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Knee-High Boots


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bud

 Genre: Electropop

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I spent a lot of time working on an abstract sound collage rather than making a song cause the loop drove me a little nuts – but I finally gave in to this little ditty. Sections of the other piece made it in – so it wasn’t a total waste of time. Well – maybe. I’ll let you decide.
The piano loop is pretty much intact. The tempo is based on the train bell timing, and the train has been sped up, cut up, looped, reversed, pitched and otherwise mangled to supplement the rhythm track.
I’m more familiar with subways than I am with trains. Here’s a morning commute observation.
Thanks to Chikoppi for the guest host opportunity and to SmokeyVW for finding the train loop at The Freesound Project http://freesound.iua.upf.edu/samplesViewSingle.php?id=25068
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Lyrics
I saw her riding on the F train one morning
Standing there with her hair
Put up and falling down
Was there some effort to this careless arrangement
Or is it just what it does
When it’s left on it’s own

Her bag hung low off of one shoulder
And it pulled her skirt a little up her thigh
She wore knee-high boots
They were suede and they were brown
And her denim clad arm
Wrapped loosley round the pole
Song Stats
Hits: 4000
Comments: 42
Fans: 12
Plays: 254
Downloads: 148

Uploaded: May 23, 2007 - 10:28:33 PM
Last Updated: May 23, 2007 - 11:28:03 PM Last Played: Jan 03, 2015 - 01:03:50 PM
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Hardware:
iBook G3, iMac G5, Danelectro guitar, Oxygen8 Keyboard
Software:
GB1, GB3, Audacity
Comments
michael2 said 3740 days ago (May 23rd, 2007)
geez
Bud, that's great. at one point it sounds like the train is harmonizing with your vocals ("put up and falling down"). this is like some crazy Young Americans era Bowie. The thin white duke, all coked up and waiting for a train. it's cool seeing what people did with this stuff. excellent work.
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bud said 3740 days ago (May 24th, 2007)
Thanks Mike
My daughter caught the Bowie vibe too. I just wanted to be done with this thing - I'm not a techno guy but figured I'd lie in the bed I made.
Stay tuned for the anti-loop post that'll show up here later.

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Vic Holman said 3740 days ago (May 23rd, 2007)
So you're admitting
the loop got to you?

Funny i almost went this direction of a soul type of thing. doubt if i would of pulled it off as well as this. A cool mix of a traditional style song and a collage of sounds.

Thanks for all your efforts. This must of been a grooling task.


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bud said 3740 days ago (May 24th, 2007)
I admit it - I admit it
It's great hearing how everyone subverted the loop - your entry blew me away.

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DeputyDoofy said 3740 days ago (May 24th, 2007)
There she was
just a ridin' on the F train singing,
"Doof wah diddy diddy dum diddy doof!"

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bud said 3740 days ago (May 24th, 2007)
I'm enjoying it too -
Thanks for taking part and stopping by.

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dajama said 3740 days ago (May 24th, 2007)
Very cool
This is sweet, nicely produced, and a great funky vibe. Rather cool. Peace.
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bud said 3740 days ago (May 24th, 2007)
Glad you liked it -
the production was a whacky adventure - not very focused.

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gregd said 3740 days ago (May 24th, 2007)
Whoa.
this is like psychedelic funk on Dance Dance Revolution---cool.

I'm not sure about the stepper synth (Circuit Dialogue) at the start, but I like the way you mix it in after the first lull in the tune. The drum breaks are really nicely mixed, and the synths, bells, and pianos put a good rushed feel to this tune.

nicely done,
-g


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bud said 3740 days ago (May 24th, 2007)
Hi Greg
I hear you on the Circuit Dialog (good ear) it's kind of arhythmic as a start. This piece evolved with no set direction and half of it was put together on the road in GB1 on my laptop. It seems I can't open a GB1 archive in GB3 on my desktop - so the result was working with a loot of premixed elements. By the time I was done - though there were at least 20 tracks involved I only had control over 4. Not an excuse for the way this sounds - just a window into the process.
Thanks for stopping by and commenting - gotta get over to your place for a listen.

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craft said 3740 days ago (May 24th, 2007)
Bud(WIE)
Great song... Your vocals sondz really nice on this song... Great job
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bud said 3739 days ago (May 24th, 2007)
Thanks for stopping by and taking
the time to comment. My wife kept getting me to do the vocals over till they melted into the music. At least I think that's what she meant.

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said 3739 days ago (May 24th, 2007)
A little city travelling music, please
Very surreal, like drifting in and out of someone's head while they ride a commuter train and absently study the details of an attractive woman... The music seems to catch all these wonderful little emotional nuances that dance around inside the mind, on and off, decision and indecision, flavours and possibilities...

It suggests far more than it depicts, and that's very slick. Nice moment on the subway, Bud. Can't wait to hear the 'other' entry too!
bud said 3738 days ago (May 25th, 2007)
Thanks Rik
I think the indecision you hear is my uncertainty that I could really get behind this tune. Ultimately - I just had to stop tinkering and let it be. Glad you enjoyed it. Your entry was wonderful - and had me laughing along with you at the end.

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The Infinites said 3739 days ago (May 24th, 2007)
Very pictorial
I can ACTUALLY see this girl. Having been riding the subways in Manhattan recently, this kind of brings it back somehow.

Lost thoughts whilst getting from A2B.

Nice one Bud - and thanks for organizing.

Jim
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bud said 3738 days ago (May 25th, 2007)
I actually have one of these girls living
in my house. I realized afterward that I could have been describing my own daughter on her way to school. I really like the way peple look in the morning in the subway - not fully awake and armed with their world mask. I've always wanted to do a candid portrait series on the trains.
Thanks for stopping by and commenting - and also for taking part in the challenge.

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said 3739 days ago (May 24th, 2007)
Another great submission!
I wish I could do this stuff. I gave up looping after producing 2 1/2 albums of crap...This is excellent. Love the funky groove you got going. Hey! Did I just see the Geico caveman stroll by? Is that Tom Hanks in the corner doing something with mortor and a trowel? Where the hell am I? Arrrrgggghhh!

Be well!

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bud said 3738 days ago (May 25th, 2007)
Thanks for stopping by Mike -
Been digging what you've been putting out lately - including The Other Shoe. My only complaint is I don't hear enough trains in your stuff. I'm sure they're there - but I guess you mix em way back.

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SmokeyVW said 3739 days ago (May 24th, 2007)
dancing on the tracks - while tying one on
opening: that train sample is so much more intense played faster!

like the mix of electro-sounds with the sampled train sounds

danceable in the extreme - i like all the changes - and the echoey ending is perfect

thanks
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bud said 3738 days ago (May 25th, 2007)
Man it's hard keeping up with this train
thanks for posting and commenting and finding the train in the first place. The train brought more than just sonic options - I think it bore an emotional weight that connected with people too. Who knew?

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Kren said 3739 days ago (May 24th, 2007)
Oh and go ask her...
what comes to mind listening to this great song is a man on a train thoughts all over the place, He notices a girl and imagines Her life...

daydreams....
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bud said 3738 days ago (May 25th, 2007)
You got that exactly right
how does the better half live? Loved your song BTW. Thanks for posting and commenting.

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Dj French Toast said 3739 days ago (May 24th, 2007)
my feeling is
this is like someone waiting for the train and you know how when you get bored you sometimes start making up songs to things that are going on around you . and sorta poking fun or just observing felt like you were setting the musik for those thoughts . I likey good stuff !
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bud said 3738 days ago (May 25th, 2007)
While I was doing this
I kept hearing the music of the subways coming and going and the bleed form people's iPods - then I started listening to my mix in my iPod with the sound low enough to let the other sounds in. Then I missed my stop.

Dug your entry. Gotta go back and listen again.

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rtcooper said 3739 days ago (May 25th, 2007)
TRACKING
Six Train. One AM. The Night's young.

Vocals are a little back on this rig, but Full Bop, regardless.
Mise en Scene - very Cool.

best,
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bud said 3738 days ago (May 25th, 2007)
Thanks Coop -
the vocals are a little buried - you're right. I could make up some crap about the mix reflecting the atmosphere of the subway where sounds blend and blur - but who would I be kidding? It is what it is.
Glad you stopped by.
BTW - WAITING is an awesome track.

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VicDiesel said 3738 days ago (May 25th, 2007)
Electro-jazz-funk-fusion
You've got a solid groove going here. Nice and busy, but nice. This track would probably work as an instrumental. In fact, as low as you've mixed your vocals, it might as well be. Throw in a lick here and there, and you'll never notice their absence.

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bud said 3738 days ago (May 25th, 2007)
I was kinda thinkin Soul Train for a while
the vocals were more for the sketching the setting than leading the band - but you're right about not missing them in another version.
Thanks for checking in.

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Ed Hannifin said 3738 days ago (May 26th, 2007)
I love the warped soul groove...
...and the way the trainishness is brought out in the lyric...

I REALLY like the lyrics... I recently had occasion--twice--to take commuter trains and subways that I used to take daily, long ago, and it really brought me back to the commuter life I used to live. So does this...

I used to know a guy who had one of these moments and actually spoke to the girl, and she ended up being his girlfriend...

I like how the lyrics are like a photo, or a haiku or imagist poem, just getting that one moment, a couple of thoughts...

I really enjoy this...

Ed
bud said 3734 days ago (May 30th, 2007)
I appreciate your comments Ed
You got to the heart of the intended vibe of the lyrics.

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said 3737 days ago (May 26th, 2007)
Wow
BUd total mind blowing this is the bass and drums are tight and rockin Love it !!!!!!
echoroom said 3737 days ago (May 27th, 2007)
Catch this train
This has a great groove Bud, and I love the vocals on this - kinda understated, Bowie yeah, but with a bit of Ian Curtis in there also. I had to check this out cause of the great title, and the lyric is just as good ... nothing better than unrequited love/lust.

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said 3737 days ago (May 27th, 2007)
I Hear a bit of Lou Reed and a dash of Roxy too
Interesting take, embracing that house piano loop. When I heard it, I wasn't in a pop electronica mood, so I found another way to use it.
said 3737 days ago (May 27th, 2007)
Heh, Embracing the Loop
I just read your comment on Myshkin's song.

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ktb said 3736 days ago (May 27th, 2007)
level 42
wow, this hums. great job with all the elements. super charged funky. absolutely luv the syncopation. cool lyrics/concept. knee high boots rule
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Monkaton said 3736 days ago (May 27th, 2007)
Too Things
I like your lyrics and the overall production. Not easy to do.

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alfalpha said 3734 days ago (May 29th, 2007)
a terrific...
...combination of collages, Bud!
Your vocals are great and the lyrics are a 'wistful' addition to the electronic trippy urban sound, resulting in something like a an 'audio urban tale'- full marks & faved!
Cheers,
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bud said 3734 days ago (May 30th, 2007)
Excuse the collective post -
but I'm a little swamped at work. Thanks to everyone for listening, commenting, faving, or participating - I appreciate the feedback and had a great time on this project.
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guitapick said 3733 days ago (May 30th, 2007)
Still a train in there...
...you cannot escape!!!!!!!

Unlike others; I like the F train. Like this tune, too. Great rhythmic/dynamic/instrumental shifts.

Just like a choo choo train!

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bud said 3733 days ago (May 30th, 2007)
I like the F train too
I don't understand all the grousers. Thanks for stopping by. Maybe see you in the neighborhood soon?

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poodyglitz said 3664 days ago (August 7th, 2007)
Nice Track
Cool groove. Nice sounds. It would be great if you could EQ the vocal a little more so it separates a little more from the instruments.
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Heightened said 3541 days ago (December 8th, 2007)
Knee-High Boots
More Knee-high boots please!
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