Postcards from the Bleeding Edge
Friday, December 15, 2006

  Easter Island redux

A while back I talked about Jared Diamond's book, "Collapse", and semi-seriously suggested a means as to how to raise the amount of particulate matter in the atmosphere in order to chill the earth. It turned out that there are multiple people mulling over solutions to global warming via what wikipedia calls Global Dimming. And slashdot had a huge discussion on it a few weeks later.

I had a nightmare where the pooka statues were looking at me, with their sunken white eyes, as I walked up a long, decrepit, wooden bridge, from a raft.

In my head ran images from "google Sirius": from orbit - down to a narrow band of some bipedal species' ring of living bodies around the seashore, living, eating, mating, birthing, and dying in the tiny habitable band left after absolutely everything else had been eaten - a scene straight out from Larry Niven's short story Bordered in Black".

...

Three years ago I'd come up with a song trying to take on what the heck we were going to call this decade, now that it was half over? It was called "Living in the 0002s", and I don't remember any of the lyrics now but I was pronouncing it as "oohs" so clothes must have been a rhyme in it.

And it changed to "Living in the ooze" one day while I was jamming on it (it's a lot of fun to push a bass through a guitar effect)

And now, in my head, it had overdubs from Collapse, and one phrase taken from an inane 2048 public service announcement:

"Remember Kids - Eat your plankton and jellyfish!".

Maybe the chorus would be "Easter Island", but I didn't have words to all of it, still don't, and have never liked what the melody seems to be... but the chorus is a blast to play.

The chorus:

Out on the beach
Just out of reach
mind melting heat
Nothing to eat

'Cause we're living in the Ooze
And we don't have any shoes
'Cause we're living in the Ooze
'Cause we're living in the Ooze

...

Anyway, I rocked out to this last night (instead of finishing my christmas cards). I like about 2 minutes of the bass recording, and about 2 minutes of the piano overdub, but only about 30 seconds of both at the same time.

This is a classic example of where midi would help. I really need to start with a midi drum track with the correct rhythm, maybe do the piano track second, THEN do the bass part, rather than the reverse. Problem is, I think, but am not sure, that portions of this are in 3/4 time, and so far (many listenings) I have't been able to find the right tempo for it.

... And it's a heck of a lot more fun just wailing on the bass part and not bothering with all that complexity.

Have to install some discipline. Oh, left brain? Need you this morning...
 
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