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The Normalization of Deviation (space race)


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 Genre: Ambient

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APOD came together serendipitously around a collab for the Bond Challenge, encouraging us to form a band project. At first the name was V12 after the 12 versions of our Bond song that Bryn had mixed. I threw together a logo using that day’s apod image from http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ knowing that Michael was also a fan of the site. His response to the logo was to say “let’s just call ourselves apod - the sound of clanging steel from outdated satellites bumping into each other in space. Space junk with a pop sensibility.” And so it is APOD with the Astronomy Picture of the Day as background.
I proposed we do a Space Race challenge song – seemed only fitting. To up the ante I added the surrealist Exquisite Corpse concept to the project. To which Bryn suggested including The Oblique Strategies. The idea was this. Player one would create a track/tracks and send an aiff to player two along with an Oblique Strategy. Player two would add their tracks to the song moving it in whatever direction they chose. Then they would send their track minus player one’s contribution to player three with an Oblique Strategy. When player three added their contribution to the song that mix of 2 and 3 would go back to player one (with an OS) – where the first track would be mixed back in without alteration. The result would be a final mix without editing or EQing – just a few minor volume automations to smooth out the contrasts.
Well it almost went like that. There were a few mutations in the process but what you hear basically adheres to the original idea as reinterpreted by the players. The point is – no one had control over this three way collab – this is the sound of tracks bumping into each other in space. Space junk with a pop sensibility.
The title came from a random snippet of conversation that Bryn picked up at work.
As for the video – that was Bryn’s idea – and a brilliant one at that.

player 1: Bud
player 2: Particledots
player 3: Michael2

The photo is today's apod image of a double basin on Mercury.

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Uploaded: Oct 07, 2009 - 08:49:22 AM
Last Updated: Oct 21, 2009 - 10:47:12 PM Last Played: Jan 29, 2017 - 08:52:47 AM
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MarkHolbrook said 2873 days ago (October 7th, 2009)
Very cool
sound bed! Nicely done!
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apod said 2873 days ago (October 7th, 2009)
Thanks Mark
it was an interesting project to play with. Thanks to the Space Race Challenge for the initiative.
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particledots said 2873 days ago (October 7th, 2009)
Cheers Mark
Glad you enjoyed
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jgurner said 2873 days ago (October 7th, 2009)
Wonderful!
Definitely gives you the feel of free-floating though space. (At least what I think would be the feel. Haven't been in space in quite a while.) Peaceful and just a little bit eerie. And what a neat way of pulling this all together. Hope you guys keep this collab going.
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apod said 2873 days ago (October 7th, 2009)
Hopefully this is just the beginning
I certainly enjoyed the experience and couldn't imagine better people to work with. It's a real privilege. Thanks for stopping by.

Bud
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particledots said 2873 days ago (October 7th, 2009)
I am sure we will
Very interesting way of working
Cheers
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Feter said 2873 days ago (October 7th, 2009)
The Normalization of Deviation
this is large and the wall of sounds just
amazing ..this came from the floydin lab 1972
I do believe in this ...Apod rock so good ..
thnx alot for sharin !!!!
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apod said 2873 days ago (October 7th, 2009)
Thanks Feter
As always a strong supporter of all things musical.
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particledots said 2873 days ago (October 7th, 2009)
Thanks Feter
I hadnt made the PF connection but I guess it is there
:-)
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Ex_Silentio said 2873 days ago (October 7th, 2009)
Space junk
Ha. That hits close to home. Well, this a great piece of space ambient. Stripped down and junk free, in the tradition. Enjoyed, sirs.
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particledots said 2873 days ago (October 7th, 2009)
Recycled
space junk....no waste left behind

glad you enjoyed the journey

b
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Reinholt56 said 2873 days ago (October 7th, 2009)
Hi Guys.......
Quite simply brilliant. The music brought the thoughts/description/philophy out in vivid detail.

Well done.

Take care.

Paul
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particledots said 2873 days ago (October 7th, 2009)
The master of space music
that is you Paul...so I regard this as the highest of compliments

thank you

b
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sloparts said 2873 days ago (October 7th, 2009)
Great concept
great piece of music too at least so far, and I'm a little over half way into it.

This is how you really get to know the "soul" of your fellow musicians, and in this case, it worked very well. I love it,

Ed
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particledots said 2873 days ago (October 7th, 2009)
thank you ed
:-)
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Doug Somers said 2872 days ago (October 8th, 2009)
Love it
and the interesting collab process. Very dreamy and spaaaaacious results. Bravo guys!
Doug
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bud said 2870 days ago (October 10th, 2009)
Thanks Doug
the collab process was really interesting and exceeded expectations I think. We were willing to accept the results - whatever they were - but were really pleased by the cohesion. There really was no editing after the fact.
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Vic Holman said 2872 days ago (October 8th, 2009)
when i think about it
they say there is no sound in space. we must have all deviated from the norm. there is one little piece that runs throughout that reminds of a windshield wiper. :-)

another cool job guys!
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bud said 2870 days ago (October 10th, 2009)
In space no one can hear you scream
but you can hear your windshield wipers squeaking. Some things never change.
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Henke said 2871 days ago (October 9th, 2009)
Great piece
of space ambient, but unfortuantely I just ran out of superlatives :-/

Great collab anyway and thanks for sharing!

/Henke
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bud said 2870 days ago (October 10th, 2009)
Thanks for stopping by
I really dug the collab experience.
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richard13 said 2871 days ago (October 9th, 2009)
Very, very cool!
This gets my vote (for what that's worth ;-) as best tune of the challenge. And there are some excellent contenders.
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bud said 2868 days ago (October 12th, 2009)
Very nice to have your vote
but in space we're all just "out there". Loved your Pavanne.
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edpdx said 2871 days ago (October 9th, 2009)
Deep
and intense. You have created a very well put "space mood".

Awesome.
edpdx
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bud said 2868 days ago (October 12th, 2009)
On behalf of the crew I'd like to say...
Thanks!
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Skean said 2870 days ago (October 10th, 2009)
Trippy
I love it, guys, way cool band here, cheers
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Skean said 2870 days ago (October 10th, 2009)
I forget
Now I need weed...hehehe
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bud said 2868 days ago (October 12th, 2009)
Careful with the weed in space
you might really need your depth perception.
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davajonah said 2869 days ago (October 11th, 2009)
Yes
Very nicely done. Great early morning commuter music [for me] watching all those people furiously texting god know who.

Great piece of ambientia.
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ic42 said 2868 days ago (October 12th, 2009)
experimental collab sequence
intriguing way to collaborate, and the result is exquisite. the video is perfect. three great artists have made such great music. it is a real space-triptych from apod-people.
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magnatone said 2866 days ago (October 14th, 2009)
Normalization
well, 3 of my fave MJ'ers all together on a song - does life get any better than this? i feel like i'm drifting through endless space - you guys know how to do ambient! i hope APOD has a long existence at MJ! very cool work - congrats to all 3 of you
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rabittwhole said 2865 days ago (October 15th, 2009)
great track
with some very nicely done work by all ..... no wonder this is one brilliant piece of work.... well done!
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sonnyjim said 2836 days ago (November 13th, 2009)
Many strategies!
Sorry I'm just getting around to listening; life and all......

I've been sitting here listening to the songlist and I think this is a very cool project. From what I've listened to so far, you've got a good thing here. Philosophical Fusion should be in the genre list!

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Ambient music is a loosely defined musical genre that incorporates elements of a number of different styles - including jazz, electronic music, new age, rock and roll, modern classical music, reggae, traditional, world and even noise.

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