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floyd goes to the ball

May 21, 2008

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this is the second of the “floyd” series, which is turning out to be a fun programmatic romp with a combination of sampled and real instruments. this one was written only days after the first episode, “floyd takes a walk”, posted last week, and in this episode, we find floyd at a ball or dance of sorts, again struggling in some endearing way. i imagine him trying to fit in socially, maybe even trying to dance, but generally failing at all turns. it’s the sort of party that would be great fun if you were someone else, he thinks, as he’s preoccupied with his own inabilities to function in such a social environment. but floyd strikes me, so far, as someone who keeps trying. this is part of his charm, and part of the thing that frustrates him so much.

musically, i used pizzicato strings for the basis of the waltz, and percussion that nods to a “falling down” idea; clumsy perhaps like floyd. there’s a toy a accordian in the first section of the piece that also feels very a little awkward or out of place playing single long notes at these same “crash” moments. the opening theme is in the oboes, a favorite of mine, but not as popular a solo instrument as, say, the violins or clarinets. the middle section of this piece is my favorite, where a solo violin takes the melody, and the atmosphere changes a bit. here, i think floyd starts to imagine himself as someone else, someone who’s smart and interesting and smooth and charming. he welcomes the attention. he proudly slides through the room like the sound of a single well played violin, and the underlying accompaniment changes with him. it becomes a little more hip. it moves a little better. grooves a little. it’s another, better, place. here, i used electric bass and drumkit, under organ and violin. the “back to reality” transition is me whistling over the organ, and a bit of the first theme, on the oboe again, before one final crash brings floyd back to awkward reality.

i’m hoping to overdub the solo violin part with a real violinist soon, which will help the piece a lot, some of the sounds i think are pretty believable, while that one is sort of an earsore i think.  once that happens, i’ll repost.  until then, sorry about some of the synthyness.

thanks for listening and reading! i hope to have another orchestration for this series soon. either way, tune in next week for more new material of some sort.

j

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radio poo pee REDUX

November 18, 2007

hey hey!

i mentioned in my last entry the idea of revamping/arranging the tune “radio poo pee,” this weeks “song of the week” exclusive creative catastrophe. here is it. i call it….(wait for it)…

RADIO REDUX

i think it’s stronger now. i played more with the sound design, creating a little “get into the car, drive around, arrive, get out” sort of sound design, and i modified the music medly to include more song-time and less radio-being-tuned time. i like it a lot more. i also ditched most of the “guy in the car” talking bit, which i think helps.

SO…this is a first. this qualifies as the first revision i’ve done and posted in the song of the week project. i think. at least, the first dual-posting on this wordpress blog thingy in one week. wow. things are getting crazy over here.

obviously, i hope you like it.

i think it’s stronger. i’m happier with it. i’m also a little slow.

thanks for listening.

i’ve posted only the most recent version at http://www.jonsteinmeier.com, but you can still open the original version through the last post “radio poo pee” on this here wordpress dot com blogger thingy.

techknowledgy.