Fitter Happier

May 6, 2013 9:19 PM

A callback for a year back; the first of the rest; I promised this track a while ago.

Following a lengthy dry spell after a bit of burnout from too many large recording projects (see the turtle album, The Wasteland, previous OK Computer tracks, and Pulse 27), my body and mind falling apart (that's still sort of happening), and an enormous amount of scheduling conflicts, we have finally returned to the studio, and decided to return to some projects we started previously, but were never able to finish. The most obvious choice was to finish the work we started and planned with our complete cover/version/reworking of Radiohead's OK Computer.

This was completely recorded by the time I posted Karma Police--I just hadn't done any mixing. The rest of the album will follow over the next few weeks.

For this track, all notes are improvised--only the rhythms of the parts are written.

Voices provided by Trey Beauregard (man vs sun) and me, 4 voices per performer.

posted by askmeaboutLOOM (5 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

WOW. How much of that was planned and how much was improvised?

Especially considering Radiohead's citation of the Ink Spots as an influence, I'm betting they'd love this!
posted by greenish at 6:55 AM on May 7, 2013


And may I add: Shouldn't this be part of the May challenge as well? New music made in an old style and all that?
posted by AnTilgangs at 7:02 AM on May 7, 2013

I thought about making it part of the new challenge, with that thought, but at the same time, I wrote it all new in a sort of post-modern, academic style, so depending on your point of view, it may or may not be in an old style (i.e. how old you decide the concept of this sort of indeterminacy in academic music to be vs. the newness of the arrangement itself)

As far as the improvisation, here is a look at the score. As you can see, the rhythms are pre-determined, but the notes are all up to the performers, though I did want each one to be trying to vary around, pitch spectrum-wise, from one to another. My parts, in particular, I tried to specifically use contrary motion for the general form of a phrase whenever possible.
posted by askmeaboutLOOM at 7:56 AM on May 7, 2013

ok computer challenge was a year ago? daaaaaang.

More pertinently - this is fantastic.
posted by dubold at 9:12 AM on May 7, 2013

I'm really glad this is as well received as I hoped it would be. I eagerly anticipate the response to the forthcoming tracks.
posted by askmeaboutLOOM at 12:10 PM on May 7, 2013

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