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Masque


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Warren Smith

 Genre: Art Rock

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This song is a response to a visual experience - seeing a photomontage called "The Masque of the Count and Mrs. Trampolini" by Roy Buckley.

I'm not attempting to delineate the specific content of the collage. (There's actually a series of Count and Mrs. Trampolini events .. and I think they have all somewhat blended together in my mind.) Rather, the general goal is to capture in sound the look and feel of the visual experience.

That said, the story took off in unanticipated directions as it carved out its own reality.
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MASQUE

the mystery of the affair hung heavy in the air
like acidic hashish perfume among the orchids everywhere
a full moon tropic night
like a scene lifted from Felini
the masque of the Count
and Mrs Trampolini

there was music there was dancing
there was dining there was boozing
there was preening there was prancing
there was fashion there was fusion
there was combustion there was collision
there was swindle and bamboozle
at the masque of the Count and Mrs Trampolini

undulating nudity exposing navel jewels
paparazzi scrambling after yesterday's public fool
walking with a hydra-headed cane
all the while keeping his cool
the Count with Mrs Trampolini

a princess looked on with wonder
as the Wall Street raiders divided the plunder
a dispute suddenly and passionately broke out
followed by several loud well-placed shots
a mayor attempting to avoid a blunder
marshaled his campaign aides asunder
a body was tossed in the river
so by the time the cops came
there was nothing to discover

there were
tattoos taboos gigolos in muumuus
vodkas voodoos hindoos with attitudes
there were nudists and Buddhists
monarchists and anarchists
at the masque of the Count
and Mrs Trampolini

sparks reflecting in her electric eyes
as purple as blackberries
festooned with flamingo feathers
as nooveau as Aubrey Beardsley
wearing a iridescent wrap more baroque than GianLorenzo Bernini
the splendorific Mrs Trampolini

An Afghani warlord with a sword crisscrossed by bandoleers
A Chinese acrobat doing figure-eights between chandeliers
a Playboy bunny bouncing in a diamond-encrusted bikini
it was the masque of the Count
and Mrs Trampolini
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Uploaded: Nov 04, 2008 - 09:06:42 AM
Last Updated: Nov 04, 2008 - 09:06:42 AM Last Played: Jan 29, 2017 - 12:59:03 AM
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Richard_Schletty said 3095 days ago (November 4th, 2008)
Warren
What an impression you got from that painting! Wonderful, whacky, Warren wordplay. Plus, your signature sounds transporting the song. "The laughing, probing, cajoling lead guitar."

Is it collusion or collision?
Warren Smith said 3093 days ago (November 6th, 2008)
see below ..
I hit the wrong button to reply to your post. See entry below Feter's comment : >
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Feter said 3095 days ago (November 4th, 2008)
Masque
WOW ...this is huge ...the character singing ..that was
amazing ..the guitar work is so revolutionary just like
a track came from King Crimson 70s LPs .this is Top Notch
great work my friend ...groovey ..thnx alot for sharin !!!
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Warren Smith said 3093 days ago (November 6th, 2008)
Song evolution
This song built up .. and then got torn apart .. several times during its evolution in complexity. The same went with the lyrics, as descriptions, characters and structures came and went. That developmental process was both frustrating and rewarding as new ideas kept re-shaping the performance. In the end I ended up with a work that pretty much achieved the concept of creating a song about a visual piece of art .. yet it was totally different than what I had anticipated when first sitting down and picking up the guitar. Surprise! Hey - thanks for listening and responding with such enthusiasm.
Check out my latest song called On Your Knees
Warren Smith said 3093 days ago (November 6th, 2008)
In the beginning there was a chord
A song like this started off simple enough - in this case with a simple guitar-chord progression - and just continued to go from there. But it was certainly driven by a desire to achieve the complexity of the artwork that suggested it.

Is it real .. or just an allusion?
Check out my latest song called On Your Knees
egobandit said 3093 days ago (November 6th, 2008)
crazy good
a sonic visual poem glad you like art. great playing enjoyed this very much ! I also like the synth you throw in at end or was it always there?
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Warren Smith said 3076 days ago (November 23rd, 2008)
art of sound
I like to think there are moments here where my visual artistic skills blend with the harmonic presentation, especially in some of those synth sounds you mention. You are a painter (I love your Coney Island pieces!) .. and I imagine there are times you try to paint with sound as well as pigments. Thanks for listening and commenting.
Check out my latest song called On Your Knees
Doadars Uncle said 3092 days ago (November 7th, 2008)
Entertaining!
Big time! This is too cool. I don't really know how I would describe it. Great presentation!
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Warren Smith said 3071 days ago (November 28th, 2008)
entertaining
If I kept your ears entertained .. or whatever .. for three minutes or so .. that's cool. Thanks for leaving a comment.
Check out my latest song called On Your Knees
Char said 2941 days ago (April 7th, 2009)
A most refreshing
and complicated rhyme. You seem to have transmitted your fascination and gregariousness through your music and song. It reminds me of the glee of a child at a circus. Thanks for this.
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Bob6stringer said 2895 days ago (May 23rd, 2009)
I want more from this!
The concept and guitar performances are great. Those wild lyrics are right up there with "For the Benefit of Mr. Kite." I also big-time dig the rhythmic bridge's change of pace after the "nothing to discover" verse and before the "tatfoos taboos" verse. I love the feeling of those guitars in the end section laughing their calliope laugh at me.

However I don't want you to leave this as it is, it just feels stillborn. It's clipping all over the place and your vox track seems--this is totally subjective on my part--like it doesn't need to be sold with quite that much storybook expression because the story tells it self so uniquely and clearly. Not that you owe the world--or me--a re-do. Just a thought if you want to give this a touch more TLC for a longer shelf-life (long-term listenability). Anyway, it really is a great statement, hope you don't mind the critiquing. Let's face it, sometimes we put a song up to make a statement, and it just is what it is. If so, then don't change a thing. Either way, you've got my respect for pushing the boundaries.
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Name: Warren Smith
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Born in a Minnesota blizzard, I'm now residing in a coastal heat of Brooklyn, New York City. I recorded my first original composition as a teenager using a reel-to-reel tape recorder back in 1967, and I'm still finding it a creative challenge... [see more]

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Art rock is a sub-genre of rock music that is characterized by ambitious lyrical themes and melodic or rhythmic experimentation, often extending beyond standard pop song forms and toward influences in jazz, classical, or the avant-garde. The art rock

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