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Waiting For Nothing



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I had to go to court today to testify against the guy who attacked me last week. Cost $16 to park, and I waited around for hours before they told me that the case has been pushed back a week or so. Awesome; I'll be in Tacoma for work then. While waiting though, i constructed this "Dark Ambient" piece on my laptop with Audacity. Started out on Reaper, but wanted to make music and not read a manual. First time I ever made music in a courthouse.

There are no instruments in this piece (aside from a piano thing i cut apart and re-arranged). It's all just sounds that are processed to death, and I included a snippet of Buds composition "Phenomenon" for a few seconds. It was in my iTunes and gave the "song" a major key feel for a moment.

This is similar to Stars of the Lid and Dead Texan. If you don't like droning wandering sounds, you may not like this. But it's not abrasive at all (very mellow actually).
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Uploaded: Apr 22, 2008 - 12:49:28 AM
Last Updated: Apr 22, 2008 - 12:49:28 AM Last Played: Jul 25, 2019 - 09:11:36 AM
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HP laptop (my work computer), massive amounts of boredom
Audacity, a bunch of samples I found on the laptop and manipulated, a lot of delay
Feter said 4200 days ago (April 22nd, 2008)
Waiting For Nothing
you shared us ...such times ..that I personaly
felt them ..dunno why ..I m living hard time ..
so sometimes you can just think of a sound that
might describe that ...you nailed it bro ..
thnx for sharin !!
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rsorensen said 4200 days ago (April 22nd, 2008)
haha this is so weird... i'm working on one right now that sounds a lot like this. just sat down to add the piano actually. I'll send you a link to the WIP for kicks.
Anyway, I really like what you've done here! Nothing's overdone or contrived and I really like it when everything drops but the piano. Very cool piece.
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LunaTrick said 4200 days ago (April 22nd, 2008)
like the tension throughout - and especially the way it ends.
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said 4200 days ago (April 22nd, 2008)
Oh dear!!!!
I feel your great anger Like A
Silent Scream which is what one of my poems are called. But I hear Anger Frustration. Now it appears I have come to save the Day. I was thinking of you and that you have the same name as one of my sons called Michael. I strongy recommend that you go listen to my song that I have just uploaded
Called Michael Dedicated to My son/ with you in mind also. It is calming and relaxng and it should do you good. I hope.
He has no idea yet and he will be so surprised which is why I am here now I was thinking of you also my dear truly I was. INDEED!!!
it will ease your pain a little I promise you as It was talking to yourself
why I decided to dedicate this song to my son.
For reasons that you may never know.
Maybe One day ! Ok

Peace love and respect my dear freind.
Dee xxx

vbluesky said 4200 days ago (April 22nd, 2008)
nice ambience
I've been away for awhile, what guy and why were you attacked?.....sounds like the beginning of a triology CD set....hope everything works out for you....BlueSky
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markoo said 4200 days ago (April 22nd, 2008)
I love this textured piece. Michael I had no idea you were attacked. Hope your OK and working it out. Creating music's is very therapeutic
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said 4200 days ago (April 22nd, 2008)
captures the vibe perfectly. Fine work! DL thanks.
bud said 4200 days ago (April 22nd, 2008)
Beautiful Michael -
the cut off piano notes are genius. I dod hear Phenomenon in there - nice use of the track. Great arc to this piece.
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magnatone said 4200 days ago (April 22nd, 2008)
Waiting for Nothing
Michael - you just slay me. This is amazing, I'm so glad you posted the story behind it - can't believe you put this together while sitting at the courthouse. This is terrific! Sorry your court date got pushed back - hope they don't drag this on forever.
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MarkHolbrook said 4200 days ago (April 22nd, 2008)
Music should strike fire from the heart of man, and bring tears from the eyes of woman.

Ludwig van Beethoven

*** This piece does all that and more!
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Diviner said 4200 days ago (April 22nd, 2008)
Cool track
Well it sounds like you used your boredom to good use, better then the $16. Well manipulated samples have produced a good piece. Goes to show your creativity with very little. Well done Michael.
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davisamerica said 4200 days ago (April 22nd, 2008)
right then michael
just a jail house knock off huh??? actually pretty cool ... nice slice, dice and mix work here michael .... hats off bro!
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said 4200 days ago (April 22nd, 2008)
Deliciously depressing...
You've captured something here. Dark ambient it is. Maybe you should go down to the courthouse on a regular basis!? My only complaint is that the length could easily be doubled. Austere, bleak, and an instant mood setter.
tokai said 4200 days ago (April 22nd, 2008)
story, I hope it all works out ok for you. The music kind of narrates that well, very nice listen.
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Reinholt56 said 4200 days ago (April 22nd, 2008)
Hi Michael....
This sort of music is what having a laptop is all about.

It's also another reason for not throwing any snippets of music you've done, away. You never know what you might need at another mixing session.

Great stuff.

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lavalamp said 4200 days ago (April 22nd, 2008)
Love the description
Soundtrack worthy, definitely. (Blade Runner-ish)

You did a really nice production job.

Slow down, I can't keep up.

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Moviz said 4200 days ago (April 22nd, 2008)
is a word I'd use. I admire your calmness in being able to compose something like this, under the duress of being in a Court Waiting Room. Very atmospheric indeed, regards M
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ritaville said 4200 days ago (April 22nd, 2008)
Tuth and Justice . . .
Brother Michael,

I%u2019m curious: which crime is this song a reaction to? The attack, or $16 for parking? Even though I%u2019m a radically left-wing humanist, and an optimist, I think the owner of that parking lot should be dealt with harshly: lethal injection.

Actually, you got off cheap. Interacting with the US judicial system and coming back with a work of art is better justice than most people get.

Good work!


Vic Holman said 4200 days ago (April 22nd, 2008)
Listened last night before bed
but to tired to log in and say how cool this came about.

now if no instruments where used.. then how in the heck did you create this? what is reaper? and is there anything lurking in my closet?

strangely dark and Judge Judy extreme

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Heightened said 4200 days ago (April 22nd, 2008)
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said 4199 days ago (April 23rd, 2008)
This one had me phase-shifting between alternate dimensions. I hate when that happens. I will have to tether myself to this dimension before I give it a second listen!

Very spooky/spacey Michael!

be well!
said 4197 days ago (April 25th, 2008)
You amaze me by your talent Mikey. Your work in that genre is also great.... Wonderful work and great sounds put together. KUDOS!

Take Care
- Yeman A. Al-Rawi
kingbee said 4197 days ago (April 25th, 2008)
If this is the product of a massive amount of boredom you should get bored more often.
Very atmospheric and strangely moving.
The birds are twittering outside my window and they fit into this piece brilliantly
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Alannah said 4196 days ago (April 25th, 2008)
Oooh I'm a-scared now .....
... that goodness I am still in the middle of painting my basement and it's all cheery down here now ... cause had I been listening to this a few weeks ago when it was still very dark and gloomy .... I might have had to shave the teeny tiny little hairs off the back of my neck cause they wouldn't go back down .... that little piano in the middle is like the part where the crazy lost museum or theatre ghost makes his appearance ....
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rainfice said 4192 days ago (April 30th, 2008)
hahaha, you sir...
are a genius. This is awesome. Love the story of how it came about too. I love this kind of stuff. Very cool.
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Estella said 4190 days ago (May 2nd, 2008)
gorgeous soundscape to start, but then the way you cut off the ends of the piano lines, makes it a song. it just kills me!

a) I do not know the why or how of your attack, nor do I need to intrude on your life to wish you well, so good thoughts to you!
b) this piece, though it was created from boredom, expresses what I think to be the soundtrack to death row. I think of "Dancer in the Dark" when I hear this piece, which is why those cut piano lines chill me all the way through.
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