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December 29, 2009 9:11 PM

I gathered up my son's toys and made a song with them.

There's a glochenspiel, a little casio keyboard, a baritone uke, a kid's drum, some wooden dowels, a rhythm egg, and a bunch of random plastic toys that worked as shakers.

posted by umbú (13 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite

This is awesome! The arrangement feels very sophisticated, every toy in it's place, with great combinations of sounds.
posted by abc123xyzinfinity at 10:06 PM on December 29, 2009

Yeah! This rules. I love toys.

It's innocent but just slightly sinister, too (the vocals especially).

Is the kid's drum the thing that comes in at :37? What is it made out of? It sounds metal-y.

This is deceptively complex, as well, with a lot of simple parts working together in interesting ways. Did you record all the parts and then try assembling them in different ways, like Lego? Or was it all composed out beforehand?
posted by Karlos the Jackal at 10:12 PM on December 29, 2009

This rocks. Everything works together really well... I love toy instruments. And toys. This has got a really nice feel.
posted by uncleozzy at 7:29 AM on December 30, 2009

I liked it. Couldn't make out all the lyrics on my crappy speakers, but it was fun.
posted by cjorgensen at 10:09 AM on December 30, 2009

Wonderful! You're a man after my own heart.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 6:21 PM on December 30, 2009

This was my world a few years ago. Now they're all sarcastic and rolling their eyes at me.
Well done.
posted by chococat at 7:47 PM on December 30, 2009 [1 favorite]

Thanks all. I'm glad you think it works.

Karlos, I didn't compose it beforehand at all. The entire tune except the vocals is chopped an layered from one half-hour long .wav file. I put all of the toys out in front of me, put a click track in one ear, and played. Afterwards, I snipped out the most promising bits, and tried to fit them together.

Once I had the arrangement, I added the vocals. Cjorgensen, the lyrics are just ¿Quién Será? (Who will she be?) and a girl's name. I gave the song to my sister, who just had a baby.

Also, this is the drum I used, and this is the shaker sound at the beginning and throughout.
posted by umbú at 7:49 PM on December 30, 2009

Yeah, flapjax, I don't think I wouldn't have done this if I hadn't heard your stuff and corduroy's.
posted by umbú at 7:58 PM on December 30, 2009

umbu, the vocals totally work. This is such a sweet little piece. Do you listen to the books at all? I was reminded of them, in the way that these are all kind of funny, cute sounds, but it doesn't come off as superfluous, but is really full and weighted. What is making those sounds that come in at 0:47? If that's a ukulele, I refuse to believe it.
posted by Corduroy at 12:40 PM on December 31, 2009

That's a scruffy old baritone uke, corduroy. I love its register in between a guitar and a regular uke.

Maybe it's time for me to give the books another chance.
posted by umbú at 12:47 PM on December 31, 2009

It took me a couple tries to get into the Books, but they are wonderful. I would suggest "the pink of lemon", particularly the songs Tokyo and Take Time. Also, this video.
posted by Corduroy at 1:11 PM on December 31, 2009

"the lemon of pink", innit?
posted by kenko at 11:21 AM on January 1, 2010

Uh oh, my dyslexia is showing.
posted by Corduroy at 11:57 AM on January 1, 2010

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