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Month: July 2006

Von Brunswick! From Looking To Being Found: Part II (Bound and Gagged)

Von Brunswick! From Looking To Being Found: Part II (Bound and Gagged)

Here is the somewhat disharmonious continuation of Von Brunswick’s laid back napping with the evening insects… He is in some serious trouble now… This is meant to empathize with a certain feeling in the human condition where a person refuses to acknowledge something that isn’t going to happen at the cost of something that is much more likely.

In this I play Guitars, Accordians, Drums etc…

Von Brunswick! From Looking To Being Found: Part I (At Twilight with the Fireflies)

Von Brunswick! From Looking To Being Found: Part I (At Twilight with the Fireflies)

This is the first in a two parter… I styled this one as Celtic Twilight Folk… doesn’t it sound like crickets chirping or katydids… I play Guitars, on this.. that’s it.. Oh yeah and hand drums.

Von Brunswick at this juncture is hiking through the woods daydreaming and looking for this strange girl who he hears is part of a woodland carnival of sorts… To Be Continued.

Nowhere under attack

Nowhere under attack

This song is under the genre of Science Fiction Folk… But it’s not a Von Brunswick Song… all the themes are sci-fi and all the instruments are folk… Jews Harp, Banjo, Dulcimer, Harmonica, shaker, tambourine and hand drums. I think this was one of the fastest songs I’ve ever recorded. I started at 8:30 and it’s 10:00 and I’m done… that’s some Guiness Book crap. I guess I’ll continue greasing my Ferrets… they are in some dire need if I may say. The best part in this song is when the bombs are falling… I used Whistling and bass drum with effects to make the falling bomb sounds. They are from memory… in Grozny… those poor bastards aint got a friend on earth.

Von Brunswick! In the Swamp of Gypsy Goblins

Von Brunswick! In the Swamp of Gypsy Goblins

I was finally able to upload this song, I’ve been having problems with the server lately.

This is the 5th song in the Von Brunswick Album.  In it VB ventures into a creepy swamp looking for someone… once he gets deep inside the swamp the ghosts torment him whereupon he enters into a conversation with them.  Every strange concept album about a folk peasant needs to have a whacked-out, long, creepy song in it.  The Genre for this one is “Creepy Backwards talking Ghost-Folk”   In it I play Banjo, Drums, Accordion and Electric Guitar with a slide.

The Riverside Sunset Arrangement

The Riverside Sunset Arrangement

I am in Annapolis Sailing… Can’t forget a sunday song though! A recent kayaking trip insired the feeling and the title.

Von Brunswick! Meets the Maiden of __________.

Von Brunswick! Meets the Maiden of __________.

This song’s genre is labeled “island-folk” I’ve decided that the whole Von Bruswick album will be a collection of all the different types of folk music. Folk is a very versatile word and I intend to exploit it in as many ways as possible. It’s anthropological meaning is (I’m paraphrasing) the mediating culture between two clashing cultures… one indigenous and one external or one enslaved and one enslaving. Such as American Folk being the the clash of African and early American styles and of Eastern European being the clash of western cultures with Russo and middle-eastern cultures. It’s really the best environment for uniqueness.

Anyhow… in this song VB wakes up from being washed ashore and finds a lady friend… by the end he is about to go into the swamp of gypsy goblins.

In this song I play Ukuleles (Both baratone and Soprano), Hand drums, Mandolin, Harmonica, and Banjo at the end.

Big Misshapen Eyes

Big Misshapen Eyes

This song about stickmen and drawing came out after about a dozen other frustrating attempts at recording other things this evening… Production quality is quite low but you’re not always gonna get a “For the love of God Montressor” or a “I know you know etc” There is whistling… there are banjos drums and electric guitars.

Von Brunswick! Storms at Sea

Von Brunswick! Storms at Sea

Ok this is the best Von Brunswick Song yet… so far all the songs have been chronological to the story… at this point he’s stuck in the bottom of a ship and the weather is getting bad. Gwen sings backup on this she is awesome!!! I called the Genre “stalinist-mariner-folk” I think it fits… In this I play guitar, drums, banjo and jews harp.

Tornado

Tornado

Get it… the song is about tornados and it’s comprised of loops and rounds… haha hehe we we …all the way home. This F-ing quadrangle place is quite a straneg locale… that poor dog in this song gets stolen up by the winds.

Note to world (and self) if Bees sting you don’t swat the bees nest with a broom… it’ll just make them angrier. Instead plant flowers… this is a good analogy for the war on terrorism. Just a thought.

Special Note… did you know that they call Tornados “Cyclones” elsewhere. If we were in Bangladesh… this song would be called “Cyclone”… but probably in some Bangladeshi language. Cyclones have actually killed hundereds of thousands of people in Bangladesh and India.
At the end of this song you get a special treat… there is a chorus of 13 brads at once doing a four part harmony. (my first ever four part harmony)