SONG: nobody else can hear


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ARTIST: grant.

SOURCE: “Super squid sex organ discovered”, BBC News, 7 July 2010, as used in the post Super squid penis.

ABSTRACT: This is sort of filling a request. It could be a song from one marine biologist to another, or a song from one squid to another. I tried to make it feel like it must feel for abyssal squid species to get intimate – a little bit cold and distant while still, you know, penetrating each other’s deepest mysteries. Ahem.

Recording was fairly simple: ukulele and vox, with lots of MIDI drums and SoundFont strings added after the fact. I was kind of aiming for something between Joanna Newsom and Portished, from a composition standpoint, only, you know, lo-fi. Since that’s how I roll. Plus, you know, I’m not a girl, so I can’t do that breathy vocal thing without sounding pretty creepy. Which is only right for a priapic squid, I suppose. I hope you enjoy it, Liesbeth. If I had more time, I’d probably simplify the cello and bass parts, then build them up again with lots of counterpoint. And maybe get a real drummer rather than programming this machine. But you get the idea.

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