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Clambering Onto the Bandwagon - De File
Does Collecting Make You Feel Dirty?
cbertsch
cbertsch
Clambering Onto the Bandwagon
The machine is large. The mass spills downward. There are too many parts. It will never get off the ground. But it's starting to roll, ignoring your lack of faith. You cover your eyes, peer out from between your fingers. And then the tires aren't touching anymore. Will it clear the powerlines? The engine sputters. The fuselage shakes. Yes! The left wing tip drops. It's coming back around. You can see the pilot. She opens the side window on the cockpit and extends her arm. A charge courses down your spine.

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Mode: angling
Muse: Strangled By The Stereo Wire - Archers Of Loaf - All The Nation's Airports

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masoo From: masoo Date: December 2nd, 2005 11:09 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
My thoughts on this one are mainly evidence of how behind the times I am ... I never tried to play an m4a file before. Didn't know how to do it, until I realized it would play in iTunes. Of course, when I loaded iTunes, I got a warning that my version was very old and I should update it ...
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: December 3rd, 2005 05:39 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I only use the AAC format because it's more compact and sounds a little better at the same file size than MP3 does. Or so my ears think!
masoo From: masoo Date: December 3rd, 2005 05:56 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Yeah, when I first got my Karma I ripped stuff as Ogg Vorbis because it was better, but everything else I had was MP3s and it was easier to just make them all the same format.
tommix From: tommix Date: December 3rd, 2005 10:51 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I think I've heard Archers of Loaf before, but I'm not sure if it sounded like this? It kind of sounds like there isn't a bass and maybe it's just two guitars, with one providing the deeper bass lines? I'm not sure. I'm listening to it on crappy computer speakers. I do like the way the guitars contrast in sound and rhythm, and yet they come together for the chorus-type part. The way the one guitar follows the vocals initially is very cool. It creates this polyrhythmic contrast against the rhythm guitar throughout the song, and then they have the dreamy, floaty, Syd Barrett parts.

I like it very much.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: December 4th, 2005 05:23 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
You know better how describe the details in this stuff than I do from a musical standpoint. But polyrhythmic contrast sounds perfect. I always love music where the vocals are a little bit off the beat and thereby seem to double it. I'm not sure that's going on here exactly, but the complexity of the rhythm makes me feel that it is.
tommix From: tommix Date: December 4th, 2005 07:49 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I don't know at all how to describe music stuff -- I'm just a dude who likes to get high a jam out with my friends. I always struggle to find a language to describe music.

I was talking about the rhythmic variations of the two guitars, but you're correct, the guitar following the vocals often pulls away from the beat, creating a syncopation, or a stressing of a beat not usually emphasized. By the end, the one guitar is soloing over the chorus, which is great. But there seems to be a lot of intentional "sloppiness" by everyone.

Dude, this is too technical -- rock and/or roll, baby!

hollsterhambone From: hollsterhambone Date: December 4th, 2005 01:47 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
There's a lot going on in the track you linked. It's dense and layered and even though all of the pieces don't go exactly, as a whole they make something pleasant. I like music with pieces and parts where I can concentrate on something different each time.

Thanks.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: December 4th, 2005 05:21 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
The thing I wrote was about my experience of both that track and others by Archers of Loaf in which the music feels too scattered and unwieldy to gel into something sublime but ends up geling anyway, adding to my sensation of the sublime the knowledge of how improbable its achievement really was, making the music even more sublime as a consequence.
hollsterhambone From: hollsterhambone Date: December 5th, 2005 07:59 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Improbable, definitely. I like what you said before about the expectation of no resolution and the suprise that it begins to work out: "But it's starting to roll, ignoring your lack of faith."
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