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Charon's Requiem (w/ TobinMueller and Alessandra Zwegler)


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I was going to name this Charon's Daughter, but it ended up sounding too much like a requiem. This is a collaboration between myself, TobinMueller (who helped me learn Live 4 in the process of putting this together and played keyboards), and the marvelous soprano Alessandra Zwegler. I'm on post-modern guitar (my Beefheart was eaten out long ago).

Maybe turn the track up louder. The track ended up too soft, I think. But I didn't want to compress the singer any more.
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You have to be dead to understand them.
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Uploaded: Apr 27, 2005 - 02:43:51 PM
Last Updated: Jan 16, 2006 - 10:27:28 AM Last Played: Mar 21, 2017 - 10:57:42 PM
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Some people wanted a lead guitar on the track but I said enough is enough. You can, if you want. I never played lead and am beyond rusty.
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Live 4.1
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Comments
TobinMueller said 4591 days ago (April 27th, 2005)
Adrift on the Styx
The sounds evoke the bobbing back and forth of a boat,
and the mood is very haunting and ethereal. Everything
sounds very balanced and quality. I love this modern
opera stuff. Music without moorings, like stepping out of
life into the beyond. Very cool grooves. Very cool
experiment. Alessandra sounds great. Thanks for bring
these tracks to me to work on. I still hear an electric guitar
in there, tho. I like the effects you picked for the organ.
Fascinating track.
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SpasmodicMan said 4591 days ago (April 27th, 2005)
Adrift on the Styx
Thanks again for all your tips and tricks. And inspiration. And unobtrusive, elegant playing. Been wanting to get back into it. This was a departure for me but loads of fun. Live is a cool app. And macjams is such a cool place. Thanks for traveling across the river with me!
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Emily Rohm said 4591 days ago (April 27th, 2005)
Soprano
Were parts of the soprano's part sped up for effect? If not,
she's got some great colouratura. (Well, it sounds like she
is talented, either way, but those little runs and trills are
very cool.) Interesting track.
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SpasmodicMan said 4591 days ago (April 27th, 2005)
Soprano
Aspects of the soprano line were altered to create some new notes, using Live's transposition tool. I was going for a Fifth Element effect. Since her line was what started the whole process, I realized after getting into a bit that I needed some more notes out of her. I then thought the synthetic vocal effect melded with Tobin's keyboards in this cool way, especially about two-thirds in. But she does have a great range even without me messing with her.
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Tom Atwood said 4591 days ago (April 27th, 2005)
Marvelous is the right word
for the soprano (Zwegler), and for the piece. An intriguing
combination of sounds--modern, ancient,
oppressive, plaintive, intense...I have no idea how some of
this was done, but it was done well.

Very nice job to all involved. Downloaded.
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SpasmodicMan said 4591 days ago (April 28th, 2005)
Marvelous is the right word
Some of the things I did: I started with the melody, which is totally weird for
me, and built "backward." I played a single acoustic chord like a tolling bell
on the 1s, added chorus and reverb and harmonics. Layered bass and guitar
and experimented with effects and created loops in Live. Used some
percussion and some found sounds to create a loop to groove it. Sent the file
to TM and bugged him with questions. After several suggestions, cool organ
and keys, and draft cut-pastes, I added a couple of loops from the Internet
for color. I think I mixed and remixed just the final draft 8 times to get
something that was good enough to let me stop obsessing. Thanks for
listening. It still sounds creepy to me, which is a good sign.
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Stun Nutz said 4591 days ago (April 28th, 2005)
HOLY CRAP
This one was a mindblower! What a collaboration.
Just love it, I do... the contrasting sounds of the
smacking beat paired with the operatic voice... the
slippery jigsaw way this has been crafted with such
attention to detail... and just the overall uniqueness
of all the sounds... You must have been working on
this one for a while, eh? Just waiting to release it
when it was good and ready... damn! This takes me
to strange places.
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SpasmodicMan said 4591 days ago (April 28th, 2005)
HOLY CRAP
Yeah, a while. Freaked out by how good some of the stuff is here. I was
gunna do some other stuff, when i was trying to learn these new computer
music apps, but then I heard the stuff on here one thought I better work a
little harder. I totally dig your stuff, by the way. You were the first guy I
studied here.
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Stun Nutz said 4590 days ago (April 28th, 2005)
Thanks
I don't know, man, if you keep making tunes like these I will be
"studying" you...
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SpasmodicMan said 4590 days ago (April 28th, 2005)
Thanks
But when you turn the microscope around, will I look fat?
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Stun Nutz said 4588 days ago (April 30th, 2005)
Thanks
Doesn't everyone look fat under the microscope?
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stevel said 4591 days ago (April 28th, 2005)
Great sound collage!
Very impressive mix of sounds...kind of reminds me a bit
of the Eno/Byrne collaboration 'My life in the bush of
ghosts'. Would like to have heard a bit less of the soprano
vocals though, I found them a bit distracting in places,
particularly when there are so many other more
interesting bits going on! Thanks for sharing this..
S
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SpasmodicMan said 4591 days ago (April 28th, 2005)
Great sound collage!
Thanks for the comments. My next tune will not feature a singer. But my
favorite moments in this are when it is mainly A singing, when it is thinner.
But, yeah, after working so hard on little sound things, too many get buried.
Kind of a drag. Way more fun listening to it as it grows.
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chikoppi said 4591 days ago (April 28th, 2005)
Other-ness
Freakin nice! I enjoy the tension between the vocals and backing. They almost seem dissasociated at times. Great ambient textures, often straddling the line between music and sound effect. To be honest, my fingers were itching to get in there and pull some of the sounds around with reverb and motion in the stereo field. This piece evokes such a sense of surreal space that I think the production could do more to enhance it. Very original and creative!
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SpasmodicMan said 4591 days ago (April 28th, 2005)
Other-ness
Totally cool that you wanted to remix. Same thoughts occurred to me, but I
wanted it to stay kind of grounded. I was really thinking of making this an
Industrial Opera piece, but backed off some of the noises I had going.
Check out my latest song called The Androgyne
_nderscore said 4591 days ago (April 28th, 2005)
strangely soothing
wonderfully soft, fuzzy field of sound-all of the electronic
notes seem to be blown across walls of sandpaper, or
something. especially enjoyed the percussion & minimal
synths, altho i think it could stand to be riddled with a few
more incidentals. the disturbingly beautiful vocals do a
great job of humanizing the piece
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SpasmodicMan said 4591 days ago (April 28th, 2005)
strangely soothing
There are some really cool effects in Live, and it can handle VST. I massaged
every track with at least something, and did try and create a sanded off feel,
to contrast it with the rounded vocals, although I didn't realize that was what
I was doing until I read your post!
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DrToasty said 4591 days ago (April 28th, 2005)
Good job man!
This track amazes me. Yes, you read it right. Who would
have thought that singing off key would add to a mood?
This is just a medley of ecclectic sounds, all of which
seem to fit together in such a way that I want to go be all
mopey and do drugs. (I need music for that..)
Keep this up, and someone might send you a dollar.
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SpasmodicMan said 4591 days ago (April 28th, 2005)
Good job man!
I can send a PayPal link! Wanted the song to be like Odesseus and the Sirens,
but it was spookier than that so I went with Charon's Daughter until I realized
he never had one. Some of my favorite music makes me reach for a joint.
Totally great comment.
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Kevensor said 4591 days ago (April 28th, 2005)
Pick up StyX
Totally weird and demented! Right up my alley.
Wow!

I liked this very much! More please.

DL/9s!!

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SpasmodicMan said 4590 days ago (April 28th, 2005)
Pick up StyX
You must live in the alley behind the train station. You definitely take your
life in your own hands there. (What a weird expression for actually taking
risks that may end up handing your life over to someone else, in the dark.) I
wonder why people never see Lord Charon during near death experiences.
Well, they may hear A's voice at least.
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I. Spike said 4591 days ago (April 28th, 2005)
"A cup of pathos for legless mister..."
Frist of all, yummy with a spoon.
Texturally tasty. Harmonically lush. Melodically miasmic.
"I laughed, I cried. It was better than 'Cats'."
Okay I didn't laugh, and not so much crying as wetting my
pants from fear.... But it was really better than 'Cats".
Loved this piece. I would like seconds please? More... or
I'm going to tell my mum.

And lest I forget. Your MaJams name is one of my
favorites. Sounds like a super hero for the freakish.
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SpasmodicMan said 4590 days ago (April 28th, 2005)
"A cup of pathos for legless mister..."
When I was little I used to run around in a white t-shirt with a purple magic
markered S and a black lightning bolt just behind it. I couldn't be superman,
since that was taken and kind of pastiche, and I liked the idea of Flash (if he
only used ray guns) better anyway. It had to start with an S, since the t-shirt
took me so long to make, so I used Spasmodic Man. It got such a great
reaction from my dad, I thought it must be totally cool. I still dream of the
video game in my honor.
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said 4590 days ago (April 28th, 2005)
OK, I'm Annoyed
What other songs have you been holding out on us?
Cough 'em up, man.

Excellent work here.
This is inspiring and other-worldly.
said 4590 days ago (April 28th, 2005)
OK, I'm Annoyed
I'm less annoyed, of course, if you're a more regular artist here doing this
under a pseudonym. :) But still, more stuff like this is needed.

---
Mungo
twonicus said 4590 days ago (April 28th, 2005)
very cool
one of the most interesting tarcks i've heard since i
got the new mars volta record. the soundscape
you've created here is impressive. thought the mix
was very cool, i especially liked that, as important as
they are, the vox aren't pushed too high. great job.
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SpasmodicMan said 4587 days ago (May 1st, 2005)
very cool
Mars Volta. Wow. I wish. That would be a dream. Thanks for the
compliment. The kind comments for this track helped give me confidence to
start another. Now the expectations worry me yet again. Oh, hell, give me
those headphones... Mars Volta, too cool.
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Mystified said 4590 days ago (April 28th, 2005)
Cool and creative

I always like the exploration of the 'classical' voice with other genres and experimental soundscapes, so this was a very welcome composition to listen to!

Kudos to all involved. :)

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SpasmodicMan said 4578 days ago (May 11th, 2005)
Cool and creative
Love your voice. Thanks for your comments. It'd be cool to do something
with you too. Collaborations are a whole new world.
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smokey bacon jnr said 4590 days ago (April 28th, 2005)
Amazing
Very haunting composition and very professionally
performed and produced. Makes me feel like a rank
amateur. Oooh, I am a rank amateur! More!
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Z293 said 4590 days ago (April 28th, 2005)
From reading your comments
it sounds like you're thrilled to be back making music.
Can wait to here your next creation. Oh, and sorry this is a
little too mainstream for my taste... Just kidding.
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mulletsrock said 4585 days ago (May 4th, 2005)
Modern opera
I hear the Fifth Element influence. All the low notes sound
real, and the high notes, especially those first ones, have a
pure instrumental sound. There are a few notes after
half-way that sound synthetic, but that only adds to the
mood, never detracts. Truly fascinating.
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Stun Nutz said 4579 days ago (May 9th, 2005)
Modern opera
yeah, this also reminded me of the tune the blue alien sings in The Fifth
Element but this tune is WAY cooler...
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SpasmodicMan said 4579 days ago (May 10th, 2005)
Modern opera
Thanks. It was what I was going for, Blue Woman with Less Pop. Still, I dug
her look.
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poodyglitz said 4325 days ago (January 18th, 2006)
Very Experimental
You've inspired me to go down this route again. Perhaps I'll
continue the "Ersatz Prunes" series begun in my university days.
It's great therapy. Now that I see there's an audience, it's on.

Instead of compressing sound to maximize loudnes, you can also
use the limiter on the master track.
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Isak Sherwood said 4318 days ago (January 26th, 2006)
Cold as hell
Freaky, cool, nightmarish, otherworldly. How do you think up this stuff?
gregd said 4317 days ago (January 26th, 2006)
I love. . .
the glitchy drums, but some of the synth levels (especially the swells in
the first part of the song) seem a little too loud. The synths attack too
hard, drown the nifty percussion and vocals too often. Maybe notch the
whole recording back a couple clicks. I think the whole track is great
idea and well put together over all. Keep it up!
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millie said 4306 days ago (February 6th, 2006)
hmmm...
funky sounding, but I was in a classical mood. I didnt like that along with the soprano.
apb said 3889 days ago (March 30th, 2007)
...
it does have this 5th element thing going on: with the
soprano and surreal backing and I liked that alot, scrares the doo doo out of me anyway. Great mix. Lead guitar? really? where?
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said 3509 days ago (April 14th, 2008)
Nice find!
This is amazing on so many levels. 2:06 I experienced chills. The vocals are surreal...


Loved this.




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