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Serial Killer


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Joanna

 Genre: Latin

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I recently saw a human foot in an overhead storage bin. Freaked me out. Happily, when the cops came, it turned out to be a crazy guy, sleeping up there. But before the cops came, my mind went through a litany of possibilities, including the thought that a serial killer lived in my apartment building.

To deal with the event, I wrote a song, playing off my fears. In the song, the theme is sung in an upbeat way, rather matter-of-factly (representing the brave face we show to the world), with a hint of dissonance in some of the harmonies (the fa├žade cracks). There is also the bland sound of a police radio -- just another day for them. In between the lines of the main melody are echoes of fear and speculation. This is the internal voice, trying to make sense of the harsh brutality that lurks in the corners of our society.

In short, it's a weird song, but it might appeal to some people, so I figured what the heck -- I'll post it.
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Lyrics

Went down to my car
Saw a human foot
Sticking out of the bin
Oh, this can't be good

Am I living near a serial killer?

Serial Killer
Serial Killer

Cops came and they found
A dismembered body
They'd seen this before
"Everyone needs a hobby.

You're living near a serial killer"

Serial killer!
Serial killer!

Wondered who it was
What made the killer kill?
Angry echoes of abuse?
Or just for a moment's thrill?

Who the heck is the serial killer?

Serial killer
Serial killer
Song Stats
Hits: 3558
Comments: 11
Fans: 1
Plays: 261
Downloads: 139
Votes: 8
Uploaded: Dec 15, 2004 - 08:54:20 AM
Last Updated: Mar 29, 2005 - 03:36:15 AM Last Played: Jan 29, 2017 - 05:13:44 AM
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Hardware:
eMac G4 and a Shure SM58
Software:
Jampack #1
Comments
cjorgensen said 4544 days ago (December 15th, 2004)
Good Start!
I'd really like to see this one developed. The first time you
sing "serial killer" it's a bit discordant. The song also
doesn't quite go anywhere. Observation then question. It
answers little, tells no story. I also dislike the Moroccan
beats, but that's just me.

I like the voice, like the samples, but if the song were
longer you wouldn't have to pile them all up at the end,
and you have a fun enough idea to run with.

Sticking out of the "bin?" Trunk, boot, glove compartment?
Boot is a British term for trunk and would give it irony as
well (and slide past most your listeners).

Please tag me an email if you do more with this one.


Check out my latest song called Gardens
Joanna said 4522 days ago (January 6th, 2005)
Good Start!
Thank you very much for your comments, cj. The discordancy on the first
"serial killer" was on purpose (see the song notes), but maybe I was
overthinking things on this song. I don't think I'll be revisiting it, because I'm
not certain I like it. It's kind of weird.
Check out my latest song called Side By Side with Dadai.2
Stun Nutz said 4544 days ago (December 15th, 2004)
interesting song
I like the concept that you have - with the upbeat
music and the scary lyrics. I like how you are
experimenting as well... however, some of the
musical ideas didn't quite gel, and I felt this way
about your "Rise Up" song as well...maybe you are
throwing too many things into the mix? Hmmm...
your better tunes, like "Smooth as Silk", "These
Tears" and the "Aliens are Dancing on the Milky Way"
had simpler, but more effective music... I'm not good
at picking on specific problems, but It's something to
think about. Anyway, I always look forward to your
tunes.
Check out my latest song called stagnation
Joanna said 4522 days ago (January 6th, 2005)
interesting song
Stun, I agree. The truth is, I like to experiment. Sometimes things work, and
sometimes they don't. I figure I have nothing to lose, so I throw them out
there, just in case someone might enjoy listening to them. This one is weird,
and some folks like weird. I had fun making it, though!
Check out my latest song called Side By Side with Dadai.2
compyellow said 4522 days ago (January 6th, 2005)
fun fun
love the groove. interesting little story here. love the
echo background voices... could see this being the
soundtrack for some movie. fun stuff!
Check out my latest song called Let Me In (Again)
Joanna said 4522 days ago (January 6th, 2005)
fun fun
Thank you, compy! I'm glad you had fun.
Check out my latest song called Side By Side with Dadai.2
Anonymous said 4516 days ago (January 13th, 2005)
Latin Horn Stabs are Really Blunt
Matter of Fact-this isn't my favorite. I applaud your
courage in tackling something along these lines, but with
all due respect, is this really tasteful?

I did not find that the matter of fact way in portrayal of a
serious matter such as murder to be in my own personal
tastes, but as they always say: "Different Strokes for
Different Folks".

Interesting to me was the use of many preset factory
apple loops. Particularly the "Latin Horn Stabs", as you
must have thought were quite appropriate, didn't jive with
my ear. They could be better fit into your piece I think
with some phrasing, whereas they currently are flatlined
and in competition, as they are clearly in a major key, and
they take the focus away from the "darker" themes that
you are trying to convey. I also found the beginning drum
track (also a familiar loop) to be quite out of character
with the rest of the whole piece. I can appreciate a sense
of juxtaposition that you might have been going for here,
but on the topic of murder I don't think that you are going
to pass this off very easily to very many people.

I will have to argue with your choice of genre, but I do
understand that genre is a truly subjective characteristic
for which one should not judge the overall of a piece of
music. So when I say that it surely is more of a jazz styled
piece than a pop sounding tune to me, also noting that
the intended audience would appear to be more of a "cult
classic" type of crowd, I hardly feel this to be anywhere
near the catergory "pop". I will however say that I gave
the benefit of the doubt, as I purposefully ignore the
genre that a piece of music is placed in until after I have
given a fair shot.

If I would have based my opinion on genre I would have
rated this tune very low, and would feel utter regret for
not giving it a fair chance. If I were to offer comments
based upon personal taste, I would have really score it
low. But based upon actual music foundation and
content, I am able to praise the way the harmonies are
written but I don't care for the dissonance that comes
from out of tune vocals, especially through the lines:
serial killer!
serial Killer!

Based upon other's comments in reguard to this piece, I
think that you agree that this one is just not going to fly
so well. I am glad that you enjoyed the production and I
am sure that you have grown musically, which is really the
most important aspect in the end.

Sincerely,
Johnathan J. Stegeman
MidiMacMan.

Joanna said 4516 days ago (January 13th, 2005)
Latin Horn Stabs are Really Blunt
It's a dumb song, but it served its purpose for me at the time (dealing with a
frightening experience). As for the genre, every loop I used was labeled as
Latin. I can't recall if there is a choice for latin in the genre pulldown menu.
Maybe I missed it.
Check out my latest song called Side By Side with Dadai.2
Anonymous said 4515 days ago (January 13th, 2005)
Latin Horn Stabs are Really Blunt
Fair Enough. I am not one who enjoys the whole genre basis of music
classification due to the ambiguous nature and often misleading impact it can
have on the listener. That can definetely appreciate your method of dealing
with a frightening experience. Laughter is good medicine.

Sincerely,
Johnathan J. Stegeman
MidiMacMan

P.S. Feel free to listen to and comment on my work sometime.
TennesseeVic said 4441 days ago (March 28th, 2005)
Latin
The term latin describes all sorts of music. This is
probably close to Latin Jazz. Listen to Cal Tjader (his
signature tune is Soul Salsa) for a good example.

I keep being impressed how you take loops and turn them
into something that entirely doesn't sound, eh, loop-y.
Cool stuff this.
Check out my latest song called Allegro from flute sonata 1 in C
Joanna said 4441 days ago (March 28th, 2005)
Latin
Thank you, Vic! Perhaps because I start with the loops and then figure out the
song it helps to make the loops seem more organic. Or perhaps my ignorance
of how things are supposed to be done, helps me. I rarely understand the
technical discussions about EQ and AUs, etc. I tend to spend most of my time
working on the lyrics and melody.
Check out my latest song called Side By Side with Dadai.2
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