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Galaxy Band Episode 4


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Dreamy, woven voices calling me
Surely I’m asleep…?

The dream occurs to me all at once, in a second
Planted by the web of voices
The illusion of time passing is in the retelling, the unravelling

I remember it, the alien
Appearing before me in my dining room
Three of it’s mouths explaining in perfectly clear gibberish
It needed me for a gig

"Hey man,
I just play the drums!"

My cat Chuck was nearby
Making the alien nervous

"wE nEED A dRUMMER"
"I’m an earthling with but two arms and two legs
How will I play your alien beats?"

There was no spaceship
A vortex appeared, and KA-fa-*BOOM*!
We were gone

Somewhere on Earth
a dog barked

I went deaf during the rehearsals
Figuratively
"This isn’t music! It’s some kind of awful/beautiful noise
Hey! How come I can’t just say ‘awful/beautiful’?"
"yOU aRE aTTEMPTING tO mAKE tOO sUBTLE a dISTINCTION
bE aSSURED tHIS iS pRECISE, hARMONIOUS oRCHESTRATION"

I was not assured

"I’m just good at earth music!" I protested
"a gROOVE iS a gROOVE nO mATTER wHAT gALAXY yOU aRE fROM"

A spheroid moonlet was hollowed
And the stage floated in the center
A hundred million ghastly creatures watched and listened
And danced and shouted
Hooted, warbled and shrieked
As I drummed on an outrageous kit
With a band of outrageous monsters

It was the gig of the galaxy, only not the Milky Way
Some other galaxy
The teeming millions loved it

But the alien recruiter wasn’t dancing
"tHE sEATTLE gRUNGE iNFLUENCE iS tOO eXTREME," it gibberished
"nEXT tIME I’M sCOUTING iN iCELAND iNSTEAD"

Was it all just a dream?
Yes
Yes, it was all just a dream

…or… was it…??!?
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Lyrics
You can't understand them in this dimension.

I want to thank Tadashi Togawa for starting this meme, and Mystified for tapping me to direct this episode, and Einarus for taking the baton.
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Uploaded: Dec 14, 2005 - 05:58:14 PM
Last Updated: Aug 11, 2006 - 04:28:55 PM Last Played: Jan 27, 2017 - 11:27:23 PM
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Mac G4
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Soundtrack, GleetchLab, SoundEdit, Reason, Intakt, WireTap, a touch of loops and a dash of sound effects.
Comments
Macaudion said 4356 days ago (December 14th, 2005)
I haven't been gone that long
.,,Have I... Okay, no more flashbacks, flashpresents or flashfutures for
you. It's possible that you may have used up you lifes alottment here...
And a mighty fine job of doin it. I just happen to be in just the right
'space' for this - Man-O-Man, that was quite the rush and one helleva
trip...

I don't know why and or how this tune could have jumped out from
wherever... And show up here to be just what I needed... I mean, I'm
trying to make some kind of appearance here away from a life's design
that has temporarly shorted me on available time to play at MS's and
this tune, it might have given me a weeks worth of FIX...

That was otta this world... Another ticket please...

Thanks David
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perceptualvortex said 4355 days ago (December 15th, 2005)
I haven't been gone that long
Here's another ticket for you Dion. Hey excellent! I'm glad the aliens and I could give you just the number that you needed. I've used up several life's allotments of many things, including flashfutures, and yet I keep on taking more and more, greedy me. I'd hoped that this could make the connection, even as weird as it is. Thanks Dion!
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chakeres said 4356 days ago (December 14th, 2005)
Out there
David you have to be one of the most talented people I know. You can
get down with the best of them and turn around and push the edge.
Nice piece well put together but I expect nothing less from you. Your
stuff is not only good it is interesting.

John
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perceptualvortex said 4355 days ago (December 15th, 2005)
Out there
'Interesting' is a top goal for me. Thank you for your kind words John, I really appreciate it.
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Tom Atwood said 4356 days ago (December 14th, 2005)
Very cool
Nice job, David. Tadashi-and other aliens like him-will be proud.
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perceptualvortex said 4355 days ago (December 15th, 2005)
Very cool
Thanks Tom! It probably speaks most directly to aliens, but I'm glad some earthlings like it too.
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Mystified said 4356 days ago (December 15th, 2005)
I just knew....
...that you could do this story justice!
Wow. So very FAB!!
Excellent! :)

That's all. I'm speechless in alien gibberish this time around ;)

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perceptualvortex said 4355 days ago (December 15th, 2005)
I just knew....
Heheh, thank you Mysti! I know, I really turned it around from your episode, which was aesthetically pleasing and featuring your unbeatable vocals (some of my vocals are in here, but they aren't as classy as yours were). Thanks again for selecting me for this li'l project, which I greatly enjoyed. It helped me get some of the weird out of my system. :)
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Tadashi Togawa said 4355 days ago (December 15th, 2005)
Space rock'n'roll
David,
Your dog barked.
The space alien entered your house.
Your music is felt by me as if the space alien had made it.

Your eyes shine.
It is not possible to think this music to be the earth product at all.
Wonderful space product music.

David,
Were you invaded?
You are David Space Thomas.
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perceptualvortex said 4355 days ago (December 15th, 2005)
Space rock'n'roll
The space aliens and I thank you for your comments, Tadashi. You might
like to know that, during the course of making this song, the aliens and my
cats learned to get along. I have been in a very space frame of mind for
the last few months. Well, few decades really.

Thank you for starting this whole thing Tadashi. Your music is always an
inspiration.
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alley-oop said 4355 days ago (December 15th, 2005)
Man..genius
a gROOVE iS a gROOVE nO mATTER wHAT gALAXY yOU aRE fROM"

I think that quote should be at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in
Cleveland, or maybe on the side of the U.N. in 10 foot letters etched in
granite.
I really had fun at your song Mr. PV Great track, great story line, great
picture. Great show! Great multimedia event...a 'happening' as it were.
Thanks Mr.
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perceptualvortex said 4350 days ago (December 20th, 2005)
Man..genius
Thanks Alley, I'm really glad you could have fun at my happening here. I agree about the groove quote, that alien was really on to something. Thanks for stopping by!
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drakonis said 4355 days ago (December 15th, 2005)
Creme de Cacaophony
What an unusual journey... this was interestingly blended, loved the little
snippoids of detritus floating by. I admit I wished there to be a bit more
of a thread through this, but it was a good dream-mosaic instead. Many
different scenes were evoked in a passive way. No danger was felt.
ttfn,
Drakonis
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perceptualvortex said 4350 days ago (December 20th, 2005)
Creme de Cacaophony
I always appreciate your comments and suggestions, Eduard, thank you! I'm glad you didn't feel danger; I didn't either, throughout the whole episode... though I have to admit being a little nervous playing for a crowd of so many monsters. More stage fright than danger probably. Hey, I'm glad those snippoids worked for you!
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ledebutant said 4355 days ago (December 15th, 2005)
Cobain Went to Space
Or else how would the aliens know about grunge? I KNEW IT!

This was of course, highly imaginative, groovy and toe-tapping (okay
bum-wiggling). If you re-do it, I think it would be cool to have a
melody running through it, even something as simple as the one that
comes in during the last third of the song. I'm also wondering if going
more electronic with the beats might smooth the organic/electronic
battle I'm sensing right now.

Although, that's what the song is about, the almighty Vortex bringing
earth music to the teeming alien masses, so my suggestion may be
completely inapproprite. In fact, now that I consider it, I think I'm
wrong. But, I still think adding a little theme/melody going through the
song might fancy it up a bit. :-)
perceptualvortex said 4347 days ago (December 23rd, 2005)
Cobain Went to Space
Right on, if I got your bum wiggling then I consider this a success. Dubbly so if you found this highly imaginative--that's about the best compliment I could ask for right there. Honestly, I did try to electronify the beats somewhat, but I think you're right, something more obviously synthetic would perhaps make more appropriate drums. The drums are loops (of course--and only a few are from Drums on Demand this time even!), and I tried some of the more electronic beats that I could find, but they usually tended to get in the way of the lovely alien noises... I didn't think it was right to bring in beats that might obscure the lovely melodies made by my alien hosts. And, are you telling me that you can't pick out the catchy melodic hooks in the tune? What planet are you from, Earth or something? Ok, I admit it, you're probably right that this needs something to better hook human listeners... perhaps some kind of lovely female vocals?
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jtp184 said 4355 days ago (December 15th, 2005)
Nice
Awesome
perceptualvortex said 4347 days ago (December 23rd, 2005)
Nice
Right on, thank you jtp!
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Stun Nutz said 4355 days ago (December 15th, 2005)
@)*(&)(*%&#
What a tasty splash of cosmigoricallanimous fantasmarifficness! I
feel like silly putty. That was fun.
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perceptualvortex said 4347 days ago (December 23rd, 2005)
@)*(&)(*%&#
Cool, thank you Stun! Glad you had fun at our big show.
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Einarus said 4355 days ago (December 15th, 2005)
I hope...
...the weird isn't completely out of your system if it produces stuff like
this. This'll be a tough act to follow.
The mix is just so full of subtle things that still scream at you without
becoming just noise... if you know what I mean...
Great work - A fav and a download (-two bits).
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perceptualvortex said 4347 days ago (December 23rd, 2005)
I hope...
The weird always seems to come back to me, fortunately. I have faith that you can work with the Galaxy Band as well as the best of 'em, in your unique and captivating Einarus style. Thanks Einar, I'm glad you dig this enough for faving and downloading!
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The Leonids said 4355 days ago (December 15th, 2005)
Far out
A nice galactic swirl of aural confection.
Delicious!

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perceptualvortex said 4347 days ago (December 23rd, 2005)
Far out
Thanks Leonids, glad you found this a tasty treat. Hey it's cool that your icon is the actual meteor shower!
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jakgetar69 said 4354 days ago (December 16th, 2005)
TRIPPY
Good song great jam!!!
Funny commentary about lyrics
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jakgetar69 said 4354 days ago (December 16th, 2005)
TRIPPY LYRICS
GREAT SONG!!!
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perceptualvortex said 4347 days ago (December 23rd, 2005)
TRIPPY LYRICS
Thanks Jack! I'm glad someone was able to understand those lyrics. Welcome back to this dimension. :)
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classicalman04 said 4354 days ago (December 17th, 2005)
nice
very spacey and wide. good synth stuff
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perceptualvortex said 4347 days ago (December 23rd, 2005)
nice
Thanks classical! No synths were harmed during the recording of this concert.
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Drew Kopr said 4353 days ago (December 17th, 2005)
Yeah
That's right, teach those aliens how to groove!
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perceptualvortex said 4347 days ago (December 23rd, 2005)
Yeah
Ha ha! Yes, today I think we ALL learned a little something about intergalactic collaborations. Thanks for stopping by here Drew!
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thetiler said 4352 days ago (December 18th, 2005)
Like the dog bark and whole bunch of
others stuff! Really seems like your telling a story. You really made me
smile when I heard the dog bark. I don't know hwo you did it but that
really fit in quite nicely. Lot of out of space treats like the swishing and a
ton of others.

Good going, well done. Like how you fit in the talking to, seems like you
really put a lot of work into this!
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perceptualvortex said 4347 days ago (December 23rd, 2005)
Like the dog bark and whole bunch of
Hey thank you Bill! You know, I was laughing my butt off when I added that dog barking. Actually, there's a lot of laughter that went into this tune. Maybe cracking myself up is one of my motivations. I did put a lot of work into this, but it was entirely a labor of love. And it sure beats watching tv. Thanks for listening, it's always nice to hear your thoughts on my tunes!
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rik said 4352 days ago (December 18th, 2005)
Woww...stricken!
Just posted a new song...and then I saw there was a new Galaxy Band
episode...warped here, and I really enjoyed it...so many layers, and
stunning rythms.
But then...I was hit by the last words of the alien recruiter "tHE sEATTLE
gRUNGE iNFLUENCE iS tOO eXTREME, nEXT tIME I%u2019M sCOUTING iN
iCELAND iNSTEAD"

Ahem... "Little Iceland in the Refrigerator" my last song...posted ten
minutes ago, at present not yet linkable! Song description contains
following words: "It's that they're icelanders, or it's that we're
earthlings?"
Was I abducted, or better, was I induced to produce this song as a new
form of alien experiment? Is our artistic freedom always an illusion?
I want a doctor.
If that's not possible...at least a bus ticket for Andromeda.

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perceptualvortex said 4352 days ago (December 18th, 2005)
Woww...stricken!
Yes, I do believe the aliens are making music through us, and that would
certainly explain what might otherwise look like a spooky coincedence. I
know the aliens are interested in Einarus as well, and he's from Iceland. As
for artistic freedom being an illusion, well duh, all free will is an illusion.
We're just a bunch of totally deterministic, if complex, interactions of cosmic
forces. God doesn't play dice with the universe. Nosirree, not listening, la
la la. Thanks for stopping by rik, I'm glad you enjoyed this! Crap, I almost
forgot, here's your bus ticket!
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rik said 4351 days ago (December 19th, 2005)
Woww...stricken!
I did not sleep well last night, but now I see...no abduction, no conditioning...
I Want To Believe it was only a coincidence...my Clear Thought System did
rebooted this morning...if not the Free Will one...
Einarus, 'tis he who can tell out the true story...
But what the heck...a coach in wait is down the road for Andromeda...see you
soon comrades...perceptualvortex, I owe you one...!
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fatastro said 4352 days ago (December 18th, 2005)
!!!!!!!!!!1!!
too tireed to type CRAZY COOL!!!!!!!!!
J-
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perceptualvortex said 4347 days ago (December 23rd, 2005)
!!!!!!!!!!1!!
Cool, thank you astro!
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meandmyllama said 4350 days ago (December 20th, 2005)
An alien once told me...
...aLL yOUR gROOVE aRE bELONG tO uS!!!
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Epileptic Gibbon said 4348 days ago (December 22nd, 2005)
What an outerspace trip!
The aliens are coming back. I hope they return my buttocks, which
they abducted on a previous occasion. Great stuff, PV, as always.
I'll look forward to that album whenever it surfaces.
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FEEL said 4348 days ago (December 22nd, 2005)
Couldn't find a better bunch of macjammers
Really dig the digitizing. The drums are singing. You couldn't have
asked for better to help you come up with a song like this. They
should have put this song on "Planets".
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Analog said 4348 days ago (December 23rd, 2005)
bravo
i wasnt sure what to expect at first but im glad i stayed tuned and stuck
with this one. Its intreiging (spell check) to say the least. Its bizzarre, and
most definitely should find itself in a creepy music video along the lines
of that new aphex twin video with rubber johnny. bravo man bravo
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Analog said 4348 days ago (December 23rd, 2005)
bravo
i wasnt sure what to expect at first but im glad i stayed tuned and stuck
with this one. Its intreiging (spell check) to say the least. Its bizzarre, and
most definitely should find itself in a creepy music video along the lines
of that new aphex twin video with rubber johnny. bravo man bravo
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_nderscore said 4336 days ago (January 3rd, 2006)
''''''::'''' ''''''''' :::''''''''''''':''''''''':::'''''''''::::::::'''''''' ::P
(a possible translation)

i swiped a download of this a few weeks back in a typical moment of
rushed frenzy, finally gave it a proper listen in iTunes today, & WOWW!
this thing is chock full of electro-goodness y_m y_mms.. lots of dweets &
dibbles-just the way i like em!
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said 3877 days ago (April 8th, 2007)
needs me some points
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perceptualvortex said 3877 days ago (April 8th, 2007)
CF
Thanks for stopping by... did you listen to the song while you were here?

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said 3877 days ago (April 8th, 2007)
yes
i did

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Char said 3165 days ago (March 19th, 2009)
A little weird
and a lot wonderful. Beat those Aliens at their own game. Thanks.
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sschedra said 2879 days ago (December 30th, 2009)
David,
I am just making my way through the Galaxy Band series. Unfortunately, Episode 3 has been disabled. It would have been nice to follow the genesis. This piece still contains a relationship to the first two, with both synth and rhythm elements, but is a more spacey version. Lots of aural candy here but the tight drums hold it together.
Very nice,
Stephen
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