AMUC

AMUC

from Worcester, MA, United States

To The Cold Dark Butterfly (2019)

13 tracks by AMUC

AMUC 2019 RPM Challenge album. Kind of enigmatic/esoteric this year, wavering between folktronica and abstract ambient. (Yet, somehow it blends. Dunno how.) Sample details can be found here : www.lunarsight.com/samples-used-ttcdb.txt

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before I disappear I form a fossil shaped by fear fresh thoughts have gone up dry yet old habits still multiply my waking life is said and done I'm just this script I have become no good solution can be found let's burn this whole thing…read more
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Sentient Spiritual Spirograph Scribbles Sorcery Sigils
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A wise Canadian once said that things still happen in the chronological spackle that fills in the space between the narrated events.
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catscans on this dogday reveal the zero brainwaves can you come out to play on the living side the still line lingers sideways whatever thoughts left far away is my message making it through to a mind content to hide?
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verse 1 the train has left the station the terminal is bare there's stirrings in the psyche ward it's something in the air that same old aggravation old dog that bit the hare a motion blur on the chessboard which pawns have played…read more
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The madman looks distorted in all mirrors but the funhouse variety.
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I think I’ll drink til this makes sense and that might be a damn long time I’m at the bottom of the well but at least the water’s become wine Is this what passes for a fantasy? it’s all green screen and electrical tape To seize the…read more
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a path of light to forever flowing forth like a stream a path of light I remember cutting me off from the dream your dawning day has come your hands been raised to overtake the sun the doorbell has been chimed you must now awake man there…read more
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The shrinking violet withdrew too much and turned itself inside out.
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it is quite a feat to open up your eyes and feast off some real sunlight hope be the stars I see a phantom me but night is gone blind pilot I'll hitch a ride set this thing to overdrive mind pirate mine drifts with the tide…
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Written remotely via an iPod from my couch, since the space heater was on, and I didn't feel like walking five steps to the computer. Oh -- I need to come up with some deep philosophical meaning to the song. Right. Humans are trying to communicate…read more
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You sent me light years away to have a look at a cartoon dog and a two dimensional pancake. I'm cold and sick of being motion sick.
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who spies butterflies as they flutterby butterflies better hide as prying eyes rely on light to spy
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She Caught Skyglow With Her Net (2018)

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AMUC's 2018 RPM Challenge Album. Best genre classification? Chiptunes Cyberpunk Folktronica? Credit information : http://lunarsight.com/samples-used-scswhn.txt

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Lyrics : Run Run You Won't Get Far You're Just A Brain In A Jar Landscapes Out Of Thin Air They Render As You Make It There Test Tube Newbie See What You're Meant To See Test Tube Newbie All You're Ever Meant To Be
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Just your typical chiptunes opening music foreshadowing the imminent arrival of baked goods.
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Lyrics : Infighting The leaders cant leave it be inciting complete catastrophe nobody started the war but left open the door and noone was real sure who fired first when the fire and flames had ended their reign the last…read more
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In some alternate timeline, the Nintendo Entertainment System was invented in North America 15,000 years ago, immediately after the new natives stepped off the Bering land bridge.
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Lyrics : I respect your ambitions but only plumbers have pipe dreams Stick with your inhibitions And cast your hopes away Leave matters of tomorrow to the tide of the big sea It shapes at its volition And molds your fate as clay
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"They died from fright inside the VR experience, and were there waiting for the next players."
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Baby Robot Needs New Batteries, And Could You Also Spare Some Antifreeze? (Baby Robot does not need any blinker fluid, since Baby Robot wasn't born yesterday and knows it doesn't exist. Baby Robot can blink without fluid.)
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Robot Parade Organizer was using a 1978 Rand McNally paper atlas, and it clearly said there was an interstate here, and not a cliff. Hence, Robot Parade Organizer can avoid any robot liability. However, Wile E. Coyote is suing for gimmick…
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(I was trying to get a subtle reference in with the name, but I won't tri-force it.) Hello - I am nothing relevant to this storyline. The princess that you seek is clearly in another castle. I think you're still delirious from that cliff plunge…read more
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your eyes deny the divide between silence and science I Am The Error That Resides Between. The Floating Point Of The Infinite Decimal The Remnant Render Which Isn't Clean [I do not exist.] [I am not here.] [I never was.] [You mustn…
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Late Summer Stargazing Whitewashing Erasing I Stare Into The Black And Don't Know What I'm In A Signal From The Past Message for my next of kin It stabbed me in the back the stars they fade away Redshift a slow attack the heavens…
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It started with a juvenile chuckle by the programmer over the track name, and ended in a pretty good sample-crazy instrumental jam.
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Once upon a clock so high time shatters by her hand A sole survivor of man's crime Last remnant of the land Now I suppose a plot goes here For a maiden with time and free But with no action left to make All that's left's to be. It…read more
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catch the color of the sky once it shined now it dies in a bottle
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Sweet Dreams. (Oh come - you seriously think I'm going to end an album on relaxing happy note?)
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"So it must end in the same way it began, with absolutely no progress or perceived movement."
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Motion Blurs & Broken Glass (2017)

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Alternate Modes Of Underwater Consciousness album for 2017 RPM Challenge. Grunge-era ambient chiptunes done by the Amish during their Gothic phase. Sample info can be found here : http://lunarsight.com/samples-used-mbbg.txt

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The sun never sets. The earth just turns its back on the sun.
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The sun fears leaving the Earth, because it's afraid of heights.
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It just takes one light in the dark ..
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.. to ignite a dream.
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Well, he has to do something about those nails.
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Losing a save wipes the future, both good and bad.
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I played a lot of Minecraft during the recording sessions, and well - this happened.
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Necromancers are often misunderstood. They're not bad people - perhaps they just didn't get enough cards from classmates on Valentine's Day when growing up.
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In Memoriam to Phone Tree Survivor #13.
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In Memoriam to Phone Tree Survivor #13.
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When science goes down the wrong path. A girl frozen in time.
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Polychromatic Paramnesia (2016)

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AMUC album for the 2016 RPM Challenge. Optimized for headphones, but it sounded reasonably good through speakers too. ---- 40 Minutes Of digitally-rendered chromesthesia. Please check all sanity at the door before listening. It will be stored in a brown paper bag and returned to you once the audio recording has completed. AMUC is not responsible for any paper bags that may be lost or stolen.

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Aliens thought they knew the best means to attack us, but their intelligence was a little dated. Lyrics : another forgotten signal TV tuned to UHF dead air an abandoned station snowy light red screen of death green men plotting conquest…read more
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Amidst the Irish country side, a drunken chap encounters wee folk, but not the sort he was expecting. Lyrics just a recycled tale from the days of old when many a drunk irishman looked for his pot of gold gallavanting wassling through…read more
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Vault 106 will be remembered. Lyrics the past haunting me in triplicate into the blue I pursue my ghosts again what is the glue holding all this together? is there a clue to allow me to remember? is their some truth buried…read more
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I told this song in three parts/colors. Kind of like 'Love Song' by Tesla, if Tesla was working in 16 bit.
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Our dreams can be very vivid and realistic - there are days I think all of reality is simply somebody thinking about (or remembering?) us. Lyrics I'm not the god of thee you're just my memories as I remember them [see the scenery…read more
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Robot completely failed the Turing Test, but the novelty Nixon mask he picked up at a thrift store allows him to pass amongst humanity undetected.
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Robot gets hit by a car crossing through Kelley Square (Had he passed the Turing Test, he would have known not to try that.) He ascends into the Chinese Room, where he has access to total knowledge through an infinite number of fortune cookies.
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Sample info : Librivox Audio Recording https://archive.org/details/she_0802_librivox Book : She Author : H Rider Haggard Chapter 21 : The Dead And The Living Meet Sample was passed through the EVPMaker application.
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The Chinese believe if you perform a certain choreographed routine while aboard an elevator, the elevator will open a door to 'somewhere else'. [Addendum : It's heavily formatted, but I want to point out I did use Chris Carignan's DjentBot…read more
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One can hear a lot of interesting things in the silence of the night (particularly when their plumbing freezes).
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When magic and technology cross paths, all heck will break loose. Lyrics I can't help believing that this course she can't stop weaving a part of her deceiving herself that this is right She focuses fate her intentions transferred…read more
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Her Low Budget Nightmare (2015)

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AMUC's RPM Challenge Album for 2015. It contains the following : ninja penguins, cowboy robots, shoddy attempts at disco by somebody too young to remember it, 16 bit game music, and a binary-inspired rap breakdown. Oh -- and there are some nightmare-themed tracks as well, but they are fairly low budget, since most of expenditures went into acquiring the robots mentioned above. Cover art contains stock image from here : http://www.deviantart.com/deviation/53662919/?qo=20&q=by%3Aguilty-pleasure&qh=sort%3Atime+-in%3Ascraps Audio sample information will be added soon.

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Her Low Budget Nightmare : Track 1. The mirror never lies, but sometimes you really wish it would learn to.
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Her Low Budget Nightmare : Track 2. They say if you travel far enough, you'll inevitably meet yourself. Why travel? It happens all the time in dreams. Word of warning, though : It may not be the you you like to admit exists.
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Her Low Budget Nightmare : Track 3. Another track that came from an odd dream that I had. I was having a bout of sleep paralysis one night, and I heard a young child talking to an older man, asking about me. The older fellow said 'Nevermind…
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Her Low Budget Nightmare : Track 4. This track earned its name after the file got corrupted, and I had redo a good-sized chunk of it from memory. So it was like a Nintendo-era audio phoenix rising from the ashes.
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Her Low Budget Nightmare : Track 5. An instrumental track. When I hear the music, I envision that video that Blondie did in the 80s for Rapture, but with Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and the redshirts from Star Trek dancing instead. Freesound…read more
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Her Low Budget Nightmare : Track 6. That modem noise at the beginning makes me feel so nostalgic. I remember back in the 90s when they said a 14.4 baud modem was the fastest thing you would ever need to surf the web. Freesound Samples Used…read more
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Her Low Budget Nightmare : Track 7. If you know the words, sing along! I am going to post the lyrics here. They are being tabulated by a computer now and coming out on punch cards.
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Her Low Budget Nightmare : Track 8. Rust, Rust Who Do You Trust? The One You Dread Will Turn To Dust? Or the one who bled That was dead, but got up?
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Her Low Budget Nightmare : Track 10. Er - um. With apologies to anybody old enough to accurately remember the Disco Era. Freesound Samples Used : 18882_zippi1_sound_singing11
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Her Low Budget Nightmare : Track 11. The Japanese apparently have built sheep automatons capable of cyclically trotting past you in bed, so you can count them. Studies show this can assist to initiate the sleep process in those with insomnia…
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Her Low Budget Nightmare : Track 11. Full song title is 'Knock On The Door Of The House That Isn't There.' Yes -- that is a Welcome to Night Vale reference. =) Freesound Samples Used : 125919_klankbeeld_horror-what-are-you-doing-here…read more
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Her Low Budget Nightmare : Track 12. Title track for the album. I had the melody and lyrics for this song bouncing around in my head for years, and needed to do something with it. Remember when life was simpler prior to all the complexities…read more
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Her Low Budget Nightmare : Track 13. Full track name is : 'In My Dream The City Extends Forever' I once had a lucid dream in the early morning. In the dream, I was sitting on a curb as city life took place all around me. It was my city…read more
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Her Low Budget Nightmare : Track 14. Yes Virginia - that final dream you have right before the alarm clock goes off does typically sound like the demo mode on one of those Casio keyboards from the 80s.
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Her Low Budget Nightmare : Track 15. I am contractually obligated to put a song about ninja penguins somewhere on this album. Considering the title, it feels like the world now needs a video game or major motion picture for this particular…
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Her Low Budget Nightmare : Track 16. Rust, Rust - what do we find?
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Chasing Ghosts [RPM 2014] (2014)

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This is AMUC's 2014 RPM Challenge Album. Things took a vocal electronica turn this year. (A couple of the tracks almost have a new age sound to them.) There are also a few obligatory 'hard rock vocals over Nintendo game music' songs. The vocalist also happens to never make any sense. (I don't even think he knows what he is singing about half the time.) Sample information and lyrics to be posted shortly. On a sidenote, the album sounds pretty good through speakers, but is optimized for headphones.

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Chasing Ghosts - AMUC's album for the 2014 RPM Challenge -- FreeSound Source Info: 01_2441 kerrydan Ghost Story
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Chasing Ghosts - AMUC's album for the 2014 RPM Challenge --- FreeSound Source Info: 44928_digifishmusic_KT_LA_C4
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Chasing Ghosts - AMUC's album for the 2014 RPM Challenge
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Chasing Ghosts - AMUC's album for the 2014 RPM Challenge --- FreeSound Source Info : * 217736__thatjeffcarter__week-6-tell-me-why-you-are-here * 217737__thatjeffcarter__week-6-please-i-m-trying-to-help-you * 30601_acclivity_Goblet_F_Soft
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Chasing Ghosts - AMUC's album for the 2014 RPM Challenge --- FreeSound Source Info: *35459__jobro__explosion-2 *131267__bettsashl__didyou *131265__bettsashl__whatare *131264__bettsashl__whycant
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Chasing Ghosts - AMUC's album for the 2014 RPM Challenge
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Chasing Ghosts - AMUC's album for the 2014 RPM Challenge --- FreeSound Source Info: *16326__andriala__rallando-pan *516__jenc__dompf *525__jenc__pang *515__jenc__dengdeng *200815__bassboybg__city-forest *12836__schluppipuppie_holz_holz_02…read more
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Chasing Ghosts - AMUC's album for the 2014 RPM Challenge --- FreeSound Source Info: * 74418__corsica-s__nothing-01
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Chasing Ghosts - AMUC's album for the 2014 RPM Challenge --- FreeSound Source Info: 170749__k3pp__collection-of-baby-sounds-laughs-cries-and-random-sounds --- Other Sources: The Female Quixote by Charlotte Lennox [Librivox Recording…read more
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Chasing Ghosts - AMUC's album for the 2014 RPM Challenge --- FreeSound Source Info: * 107726__epanody__this-is-nothing-but-random-noise * 107740__epanody__whatever-happened-to-music-with-tunes-you-could-hum-along-with * 97830__epanody__hello…read more
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Shatter The Glass With Dialed Sand (2013)

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AMUC's RPM Challenge album for 2013. I'm happy with the production this year, but it's kind of brief in terms of playing time (27 minutes). We used lots of copyleft audio samples - I do aim to post the source info when I have a second.

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Brief intro from AMUC's RPM 2013 album. It was a pain to record, but the vocals sounded pretty good, so it was worth it.
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Instrumental track -- imagine if Tool gave up being rock stars to program video game music for the Super Nintendo console.
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I went a little sample crazy this year for the RPM challenge. (This song is the tip of the iceberg, and then it gets far worse.) Thematically, I guess this one resulted from spending a month between the hospital and a rehab facility last year…read more
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This was the result of a lucid dream I had last year - the old Worcester Center mall [which has largely been torn down] used to have an arcade, and I dreamt I was at the arcade, and it was empty, but all the arcade cabinets still stood, and were…read more
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Getting kind of sci-fi here, and I really went overboard with the samples. It's like if George Clinton and Arjen Lucassen collaborated on a funk electronica piece after watching The 13th Floor on nonstop repeat for three weeks. Freesound…read more
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The afterlife was a major theme on this year's RPM Challenge album. The lyrics come from the concept that ghosts aren't aware that they are deceased - they're kind of caught in this time bubble of sorts. If ghosts are oblivious that they…read more
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Title says it all. It's a quickie instrumental.
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This one ties into the continuity from earlier tracks AMUC did previous RPM albums. (Livewire/Firecracker/The Clockwork Man) Two entities, one male and one female - engage in a neverending air battle. (Think two hawks circling one another…read more
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The second part of In Orbit, it puts a different 'spin' on the confrontation from the first part. What if the opposing forces built themselves up instead of tearing themselves down? Perhaps that's the only way out of the infinite loop they've…
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More fun with samples. =) Freesound samples used: * 102159__ultrarob__candace-walla.mp3 * 17117__dcaudio__interior-walla-cafe-many-voices-mostly-female-faint-music.wav * 44931_digifishmusic_Solfege_Fa.wav * 44932_digifishmusic_Solfege_La…read more
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This started as something AMUC did for RPM 2007 - the problem was that at the time, it was really cool-sounding noise, but not a song. We sampled the original track, and came up with this little ditty from that. Freesound sample used…
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Title track from AMUC's 2013 RPM album. Probably the closest thing to a 'rock' track we've done this year. 5/11/13 - Uploaded a better mastered version of it. I've been fiddling with the mix over the course of a few weeks. 5/13/13…read more
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Outro track -- thematically inspired by 'On TV' from the Buggles, although it kind of goes in a different direction. (The little ditty at the very end adopted the nickname 'Sin Indication'.) Freesound samples used: 77265__corsica-s__kal…read more
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Piecemeal

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The name says it all - Piecemeal is a work in progress. I'm trying to let the album take shape naturally, sculpting the songs as if they were clay. It's a bit of departure from previous AMUC full-length albums. "Nada" was just a loose collection of songs with no theme, and "Dead In The Water" may have been a little too planned out from beginning to end. I'm trying to find a happy balance here.

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Alternate name: The Post-Mortem Pitchman We live in an age nowadays where a celebrity can endorse a product or service long after they meet with the proverbial reaper. Has anybody bothered to ask the dead guy if he wants to endorse half…read more
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.. only words will remain when the $h!t hits the fan. It was a quote from an older song I wrote [Terrestrial Epitaph In Shortwave], and I felt the need to develop it further here. It amazes me how much free advice there is out there etched…read more
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Spun around like a seer's needle A philosopher so lost in his riddle Tries to speak but no longer able Drifting in the deepest dream --- This one took me a while [years!] to complete - how did it come out? Freesound samples used…read more
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Track #4 from Piecemeal is complete. (I'm averaging about one Piecemeal track per year.) This is another long one, clocking in just short of ten minutes. I should have lyrics and freesound sample information up shortly. I'll also probably…read more
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