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  • Title: In the Margins
  • Artist: Tripecac
  • Timespan: 2000-2001
  • Theme: first-finished triton tests
  • Length: 71:37
  • Tracks: 16
  • Lyrics: 2
  • MP3s: 16 play all locally
  • Rating: rate this album

Track List

# title lyrics time download listen started recorded rating
1 Zoned - 10:11 download listen locally - 2000-08-15
2 Piano Jam (part 1) - 4:37 download listen locally - 2001-03-27
3 Bongometal - 2:44 download listen locally - 2000-08-21
4 Working Week - 2:36 download listen locally - 2000-11-11
5 Gray Horizon - 2:09 download listen locally - 2000-12-11
6 Head Under - 6:03 download listen locally - 2001-03-23
7 Dad Song - 2:44 download listen locally - 2000-10-01
8 Close Your Eyes - 5:00 download listen locally - 2000-09-01
9 Relaxed - 5:53 download listen locally - 2001-03-01
10 Piano Jam (part 2) - 4:26 download listen locally - 2001-03-27
11 Sisters and All - 2:41 download listen locally - 2001-01-17
12 Pod Test - 2:24 download listen locally - 2001-01-13
13 Travwalk - 6:06 download listen locally - 2000-09-10
14 Keep On lyrics 3:49 download listen locally 2000-11-21 2001-05-17
15 Beso - 4:20 download listen locally - 2001-05-01
16 Anymore lyrics 5:54 download listen locally - 2001-05-07
Total 71:37 play all locally album rating:

Notes

This is a bunch of "test" songs that I recorded in Charlottesville from 2000 to 2001. It was my first album with the Triton, Pod Pro, and computer (instead of the SY55 and 4-track). These tests were part of my learning process.

Gear: I used a Korg Triton as a controller, sound module, effects module, and sequencer, also used Cakewalk and Cubase, and included electric guitar on "Pod Test" (via a Pod Pro) and on "Travwalk" (via the Triton).

Songs

Zoned

This ten-minute jam introduces the "New Tripecac". It starts off sounding like a John Jarvis song my sister liked, but then mutates into other grooves which focus on rhythm rather than melody. I recorded with the Triton's sequencer, and did little or no editing and quantizing. As with most of the songs on this album, I adlibbed each part in turn. For this one, I think I started with the EP.

The title refers to my attempt at getting into "The Zone" when it comes to playing music. In order to relax and stop being self-conscious, I closed my eyes and pretended I was playing a concert. I found that if I could get in a "meditative" or "trancy" state, I could maintain grooves for several minutes. This was back before I used Sonar to edit my solos, so I needed to play the notes right the first time. As you can tell, I made lots of goofs, and lost the "vibe" every once in a while, but overall I think the song is a decent overture.

Piano Jam (part 1)

This is the beginning of a really long piano-trance improv. It starts off pretty but later digresses into a pattern that continues for the rest of the song (14+ minutes).

Here's a link to the original version: listen

Bongometal

This was a [fake] bongo jam to which I added piano, organ, bass, and drums. It wasn't really going anywhere, and was too fast for me to maintain for more than a couple minutes.

Working Week

This reggae/funk jam probably could have been edited into a full-fledged song, except I didn't know how to use the Triton's editor. Nevertheless, Dad liked it enough to put it on Dad's Picks.

Gray Horizon

I was trying to see if I could match the sound of my favorite George Benson CD (Beyond the Blue Horizon). I think I got kind of close with the instrumentation, but there's no melody to hook the listener. I thought Dad might like it (since he had Beyond the Blue Horizon) but I didn't get much feedback from him.

Head Under

I was experimenting with effects and probably arpeggios, although I might have played each of those notes; I don't remember. It certainly was trippy! :) Too bad it's a little sloppy in parts.

I think the title is a warping of the phrase "head over", as in "let's head over to that tree". I think I was trying to submerge my conscious mind in the stream of the music. I wanted to stop being self-conscious, wanted to get my head under (subservient to) the music rather than above it (dominating it).

The reason I was trying so hard to relax is that I didn't know how to edit my performances with the Triton's sequencers. I needed to get my jams right the first time. Later, when I switched to using Cakewalk and Sonar, there was less need for sustained "perfection".

Dad Song

This is the sort of song I can picture my dad playing on his piano. When I was recording it, I pretended like I was listening to him play. I then added some light drums and bass.

I tried very hard to keep the piano prominent, since I didn't want the drums to dominate. In retrospect, I wish I either hadn't added the drums at all (which are sloppy), or had spent some time cleaning them up. Back then, though, I was using the Tripecac for sequencing, and didn't know how to edit very well.

Close Your Eyes

This is a swinging low-organ groove. I was probably testing the Triton's handling of a 6/8 time signature and/or triplet quantizing. I'm not sure how much of this is actually quantized.

The title refers to my attempt to stop being self-conscious and immerse myself in the music. Unfortunately, it's not as relaxing as I wanted it to be. The drums are sloppy and loud at times, and the organ muddies up too much space. Oh well.

Dad liked it, though, and chose it for Dad's Picks.

Relaxed

This EP solo starts off a little annoying and self-conscious sounding, but has some nice chilled-out bits.

Piano Jam (part 2)

This is taken from the middle of a very repetitive piano-trance improv. There's no melody or even variety in terms of notes (except for my mis-hits). I was focusing on sustaining a groove for as long as possible.

Here's a link to the original version: listen

Sisters and All

This is a relaxing "trance" song that I started using Cubase. I liked its soothing groove, and considered extending it, but I didn't have confidence in my ability to edit it. I decided to keep it as-is, "warts and all". I thought "Warts and All" would make a nice title.

My sister had recently sent me a nice letter. I felt like dedicating this song to her. However, that felt like a cheesily sentimental thing to do. I then had the "brilliant" idea of calling it "Sisters and All", the implication being that my sister is a wart. Very funny, huh? :)

Okay, it's a stupid title, but it's a pretty song and in retrospect I don't mind naming it after my sister.

Pod Test

I had recently bought a Pod Pro (for recording and adding effects to my electric guitar). This was one of my first tests with it. It consists of my adlibbing four tracks of guitar, one at a time.

I liked the end result. It sounded trancy and exotic. It was encouraging; I've always regarded myself as a pathetic guitar-player, but somehow the Pod Pro made me sound like a "legit" guitarist. Cool!

Travwalk

This is one of the very few Tripecac songs which used a "canned" rhythm (in this case the Triton's "Streetwalk" combi). Usually, I prefer playing all the notes myself.

I was experimenting with piping my guitar through the Triton's effects. I wanted to see whether a signal from the guitar would lower the volume of the rest of the Triton's audio tracks. Likewise, I wanted to see whether a Triton-based sound (like an synth) would have a similar effect. In other words, would the Triton automatically normalize the overall volume of the outputs?

To find out, I recorded myself noodling on the guitar and keyboard at the same time while the "Streetwalk" combi played in the background. I had one hand on the guitar, the other on the Triton (playing the synth and tweaking knobs), and my foot controlling the Triton's sustain pedal. I recorded everything in one take to a single stereo audio track.

When I listened to this "test" later, I forgot all about my experiment and just sat there amazed at how cool this chaotic little test ended up sounding!

Keep On

This is a repetitive dance groove that I had sequenced on the Triton a few months earlier. When it came time to master the song for In the Margins, I decided to "spice it up" by throwing on some vocals. I plugged the mic into the Triton and recorded myself adlibbing vocals along with the music. Since there was no way to separate the vocals from the music, I'll never know for sure what words I was singing, not that there's any deep meaning in them or anything!

My dad liked this one and chose it for Dad's Picks.

Lyrics to "Keep On":

INTRO:
  keep on

CHORUS:
  gotta keep on working
  gotta keep on cleaning
  gotta keep on jogging
  gotta keep on  believing
  and the rest will come your way

  gotta keep on reading
  gotta keep on watching
  gotta keep on zooming
  gotta keep on smiling
  and the rest will come your way

  gotta keep on playing
  gotta keep on ???
  gotta keep on watching
  gotta keep on seeing
  and the rest will come your way

  gotta keep on standing
  gotta keep on ???
  gotta keep on churning
  gotta keep on thinking
  and the rest will come your way

  gotta keep on watching
  gotta keep on seeing
  gotta keep on ???
  gotta keep on seeing
  and the rest will come your way

  gotta keep on prancing
  gotta keep on moving
  gotta keep on ???
  gotta keep on ???
  and the rest will come your way

  gotta keep on learning
  gotta keep on watching
  gotta keep on adjusting
  gotta keep on reading
  and the rest will come your way

  gotta keep on working
  and you keep on eating
  and you keep on jogging
  and you keep on sleeping
  and the rest will come your way
  this is the methodical

  you gotta keep on working
  and you keep on moving
  and you keep on smiling
  and keep on perfecting
  and the rest will come your way
  this is the travis way

  you gotta keep on working
  and you keep on believing
  and you keep on moving
  and you keep on reading
  and the rest will come your way
  this is the methodical way

  you gotta keep on moving
  and you keep on ???
  and you keep on ???
  and you keep on believing
  and the rest will come your way
  this is the travis way

  you gotta keep on ???
  and you keep on prancing
  and you keep on prancing
  and you keep on prancing
  and the rest will come your way
  this is the methodical way

  gotta keep on believing
  and you keep on moving
  and you keep on smiling
  and you keep on grooving
  and the rest will come your way
  this is the methodical way

  you gotta keep on ???
  and you keep on moving
  and you keep on smiling
  and you keep on swimming
  and the rest will come your way
  this is the methodical way

  you gotta keep on trying
  and you keep on moving
  and you keep on working
  and you keep on believing
  and the rest will come your way
  this is the travis way

  you gotta keep on moving
  and you keep on seeing
  and you keep on grooving
  and you keep on believing
  and the rest will come your way
  this is the methodical way

  you gotta keep on moving
  and you keep on ???
  and you keep on ???
  and you keep on ???
  and the rest will come your way
  this is the methodical way

  you gotta keep on smiling
  and you keep on wishing
  and you keep on ???
  and you keep on ???
  and the rest will come your way
  

Beso

One day I came up with a simple MIDI drum and bass loop and applied just the right amount of reverb to give a really "live" sound. This had been something I'd been seeking for a long time. I listening to the same 4 bars over and over again, and for some reason it never sounded "canned". I decided to record it as-is: just that loop playing by itself, over and over and over... For some reason, I never tire of listening to it.

The title has two meanings. First, "beso" means "kiss" in Spanish (awww, how cute!). Secondly, it's pronounced "base oh", which sounds like "bass oh" (as in the instrument, not the fish); this relates to the predominance of the bass line. You can hear me pronounce it in a later version of it: "Beso Beso".

Anymore

This is a rough sketch of a "real" song that I never completed. I wrote the music and some of the lyrics on my parents' piano. The rest was improvised.

It's sloppy, but I like the energy and overall "feel". The hyper organ solo at the end finishes the album on an optimistic note!

Lyrics to "Anymore":

VERSE:
  something about something
  yes, that's right

  something about something
  yes, that's right

  i was saying something about something
  and i guess that's right
  i guess that's right

  i don't want to program anymore

  i don't know how to get this song together
  someway it will have to get together
  somehow

  i don't want to program anymore

  [inaudible]

  so you start with ???
  and then we build it up gradually
  you can hear the bass is in there
  and the drums
  really bad drums

  the last part has to be like this
  ???

CHORUS:
  i don't want to program anymore

  i don't want to program anymore
  i'm not a worker bee
  i'm not a worker bee
  i'm not a worker bee
  i'm not a worker bee

  i don't want to sit around anymore
  i'm not a worker bee
  i'm a dreamer bee
  i'm an art bee
  i'm a dreamer bee

  i don't want to program anymore
  i'm a work bee
  i'm a hermit bee
  i'm an art bee
  i'm a ??? bee

  i don't want to be ???
  ???

  that sucked
  that really sucked

  but that's the idea
  we get this reverb going at the end
  and the vocals at the end
  um...
  just gotta work on the tempos
  and we obviously gotta work on the
  crappy drums and the crappy bass

  i don't want to program anymore
  yeah, that's right
  yeah, that's right
  let's sing it

  this is live

  i don't want to program anymore
  i don't wanna be like you
  be like you
  be like you

  i don't want to go to work anymore

  that's not quite how i envisioned
  the demo would sound but oh well