Thursday, April 20, 2006

The Drevulon Adventure

Track of the Week

Drevulon Poseiden

Week 12 of the grand mp3 download extravaganza.

Another track featuring the Newe/Bordet - lyrics/music writing combination, this track deals with urban alienation and the suppression of the man in the street. Guest stars Andy on guitar - a pretty nice solo - and features yours truly on vocals for a change.

That's us caught back up with schedule, so back to normal next week, hopefully.

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Montepaldé on the Keys

Track of the Week

Makkie's Rhythm

Week 11 of the grand mp3 download extravaganza.

Farfisa OrganTime to wind the clock back again... This track comes from our second single, 'Banned Practice', and is a solo keyboard piece performed by Montepaldé Pentel on the Farfisa organ. Some years later this piece would be digitally combined with samples from the 'Banned Practice' sessions to create an extended piece, but this is the original in its simple, lo-fi glory.

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Yet Again

Track of the Week

Yet Another Granfalloon (3rd movement)

Week 10 of the grand mp3 download extravaganza.

The final part of the Granfalloon piece exists in two versions. This one is a computer generated version used to write the score; the other is a recorded version with four guitar parts: electric, acoustic, bass and ebow. The live version is unfortunately dreadful, so this version is the closest the suite gets to completion. Without the real instruments the piece lacks the variety of parts 1 and 2, so hopefully I'll get round to re-recording it some day. Don't hold your breath, though.

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User Fiendly

Track of the Week

Brain Drain Rap

ZX81Week 9 of the grand mp3 download extravaganza.

OK, I missed a couple of weeks. Here's a concerted effort to fill the gap...

This song was written by Lee, and deals with the general user-unfriendliness of computers. This was written in a time before Windows, when the Sinclair empire was still king (in the UK, at least), hard disks cost about the same as a small car and held less data than a mobile phone does today. Things have improved since then. Or have they?

The song is written as a kind of cheesy rap, totally programmed into the computer with only a short acoustic (mandolin) part at the end, and represents an ongoing battle against the computerised world. The part of the computer is played by a ZX Spectrum speech synthesiser - cutting edge stuff in its day!

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