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Club Anthropo Scene


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Doug Somers

 Genre: Dance-Club

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First, let me say that I feel remiss in not being around this site very much in the last while. It seems that I have been on the road or otherwise out of the house/studio a lot. Also, those projects I have been working on while home are collaborations which are only now starting to be released (a game score, a film score, and an album).

The album, Cafe de la Vida, is now released. It is a project spearheaded by a friend and fellow musician, Pat Walsh, who lives down the street (imagine that!). He put the concept for the album together and brought in the talent he wanted to fill out his vision. I was quite flattered and pleased to be asked to contribute.

The song posted here is the second last one on the album. It is done in a club-influenced pop style and is about the current 'age' of the earth (the Anthopocene) where mankind is having marked negative effects on our home - yet, as members of the 'club' we deny the magnitude of our impact and dance on.

Pat wrote the lyrics then handed them to me for melody ideas saying he was looking for a euro-pop kind of feel. I drafted something up entirely with Logic Pro X synths and passed it back to Pat. We threw out my first melody since we agreed on a less minor feel for the verse but kept the chorus. We wanted a bridge and talked about climate change deniers, so in adding one I changed the style in that section to be more about the calming messages that we get about everything being OK (and offered Pat a few new lines of lyrics for the bridge). I also stole a page from Simon and Garfunkel's Six O'clock news and underlined the music with an audio track from a debate between Neil deGrasse Tyson, Bill Maher and Bob Lutz.

I wrote a new verse structure to match the meter Pat wanted to use with his lyrics and left the space for him to create a melody, fiddled with things in the intro and extro, and went back and forth with Pat on other things we noticed that could be improved. Fortunately, in the midst of this, Apple released the synth Alchemy as an update to Logic Pro. This gave a me huge selection of additional sounds over and above the ones I had from the version of Alchemy before Apple bought Camel Audio. Pat sang along in each iteration with refinements of his performance which we rolled into rough mixes. He asked Julia Redfern (who sings on other tracks in the album) to join him for the song when he had most everything worked out and she added harmonies and her own magic to the performances.

The other key person in this song is our engineer, Sébastien Perry (www.sebastienperry.com). Seb artfully brought everything to a polished whole and who had many great production edits and suggestions to improve the song. He also mastered the album.

If you want to download a free version of the song in other formats, or are curious about the rest of the album, you can find it here at Pat's BandCamp page:

https://pjwalsh.bandcamp.com

Cover art is by Alba Francomb (www.albafrancomb.com).

Here are the lyrics:

Club Anthropo Scene

Written & Performed by p.j. walsh (vocals), Julia Redfern (vocals) and Doug Somers (everything else)

Have you heard that there’s a hot new place in town?
Beautiful people come from miles around
Private jets landing at the strip
Give not a second thought to make the trip

The journey to get here kicked off years ago
One percent set the trend for all you know
Cars, buses, trucks, Hummer limousines
Got us all to Club Anthropo Scene

Welcome to the club
Welcome to the club
Welcome to the club
Welcome to the club
Club Anthropo Scene

Pack more bodies inside the hotter it gets
See the CO2 fog and you start to sweat
But DJ Nero keeps spinning his tunes
Tonight we leave this club in ruins

If your dance floor footprint gets too small
Or off the carbon wagon you won’t fall
Petro the bouncer will get quite mean
And blacklist you from Club Anthropo Scene

Welcome to the club
Welcome to the club
Welcome to the club
Welcome to the club

Welcome to the club
Welcome to the club
Welcome to the club
Welcome to the club
Club Anthropo Scene

It’s all right
It’s OK
You’ll be fine now
You’ll be great
You’ll be fine now

Bill Maher v. Bob Lutz debate excerpted from youtube post from “Real Time with Bill Maher”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I0leiwOx6w0

Don’t complain that your drink costs a tidy sum
Had to burn those forests just to make your rum
If you start to be a drama queen
Or to the left you start to lean
Worst case is your skin turns green
You’ll be asked to leave Club Anthropo Scene

(are you) Welcomed at the club?
(you’re not) Welcomed at the club
Welcome to the club
Welcome to the club

Welcome to the club
Welcome to the club
Welcome to the club
Welcome to the club
Club Anthropo Scene
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Plays: 48
Downloads: 5
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Uploaded: Sep 16, 2015 - 09:42:49 AM
Last Updated: Sep 16, 2015 - 09:51:41 AM Last Played: Aug 10, 2017 - 04:33:20 PM
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Comments
Bowman said 824 days ago (September 16th, 2015)
Over
the past few years some fine musicians seemed to have given up on Macjams so it’s particularly cool to have one of its best return. And what a return it is. This is not the Doug Summers I knew, but a retooled and ready for the club scene with a catchy hot number. What a fun project this must have been to work on. It’s quite ambitious and very successful.

About two minutes in you start a recurring bouncing rhythm that’s totally infectious. The structure works for me and though it’s longish it never overstays its welcome. Love the album art too.
Welcome back my friend. The good times are back.
Charlie
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Doug Somers said 823 days ago (September 16th, 2015)
Not gone and not forgotten either!!
Charlie my man. It seems like years - and it has been probably about one! Your welcome is warm and rich and is a great way to be "re-integrated" into the fold. Many thanks my friend for your gracious comments. I will admit that this is not my standard fare of composition but it was nevertheless fun, has a sincere message from Pat's lyrics, and it was a stretch from my usual fare. BTW, the rest of the album is not electronica at all, and I will post at least one other piece (funk style) next week if I remember.

Keep well and I'll be off for more listening on your page....
Check out my latest song called Coming Home - Based on a Theme by David Kneupper
Henke said 822 days ago (September 17th, 2015)
Welcome back to the MJ club
You may have been away for awhile but you seem to have been busy making music, and after all that's what counts.

This piece of music is cool and fun and really makes your feet move, but listening to the great lyrics you kind of choke on it ;-) I get a BigFinish vibe from the vocals/lyrics (where you in that MJ-project with davisamerica et al?)

Still, I notice there's a happy grin on my face now, that wasn't there a few minutes ago :-) Looking forward to more examples from this album!

Thanks and take care,
Henke
Check out my latest song called Summer (Promenade) (WIP)
Doug Somers said 822 days ago (September 18th, 2015)
Thanks Henrik!
I'm pretty sure I wasn't part of the BigFinish project (but I was part of davbsamerica's Christmas Card project). I will have to look up what the Big Finish was about. Whilst away I wasn't working on as much music as I would have liked but then made choices to include other things so that's the trade-off.

So glad to have given you a grin and a little foot exercise. Thanks for having a listen and leaving your kind thoughts. Keep creating - no matter how small!!

Doug
Check out my latest song called Coming Home - Based on a Theme by David Kneupper
Henke said 794 days ago (October 16th, 2015)
Missed Big Finish?
Then you're in for a treat. Pretty much the best music project since The Who :-) Here is the link, and you should listen in the right order and preferably all in one (or two) session(s). Downloading helps :-)
Big Finish - enjoy! /Henrik
Check out my latest song called Summer (Promenade) (WIP)
PeterB7858 said 822 days ago (September 18th, 2015)
Club Anthropo Scene
Sounds great. The organic bass is counterpointed by the those squeaky synths. The chorus is catchy as get out. Sounds like a club for your more mature, sophisticated types. Nicely produced. Thanks, Peter.
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Doug Somers said 822 days ago (September 18th, 2015)
Thank you Peter
It's fun to play with synths but I'd say my leaning is still towards the ambient use of their sounds. Still, you have to match the composition to the book and in no way did I have any regrets about doing something more danceable. Glad you liked how this one worked out (and it's funny how it is almost a polar opposite to your Variations, which was lovely). Cheers.
Check out my latest song called Coming Home - Based on a Theme by David Kneupper
DWL said 822 days ago (September 18th, 2015)
Unexpected!
Nicely done Doug.

Great groove, sounds and lyrics.

Cheers

Dick


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Doug Somers said 822 days ago (September 18th, 2015)
Unexpected
I haven't done anything synth-y with this much of a beat before that I recall. Ambient stuff or something like that, yes, but this was a departure for me for sure. I liked the message that Pat wanted to convey, and he thought it best wrapped in something catchy and danceable rather than a dire warning from Speaker's Corner over ominous tones.

I'll make sure Pat hears about your feedback (and Seb our engineer too).
Check out my latest song called Coming Home - Based on a Theme by David Kneupper
Daugrin said 821 days ago (September 19th, 2015)
Club Scene Reimagined
Good to hear from you. The synth voice is outstanding.
Thanks for sharin' your with us here.

Daug
Check out my latest song called TCYB/U Got No Mind
Doug Somers said 821 days ago (September 19th, 2015)
Good to hear from you too Daug.
I know Pat and Julia will appreciate your kind words too. Thanks for having a listen!

Be well.
Check out my latest song called Coming Home - Based on a Theme by David Kneupper
sammydix said 821 days ago (September 19th, 2015)
Absolutely
LOVE the sound of the recording. Such a great production. I mentioned something about Kraftwerk and their cool organic sound in my recent post, and this is reminiscent. Love the variances in the song.
Check out my latest song called Vintage Blues
Doug Somers said 821 days ago (September 19th, 2015)
Kraft and sound
Seb is really good as an engineer. I take no credit for all the work he did with vocals treatment and everything else needed to polish this tune for release.

Interesting you mentioned Kraftwerk. I too like their music and in going for a Euro sound I think unconsciously ended up picking up a bunch of sounds and styles from over a decade or more. Pat's idea to partly sing partly speak was based on an idea we tossed around from a B-52s influence. That later naturally morphed into something a bit different which is what you hear in this cut.

Thanks for the support, man!
Check out my latest song called Coming Home - Based on a Theme by David Kneupper
Diviner said 585 days ago (May 11th, 2016)
Awesome
Lol! Loving the disco electro pop vibe. Very interesting and took me by surprise. I love suprises. Well done, great collab and fine work Doug
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Doug Somers said 395 days ago (November 17th, 2016)
Thanks Keith
After all the time I've driven to your music it's only fair to send something back your way. Cheers.
Check out my latest song called Coming Home - Based on a Theme by David Kneupper
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Name: Doug Somers
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I make music for pleasure, usually using a computer to create soundscapes around all kinds of music. I used to jam with a local celtic group, playing bodhran and 12 string guitar, but I find that my technical and live performance skills fall short o... [see more]

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