April 21, 2009 7:20 PM

My version of Florida, by the Butthole Surfers, off of the Rembrandt Pussyhorse album.

I was thinking about the two chord challenge and I figured that Florida would count except for the solos since it was a one note song. I used some spammy website's version of the lyrics, even though they had them wrong in multiple places (side should be slider, sin should be sun, among other errors).

Silvertone banjo, breath, zoom H2 recorder, the festival text to speech engine, freeverb v3, custom PD synth, berhinger bcf2000 control surface, the pitch scalar and lofi LADSPA plugins.

posted by idiopath (6 comments total)

I liked this. One of your more easy listening pieces.

The quick noise passages are really well done. I'm a big fan of digital synthesis and from what I can tell you are using a plugin(?) of some sort. I'm intrigued to learn more about its custom nature, and if I could possibly obtain a copy.
posted by dagosto at 1:12 AM on April 22, 2009

I got sucked in by this. I really like the fact that you did to the lyrics what you can do with the music: take malfunctions and turn them into building blocks.

Whenever the noise would intrude, it felt like the narrator was being smote. Then, when they would continue afterwards as if nothing had happened, it was jarring.

The words followed by punctuating percussive notes reminded me of peking opera like this:

posted by umbĂș at 6:59 AM on April 22, 2009

Sorry. Here's the link.
posted by umbĂș at 7:00 AM on April 22, 2009

The digital synthesis is not a plugin, it is a synthesizer built in puredata (PD). You can download the synth. It can be played with just a mouse, but it is most useful if you connect it to a control surface, you will need at least 8 sliders/knobs that do NRPN for this (NRPN controls 1-8 do most of the important controls). The toggle controls use polytouch messages. It was recorded via jack, an audio framework where the audio output of one program can be the audio input of another. By "custom" I mean that I made it from scratch (ie. built it out of the low level tools PD provides).

Regarding the Chinese opera comparison, I am a fan of Chinese opera, but the vocal/instrumental alternation was there in the original track that I am covering.
posted by idiopath at 8:29 AM on April 22, 2009

Also, the original track is available for preview or purchase from Amazon: florida.mp3. A live version was available free from the band, but it appears their domain got bought by a squatter, or just expired, or something.
posted by idiopath at 8:48 AM on April 22, 2009

Really nice.
posted by heyho at 11:00 AM on April 29, 2009

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