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This song is based around a sample that I took of my dish washer. The sample starts out simple enough and then gets more chopped up at the end. The song evolved from there. Also in this song is a new pedal I got that is a photo theremin. You change the pitch of the theremin based on how much light is hitting the sensor. Another interesting thing is that nothing was quantized in this song! I've gotten criticism in the past that some of my productions sound too robotic so I tried to be a bit more organic on this one. Thanks for listening and please leave a comment good or bad!
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No lyrics, it's an instrumental!
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Uploaded: Nov 17, 2009 - 10:42:26 AM
Last Updated: Nov 17, 2009 - 10:42:26 AM Last Played: Jan 21, 2018 - 12:43:12 AM
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Hardware:
Electro-Faustus EF102 Photo Theremin, Zoom H2 for recording my dish washer. M-Audio Oxygen 8 v2., Presonus Firepod, iMac.
Software:
Record
Comments
Char said 3014 days ago (November 17th, 2009)
Does the
dishwasher sound different on different wash cycles? What about a duet of dish washer and clothes washing machine? The theremin is wild.
Reminded me of an organ grinder. (Ooh, that sounds nasty.) It has a forlorn quality but also a bit of anticipation. I like it. Thanks.
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MannequinRaces said 3014 days ago (November 17th, 2009)
Lost At Sea
Hi Char! Thanks for checking this one out. My dish washer sounds pretty much the same. The other cycles aren't as rhythmic. You can get different sounds out of it by changing up how many dishes clank against each other. My clothes washer is pretty boring. Maybe a duet with the clothes dryer. The photo theremin is very hard to control. It is extremely sensitive. Very hard to play musical passages on it! You're dead on about the forlorn quality. Glad you pointed it out. Thanks again!
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Feter said 3014 days ago (November 17th, 2009)
Lost At Sea
I admire new ideas and using your dish washer
machine to produce a sound that help your musical
idea to evolve this is cool ...nice sound track
thnx alot for sharin !!!!
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MannequinRaces said 3014 days ago (November 17th, 2009)
Lost At Sea
As always Feter thanks for checking this song out. I find it's good to sometimes exit my comfort zone and try new things. Sometimes exciting things happen.
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said 3010 days ago (November 21st, 2009)
household items
I'm a big fan of using things to add in to music. I've thought of the washer/dryer, but haven't gotten around to recording them.

The washer here has a "trudging" cadence that could also be used in a scape of marching soldiers in a swamp...

maybe check these of mine out sometime?

http://www.macjams.com/song/47559

http://www.macjams.com/song/47633

. - Harold


MannequinRaces said 3007 days ago (November 25th, 2009)
Mad Man
'Marching soldiers in a swamp!' I like that mental image. I'm off to check yours out in a bit. Thanks for listening and commenting Harold!
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smokey bacon jnr said 3007 days ago (November 24th, 2009)
I like that
that sounds great! If you hadn't mentioned washing machines, I would been really puzzled by that sound, but it goes well with that deep cello tone you get presumably from the theramin? Nice compostion - and doesn't Record make it sound crystal clear too.
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MannequinRaces said 3007 days ago (November 25th, 2009)
Lost At Sea
The deep cello tone that you refer is a harmonium from the Abbey Roads refill. Yes, Record does make things nice and crisp. I'm still learning the in's and outs but I love have the EQ and compression all in the channel strip! I also used a bit of master bus compression. The theremin sound is the wobbly tone that goes really high at the end. Thanks for listening and commenting!
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mikkinylund said 3000 days ago (December 1st, 2009)
I believe...
...this is the first one I am fortune to listen to from you. And, it's awesome! I like the creativity, which makes it unique. Has a bit of Sigur Ros flavor it, but that's just good. I love this. Very different!
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MannequinRaces said 3000 days ago (December 1st, 2009)
Lost At Sea
Cool. Glad you liked it! I've been meaning to pick up the Sigur Ros CD. That type of music seems to be up my alley. Thanks for listening and commenting. Have a look at my back catalog and I'll check yours out also!
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Boundless said 3000 days ago (December 1st, 2009)
What creativity
Quite a soundscape.
Fascinating.

Merci !
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MannequinRaces said 3000 days ago (December 1st, 2009)
Lost At Sea
Awesome! Thanks for checking this out and commenting! Glad you liked the soundscape!
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VicDiesel said 3000 days ago (December 1st, 2009)
Swish swash
If a toy boat winds up in a washing machine, that is probably what it'd hear.

Cool track, and a creative idea.
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MannequinRaces said 3000 days ago (December 2nd, 2009)
Lost At Sea
Awesome! Thinks for listening and commenting! Hmm, maybe I'll have to throw random objects in my machine to see what kind of sounds I can get! Better not, I'll probably void the warranty if I throw some crazy stuff!
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michael2 said 3000 days ago (December 1st, 2009)
my god
that is amazing. i am completely blown away by this (and on my 4th listen). i love how you blended the synthetic with the organic. such a great melody and sound from the harmonium, and the production touches are perfect: the synth and theremin bits are subtle and add a touch of chaos, while the dishwasher keeps the beat down. i really like the first synth that comes in and abruptly ends with the cymbal crash. this is a great direction for you. if i can make one suggestion: I think it would be really cool if the abrupt ending of the song were dry and had no delay tailing off. but that's just me; the song is as good as it gets.
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MannequinRaces said 3000 days ago (December 2nd, 2009)
Lost At Sea
Thanks for the fantastic comment Michael! It's funny you mention the end because I was wrestling in my head whether or not I should keep the delay tail or chop it off! I tried cutting it off but it didn't sound quite right. On this song I really enjoyed mixing the organic with the synthetic! I definitely want to incorporate more of that into my future songs!
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jiguma said 2999 days ago (December 2nd, 2009)
I've often thought
about the opportunities of combining samples from real life as loops in music, but my style doesn't lend itself all that readilly. This is a really interesting piece of music Adam - it creates a real "sea shanty" feel, and you carry this off very well indeed. If organic was an aim, then I think you've definitely succeeded here. Easy to get that underwater feel. I'd have loved it to be longer so I could "immerse" myself in the sound for longer.
I really enjoyed this one - thanks!
Neil
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MannequinRaces said 2999 days ago (December 3rd, 2009)
Lost At Sea
Thanks for the great comments Neil. I toyed with the idea of making it longer but I didn't want to ruin a good thing. I view it more as an experiment rather than a 'song' but I do like short songs that get a musical idea across quickly. I think you should break out of your comfort song and incorporate some samples from your surroundings! You do live close to the ocean, right?!
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michaelkoppenheffer said 2999 days ago (December 2nd, 2009)
Any song that starts with a dishwasher
Is a winner with me... And I think you did well by not quantizing; this does indeed feel like an organic piece of music. (And almost too short...though it forces me to listen to it again:)
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MannequinRaces said 2999 days ago (December 3rd, 2009)
Lost At Sea
Thanks for listening and commenting! Yeah, it's really hard not to push the quantize button! It is a bit short but repeat listens help!
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Doadars Uncle said 2999 days ago (December 2nd, 2009)
Wow Adam
I LOVE how this develops. I like how you pulled the parts together. It really has a sense of desolation. It's kind of twisted and I like that!
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MannequinRaces said 2999 days ago (December 3rd, 2009)
Lost At Sea
Thanks for listening Doug! Glad you like it. Definitely has a feeling of desolation. The slow tempo and the churning sound just made me write a sort of sad melody line!
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particledots said 2998 days ago (December 4th, 2009)
nice experiment
works well
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MannequinRaces said 2998 days ago (December 4th, 2009)
Lost At Sea
Thanks for listening and commenting!
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lengold said 2988 days ago (December 13th, 2009)
What a great use
for a dishwasher, mine is definitely no good at cleaning dishes.
Very imaginative and creative, enjoyed.
Cheers
Len

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MannequinRaces said 2979 days ago (December 22nd, 2009)
Ha
Yeah, mines not the best at cleaning dishes either! Thanks for checking this one out Len.
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SmokeyVW said 2971 days ago (December 30th, 2009)
deep
oh yeah - very organic

i like the water associations - very nice

i wish it had gone on to more depth - but that's ok

thank


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MannequinRaces said 2971 days ago (December 30th, 2009)
Lost At Sea
Thanks a lot for listening and commenting! I appreciate it!
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falcef said 2965 days ago (January 5th, 2010)
Lost At Sea
Salve ho ascoltato questo bel brano ha del classico che fa riflettere dei fondali marini immensi, mi sono venute in mente le immersioni subaque.
Very good complimentis
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MannequinRaces said 2963 days ago (January 8th, 2010)
Lost At Sea
Excellent! Thanks for listening and commenting! I believe your comment translated in English is something like:

"You hello I listened to this fine piece has some classic that does to reflect some marine backdrops immense, I have come in mind the immersions subaque."

Thanks again!

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Dharma_Logos said 2931 days ago (February 8th, 2010)
Even after reading your description...
I still have no idea how this music was made. But it is creative, beautiful, soothing, and thoroughly enjoyable.
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MannequinRaces said 2930 days ago (February 10th, 2010)
Lost At Sea
Awesome! Thanks for the great comment. I'm usually asking people how something was crafted but it's nice to be on the other side of the fence for once!
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curtithird said 2931 days ago (February 8th, 2010)
very unique and epic
It's relaxing, and I love the dishwasher thing lol
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MannequinRaces said 2930 days ago (February 10th, 2010)
Lost At Sea
Thanks for listening and commenting! I'm glad that you find it relaxing! Also glad that you dig the dishwasher.
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ectoplasm said 2931 days ago (February 8th, 2010)
mellow
very nice
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MannequinRaces said 2930 days ago (February 10th, 2010)
Lost At Sea
Thanks for listening and commenting!
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Demeter7 said 2899 days ago (March 13th, 2010)
The poor
downtrodden dishwasher army, slogging through the greasy breakfast dishes...soulful, almost heart rending. You are good. :)
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MannequinRaces said 2898 days ago (March 13th, 2010)
Lost At Sea
My dishwasher never gets that much of a workout! I'd say it performs light duty. Thanks for listening and commenting! ;)
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Symphony101 said 2889 days ago (March 22nd, 2010)
Definitely good :-)
What a creativity !Listening to your dishwasher and saying "hey, I can make music from this ..." is quite something. And the outcome is very nice to listen to. It makes me think of the beginning of Pink Floyd's Money, but as far as I know, it was "planned". Yours is spontanous, genuine, and creative.
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MannequinRaces said 2889 days ago (March 23rd, 2010)
Lost At Sea
That's a great comment! Thanks for stopping by and listening and commenting. I think it's super that it reminded you of Pink Floyd's Money (love that song)!
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drakonis said 2889 days ago (March 22nd, 2010)
I sense intense...
This was cool... starts off simply, and the increasing choppiness of the water sound helps create interest, and the bellows-organ sound was cute, but then began to get a little intriguing, and then downright ominous as the theremin came in and started increasing the tension as it slowly warned us by starting to go off the charts, just in time for everything to suddenly get cut off!

....

OK, I am still down here, holding my breath... hello? Anybody hear me?

I remember inventing and building light-sensitive synthesizers (simple ones) as a kid in the garage... wish I had kept some, they made the coolest toys. I've now pretty much forgotten all my old transister and IC skillz, I've gone soft(ware.) Oh well.

Fun music story, and really "clean" sound from the dishwasher!
ttfn,
Drakonis
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MannequinRaces said 2889 days ago (March 23rd, 2010)
Lost At Sea
Hehe, glad you though my dishwasher sound was 'clean!' I'm still working on sampling and getting good source material to work with.

Yeah, I know it's a bit short! Jeesh, all my songs are just short experiments that I spend hours crafting (not sure if that's good or bad).

Heck yeah! Light synths would be sweet. I've been trying to learn electronics to build stomp boxes but the theory and mathematics is just putting me to sleep. I'm appreciating that others can do it so I can concentrate on writing some tunes.

I always enjoying your comments sir! Thanks for stopping in!
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michaeljayklein said 2881 days ago (March 30th, 2010)
Now that is creativity at work!
Who'd ever think to get inspiration from their dish washer?! This was wonderful--very impressive Adam! Keep up the fine work! Michael
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MannequinRaces said 2881 days ago (March 31st, 2010)
Lost At Sea
Thanks for stopping by and listening/commenting Michael! I find I can get inspired by really strange things some times!
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ted23 said 2879 days ago (April 1st, 2010)
super
nautical!
You captured that so well. For some reason i'm thinking moby dick. With a peg-legged sailor playing his accordion.
Far out stuff!
MannequinRaces said 2879 days ago (April 1st, 2010)
Lost At Sea
Awesome! I'm glad the song conjures up images for you. Now I'm thinking of Moby Dick when I listen to it. Great reference. Thanks for listening and commenting!
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