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2017 The Walking Dad
  • Title: The Walking Dad
  • Artist: Tripecac
  • Timespan: 2017
  • Theme: letting loose
  • Length: 78:08
  • Tracks: 11
  • Lyrics: 8
  • MP3s: 11 play all locally
  • Rating: (none) rate this album

Track List

# title lyrics time download listen started recorded rating
1 False Tart - 2:17 download listen locally 2017-01-12 2017-02-20 (none)
2 Pramnation lyrics 7:50 download listen locally 2017-02-21 2017-03-29 (none)
3 Dedgehog - 7:30 download listen locally 2017-03-30 2017-05-02 (none)
4 YaYa lyrics 7:30 download listen locally 2017-05-04 2017-05-16 (none)
5 Freetimeless - 8:03 download listen locally 2017-05-23 2017-06-13 (none)
6 Lesstimefree lyrics 8:12 download listen locally 2017-06-14 2017-07-04 (none)
7 Coughy lyrics 4:18 download listen locally 2017-07-07 2017-08-01 (none)
8 Discoveria lyrics 8:43 download listen locally 2017-08-04 2017-08-22 (none)
9 Member Me lyrics 7:58 download listen locally 2017-08-29 2017-09-16 (none)
10 Pushy Cat lyrics 8:00 download listen locally 2017-09-19 2017-10-17 (none)
11 Joovin' Isle lyrics 7:47 download listen locally 2017-10-24 2017-11-21 (none)
  Total   78:08 play all locally album rating: (none)

Notes

I'm not gonna agonise over these liner notes any more than I agonised over the musical notes. These songs were all conceived very quickly, usually inspired by whichever artist I was binging on at the time. Jazz, funk, reggae, dance, Afrobeat, Krautrock, Zappa... Yep, the usual suspects are all here.

However, instead of yet another lukewarm can of the same old watered down Muzak Lite, this time the flavours veer deliberately from the well-trodden Tripecac trail to explore twisty little side paths introducing new melodic, rhythmic, and production ideas... frequently mixing musical metaphors along the way.

Well, the detours are not overly dramatic, but even a casual listen might trigger an "oh, here's something new" moment or two. Or maybe not. Maybe the differences were all in my head!

Anyway, it doesn't matter. You'll probably listen to this CD a couple times and then add it to the huge pile of Tripecac coasters stashed away on the shelf, or in the closet, or in the rubbish bin. These tracks are ultimately disposable, but that's okay, because by the time you read this my focus will have shifted to a new batch. These songs are, like, soooooo 2017!

Yep, it's time for a new year... and a new sequencer, because on 21 November 2017, the same day I finished the last song on this album, I read that Cakewalk is shutting down.

SONAR is dead! But you'll see no tears on my face, because I've grown increasingly disgrunted with SONAR over the years. Of course, it takes a while to learn new software, so who knows, maybe I'll keep using SONAR for a while yet, even in its "dead" state. So it will be like using an animated corpse, a zombie... Get it???

Anyway... (and that's not the worst of the jokes on here)... what the title really refers to is my disdain for cars. And to my main role in life, which is to be the coolest dad ever! Yup!

Songs

False Tart

I was testing some new Cuban sounds. But my test ended up sound like cheese city. Do Cubans use a lot of cheese in their food? I didn't think so.

Anyway, this sounded so generic and lame that I decided to end it early rather than prolonging the aural agony for another 5 minutes or so. This makes it one of the shortest songs I've recorded in years!

Pramnation

This song is really really stupid, and really really long. To make it worse, I had really really bad audio problems in Sonar: pops and clicks galore. I think the fault lay mostly with the cheesy drum sound, which was piped through a very aggressive compressor. Also, there were some arpeggios on the organ patch which caused lots of popping. It was a painful experience to edit this song, so listening to it is not much better. Misery loves company!

Anyway, at least it's done. "Finishing" it felt like euthanasia. And on the positive side, since it eats up quite a bit of time, I guess that means I (hopefully) won't feel as rushed to finish the album later on this year.

Lyrics to "Pramnation":

i've got a thing to say about pushing a stroller up the hill
i've got a thing to say about prams

  [repeat]
  

Dedgehog

This song took forever to finish, thanks in part to school holidays. And tons of work. And an increasingly feeble mind.

But at least I finished.

So... not so feeble after all, eh?

Eh???

The last part is deliberately off-kilter and grating. The hedgehog has been smooshed.

But it keeps trying to walk, like it's coming back from the dead.

Like Tripecac.

YaYa

As always, I had to pick a name first, so I chose "Yet Another Yet Another" (or YaYa for short).

But then I decided I wanted to create something very different from what I'd done before on this album. So I started with a very echo-y drum kit, and a very sparse rhythmic pattern.

I then added a melodic bass part, and then piped it through Guitar Rig 5 to give it a really grungy sound. For the first time ever, I figured out how to preserve the stereo input of the bass part with Guitar Rig, and that sounded a lot cooler than the mono version. It was nice to learn something!

As for the rest of the parts, well, their instruments were not that unusual (clav and kora), but what was unusual is the arpeggiated feel of them. Usually I just sort of bang away (thud thud thud) but this time I tried to add some delicacy. Without sounding too wimpy.

Then I added some out-of-tune vocals. Oh boy.

Lyrics to "YaYa":

ya ya ya yaya
  

Freetimeless

When I started this song I was feeling starved for free time, and getting impatient with everything, including music making. I was tired of spending so much time trying to get the instruments and mix sounding "right" when I knew by the time the song was done, they wouldn't sound nearly as "right" as I wanted.

I decided to switch things up a bit, to try to break the "rules" in terms of what constitutes a good recording (according to the audiophile forums I'd been frequenting).

So instead of trying to sound like a "real" band, I chose intentially fake-sounding synths and drums. I overcompressed everything, to simulate the "loudness war". Instead of adding master reverb to give the instruments a sense of unity, I left everything dry, except for a dated-sounding gate reverb on a snare drum towards the end. In other words, I was trying to see how much worse this "lazy" approach would sound relative to my more careful habits.

The net effect is pretty synthetic, artificial, and harsh. But is it worse? I don't know. It certainly is different.

Kinda like a new spice to add to the rack.

Which sits in the corner of the garage.

Lesstimefree

Silly, crude, repetitive but catchy in parts. The vocals were mostly improvised. Can you tell?

Lyrics to "Lesstimefree":

i got less time free
got hardly any time for me
i got less time free
got hardly any time for me

  [repeat]

got hardly any time for moi
  so why waste it doing this stuff
a full time job and being pa
  another minute here another minute there
got hardly any time with ma
we're 2 subs in the night so far ha ha ha ha

that's not funny, that's just a cliche
well that's all i can afford today
i can't write out the lyrics 'cause i've got no time
well just be thankful that they kinda rhyme

  well kind of
  
ba ba ba ba ba ba da ba da...

we're on a really tight creative budget
and it really sounds like poo

really really creative budget
and it really sounds like poo

  a really tight creative budget
  not just a creative budget
  it's a non-existant budget
  
  zippo
  negative
  
  we're in the red
  we're in the black
  we're in the black red
  we're in the diarrhea brown red

we're on a really tight creative budget
and it really sounds like poo

  this is a cheap solo
  this is a cheap solo
  edited in one go
  edited in one go
  
who wrote these lyrics anyway
i found them on the street
stuck to the bottom of my shoe

  we're on a creative budget
  and it really sounds like caca

who that's right

  can't find a rhyme for that

we're on a really tight creative budget
and it really sounds like

really really really creative 
really really really creative 
really really really creative 
really really really creative 

[scat]

oh boy 
that's about what you get when you open a crackerjack box these days

crackerjack box cheap cheap
crackerjack box cheap cheap
crackerjack box cheap cheap
crackerjack box cheap cheap

chicken goes bock bock
and chick goes cheep cheep
and chicken goes bock bock
and chick goes cheep cheep
 
where's everyone
where's everyone gone
what happened?
i'm all by myself
i've got some free time now

got hardly any time for moi
a full time job and being pa
got hardly any time with ma
we're 2 subs in the night so far ha ha ha ha

ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha 
  

Coughy

I had a persistent cough for a few weeks. Since Tripecac is functioning like a monthly musical blog, I decided to sing about it. Badly.

This project was plagued with its own technical difficulty. The audio kept disappearing every few minutes, forcing me to restart Sonar. I finally tracked the problem to Drumlab, which is a Kontakt instrument I was using for the first time. It was somehow overloading the sound card and/or Sonar. I never found a fix, so I ended up "finishing" the song quickly just to get the pain over with.

Lyrics to "Coughy":

one day i would like to drink an excellent coffee
one night i would like to drift to sleep without coughing

we all like the sound of coffee
but we sure hate the smell of coughing

with a cough cough here and a cough cough there
here a cough there a cough everywhere a cough cough

with a cough cough here and a cough cough there
here a cough there a cough every night a cough cough
  

Discoveria

I started this on the afternoon before a kids' disco. That's where the name comes from. The sounds were partially from a new Kontakt instrument I was testing: India Discovery Series.

The lyrics were juvenile.

Again.

What's up with that???

Also, the vocals and bass are very muddy (too much reverb) and the song is overall VERY LOUD!!! But, as usual, I got tired of mixing it, so, well, yeah.

On a positive note, I like the coda at the end. That was a bit accidental. Not that anything else isn't!

Lyrics to "Discoveria":

gimme a  d i s c o v e r i a
  what does that spell - discoveria?

gimme a  d i s c o v e r i a
  what does that mean - did you make it up?

gimme a  d i s c o v e r i a
  so when are you gonna stop goofing off?

gimme a  d i s c o v e r i a
  what is that smell - the cafeteria?


gimme a  d i s c o v e r i a
  what does that spell - diarrhea?
  
gimme a  d i s c o v e r i a
  what does that spell - cafeteria?

gimme a  d i s c o v e r i a
  what does that mean - discoveria?
  
gimme a  d i s c o v e r i a
  what is that smell - diarrhea?

diarrhea cafeteria
let's eat diarrhea in the cafeteria

diarrhea cafeteria
let's sell diarrhea in the cafeteria
  
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
let's go on a disco hike

  

Member Me

A bit of a joke, this.

I had recently found some pre-programmed drums rhythms for Addictive Drums 2 and wanted to try one in a song as an experiment. In order to justify its use (since I almost never use canned rhythms), I decided to pretend that the drummer was someone I had no control over. That notion, plus my randomly stumbling upon an old DX7 patch, gave me the idea of making a song in the style of the Anchovies.

So here you go. The first drum rhythm is canned, but everything else is mine. (Not that that's anything to be particularly proud of!)

Does it sound like the Anchovies?

I tried to give it that same cheesy tunefulness combined with the imbalanced orchestration we had (drums, keyboard, and horns). And I even left in the "tape hiss". :)

However, a few minutes into the song I couldn't resist adding some instruments that we didn't have in the Anchovies (namely the bass and some of the percussion sounds). Also, I often had multiple solos going at the same time, which is something we didn't do. So it's not a "pure" Anchovies-eqsue song.

But who wants that???

Lyrics to "Member Me":

this is where we'd be if we all kept playing
the same old chords and the same old songs

this is how we'd sound if we all kept making
the same old rhythms that go on too long

this is how it'd feel if we just kept winging
the same clumbsy solos that sound a bit wrong

this is how we'd look if we all kept dancing
the same old moves in the same old thongs

10 years along and we kept on playing
20 years along and we kept on making
30 years along and we kept on winging
40 years along and we kept on dancing

  

Pushy Cat

Inspired by a recent bout of jazz listening (and watching, and reading) I decided to create a "traditional jazz" song. After selecting a classic jazz instrumentation (acoustic drums, acoustic bass, piano, and horns) I started trying to come up with some interesting "jazzy" chords and melodies.

Well..... Whipping out jazz ideas is a lot harder than I thought! I hadn't focused on jazz writing (or writing at all for that matter) in decades. So, pretty soon I found myself distracted by a semi-funky bass riff, and couldn't resist adding some reggae-ish piano. And then some dancy drums. And some repetitive horns. Of course, by then the "jazz" experiment was over, and I was back to my shallow little Tripecac comfort zone! :)

The title and lyrics were inspired by an encounter with a frisky cat in a park. That's probably the cutest thing about the song.

The rest is a bit of a drag, particularly the drums, which are painfully monotonous. And the horns. Oh those horns. And that mute trumpet. Argh! And it all goes on SO LONNNNNNGGGGGG... It really makes me want to run up and PUSH this song out the window!

(Or at least push fast forward.)

Lyrics to "Pushy Cat":

i can see you chasing me with your jagged claws
and i can feel you pushing me with your little paws

gimme a push, it's the pushy cat
  

Joovin' Isle

I wanted to end on a purely improvised jam. It starts with a wimpy EP and organ melody before the main groove starts. A bit clunky in the beginning but then it gradually get cooler.

I threw on some juvenile vocals at the very end as an afterthought. Sorry!

Lyrics to "Joovin' Isle":

hey there goes the walkin' dad    
hey hey hey there goes the walkin' dad    
hey there goes the walkin' dad    
hey hey hey there goes the walkin' dad    

reading and running that looks so sad
but hey there goes our walkin' dad    
socks and sandles looks so sad
but hey there goes the walkin' dad    
  and that haircut
    
rock sandles
and those clothes
  that's what I call multitasking

same doofy haircut
same old clothes
same stupid glasses 
falling down his nose

same old expression 
same old scowl
same old frown
same old smell

hey hey hey

joovin' isle
  geek
joovin' isle
  j o o 

as in we're joovin' on the nile   

  geek
  
good job trav 
  yay

geek