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Nukes

By OleJazzer on September 20, 2020 6:35 pm

This tune is based on an event that happened to me in the late 1960's. I was just starting college and was invited to attend a 'protest' just outside town. I showed up out of curiosity since I had little information about it. Some people were being encouraged to protest a nuclear power plant construction. I asked what the alternative plan was so I would be able to construct a sign offering the alternative but that wasn't the purpose of the leader, a small very vocal blond woman who said we were only to shout "NO NUKES" emphatically while waving the signs. I actually did suggest signs supporting coal, wood, & candles which for no reason at all infuriated her and she told me in rather colorful language I wasn't allowed to participate so I left and that I was not "Progressive" enough for her whatever that meant at the time.

I used a guitar synth, and Arturia keyboard and layers some vocals.

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September 24, 2020 3:16 pm

I feel like this is relevant today regardless

September 24, 2020 7:40 pm
gesceap wrote:

I feel like this is relevant today regardless


Thanks, I feel the same way. It seems there’s always an agenda And solutions aren’t always part of it. Sometimes the solution is just magical thinking.

September 24, 2020 11:48 pm
OleJazzer wrote:
gesceap wrote:

I feel like this is relevant today regardless


Thanks, I feel the same way. It seems there’s always an agenda And solutions aren’t always part of it. Sometimes the solution is just magical thinking.

A lot of yelling and no dialogue doesn't help anyone.

September 25, 2020 9:52 pm

Hey this is really cool abstract work. Great back story too. Love the vocals and the vocoder. Something very subversive and early Devo about this.

September 25, 2020 9:53 pm

Would like to know more details about the Arturia keyboard and guitar synth set up.  Great sounds. What about solar??

September 29, 2020 1:16 pm
NWSPR wrote:

Hey this is really cool abstract work. Great back story too. Love the vocals and the vocoder. Something very subversive and early Devo about this.


Thanks

September 29, 2020 1:21 pm
NWSPR wrote:

Would like to know more details about the Arturia keyboard and guitar synth set up.  Great sounds. What about solar??


I’ll fill in more details later on today but for now it’s an Arturia 88 & The guitar send is a fishman. Both are new. And I’m still on that steep part of the learning curve. Solar really wasn’t on the serious  horizon in the 1960’s.

September 29, 2020 6:28 pm

I was not familiar with the 88 but watched a video.  Looks pretty cool.  I have some smaller Arturia gear like the keystep and microbrute that I have been very happy with. Thanks for the details!

September 30, 2020 2:46 pm
NWSPR wrote:

I was not familiar with the 88 but watched a video.  Looks pretty cool.  I have some smaller Arturia gear like the keystep and microbrute that I have been very happy with. Thanks for the details!


You are welcome. In the interest of overkill I wrote this for you this morning
Keyboard has 88 keys that I waited like a real keyboard it is a real keyboard do you wanna play song and you can play loud so it is a piano forte. Is it like my hundred-year-old baby grand no is it better than my Yamaha SY 77 yes. It is a full-size keyboard full-size keys.

It comes with a lot of software. Unlike the SY 77 you cannot take it Somewhere, plug it into an amp, and do a gig you can however bring your computer with you hook it all up and play the gig. Do you get lots of sound yes you do. Which one of the different keyboards it emulates Has a learning curve some are steeper than others. The DX7 very much a DX7. So far I have only use the free ones that came with it because there are so many of them and they can do so much. Also some of them are from my younger days and I already had some experience with them.

I am not keyboard player however I did have the usual four semesters of keyboard as part of my undergraduate degree at North Texas state university. Have I played gigs on Keyboard yes. To my mind that does not make me a keyboardist. I am a guitarist.

If you go online to the website for the keyboard or I should say midi controller, you’ll find all the stuff that comes with it. I bought mine through Sweetwater and for the price point I think I got a really good deal. I got 88 keys because I don’t have to lug it around everywhere and as a composer I find a use for all 88.


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