SONG: “Your Molecular Structure (penitential cover)”

SONG:

“Your Molecular Structure (penitential cover)” [Download]
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ARTIST: grant (originally by Mose Allison).

SOURCE: This song doesn’t have a scientific source; it’s a penitential cover for being late with my October song (which, technically, is still forthcoming).

ABSTRACT:
Allison is one of the many musical giants who left us for good in 2016, and go figure, but he wrote a science song… or at least a song with a scientific aesthetic. He was a jazz pianist, and his version sounds like this. Fun, isn’t? Quick and syncopated, lots of changes.

I took all of that away. I found the tonic and stuck to it. This is another drone song – a real, electric organ (the hissing in the first fraction of a second is really the blower under the keyboard), along with a deep synth with lots of effects. Then there’s me, singing, and some hand-claps layered in there. A little reverb and compression on the voice. And that’s it.

This is also FINALLY the first song in Reaper with the audio-ins working since I somehow knocked them out a few months ago. What finally worked: using the Gnome-Alsa Mixer – not alsamixer, not QasMixer – to click a check-box labeled “Record” on the Capture track, but then turn Capture down to like 1 or 2-point-something. Diddling with Capture on the other mixers didn’t help; they’d either mute everything or let every output loop back to the input. But somehow, this combo on this mixer did it.

Joy!

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