Broken Beauty is an “electro-acoustic aria” based on the poem “Broken Things” by Sara Teasdale. The sounds of the voice and piano are altered, processed, and recombined in various ways to create a soundscape of “broken things” that conveys the meaning of the poem in a unique way. The computer animations in the video were created using the software application Artmatic.
Broken things are loveliest,
Broken clouds when dusk is red,
Broken waves where a rainbow rides,
Broken words left half unsaid.
Broken things, broken things—
How quietly they comfort me,
Riven cliffs, where I can watch
The broken beauty of the sea.