I like that good old entertainment music, played with an organ.
Imagine, a proper cocktail lounge in the year 197x: Red leather everywhere, waiters carrying Singapore Slings for thirsty customers. Farrah Fawcett hairs & really ugly ties.
Magic show is about to start. “The Amazing Bradrickus (and Rita)”.
The worst magician you’ll ever see is accompanied by the house band, “Bob Nelson & the Cantaloupes”.
After some vanishing & appearing, it’s the bands time to shine. First song, any guesses?
That’s absolutely right, it’s Besame Mucho.
The following tune is not as widely known. Pretty standard stuff, nobody even notices the song has changed. The tune could be RETIREMENT HOME AEROBICS CLASS.
I like baroque pop.
It’s heyday certainly was a good fifty years ago, but the innocense of that eras pop stills puts a smile on my face.
So, what’s this baroque pop then, you may ask?
Well, think of relentless smiling, classical music kinda chords, puffy shirts, strings, neverending reverb and Phil Spector, and there you have it.
Still, nothing quite characterizes the genre better than one, simple word:
Harpsichord. If it’s got harpsichord, it’s baroque pop.
So, IN A CLOUD HOUSE has got harpsichord, therefore it has to be baroque pop.
That’s right, there’s some looping going on…
Then struck a nasty case of writers block, so I decided to listen some music.
Four minutes and fourteen seconds later I was feeling very mellow, but I was still short of words. RADIOMONGER sounded pretty good though.
Whoever said old geezer can’t learn new tricks? You were wrong buddy boy! I found some new music to listen & enjoy!
Ok, the music in question isn’t exactly the hottest new stuff out there… And it really is an American-born Mexican composer Conlon Nancarrow. And to be precise, the stuff is his works for player piano.
I deeply recommend NC’s “Studies 1 to 51” for all of you brave individuals out there. That stuff is not for the faint of heart.
The funny thing is that, I’ve actually composed a few pieces similar to Nancarrow’s without realising it. “Inside the Cube” is one of those.
And now, INSIDE THE CUBE is the computerized version of it.
Well, FRIENDAS BOOGIE isn’t really blues. It’s more like – whad’ya know – boogie.
Any boogie out there isn’t complete without some woogie. That’d be like Laurel without Hardy, fireball without fork, ice cream without liverwurst.
But hey, boogie woogie’s got swinging 8’s and this specimen doesn’t.
So, what we’ve got here is some kind of boogie woogie. Maybe add an obligatory Star Wars reference?
Not on my watch.
Oh you great Goddess of spring, can you please keep the pollen to a minimum.
Oh you supreme being with your lovely black eyes. Let there be snow & rain, and the mixture of those two. (Like yesterday, that was neat)
Oh you! In your infinite wisdom let it be so.
Accept my humble offering, you strong and just… super being.
Let the BELLS OF SPRING ring-a-ding.
Dang, it’s sunny outside! Time to put on sunglasses until september.
Focus, man: AGROMANCERS GLORIOUS COMEBACK is some serious folk music. It’s got reckless strumming, overactive flute, balancing synth bass and all that good stuff. Check it out.
Concerning folk music… An accomplice of mine once said: ” You know death is near, when you start to read memoirs and listen folk music”.
That’s two out of two for me.
Ominous, man. That’s a good word.
MYSTERY OF THE BURNGRASS KEEP is pretty ominous.
Soft rock, man.
Not in my world.
In my world soft rock is pop. There’s no such thing as soft rock.
Aaand then I did some googling and what do you know, soapstone is a rock, that’s actually relatively soft. And I was just talking about it a month ago.
Ok then, soft rock exists. But still, PAIR OF A KIND is pop.
Wow, it’s been 2½ years since I last released a remake. Funny how time flies when you’re making prototypes for future remakes.
It would be belittling to say that the tune changed quite a bit during the remaking process. It completely took a new form.
It’s line-up went from rock band + horns to strings + woodwinds, and genre from progressive rock to (neo) classical. Time signature used to be mostly 7/4, now it’s 4/4. General mood chaged from eventful & weird to sad & steady…
Even longer story short: The only thing in common with the original is the chord progression.
Without further ado, from “Conservative surrealist brit” to FUNERAL MARCH OF THE ELEPHANT.