Archive for the ‘organ’ Category

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.

happy halloween

November 1, 2007

hey lovelies.

happy halloween

jonny is up to his ears right now, getting ready for the detholz “jukebox of the dead” show tonight, and the mucca pazza headline performance immediately following! jonny just found out the show sold out, which is super for him, and for YOU if you have a ticket. he’s also performing in a couple of scenes this weekend for Suzan Lori-Parks “365 Days/365 Plays” at “the side project” in Chicago, and also been busy getting used to speaking of himself in the third person.

SO…he was wracking what’s left of his fragile left brain for this weeks song of the week…and came up with “Happy Halloween,” a semi-scary and mostly just weird atmosphere/score track. jon always has fun playing with atmospheres and sound effects, and he told me earlier today that he had fun with this too, and that he’s me.

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also, as a bonus track blog exclusive, he’s including a song that he wrote for the Maplewood Halloween Party last saturday, that was played right after MJ’s “thriller” in the dance mix. HEAR it HERE —-> “Mass Hysteria

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thanks for listening as always!

everyone have a safe and happy halloween.

j

EVERYTHING IS PERFECT

October 16, 2007

well, not exactly. this song for example, is not perfect. but hey! welcome back to the weekly song a week for the weak songy song-time leek seekers song blog!

everything is perfect” is a three part diddy i wrote over the past week (give or take), and started with the idea to just make a guitar rocker.

PART ONE:

once i came up with the rhythmic idea (drums first), i looped it and added the crunchy, dissonant guitar chunks. i liked it because it was confusing and sporadic, but that’s a funny thing about writing and recording a song, that as you know it better it gets a little boring to you. this is part of the reason this openning is so short i guess. it also made sense to me to keep it short, cause it’s so noisy and high energy that it sounds like a scream in my memory, which i like. (“run-on”, sorry english buffs).

lyrically, this guy got pretty cheezy to me, but you should’ve heard the first version. 🙂 the “we’re gonna be ok!” shout chorus just made sense to me hearing that repeated “chorus” at the end. i was thinking teeny-power-emo-punk a little here in general. the openning is so convoluted rhythmically, that i found the straight ahead chorus to be a pretty satisfying break. so…”we’re gonna be ok” was easy, repetitive, common, and the lyrical break from the tense, worrisome “verse” lyrics before that, which are appropriately TENSE. in general, these are all general lyrical ideas, actually about some other characters that i neither am nor know. (man, i think my writing is really confusing right now, sorry). bascially, the lyrics were written by high school kids.

PART TWO:

i wanted this MADNESS to go in to something totally polar. i opted for a little organy sound (actually a sine wav) that reminded me of a not-so-memorable prelude or offertory in church. something that was relaxing and unobtrusive, to contrast the openning section. i thought of singing choiry reverbed four part over this, but decided to go “super stripped down simple style” for effect. i like this section a lot acutally, in the context of the whole piece. the calm after the storm.

PART THREE:

this part, started with the drums again, and i went for another pretty different character altogether. the electro element for one, the light and clean guitar parts, and the pitch shifted spoken parts i’m such a fan of these days. the joke of the piece is in this section, but it’s not actually the voices, although chipmunk steiny always makes me laugh. i was thinking of singing over this section as well, but ended up liking the little skit with “lucious” better, imagining who this weirdo is and why he’s in my room when i wake up and why that doesn’t seem to bother me at all. 🙂

but, i guess it’s because everything is perfect.

thanks for listening!

tune in next week for one of a couple of ideas:

1. a piano trio doing an original steiny JAZZ number

2. another boring pop song

3. some sound design

4. maybe something for strings

5. maybe a recording of me eating a burrito.

-j

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die reise

September 19, 2007

GREETINGS FROM BERLIN! this weeks song is called “die reise” and i´d like JONNY OF THE PAST to explain. over to you jonny:

11:05am (last week)

well kids! it’s week (whatever number) and by the time you read this i’ll be in berlin. that’s a city far away in a country called germany. very cool place. this weeks song was written JUST before the trip out here on wednesday sept. 12th…and actually, as i’m writing this first paragraph, it hasn’t been written yet. weird huh? how can i be talking about a song that does not yet exist?? although now that you’re reading this it does exist, or does it? well kids, i have (had) faith that this song (?) will get written today (last week).

i call(ed) it “die reise” because it’s german for “journey” or “voyage.”

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12:33pm (last week)

ok. thanks to the yamaha SHS-10 and a good microphone i’ve now recorded and bounced “die riese.” it’s sort of a farewell song for the journey. to myself, with high hopes that everything will “be just fine” and that bla bla other things. (?)

you know what’d be fun for this tune? if YOU (mom, etc) submit your own lyrics that fit the melody (at least mostly) and i’ll re-record the song when i get back with said lyrics. it’s like co-writing!! community songwriting blog experimental experience!

to submit lyrics…just comment on this entry with said lyrics. if you wish to remain anonymous you can email me at jonsteinmeier@gmail.com with a “stage name,” or i’ll create one for you.

alright team…GO

thanks for listening.

j

(what time is it?)