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Ain't No Way


Stun Nutz

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This project started with me contacting Joanna Sandsmark…I was interested in doing a collaboration with a vocalist I admired. All I asked of her was to record something “strange, offbeat, or psychedelic”. She graciously put down some vocals for me (lyrics and melody of her own design) set to a simple bass and drum loop. I took it from there... surrounding her vocals with eerie strings (clipped from Kronos Quartet’s performance of George Crumb’s “Black Angels part III: The Return), various distorted sound effects, additional layered drum loops, and other subtle surprises along the way. I wanted the piece to have a similar feel to Ken Nordine's far out jazz experiments from the 60's. Thanks Joanna for the great song!
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Ain't no way
Ain't no way to sift through sand
Ain't no way to count all the pebbles on the land
I feel... Ain't no way to drift on every droplet in the sea...
Ain't no way to count every tear I've shed
I've carried every burden, lifted every weight I could see
But it never ends, it never ends for me
Ain't no way to walk every step I must take
Ain't no way, Ain't no way, Ain't no way Ain't no way (repeat)
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Uploaded: Dec 21, 2004 - 01:38:06 PM
Last Updated: Dec 15, 2005 - 10:34:27 AM Last Played: Jul 08, 2019 - 08:52:10 PM
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_nderscore said 5411 days ago (December 21st, 2004)
i just love the the feedback sounds, the strings & the
heavy drum beats. joanna's singing sets everything up
wonderfully. great job of bringing the music from the
background to the foreground & back again-gives the
song a really nice feeling of depth, movement, &
reinforces joanna's vocals.. thanks for the advance listen ;)
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Sil-VER said 5411 days ago (December 21st, 2004)
I like it!
9 9 9 9
This song very very interesting...
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pooey said 5411 days ago (December 21st, 2004)
Tres Bien!
It's like Peggy Lee's "Fever" for the 21st century. Listen to
that voice--wowzeewowwowwow. The mix of music was
the perfect compliment too. This is what GB and MJ is all
about--the genus of two or more musical people, the
heart of untold more...

Okay, off the deep end there. Good job Stun & Joanna!
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Stun Nutz said 5410 days ago (December 22nd, 2004)
Tres Bien!
Hey - you are the second person to compare one of Joanna's songs to
Peggy Lee's "Fever"! Just thought you'd like to know. Thanks for the
compliments, too.
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Mr. EI Oval said 5411 days ago (December 22nd, 2004)
All 9's...
for originality and spunk!

Love the sounds and vocals you have created here. Nice
job. Great lyrics too.
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Cameron said 5410 days ago (December 22nd, 2004)
out there in a good way
Some cool effects on this track. The "eerie" Kronos strings
almost sound like a waterphone, which is supposed to
imitate whale-calls.

Joanna Sandmark's voice fits the accompaniment perfectly.

I liked the quickening percussion in the middle.

This piece, being rather innovative and far out, was a
good length -- not too short or too long. Stretching one's
ears requires a bit more energy, and I am grateful that this
piece didn't go on and on and on.....

Listening to pieces like this makes me want to BREAK OUT
of my more conservative musical instincts to write
something more adventurous! Thanks for sharing.
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Iseae said 5410 days ago (December 22nd, 2004)
Killer mood
Sounds like some of the percussion is peaking, not sure if
this was intentional, but I didn't much like it Other than
that, great song, killer mood.
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Stun Nutz said 5410 days ago (December 22nd, 2004)
Killer mood
Thanks for the comment, Iseae...part of the reason why the drums are
peaking is because I wanted them to be loud and distorted, but part of
the reason could also be that I am still figuring out how to master GB.
See also my response to rschletty's comment, below...
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Eccentrikamerika said 5410 days ago (December 22nd, 2004)
haunt me
now this is a wicked little lamb.
i love how this piece is so patient in opening itself
up- it's kind of got a bit of an ego, but don't all great
joanna's voice is like chocolate. i love it's soft,
croony, intimate moments- but when she kicks it up
a little, her voice shares that same detached
something that siouxsie always had. otherworldly.
40 lashes for this one, little man! great to hear
something truly original and fresh.
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hacked_to_pieces said 5410 days ago (December 22nd, 2004)
I'm Stuned
wow great job guys, I really like how you crafted the
different elements around Joanna's vocals. My favorite
part was when the violins kicked in which added and extra
layer of eeriness.
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said 5410 days ago (December 22nd, 2004)
Warm fuzzy
Pretty cool concoction. I like the smooth jazzy vocals and
the combination of measured and entropic sounds. As I
am always a stickler for sound quality, I have to drop
down a bit on Production Value due to the clipping (sound
distortion) that occurs here and there -- it's GarageBand's
fault! I'd like to hear this re-mastered in Logic Express. 9
Stun Nutz said 5410 days ago (December 22nd, 2004)
Warm fuzzy
About the production... I think I am addicted to distortion!!
Distortion and reverb... I'm like a chef who always has to add too much
garlic to everything. It was my intention to push the noise envelope in
areas. I like flirting with extremes. As a result, however, what sounds
tasty to me might be a little much for others. Thanks for the comment,
though, it is appreciated. It's good to have some constuctive criticism.
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said 5410 days ago (December 22nd, 2004)
Warm fuzzy
I respect that (about intentional distortion or living at the edges). It's just hard
to know what the intent is when listening to a piece before reading
Description and Comments. I like to listen with unbiased ears. Admittedly, I
am not as open to distortion and lo-fi as others. Even with my own GB songs,
what used to sound good to my ears now sounds sub-par. Am I becoming
too production-minded, too mainstream?

Stun Nutz said 5410 days ago (December 22nd, 2004)
Warm scuzzy
I think some people are naturally more production minded and/or some
people prefer things to sound more refined, or polished. A good deal of
it comes with experience as a musician, as well. I don't have much
experience, so part of my problem lies with that. I am not familiar with
how using different techniques, or making music with other software can
affect your outcome. However, I do tend to prefer music that sounds
rough around the edges, or "unpolished". That's why I like a lot of the
music on this site...and much of my favorite music has a noisy and lo-fi
sound. In fact, I am often suspicious of music that sounds too refined,
like a good deal of what is played on commercial radio, because it
sometimes seems like the creativity, or emotion, has been "filtered out"
or "watered down" so that it sells better. Now, I can't say that I dislike all
music that is polished, but for the most part, I do. So...does the desire
for things to sound more polished mean that you are becoming more
mainstream? Well, maybe, in a sense, but until the day comes that you
are making millions and having record companies and producers and
who knows what other demographic determining what your music
should sound like, I don't think you need to worry about it. One thing
that is so great about technology today is the lines between "amateur"
music and "professional" music have been fading away. More and more
people are creating "polished" music that still retains its raw creativity.
Whew...does all that make sense? What a ramble.
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said 5410 days ago (December 23rd, 2004)
Fuzzy scuzzy
Good analysis. I actually feel the way you do about unrefined creatvity versus
refined, safe, formulaic music. It's GarageBand vs. ClearChannel. May our raw
spirits prevail against the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune. On the
other hand, a small fortune for some of my tunes would be nice.

Peter Greenstone said 5402 days ago (December 30th, 2004)
very cool
It has a kind of Tom Waits taste to it but is still very
unique. I love it when I get to hear such original and
enjoyable tracks like this. The peaking of the drums is a
bit much for me though; it's too persistent. Perhaps let it
build to that level later.
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Joanna said 5400 days ago (January 1st, 2005)
Way to go!
I really like what you did with this, SN. It's very eerie, and

I'd also like to thank everyone who said such nice things
about the vocals and lyrics. This was a lot of fun to do.
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Kevin Apgar said 5398 days ago (January 3rd, 2005)
Eerie stuff there Nutz
Wow, that track just cuts through to my core. You can feel it beating inside you like a second heart.

I now have a new fave by you. Thanks E.
basil81 said 5344 days ago (February 27th, 2005)
Very very cool man
I had to say, this is really inventive stuff, and I really enjoyed how "rough around the edges" it sounded, and the vocalist was an excellent choice.
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said 5333 days ago (March 9th, 2005)
Even with...
the ocassional clipping, this is a cool song. I enjoyed it
very much. Thx.
allsaints said 5108 days ago (October 20th, 2005)
Enjoying your songs. Love the minimal quality. Reminds me of many of
the spoken word and theater experiments of the 1960's. Really like how
you don't drown out her voice. Although the drums and music do get
louder and distort and come to a "peak" of sorts, I never feel that it is
overpowering the vocals. In fact, I find both the music and words to walk
quite delicately around one another. Really, the song is a dance between
words and sounds; albiet to its own rhythm and beat. This one continues
to stay with me. I'll have to think further on it.
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Mcboy said 4964 days ago (March 13th, 2006)
how'd i miss this one....
extremely kool!..........................
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said 4636 days ago (February 4th, 2007)
This song is the bomb!
Hello SN!
This is how i got to know you, and admire your production skills. Very original too! Peeps at the other garageband site pointed me to this song, and rightfully so. This song is imho truly unique. The combination of jazz, vocals and distorted beats was and is astonishing. Top notch performance by the lot. The contra bass (as we call it in holland) in the track is very cool. If i could give any points, which i can't at the mo :-(, i would let it go off the scale. It inspired me and i listen to it like once every 2 weeks. And i have this track for quite a while!
Wicked pro stuff, i would love to hear more of this, but alas creativity takes one all over the place.
Please keep on giving the audience these masterpieces of originality and creativity. Now, I need to quit this sucking up;).
Fantastisch stun nutz!
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