1. "Get Me Out Of Here - Tiny Story, Tiny Song" (lizzienrose) / "Get Me Out Of Here - Remix" (madshell) - The first entry in this week's RE-RECs is a two-parter. Lizzienrose's "Get Me Out Of Here - Tiny Story, Tiny Song" was uploaded first and then madshell REmixed it into a thumping track. The new version capitalizes on bass and reverb, bringing a whole new feeling to the original. madshell's version could now maybe be used as the basis for a rap song. The instrumental part could be extended to make room for a full lyrical verse and Lizzienrose's vocals could be used as a repeating chorus. It's fascinating to now have two tracks that are almost identical, but yet so different in vibe due to the varying production and instrumental components of each.
2. "Remove the Mask" (Rochelle Boucher) - Heavy on symbolism and theme, I felt that Rochelle's poem made quite an impacting statement about the nature of revelation. In four brief lines she touches upon the importance of allowing your true self to be seen. I was especially fond of how she phrased the final two lines. She suggests people don't ever change, they just reveal more of themselves. That's an intriguing idea. I don't know if I completely agree with it, but I have a hard time disagreeing with it. Interpreting this piece of writing into some kind of visual presents quite a challenge. I think that REmixing this into something abstract is the way to go. Anybody have more specific REmix ideas in mind?
3. "Talking to myself/NIGHTMARE MUSIC" (Sarasota) - This was a very interesting track to read about. Sarasota notes that the vocal samples in "Talking to myself/NIGHTMARE MUSIC" are him when he was about 10 years old. The samples combined with the dark beat of the song create a rather sharp contrast, making for a very involving listen. This is the kind of song that's effective as is, but it would be cool to see what another musician could do with it; perhaps they could use some of the voice snippets for something else entirely, or they could dissect Sarasota's RECord and build on it with more layers. There's simply a wealth of useful sounds and miscellaneous REsources scattered all over this song.
4. "Traffic/Colors" (cinematic.audiophile) - Nothing quite has the look, feel, and beauty of 16mm film. As our society distances itself further and further from film in favor of digital technology this collection of raw footage by cinematic.audiophile is a reminder of how stunning celluloid looks. For starters this footage could be incorporated into video REmixes as cutaway footage of some kind. It's also worth checking out of you're interested in cinematography. There are some good shots in here to examine and study.
5. "Toy Piano Improv" (chigwinkle) - chigwinkle is clutch with kicking off musical collaborations by introducing base layers of all kinds (harmonies, guitars, and in this case he uses a toy piano.) There is just an all-around positive vibe to this RECord and I think that musicians of all kinds could find ways to jump on board with tis rhythm and start to stack new layers of sound piece by piece (in the same way that others worked off of chigwinkle's "Time Machine Song Minimal" last week.) I'm curious to see where this possible collaboration can go.
6. "tiny story - LGM" (JonMac) - "tiny story - LGM" has long been one of my favorite Tiny Stories. It contains so much wonder, imagination, and fantasy in such a short amount of text. Since it was written last summer there have been so many new REsources uploaded to the site, and I think it's time for a fresh REmix of this. Animation has always felt like the way to go with this particular Tiny Story, but part of me thinks that a live action version would even out the fantasy-to-reality ratio.
7. "Creation? (small animation)" (horrorshock666) - With wirrow's "Creation Myth" underway, this paper animation by horrorshock666 seems like an ideal video to REmix into the project in some way shape or form. There are a wide variety of nature elements in this video (juxtaposed with modern technology at times) and the style itself has such a timeless feel that would lend itself beautifully to RECords made for the collaboration. horrorshock666 has an arsenal of other cool animations that "Creation Myth" REmixers should really take the time to sift through. He's got some inspiring stuff on hitRECord.
8. "Willie McTell" (gilliangoodman) - From the opening prologue of this reading to its finale, I was engaged. First off, I really appreciated that little bit at the beginning of the reading where Gillian explains the title (and names the alternate title.) Bonus points for laughing and keeping that bit spontaneous rather than RE-RECording it. This poem is rich on atmosphere and characterization, a prime candidate for a short film REmix. I really enjoyed her reading of the words too, for it was so authentic with the accent and unique pronounciations. Gillian has a knack for really drawing her readers/listeners into the environment of her poems. It would be great for members of the community to now take her words and lure viewers into those worlds too.
9. "alyssa*s hitRECord 2DO list:" (aszarkowski) - aszarkowski demonstrates a key way albums can be used: to compile RECords that you'd like to work on. As RECommends build up over time it can be very time-consuming to go and sift through them all one-by-one. One way to alleviate that process is to create an album like this one and add RECords over time that you'd like to work on in some capacity. You can "feature" the album on your personal user page so you can locate it with ease whenever you begin new projects.
10. "FUNKYSWAGER TVremix" (misstv2000) - misstv2000's REmix of Malicore's "Funky Swager" is very steamy. In her caption she refers to this new version as an homage to '70s "sexploitation" and I'd have to agree. Her vocals and production add a lot of style and flavor to the original RECord, and in such a cinematic way. I also really admire the all-around unpredictability of this REmix too. misstv2000 seems to be an artist unafraid of experimenting and, as she notes in her caption, she has a sense of humor too. This would be a perfect song to work into a future hitRECord project that was looking to capture the spirit of the disco era.
Some selects from a project for my old basic cinematography class. Shot on 16mm film.
The kids shined flashlights at the moon to signal the little green men who lived there.
Years later, the little green men came down to visit, but nobody believed in them any more.
“She tried to make me bleed by the rattlings of her tongue” --Willie McTell
Keep righteous little darlin’
don’t open that mouth
and sing pretty for the blind.
He’s singin’, singin’,
just listen, Georgia girl,
let Willie McTell rest-
he bleeds for no gal-
he asks, but don’t answer.
you fancy yourself a siren,
but you’ll rattle yourself wrong.
The girl don’t listen, she brings
A biscuit for his thoughts,
the long face like the dusty road,
the laugh like the devil, like the sky,
like the bottle, like the bed.
Sing, he said and she sang,
cause a girl never listens,
a girl never listens,
her voice like the creek
lapping up to the shore
and then the bluesman was gone,
his long fingernails,
his coal black skin,
his arms like guitar strings
he tunes and retunes
and walks away alone
into the woods again
singing in tongues
those weary hearted blues
by Gillian South Goodman
I added some vocals to Malicore's track...completely raw and unmixed done completely on Garageband with no mic! Still haven't bought a proper mic yet...hope you'll have a laugh! Tough and cheek if you will and a salut to 70's sexploitation haha!