Traversing a Twisted Path
The first album in a single take using a 4 track
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Tick in My Head 1 (1:49)
- The first part is simply the guitar of the second/third parts
played backwards with different instrumentation.
- The most notable thing about this song is the scale it uses,
whose origin I cannot identify (though one person has written me saying
it may be a medieval mode that exists in Iranian music and another
has written saying it's could be called D aolian (minor sans raised
7th, or "natural minor") with what's known as "borrowing"). The scale
is: D E F# G A Bb C D; I throw in an additional F whenever I feel
like it (good thing I'm not your grader, eh?). It's the first song
I've done with a PC-based sequencer for the rhythm section, and I
think it's quirky. The lyrics are a tribute to Edward Lear.
- This is the first song I ever wrote. While the execution isn't
the best, I have a sentimental attachment to it. The hard copy album
includes a version with me meandering with the guitar in the
I, The State, am The People (2:04)
- A lot of the lyrics were inspired by Nietzsche's Thus Spoke
Zarathustra, where he rambles on about the State and its evils. I
like the composition so much that I've included the People version
available in the album hard copy, bereft of human voices.
Hate Session 1: Song in Head (1:13)
- I wrote this song as a tribute to Primus. It's
obvious why if you pay attention to the time signature. The lyrics
came about as a result of a conversation which I had with a friend
about pet peeves.
Let us Blame God (2:30)
- I think this song has some good guitar riffs, and I like the
lyrics a lot.
Tick in My Head 2-3 (3:38)
- This is one of my favourite songs. It's a tribute to Ween. It's based on two
palindromic (recursive) riffs that cycle over the
entire chromatic scale.
Morals are Arbitrary (3:21)
- The only track where I don't do everything. Here Brian
is doing a brilliant job on the guitars.
The Lie (3:57)
- I wrote this song around a small keyboard riff I like. In
fact, that's the about the only thing this song has going for it
(besides the lyrics). Still, it's my attempt at a three chord song.
Lynno and Reeno (2:21)
- This song was written for two friends of mine for Valentine's
Day. A lot of the lyrics probably don't make sense since they're side
gags, but I included it here because I think the music is cool!
Don't You Believe in Me (5:10)
- This is my experimental song where I throw in
everything I feel like throwing in (also the first song I recorded).
Has a few cool noises and effects. Disorted guitars and totally
processed vocals make it hard to distinguish music from vocals.
4 Primes (5:51)
- This is my first attempt to try something really concrete with
different time signatures. Guess why the song is called what it is?
It's a bit long and the solo at the end is self-indulgent, but hey,
that's me. The recording of the solo is the first time I ever came
up with it and it is the first take. The lyrics were inspired by this little essay I wrote.
I saw Kobain in a 7-11 (3:19)
- This one has extensive processed drums, bass, and keyboards,
merged with a noisy guitar. Computer synthesised voice courtesy of
the program rsynth. The lyrics are based on a post I read in alt.music.alternative by
Graham, and I changed it a bit
to fit the meter and make it rhyme.
Kill 'em All (and Let God Sort 'em Out) (4:55)
- I wrote the lyrics to this song in light of the Exon bill. I
could've screamed it out like I do normally, but I decided not to.
It's got a lot of cool electronic noise effects and a different time
signature in the chorus. A cool
piece of art based on this song has been created by John Heyer.
Für Elise (1:10)
- A self-indulgent cover of Beethoven's classic using only
guitar and vocals.
The Rap of the Morons (2:35)
- A long time ago, I formed my first group and we call ourselves
The Morons (fitting, eh?). And this is our theme song.
All the Things in My Room (3:26)
- This was written in a fit of non-seriousness.
Furball in Throat (1:14)
- This is an extension of my previous effort, Hate Session 1.
But here there's a lot of processing of both the vocals and the
rhythm, and the guitars are more chord based.
Walking in the Dark (4:45)
- This is my weirdest song to date. It has everything that I've
used to make music weird: non-standard scales, non-standard time
signatures, and plenty of processing (vocal and otherwise)!
The Last Prime (revisited) (0:50)
- I didn't do this bit in the 4 Primes tune and thought I should
come back and do it again since it makes for a fitting closure.
This work is released in accordance with the Free Music
Philosophy; there is no abridgement on your freedom to copy,
modify, distribute, and use this work, for any purpose (commercial or
All instruments (vocals/guitars/keyboards/programming) by Ram.
Guitars on Morals are Arbitrary by Brian. All songs were recorded,
mixed, and produced by Ram. Mastered by Phil Mendelsohn. Graphics
and design on this page and on the album also by Ram, with some help
from Maureen. Moral support and guidance: Brian and Maureen.
Thanks to Bill, Brad, Brian, Gautam, Jonathan, Lynn, Maureen,
Stig, the twenty amino acids, and everyone on the Internet, at CARB,
and elsewhere, for putting up with my music torture in more ways than
one, and for helping me grow as a musician.
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Ram Samudrala ||