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In A Gadda Sharona

This one’s a bit of fun. Starts out sounding like a slightly adrenalized PBS documentary theme song, eventually sliding into the title mashup. There’s a Frank Zappa song called “In A Gadda Stravinsky” which mashes up Rite of Spring with the Iron Butterfly classic, more cleverly than anyone could hope to do anything. But that’s where I got the idea for the title.

YouTube link: https://youtu.be/b06O27mF9Y4

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Erik Satie – Gymnopedie 1

Black like my mood, like my soul. Like Henri Le Chat Noir.

YouTube Link: https://youtu.be/WKCVIgigrEk

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Intruderbiko

New song! This one, as the title suggests, features the recurring rhythmic patterns from the first and last songs (Intruder and Biko) on Peter Gabriel’s third untitled (face-melty) solo album. I used those drum patterns (played, not sampled), four bars of one, four bars of the other, lather rinse repeat, and added some other stuff on top only vaguely referencing the originals. So, like the Mike Oldfield thing, not a cover, more of a starting point and an homage.

YouTube link: https://youtu.be/ruz9lxv33rk

Background video courtesy of zfootage.com

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Seven

First song of 2016, for your listening or (odds are) ignoring pleasure. It’s called Seven because eight is boring. This is another from my 2004 archives. I’ve been poking at this one for weeks, looking for new ways to approach it, but in the end I made only very minor changes. I quite like this one. Actually I quite like all of them, but this one maybe just a teensy bit more than some.

YouTube link: https://youtu.be/8pXjTDdFn9c

Background video courtesy of various royalty free sources:

YouTube Channel: “AA VFX” (Amitai Angor) ;
YouTube Channel: “Copyright Free Zone!” (www.free-video-footage.com) ;
YouTube Channel: “Royalty Free Footage” ;
YouTube Channel: “footageisland”

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Tubular 2015

Not so much a cover of Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells, but rather some new tapestries draped around the original signature piano riff (which riff I have flipped front-to-back, kind of, just to be contrary). This is my third version of this, using mostly the same performance data. First there was a perfectly good version in 1996 using the old Mac-based studio setup; then I redid it in 2004, which was quite different-sounding; and now this version, also quite different instrumentation. I guess when it comes to one guy building up individual musical parts to create an intricate web of interlocking sound, Tubular Bells is an understandable and appropriate obsession.

Sorry if you see ads on this… I got a notice that ads may appear because of copyrighted content… I’m not getting any ad revenue, I do not have monetization turned on… I hope some of that revenue finds its way to the original composer…

Also of note: this is the first of my interpretations to actually feature the titular tubular bells.

Background video courtesy of zfootage.com

YouTube link: https://youtu.be/b4wuHqN4F7E

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Don’t Step On The Glass

Here’s a brand new song I just finished. It starts and ends with the sound of a wet finger on the rim of a wine glass. A persistent if subtly ambiguous rhythmic pattern carries it along. Authentic mellotron makes an appearance here and there, giving the whole thing a vaguely King Crimsony vibe (overall sounding more like Projekct-era KC than Court-era, and neither by design). It started as a utility song, just a way of building some instrument sounds into a single collection, for possible use in future “real” songs. But I liked the way they all sounded together, so I made THIS into the “real” song.

YouTube link: https://youtu.be/SKhWtalaHYQ

Background video clips are from various royalty-free sources.

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Afternoon of a Fondue

Sorry for the “cheesy” title, a reference to Debussy’s Afternoon of a Faun which my piece in no way resembles, but which still came to mind for some reason when trying to think of a name. Something a little more peaceful, and a couple of centuries more retro, than my usual fare.

YouTube link: https://youtu.be/abv_-F38yHw

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Industry

Once again, here is a song from 2004, redone in 2015 with fresh ears.

The background video is from the famous 1902 short “A Trip to the Moon“.

YouTube link: https://youtu.be/gTgJmv6XLQ8

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Elf

Here’s a new version of a song originally from 2004. The background video is archival footage of a Chevy assembly line in Flint MI, circa 1936.

YouTube link: https://youtu.be/KpC2dOwX1hM

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Glossolalia

Here’s a fun new song that features somebody “talking in tongues” (hence the title) as a kind of voice-over or voice-under, here and there. Some of the voice clips are forwards, some are in reverse. It’s hard to tell sometimes. I may use these clips again, they amuse me.

The source for the glossolalia was found on archive.org – it is about a one-minute clip which had been reversed before posting. I snipped it up into twelve discrete segments, and reversed them back again. This left me 24 individual clips to assign to their own keys in the virtual sampler, so I could just play them into the song.

YouTube page: https://youtu.be/018zJVK5Sg0

Green kaleidoscope background courtesy of zfootage.com.

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