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SSG Year 10 Week 36 Psycho Based Xylophone

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Postby andygetch » July 10th, 2012, 7:27 pm

Not highly keen on the recording but it was fun to play (once anyway) and writing the play on words. Not high on my list for revisions but feel free to comment as always.

http://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=11759919

Intro
Psycho based xylophone

Verse 1
Striking bars with a hammer
Not really a xylophonist
More of a mallet banger
Than a percussionist
Psycho based xylophone
Verse 2
Sounds made small marimba
No help here left alone
With wooden box amber
Psycho based xylophone
Verse 3
Echoed chamber strange vibe
voice from the great unknown
stained top varnished sides
Psycho based xylophone
Verse 4
Partitioned resonators
Breaks dynamic microphone
sound wave radiators
Psycho bass xylophone

Bridge
Percussion instrument
adjacent keys dissonant
put into predicament
attack without incident
Hitting these wooden bars
stimulate psycho fears
vibrating wood guitars
hangin on the wall in here

Verse 5
Surely there is a reason
for ringing telephones
Zippy fleas displeasing
Psycho bass xylophone
Verse 6
Zeitgeist is seeking zen
center its silo shown
Siberi a to send
Psycho bass xylophone
Verse 7
Synchronized plinking sound
Sixty seconds till it's home
Sixteenth notes on the pound
Psycho bass xylophone
Verse 8
Hear the roar getting near
monitor speakers blown
ringing loud all will hear
Psycho bass xylophone

Psycho bass xylophone (repeat and fade)
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Postby jamestoffee » July 10th, 2012, 8:55 pm

Hi Andy,

Well it's experimental. :D

I know I've referred to this clip of Randy Newman somewhere on SSG, but this song reminds me of the stream of consciousness writing while it's happening type list
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I2MXNT-N ... re=related

I guess too for the pyscho, I was expecting to hear more half-steps for a darker feel.....like Jaws or Friday the 13th....

The way you are playing it reminds me of the thumb piano http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thumb_piano

At least it's all counting towards your 50 :wink:

BTW how many instruments do you have?...just curious

Thanks for sharing.

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Postby John Sargent » July 11th, 2012, 6:38 am

I couln't hear it. I don't know if its the recording, my computer or my hearing.
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Postby andygetch » July 11th, 2012, 1:36 pm

jamestoffee wrote:Hi Andy,

Well it's experimental. :D

I know I've referred to this clip of Randy Newman somewhere on SSG, but this song reminds me of the stream of consciousness writing while it's happening type list
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I2MXNT-N ... re=related



To get to 50 I'll need to do more of that :lol:

jamestoffee wrote:I guess too for the pyscho, I was expecting to hear more half-steps for a darker feel.....like Jaws or Friday the 13th....

The way you are playing it reminds me of the thumb piano http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thumb_piano

At least it's all counting towards your 50 :wink:

BTW how many instruments do you have?...just curious


Guess I need to do some happy xylophone stream of consciousness songs, hey maybe "super psyched bass xylophone" :?: Maybe a song like this Traveling Wilburys song about my instruments, I have a few more than I have time to learn or play but a few less after a local swap meet.:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NYDpp2m_hpI

Still figuring out garageband levels, I get low output levels with near clipping recording levels. I also need to figure out a better method to record the xylophone, maybe use the dynamic mic instead of the ribbon mic or record separate tracks. Basically a less than successful experiment to learn from and move on.

Thanks for the comments.
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Postby dhodge » July 15th, 2012, 1:12 pm

Hi Andy

I think it's safe to say that in the ten years the SSG's been around that this is the first song ever about a xylophone. Very cool.

And I also have to say that even though the melody was plain and simple, it was also very catchy. As noted before, the level of the sung lyrics is very low (I could make it out with my computer but definitely can imagine others not being able to do so) but even without the lyrics being prominently sung, it was still very easy to sing along with the xylophone as it played along with the melody. And I'm still singing it after an afternoon of doing other things.

As James points out, it's certainly stream of consciousness, and also goes in for many a rhyme-line, but all in all a nice piece.

Looking forward to more!

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Postby andygetch » July 16th, 2012, 2:24 pm

Thats one of the reasons I like SSG, nudging in new directions!
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Postby Hobson » July 17th, 2012, 9:32 am

I couldn't hear the vocals and had to listen really hard to even tell that there are vocals. Loved the xylophone playing though. It had a vaguely African sound. The lyrics are good. This must be a full sized xylophone, not one of those toys that helps kids learn the scale.

I never thought that I would see "psycho" and "xylophone" in the same sentence.
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