is a metaphor for the movie itself:

Echoes of Scriabin’s White Mass, Stravinsky’s lost footprints, chromatics of the more lunar Debussy, but the truth is I don’t know where it came from. Waking dream.

Spent the fortnight gone in the music room, reworking my year’s fragments into a “sextet for overlapping soloists”: piano, clarinet, ‘cello, flute, oboe, and violin, each in its own language of key, scale, and color. In the first set, each solo is interrupted by its successor: in the second, each interruption is recontinued, in order. Revolutionary or gimmicky? Shan’t know until it’s finished, and by then it’ll be too late.

I missed why Frobisher and Sixsmith destroy all the dishes?

Cloud atlas dishes

Unexplained. :)

It was a very cool scene and quite memorable... Signifying nothing?

Signifying everything. Perhaps, a union between Sixsmith and Frobisher. A theoretical wedding. Defiance. Rebellion. The consummation of what they were not allowed to be in that time period.

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