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The Magic Dance Machine

Posted on 2008.07.09 at 23:54
Let's play a game. Pretend someone created a program in which you could upload 3-5 songs and the program would analyze each song for different characteristics and then create from all the best parts one master song. What's the rhythm pattern like for each instrument? Whats the texture palette like? Lyrical content? use of Bass? etc, basically all the kinds of things Pandora.com looks for, (except they use human employees with headphones filling out questionnaires to categorize the characteristics of the songs on their site, for real) Now for the sake of simplicity, let's pretend we wanted to create a killer dance song, what 3-5 songs might you upload*?

Nancy Martin - Can't Believe
The bone structure on this song is just flawless. that beat draws you in from the beginning, I love the touch of that cicada buzz that comes in and out.

Shoc Corridor - Iceberg
This song moves at more of a prowl than a dance gallop, but it has many song DNA genotypes I would want passed on to my future rhythmically footed offspring. The ethereal organ, slithery bass, and somewhat unusual lyrics I would want to be flourishing in our little dance music progeny.

Naif Orchestra - Nine to Five
But some unhinged fun is of course needed somewhere in the bloodline too, and this song has it in spades. I love all the colorful instrument usage in this and this is the only song of the bunch with a truly catchy chorus.

*no uploading necessary to participate in this hypothetical!


gorgol at 2008-07-10 05:25 (UTC) (Link)
bass line and/or string arrangement by rinder and lewis
lyrics by john stinson or gerald donald
instrument drawer by bwh
bpm by daft punk
remixed by moroder (or zongamin, if moroder is too expensive)
sung by michael mcdonald
sprinkled with love by koxo
performed by koto
taken apart and put back togehter again by tones on tail
redubbed by linda difranco
stepped on by dj harvey
thrown out and then john forde pulls out some song from his pocket and we use that instead

is that the instrmental or vocal of can't believe?
Various Artists
goethe_re_scape at 2008-07-10 12:16 (UTC) (Link)

Michael McDonald!

haha good i very much hopped you would participate in this one!

that's the vocal version of "Can't Believe"
gorgol at 2008-07-10 14:25 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Michael McDonald!

oops.. m. mcdonald would obviously be singing backup, not lead.

sorry michael!! thats where you shine!

some songs make me want to dance, some dance songs make me want to *write* dance songs
paunchy, balding internet demo☭rat
lone_concertina at 2008-07-11 13:43 (UTC) (Link)
96 Tears
Come On Ride the Train

The organ and 1960s frame of mind from ? & the Mysterians' 96 Tears.

The sweet train sounds, the frantic dance-y-ness, and conga line potential from Quad City DJ's Come On Ride The Train.

And the beat and horn section from Betty Wright's Shoorah! Shoorah!, along with the hand claps and her vocals.
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