Meta Dance Classic

by Tom Moody

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Continuing to cannibalize older tunes for beats and riffs. The track "Meta Dance Classic" is 100% new but all the others are reworked so extensively they are essentially new. Almost all these songs have melodies or textures produced with Eurorack modular gear, but integrated with softsynths and "packaged" beats. The presets get a tweak, too, so there is almost nothing here that hasn't been massaged to fit the main idea. Am continuing to experiment with timestretching tempos (mostly to speed up songs that were sounding sluggish). In the older versions of some of these tunes, the structure consisted of allowing a beat to develop and then putting some cake icing in at the end in the form of a catchy synth riff. What I'm doing here is moving the "icing" to the beginning of the song, adding counterpoint melodies, choruses, bridges and the rest of that traditional songwriting stuff, so the beat is almost not heard at all (maybe a couple of bars as a "drum solo").

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released April 10, 2015

The tracks "Surface Variation" and "Blighted Industry" were edited and re-uploaded after publication. Current printings of the cassette include the new versions and track times.

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Tom Moody New York, New York

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"[The recent music] seems more complex and sophisticated in unexpected harmonies, compositional twists and turns."
(John Parker)

"[Y]our musical works exploit the aesthetic paradoxes of telecommunications and computer technologies and the social fantasies attached to them."
(Pierre-Luc Verville)
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