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SHORT VERSION

The main riff to this song had been collecting dust in an audio bin for awhile, and honestly, it was dying a slow and lonely death. However, two Macjammers (unbeknownst to them) helped to save this riff from almost certain death, and consequently, it now lives happily as a song here on MJ.

The first musical EMT that helped revive this riff was Ravens. Her electro-pop sensation “KARMA” was so powerful, and that opening bass synth so driving and sexy, I became immediately inspired to continue working on my riff. After laying down a few accompanying tracks and learning Ultrabeat (I still can’t play drums due to my surgery), I started thinking about what the song should be about and what the vibe should be (this will be covered ad nauseam in the “long version”).

That’s when the second musical EMT arrived on the scene, namely jgurner. “Tear Them Down” displayed such raw emotion and frustration with what’s going wrong in the world, it resonated with my own frustration and sense of “understanding” that humanity is moving in the wrong direction (whatever that means). I knew then the vibe I wanted to go with.

So, thanks to the two of you (and many others) who had an influence on my thinking. This song is a testament to all of our music being influential, and therefore, important. Although this song is a completely opposite perspective on God and spirituality than my previous song, it is still the second song in a row that deals with this subject matter. I don’t know why that is, but something’s inside and needs to come out. I hope it does with this one.

EDIT: After posting this song, I A/B'd it against my original MP3 in iTunes, and a lot of my low end has been lost after uploading. It has way more punch in it's original form. Looks like I'm going to have to invest in mastering software that optimizes for compression streaming.

For those of you who are still actually reading and want to be tortured further with my musings, please read on.



LONG VERSION

Disclaimer: the subject matter is about God, but not necessarily any specific God. The song image is not meant to annoy anyone, I just have always thought that saying was a bit oxymoronic. I do not intend to promote or discount any religion, segment of society, or anything like that; this is just an exploration of ideas and “what if’s,” nothing more.

During the first week of the multiple disasters in Japan, I was reading online reports from various news outlets across the country about the terrible suffering and loss of life. But while the articles were amazingly sad, I began to notice the local news headlines that were placed on the sidebars of the various news sites. What I found shocked and sickened me even more than the tragedies in Japan. Story after story of people committing unspeakable acts against each other, animals, and nature; people young and old, rich or poor…there just wasn’t any rhyme or reason to it. It wasn’t that I didn’t know evil exists in the world (I grew up in SoCal, after all), but the sheer magnitude of atrocities that seem to occur regularly, yet don’t even seem to make a blip on the news anymore???!!! It’s like these acts of violence are just being accepted as part of living in a “modern” society. Well, I was having a hard time accepting that.

Couple the above with the bread and circuses we surround ourselves with daily: greed, consumerism, the sex and violence that passes for entertainment, entitlement, power, etc…and it’s not a giant leap for some to stop and ask themselves, “what happened to us and what IS going to happen to us in the future?” It seems as if mankind has lost its sense of its larger purpose. Instead, it has created its own petty purposes that on the surface may seem to lead to somewhere, but certainly not to our larger purpose.

So as I was pondering these questions and the apparent moral decaying of society at large (gratuitous statement, perhaps), I wondered what God thought about all this nonsense going on down here on earth. If a God really did create the universe and everything in it, then surely he/she/it put us here on earth for a reason, yes? Surely there was something great (or at least mediocre) we were meant to achieve collectively as an “intelligent” species. Surely we weren’t supposed to be doing the types of things I was reading about on those news sidebars, right?

Well, what if after a few thousand years of modern man’s existence on earth God finally gave up on humanity? Seriously. What if after ions of giving clues to mankind as to the nature of reality and our purpose in it, after giving countless second chances, repeatedly granting forgiveness as we continued to turn our collective backs on him, he just couldn’t watch it anymore. What if one day he was reading those same sickening news sidebars I was and just said “Fuck it. I’m done.”? What would that look like to us? A devastating earthquake? A tsunami? Man-made disasters? A further moral decaying? I’m not talking Biblical punishment here, I’m talking about a God walking away from a bad idea.

Well, that was the inspiration for the song, but I guess we’ll all just have to wait and see how this whole humanity experiment thingy works out. Good luck to all of you.

Sorry if the above came off as preachy; it wasn’t meant to be. It’s just an exploration of thought.
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Lyrics
So you thought me down and out
Turned your back, confirmed your doubt
Washed up, burnt out, a legend of lies
Useless, boring, a big waste of time

Thought you had it figured out
You burned our love, took the easy way out
Got your rocks, your needle and vial
Wasted, tasteless, a bon vivant style

The clues were there to set you free
But you ignored that reality
Eyes, closed, tuned out, master your fate
You asked for forgiveness a little too late

Well by now I'll bet you've guessed
It's not good news, it's a whole lot less
Angry, vengeful, filled with regret
Destroy it, erase it, my patience is spent

Let there be light
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Uploaded: Apr 03, 2011 - 05:42:09 PM
Last Updated: Apr 05, 2011 - 08:17:58 PM Last Played: Mar 22, 2017 - 03:57:08 AM
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alackbass said 2303 days ago (April 3rd, 2011)
Good News
I love the heavy techno vibe! Has that thick NIN atmosphere! The overdriven vocal sections help to drive home that vibe!
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Corporal Beef said 2303 days ago (April 3rd, 2011)
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Thanks. I wasn't sure about the vocal effect, but it sounded a little boring without it.
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RAVENS said 2303 days ago (April 3rd, 2011)
Synthy Goodness
Whoa, this is right up my alley. Love the synths man, this has such a cool 80's vibe. Your vocals are awesome on this, I like the effects you used on them throughout the song, nice touch. Dig the intensity around the 4:30 mark, kick a$$!

Very cool to know my song inspired you, means a lot to me. Thanks for the shout-out. This song ROCKS!

RAVEN ;-)
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Corporal Beef said 2303 days ago (April 3rd, 2011)
It's true
...about your song. Thanks for the nice comments, especially on my vocals. I don't consider myself a vocalist AT ALL, but I still enjoy taking the mic now and again.

Cheers
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magnatone said 2303 days ago (April 3rd, 2011)
Good News
jason, this is fabulous! thanks for both the short version and the long version in your description. this kicks butt big time sir!
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Corporal Beef said 2303 days ago (April 3rd, 2011)
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You're the bomb, Karen. thanks for your support. =)

Cheers
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J_Gretch said 2303 days ago (April 3rd, 2011)
Rich
Man this is tasty rich,,,So many textures and layers,and that pause at the 2:50 mark is badass.
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Corporal Beef said 2303 days ago (April 3rd, 2011)
Badass
I just dig that word, badass. I don't know why...it just rolls so nicely off the tongue. Anyway, thanks for taking the time to listen and comment.
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jgurner said 2303 days ago (April 3rd, 2011)
That's what I'm talkin' about!
Glad I could help spread the anger just a bit. :)

Man, this rocks. It just grabs you by the throat and keeps on moving. Some truly great noises in there and I'm right there with you with the lyrics and sentiment.

Great one. This one is coming to live in my iPod!
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Corporal Beef said 2303 days ago (April 3rd, 2011)
Thank you
...for helping with this song. If I had an edgier voice (like your vocal on Tear Them Down), I would have used it here, but I don't. I had to make up for it with lots of synths! Thanks for your nice comments.

Cheers!
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drakonis said 2302 days ago (April 3rd, 2011)
It ain't gonna happen AGAIN...
I wandered around and found this, even though it tried to get buried... I agree that the bass got watered down a bit, but it still has a lot of wiggle and punch. This started out like something by G. Morodor, but got a little more new-wave-punky. I cannot say I "like" the underlying message, but I appreciate it and have had many a similar thought and am in sympathetic agreement with you, and I think you delivered it well.
ttfn,
Drakonis
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Corporal Beef said 2300 days ago (April 5th, 2011)
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Thanks for digging this up and listening! I don't like the underlying message either!
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woofer3 said 2302 days ago (April 4th, 2011)
Good News
I have absolutely no idea why but the start of this reminded me of 'Till the following night - by Screaming Lord Sutch and the Savages.

I always like music like this, it's different and so uncompromisisng.

Very much enjoyed.

PS. glad you saved the riff..
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Corporal Beef said 2300 days ago (April 5th, 2011)
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Ha! I totally agree about 'Til the Following Night'. Now I'm always gonna think of that song when I listen to this one. Thanks for dropping by.
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papag said 2301 days ago (April 4th, 2011)
synth city
Cool stuff. The drive in this song is definitely there. Loved it in headphones and will be blasting it in the monitors too.

Thanks for the download :)
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Corporal Beef said 2300 days ago (April 5th, 2011)
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Glad you dropped by. I wish the low end didn't get lost in the upload, but I learned something from the process. Don't hurt your ears listening too loud!
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VicDiesel said 2301 days ago (April 4th, 2011)
Heavy stuff
Great sounds. That point at 2:50 where you add some more instruments is gloriously done.

Hm. Electronica with vocals is never my favourite combination, but this is as good as I've heard them.
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Corporal Beef said 2300 days ago (April 5th, 2011)
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Thanks for your comments, Vic. Electronica isn't my fav genre, but it's fun to explore every once in awhile. I do love synths..
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racerat said 2301 days ago (April 5th, 2011)
Good News
We all have been needing some good news lately. Fun and intense mid-day workweek break. Dug all the commentary about where the inspiration was slipping away to and how it was reclaimed by listening to other inspiring MJers' great story and a real lesson to be learned about our little "communi-cosm" here.
RR
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Corporal Beef said 2300 days ago (April 5th, 2011)
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Thanks for dropping by. I agree, there's a lot we can learn from each other here on MJ and in life.

Cheers!
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PeterB7858 said 2301 days ago (April 5th, 2011)
Uncompromising
Hi Jason. The premise is dark and uncompromising and it is backed up by this edgy, high intensity synth dominated track. Forget about any generic god, let's hope that we (humanity) don't give up on ourselves or things are going to get far more ugly. The calmness and patience that the Japanese people have displayed (from what I can tell via the media) is cause for hope. Regards, Peter.
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Corporal Beef said 2300 days ago (April 5th, 2011)
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God or no God, we have to help each other in order to survive. A great observation about the Japanese people. Their grace under pressure is a model for the world to follow.
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dave_b said 2300 days ago (April 5th, 2011)
Good News
I like the concept behind the song and the lyric explores the subject well. Complementary retro 80's sound choices, cool fx, I like the sirens, sounds like its about to hit the fan. Vocals sound fine.
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Corporal Beef said 2297 days ago (April 9th, 2011)
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Thanks for dropping by and taking a listen! I appreciate your comments.
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egobandit said 2300 days ago (April 6th, 2011)
I read
all the way untill the discliamer, that is a great synth riff, was it made on reason, anyway an instant download!
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Corporal Beef said 2297 days ago (April 9th, 2011)
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Thanks a heap!
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finkeldink said 2299 days ago (April 6th, 2011)
Man
Is this cool.

I really dig the hard heavy driving beat!
Listened on headphones which I normally don't do, but it was way cool on the phones.

Very cool vox. I dig the saturation effect on the repeat vocals.
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Corporal Beef said 2297 days ago (April 9th, 2011)
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Thanks a heap fastedd....um, I mean finkeldink. Looking forward to hearing your "debut."
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bud said 2294 days ago (April 12th, 2011)
Massive attack
really excellent in the phones - love the Thomas Dolby synth at 3 minutes - nice touch.
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Soundhound said 2271 days ago (May 5th, 2011)
Very Nice......
Got that techno thing going on, just a little harsh for my ears, but it's
well done good story lyrically.....


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jiguma said 2247 days ago (May 29th, 2011)
Interesting ideas
and a great post. Clean and clear production and classy musicianship make this a really good listen.
Cheers from Oz,
Neil
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cyt said 2247 days ago (May 29th, 2011)
AWWyeahhh
I totally just booty klapped to the idea of an indifferent higher power.
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sewer rod said 2247 days ago (May 29th, 2011)
Awesome!
Totally dig the 80's vibe to this! Man, This is just as good-if not better than the stuff I used to tape off the radio when I was a kid!
Awesome job, thanks for sharing.
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Six-Nail-Coffin said 2222 days ago (June 23rd, 2011)
Growly.
Reminds me of Aphex twin mixed with NIn. That's a GOOD thing. Love this.
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PaulaMunk said 2221 days ago (June 24th, 2011)
Badass
to the max. I was energized. And I've been up all night. Thanks, Jason.
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Loob said 2213 days ago (July 2nd, 2011)
Has a sinister sound man!
Could easily be on a movie soundtrack! Dig it!
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grah3am said 2194 days ago (July 21st, 2011)
Futurama
Good news, everybody, we be doomed! So let's dance! Exciting stuff, Corporal.
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JAB24 said 2187 days ago (July 27th, 2011)
Good news
Great 80s sound. Music is how we express our opinion wether the listener agrees or disagrees with the message.
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Alex215 said 2156 days ago (August 28th, 2011)
WOW
Very cool. It belongs in an action movie. I'm glad you resurrected the riff. The production is so crisp and professional. I hope to be at that level one day.
Salud
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Just an old punker trying to navigate his way through the world of MIDI, exploring new writing styles and making stuff up as I go along. My continuing mission: to explore all genres of music; to seek out strange sounds and messed up beats; to bol... [see more]

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Electropop (also called Technopop) is a subgenre of synth pop music which flourished during the early 1980s, although the first recordings were made in the late 1970s. Numerous bands have carried on the electropop tradition into the 1990s and 2000s.

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