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Galaxy Band 10


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SmokeyVW

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Galaxy Band 1
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G A L A X Y B A N D T E N

i am dreaming

======[ten]======

i can sense the flashing light
that tells me
begin lucid dreaming

======[nine]======

dunes evolve before my eyes
dry lakebeds
captured footprints of the last of its kind
we must not leave our last here

earlier:
in the mountain forest
past the pine and cedar
past the treeline

radio telescopes pick up the signals
amplified on my console
it sounds like crickets in August
the headphones are hurting my ears
as i struggle to hear
something 40dB down in that noise

======[eight]======

voices

a sudden intake of breath
it's me

prior to being
ejected from the event horizon
time and space sort themselves
out backwards
the blinding fades to blind

======[seven]======

the black of space is like deep water

i know i cannot
breath water
yet i am
swimming gliding in widening circles
a slipstream line integral
gaining free energy
on each pass
impossibly

======[six]======

someone is bowing
the curved air
into a theremin singing saw
no, it's a penguin

i'm thinking
portamento
but why?

======[five]======

before that
organic metal structure floating
before me

in an empty savanna

i rub my eyes
tired? no
unbelieving

no one expects
an unexpected
solar eclipse

======[four]======

a groove from another galaxy

teeming millions screaming

my sound is collapsing in
to myself
faster than light can move
as a black hole
to a singularity

======[three]======

lying down
earbuds in
harpsichord

an aural vision ensued
voices from heaven?
or a little A'Le'Inn?

======[two]======

auggie lies on the floor
by my feet

as i move
as a marionette
as i enter
notes to tracks

======[one]======

save your changes?
yes

now i remember
a beatific smile
ice cream
and a name:
tadashi

======[zero]======

awaken

(c) 2009 Bill Grundmann

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Uploaded: Mar 18, 2009 - 08:54:04 PM
Last Updated: Apr 30, 2009 - 07:10:19 PM Last Played: Apr 15, 2019 - 03:09:59 AM
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egobandit said 3808 days ago (March 18th, 2009)
tadashi
I like the spoken word aspect of this. Are you playing that guitar. You cannot not listen to this. Some nice changes and the arrangement is outstanding . This is epic A masterpiece. Great piano parts, Between seven and eight are my favorite but there is so much to this to take in. One listen is not enough. Your funny with the wrong pipes part btw.Im not on my Mac so I cant down load it but this is a download for me great painting music. Its like an album side you keep playing over and over. Again so much, I would like to know more of the process behind this how much is you, How much are intruments, samples, loops. A piece to be studied for sure. Ok Im rambling, Im sure this all was done in one take lol , ecellent work Mr Smokey!
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SmokeyVW said 3808 days ago (March 18th, 2009)
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i long debated about putting in the voice over. some folks hate voice overs. iterestingly, it gives it a bit of a podcast quality...

that is keyboard played as guitar...

the arrangement is mostly theft: i picked out main themes from Galaxy Band one through nine, and did a countdown back to the originator's song.

the pipes thing was a real life goof that i immediately recreated to capture the moment. my wife was in the room the whole while, and burst out laughing! twice!

the process is spending about 2 or 3 months of occasionally listening to each previous Galaxy Band song and picking out themes, learning to play them, and distilling each down to a couple of minutes. i hope no one gets mad at my "borrowing".

there are stock GB loops, modified loops, and original recordings, edited, all mixed together here. i did nine separate GarageBand projects for each theme, and a tenth one to mix the whole mess together.

one take. yeah, right! :-)

thanks for listening!
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Joe Brady said 3808 days ago (March 18th, 2009)
You've brought me back...
To the spoken word. This is great. Each word rewards the listener for the effort. This has great flow, imagery....made my own movie in my head. Thank you, Smoke!
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SmokeyVW said 3807 days ago (March 19th, 2009)
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thank you for confirming my decision to leave the voice over in there. i wasn't sure which way to go...

thanks for listening
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bud said 3808 days ago (March 18th, 2009)
Well Bill -
You've certainly raised the bar with this installment. Pretty amazing saga and musical journey. I love how you are able to make the improbable seem inevitable in your mix of styles - tempos, instruments and textures. Bravo!

PS - the end jam is so groovy.
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SmokeyVW said 3808 days ago (March 18th, 2009)
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this whole piece is, in a way, a rewind - a "do over" - in several ways... i hope it's not too dark.

i left the ending jam in there mostly as is, it seemed uplifting somehow... and a nice conclusion.

i tried to have the words follow dream-logic. and the pacing of the voice over often sounds very strange for a very good reason - a new production discovery on my part.

thanks!
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Day-Dreamer said 3808 days ago (March 18th, 2009)
Awesome!!!
Your so good at this. Great production.
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SmokeyVW said 3808 days ago (March 19th, 2009)
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many thanks. glad you liked it.
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kassia said 3808 days ago (March 18th, 2009)
well wow
bill this is so incredibly cool. an epic undertaking and the result is breathtaking. i recognized some of the themes - the way you've woven and pieced this all together, wow. i'm reading your comments as i listen and i'm so glad you left the voice over in. usually not my style, but i think the story is so important to the unfolding of this piece. you've done an incredible job here. i've downloaded for many more future, more detailed listens.
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SmokeyVW said 3808 days ago (March 19th, 2009)
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some of the themes are *very* loosely based on the original - after all the editing, i'd be hard pressed to explain some of them at this point! there is way more material than i can keep in my head all at once.

thanks
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Skean said 3808 days ago (March 19th, 2009)
I new it
When I give it to you "Galaxy Band" was in safe hands, your a master to do this stuff I' very impressed my friend.
This is a huge work no one can take that away from you 22:23 min long I did not feel that, it's a piece to sit down dream away and just enjoy the journey.

And I'm glad you've the voice tracks in there it's fits so well and also that you have them to all 10 parts very cool.

I had to download it cos this is something to have when you want to cool down after a stressed day.
TOP STORY A MASTERPIECE OF ART, Bill…Thank you so much for this great journey.
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SmokeyVW said 3808 days ago (March 19th, 2009)
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thanks to you for inviting me. i was unaware of the Galaxy Band series.

it took a long time, but this was a lot of fun to do. the first few trial mixes were over 35 minutes. it needed lots of cutting just to get to around 20 minutes.

thank you



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davisamerica said 3808 days ago (March 19th, 2009)
I am suppose
to be learning from you .... how can I if you will not let me keep up. I have Pro Logic .... my insecure head says "the beast will devour you .." while my rational head says "why the hell are you even worried about it ... go listen ... he used GB .... duh." What I am trying to say before comments on tune is you still make me amazed at the rich and full sounds you always produce. Just the best man. On to the piece it's self ... absolutely ... the voice over so works for me. I am making first pass here so still drinking in the lyrics. No sucking up here honestly you are a poet at heart with sonic wings. Love the snippets I am seeing .."as i move ...as a marionette ..." very nice stuff. VW ... biggest compliment I can overall hand you is this ... It Is Long ....Thank You !! It is perfect ... top to bottom. Downloaded...
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SmokeyVW said 3808 days ago (March 19th, 2009)
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i'm still using GB2 since it does mostly what i want. someday i may step up to another DAW, but not now. i'd rather spend the time creating stuff rather than learning a new tool. one can never win the race to "catch" technology - it changes so fast.

the lyrics emerged from impressions i got from the lyrics of versions 1 through 9. they are about as loosely related as the musical themes. i couldn't resist doing space-age countdown.

thanks
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Bubowski said 3808 days ago (March 19th, 2009)
Truly Epic
Love all the themes and the retrospective take on the GB series. Need to listen to it a bunch of times! Makes we want to go back and listen to the series again. Thanks for the links too. Very cool.

--Graham
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SmokeyVW said 3808 days ago (March 19th, 2009)
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the previous nine pieces play in about an hour. i listened to it a few times, in order from oldest to newest, treating it like an album.

i also read each story in original order a few times to try to get a sense of the arc. taken as a whole, it has a strong sense of fragmentary dream-logic.

so, i tried to extend the series, but also tried to summarize it. i found that running backwards from 9 to 1 led to ideas about undoing mistakes, perhaps with a tinge of regret. let's not turn Earth into another Mars. so i rewound the tape so to speak. a countdown, perhaps to a new launch?

thanks
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Char said 3807 days ago (March 19th, 2009)
This is
exquisite, Bill. Your voice reading your poetry is a framework. Amazing, to be able to blend one piece into the next. I think it was worth it. Thanks.
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SmokeyVW said 3807 days ago (March 19th, 2009)
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as a "cheat" i created all the separate parts at 120 beats per minute. that made mixing a breeze. some parts were better played slower or faster, but i ended up liking the outcome anyway. i think i changed the key on one or two of the parts to make the blending easier too.

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ShadowofNine said 3807 days ago (March 19th, 2009)
Epic
A piece with so many fascinating elements Epic in quality, original in scope, dynamic...I loved the way you closed the piece with a melodic passage as if floating farther into the universe to discover new realms...Bravo...
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SmokeyVW said 3805 days ago (March 21st, 2009)
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i meant the ending to be a "new start" - you got it exactly!

thanks
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abfkingsport said 3807 days ago (March 19th, 2009)
ABFkingsport
Very cool, makes me think of J. Morison's older poetry in the early Doors stuff. Nice and clean mix. Nice composition as well.
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SmokeyVW said 3805 days ago (March 21st, 2009)
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i guess Morrison influences me more than i realize. although Jim is now long dead, he continues to "walk on down the hall"

thank you
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drakonis said 3806 days ago (March 20th, 2009)
Blastoff! - monumental imagery
Love that initial descent and growl, melting into rhythm, awesome intro. The soft almost-monotone spoken part helps accentuate the dream-aspect, and is the right addition to this. Lots and lots of creative stuff going on here. The words continue the enigmatic haiku-like poetry style of the Galaxy-Band universe. Tadashi-san must be very proud to have launched this excellent "Voyager" concept into friendly musical Macjams-space, what a life it leads. I can't believe that you came up with 10 totally different well-polished pieces and wove them all together like this. Lots of cool sound effects, you must have had a lot of fun with other signal-generators to create all that wackiness!

Wow, gorgeous tribute to the dream, thank you for keeping it alive so vividly! Whom shall receive the baton now?
ttfn,
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SmokeyVW said 3805 days ago (March 21st, 2009)
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that opening descent is a GarageBand mono synth with a maximum glide delay setting. i added a huge reverb to it, and played a sweep from a very low note up to a high note. what you hear is that recording played backwards. i feel the opening timbre is beautiful and strings-like, but then it evolves into something entirely different: dark and scary. in a way, it's symbolic of the entire time-reversed piece, turning Earth into Mars.

in some ways, this was like herding cats. the whole set of Galaxy Band pieces contains a ton of musical ideas. i think it is entirely possible to create at least ten more pieces like this one by choosing different themes from the originals and interpreting and blending them. maybe GB 10 through 19 will do that?!

there are some shortwave radio samples in there, to play on the SETI aspects of this thing.

(and at the end, i brought in the Fitch cello to mimic the opening timbre. that's my frequent ploy of tying a bow around a song by echoing the opening at the end.)

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lengold said 3806 days ago (March 21st, 2009)
I've seen the
odd forum post about Galaxy Band, but never knew what it was about. What a monumental masterpiece this is. Spectacular on first listen - downloaded for more. I must now listen to all the others to understand your inspiration.
Cheers
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SmokeyVW said 3805 days ago (March 21st, 2009)
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yes! please definitely do listen to all the Galaxy Band pieces. i'm glad i've interested you in them. i know you'll enjoy them all.

thank you
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Calchas said 3805 days ago (March 21st, 2009)
Egobandit speaks the truth...
...This is an epic A masterpiece indeed!

Intriguing lyrics.

Fabbo guitar simulation on the keys Bill.

A pleasure.

Be well friend!
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SmokeyVW said 3805 days ago (March 21st, 2009)
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the lyrics are whack. B^)

i've been playing my wife's acoustic Gibson lately, and i'm really getting into playing real guitar again. there is a trend forming here...

but playing guitar riffs and chords on keyboard has nice side-effects: easy to repair mistakes, and there's no issues with mic'ing amps and all that. maybe the biggest plus for me is that i need not practice the guitar to perfect a guitar track. my goal is reaching the final result, not how i got there. (i know this is sacrilege for some folks, but hey, we're all different)

now you've got me ranting...

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lavalamp said 3805 days ago (March 21st, 2009)
Materpiece
Do you really want to do this now? Your masterpiece. I didn't even see what the others wrote before I glanced at Egobandits and saw the word "masterpiece". Wow. That must mean something.

you have a freedom to your style which cannot be duplicated.

I understand you.

Great work.

Dave
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SmokeyVW said 3805 days ago (March 21st, 2009)
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thanks - it's probably not a masterpiece, but who am i to argue? i hope to continue to grow...
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Dadai.2 said 3805 days ago (March 21st, 2009)
whoa.... this IS something different.

smokey... what a musical enterprise this is. A celebration of sorts... of sounds, unexpected turns... vocal interludes.

very satisfying listen... thanks.
This is really incredible.

Jack
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SmokeyVW said 3793 days ago (April 3rd, 2009)
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glad you liked this!

i just listened to it again after a couple of weeks, and, man, i did put a lot of stuff in there, didn't i?

thanks
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teptep said 3793 days ago (April 3rd, 2009)
wow cool
very trippy, loved it. great stuff
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SmokeyVW said 3784 days ago (April 11th, 2009)
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thank you
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MarkHolbrook said 3591 days ago (October 22nd, 2009)
Wow...
What a monster of a tune! There is so much to do, so much to listen to...
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SmokeyVW said 3521 days ago (December 30th, 2009)
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i hope you had a chance to listen a few times

thank you
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sschedra said 3521 days ago (December 30th, 2009)
Bill,
I guess this is the last in the original GB Series? It certainly is vast. How did you have the patience for a twenty something minute piece? Are each of the ten sections supposed to represent the ten pieces of music in the GB series? Every piece I have listened to was first rate. This is no exception. I think the voice over is a definite here. It joins the piece together. Love the finale.
Nice job,
Stephen
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SmokeyVW said 3521 days ago (December 30th, 2009)
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no, not the last. i think MKVX intends to do Galaxy Band Eleven

i ended up doing a countdown from 9 down to 1 (like a rocket launch, or a time-reversed undoing of the story perhaps) i studied each of the earlier Galaxy Band songs and tried to create impressions of what they had done. the voice over was meant to be references to each of the song's descriptions, and an unwinding back down to the original starting point. from there my hope is that there are infinite other directions for this saga to go. the finale is my new contribution, an attempt to paint a picture of hope for a wonderful future

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