"Requiem For A Squirrel"
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Track count: 6 tracks
Instrumentation: Omnichord, Casiotone 405, Squirrel
So - sorry you had to go, little squirrel. This song is for you!
To make this song, I dragged out the old Omnichord. If you haven't heard of it, it's sort of an 80s-era electric autoharp with a built-in rhythm section, a ton of hiss, and a superbly nutty flavor. Some of you might recognize it from the Goldfish pieces I did with Mike Barber and Cydney Wilkes for Ten Tiny Dances at TBA a few years ago. (I also used it as Muzak for the pivotal, yet ultimately confusing "private hospital" scene in "Starman, The Evil Brain From Outer Space.")
I played the basis for this song with the Omnichord hooked directly into my field recorder, pretty much verbatim, with a few less-than-perfect notes intact. Cheesy! And what goes with a big slab of vintage electronic cheese? More cheese, courtesy of the noble Casiotone 405 - why, it's an "electronic musical instrument," after all! I topped it off with a recording of a squirrel sassing my dog Sally, which I nabbed in a moment of serendipity in the backyard just as I was about to do the final mix of the song.
Thanks for listening - Enjoy!