cavacavaco

May 5, 2009 9:03 PM

I started with a cavaquinho (uke), but then it spiraled out of control.

Have you ever messed around with sounds late at night and let them explode in a random direction? This is the shrapnel from one of those experiments gone wrong.

posted by umbú (8 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

This is my submission to the 'chase scene' music challenge.
posted by umbú at 5:27 AM on May 6, 2009


Ha! Big fun! It's like music for a chase scene involving lots of little bulbous cartoon cars, each of them losing little parts here and there during the chase. Then when the cyclical string pattern comes in, they all start going in a circle. Then that ending... I think the circle of cars suddenly gets whisked into another dimension, and they're just... gone.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 6:27 AM on May 6, 2009 [1 favorite]


I love the high notes that come in at the 40 second mark! Real mesmerizing.
posted by azarbayejani at 6:50 AM on May 6, 2009


Flapjax, that description is brilliant. Now when I listen to the song, I visualize the little cartoon cars. They are definitely bumping into each other as they jockey for position. That's why bumpers and headlights are falling off as they go. During the last part, I picture them not only driving in a circle, but assuming a formation and executing a synchronized swimming-style Busby Berkeley routine shot from above.
posted by umbú at 9:00 AM on May 6, 2009


This is loads of fun, umbu! I'd love to hear more of the cavaquinho. Is this the same small, ukulele like instrument that gets used in mariachi bands? I've always loved the sound of those ones. Whenever I read 'farty synth' I expect an earthquake in my head. So that was disappointing. Whatever. Friends might be pushing it, but I believe we can still both use the same website in a civil manner. But expect a MetaTalk thread the next time you abuse the tag usage.

The sounds that come in after 40 seconds are just waiting to be used in an amazingly catchy song. Gold.
posted by Corduroy at 11:02 AM on May 6, 2009


The beginning is awesome, it reminds me of Nino Rota on a Casio or something. I agree with Corduroy that the loop that flies in after 40 seconds would be great as the central part of something poppier.
posted by raisindebt at 8:10 PM on May 6, 2009


OMG so cute. Like Jon Brion chiptuning. No? Something like that.
posted by Karlos the Jackal at 3:19 AM on May 7, 2009


This is so cool... all the neat little sounds. And the end, of course. I really love that sound.
posted by uncleozzy at 5:51 AM on May 7, 2009


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