Understudy 13

September 26th, 2013, 3:08 am

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Aleister has never been
to a Phish concert
and is quite possibly
basing his research on
a 'Cracked' article.
      -Ed

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Reply TheCatMolloy, September 26th, 2013, 4:13 am

For the sake of not being a hypocrite I've loaded a video of a Phish concert in another tab and that's going to be my music for the next 102 minutes. So far it's pretty darn funky, but my understanding is that they don't have a whole lot of actual songs and the whole point is that they're just jamming on stage for however long the set lasts.

I've been doing a bit of research on marine biology for a separate project and came up with that neat little factoid. Whalesong isn't just discreet sounds, it's actual structured loops of significant length.

Holy shit! Lyrics! Sorry, the Phish concert, not the whales. We're a couple of minutes in and they're doing a samba number about a guy named Pete who hates someone named Wilson. I've been typing rather than paying attention but it appears to be going somewhere.

Long instrumental sections where I'm free to type observations. We're building to a musical crescendo here but the story isn't done yet.

Is there another verse coming?

How much can I type while this crescendo builds?

The music has changed, it's a funky number about feverous hallucinations. Down With Disease is the refrain and it's an upbeat number about Caution Vs. Optimism.

OK, I'm actually quite enjoying Phish, but as an accompaniment to a separate activity. I believe dancing is traditional for this sort of thing, but it's facilitating a flow in my typing and that's something I like in my music. There's stories in the songs if you listen, but there are long breaks where the guys are just riffing on their instruments. It's nice, it's almost like video game music with narrative interludes.

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A really long time between narrative interludes. I've actually gone back and edited this paragraph several times. Look how tidy it is!

Hey! Another song! This one's about Prince Caspian, who has stumps instead of feet.

OK, I think that's all there is to the story of Prince Caspian, and we're back to musical noodling and wherever our imagination takes us with the guy.

This dude is holding a high note for a RRRRREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAALLLLLLLY long time. Checked the video feed, couldn't determine if pitch was being made by guitar or voice. Very neat trick if that was vocal.

Just an extended high note, no more about Prince Caspian, the music has shifted to a more somber tone though.

And it's a new song. Good slow dance track this one though, "Welcome this is a Farmhouse".

OK, overall impressions are they introduce a kind of Doctor Seussian character and/or setting and then leave you with time and a lingering cadence and atmosphere to finish the story yourself. I can see merit in that, but I kinda feel like someone should come in and start rapping or something between the band's own lyrical segments. They're laying down a good groove but it needs something to cover it to be narratively satisfying.

Still, the Humpback Whale comparison stands. They establish a 'sound' with each song and then sustain it for a really long time. My preconcieved notions were right all along!



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Reply GabrielsThoughts, September 26th, 2013, 4:57 am

I'll watch the video later... Never did see Prince Caspian, although I'm told he's a cylon. I am aware however, from sources unmentionable, that if you wander around with a horse sporting a backwards saddle, and find yourself dressed like a pauper covered in an inch of mud while in enemy territory, one could easily be mistaken for a prince of Narnia. No matter how timid and skittish you are, no matter what company you keep, it's entirely possible to be mistaken for a prince of Narnia.

Dr. Suess made wonderful children's books. I wouldn't mind counting Seuss as an inspiration to all artists great and small. I mean, who else could sell poetry with pictures. That exposure to the public through the American military really helped spread the word.

Interestingly enough, the guy that came up with Sponge Bob was a marine biologist. Apparently, they have a lot of down time, so they fill it with artistic endeavors.

Reply Eli (Guest), September 27th, 2013, 7:36 am

As a marine biology student I had to jump at the opportunity to further your knowledge on whales. I hope you don't mind. :)

Whale songs not only are made up of varying clicks in different intervals, they also evolve over time. Eg. humpbacks all sing the same song - but only the males sing, females do not - but the song changes every year! Pretty neat.

Reply TheCatMolloy, September 27th, 2013, 8:07 am

@Eli: We love trivia here! I didn't know that about the whales all singing the same song. Do you just mean they make the same type of noises or do you actually mean they're all singing the same structured song with variations?

Reply Eli (Guest), September 28th, 2013, 8:22 am

@TheCatMolloy The whales sing the exact structured song! It's pretty neat.
I learned about an example of an Antarctic population who all sang this one song in one year, and then the next they were singing a completely different song (the songs usually only have a minor change each year so something really weird was going on). It turns out a humpback up from around Australia had migrated a little too far south and was singing this radically different song. Apparently the females realllyyy liked this song because all of the native males whales switched and started singing the new guy's song! Pretty neat example of culture in another mammal too. :)

Reply TheCatMolloy, September 28th, 2013, 8:46 am

Heh, "Immigrant Song".

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