Description : With the winter solstice comes a new album from Spivkurl, as well as this new song from the album. Kind of a new-new-wave sort of track. We all like it around here.

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  1. RenzWilde
    RenzWilde on Sat 6th Feb 2016 - 7 years ago

    Wow, Pat. This is really amazing. Maybe my favorite track I've heard of yours and I'll like so many.

    This track moves along at a great pace with a lot of moving parts that play off each other beautifully! The breaks, the stops, the starts, they all work. And your distinct vocal work and lyrics are great.

    I notice this track is a couple months old but you should put it up for a remix like you did with one of your tracks a few yrs ago. That was really cool hearing everyone's take on your music and it might be fun again if people are into it.

    Anyways, just a thought. Hope you're well these days Pat.

    Reply by Spivkurl

    Hey buddy, thank you for the comment! I'm happy that you are feeling this as a favorite! Everything in this fell into place very naturally, as it was a song that I felt was meant to be. I'm happy you liked the lyrics, as the song wouldn't have happened without them. I honestly don't know if I'm into the remix scene at all any more. I worked in those constraints so long, and I don't think it really does anything for the evolution of creativity any more. If people don't have something to work with that they did not create, then they either are forced to create something unique, or to give up altogether. If I do a competition in the near future, it will be providing raw audio data to people to create a song with. They will be required to use only this to create the song, and will receive hand made instruments which created the sounds as prizes. I'm oh so tired of what "electronic" music is being reduced to. Thank you for taking a listen and leaving your words!

  2. VirginiaSlimm
    VirginiaSlimm on Mon 1st Feb 2016 - 7 years ago

    2:21 Turn off your cellphone! -Unless it's a sample on purpose, then it's pure modern disease genius artifact. All of your tracks are very interesting sonically. Unique.
    Nice work man.

    Reply by Spivkurl

    Hey buddy! I actually find it quite humorous that you are the first person to mention that sound after 21 comments. Usually I turn off my cell phone while recording vocals, but I was awaiting contact from my wife, so left it on. I hear the sound come through on the recording while it was happening. At first I was frustrated, but after hearing where exactly it fell, I decided it was a perfect audio demonstration of the theme of the lyrics... so I left it there, exactly as it fell. It even seemed to encourage me to take the live percussion fills even deeper. So it was half a mistaken result of wanting to hear from my wife, and half intention. I really appreciate you taking a listen to this! It's been less than six weeks since releasing this album, and since then my studio setup has grown massively, so expect future things to continue the "very interesting sonically" trend. Appreciated man.

  3. promenade2239
    promenade2239 on Sun 31st Jan 2016 - 7 years ago

    hello again
    Just having few moments for listening to looperman. Not sure if I will be able to say something very original or useful here in terms of detailed feedback.

    Basically everything seems to sound very smooth and clean to me in this production. The structure is transparent and the dynamic of the song is really good. Lots of interesting things happening inside the 'mix'. There is simply an impression that this song was something really enjoyable to write and recording for you - (I mean the process itself). I agree that your vocal work gets better. The songwriting is really good!

    I will try to write more about my impressions about the entire album when I find more time for correspondence. I listened many times - making me re-think few things about the music and the sound in general.
    This week is going to be a hard one too - I'll try to contact you as soon as I can.
    Congrats on making such a nice song!
    Best to you, A.

    Reply by Spivkurl

    Hello my friend! Thank you for taking the time to comment on the song, as I know that the listening is far more important. You are entirely correct about this being an enjoyable experience! One of my favorite things in life is bring a song to completion which has the power of words which are meaningful to me. Sometimes time limits can really encourage this process, and the looming possibility of sentencing was a simple way to encourage myself. You have given me more impressions about my recent works than pretty much anyone, so I have no reason to expect more of you. You have probably heard the album more than most people as well, and that makes me happy. I will be responding to you soon, but I've just written at least 15000 characters this morning, so it may be a day or two. Thank you for listening!

  4. Surgimiento
    Surgimiento on Fri 29th Jan 2016 - 7 years ago

    Nice shity

    Reply by Spivkurl

    lol... normally I return the favor of every review I get. Not going to do it twice today. Thank you for the comment!

  5. Surgimiento
    Surgimiento on Thu 28th Jan 2016 - 7 years ago

    You have to equalize the vocals with the sounds, both match but try to make a track between both elements

    Reply by Spivkurl

    I honestly don't know what you are talking about in your comment. "both match but try to make a track between both elements" does not tell me anything specifically. I've been recording my own vocals for sixteen years, and this song turned out exactly how I wanted it. The microphone was built by me, as were many of the instruments used in the song. The album has been released already, and the song will not be revised. Do you listen to any other music in this style? By "equalize," are you talking about using an equalizer, or are you using the wrong word to communicate the idea of "balance?" Thank you for listening!

  6. ReonN
    ReonN on Thu 7th Jan 2016 - 7 years ago

    the lyrics are interesting xD
    well, the overall mixing was good and there's almost nothing to say about the track. splendid work.


    Reply by Spivkurl

    I do respect a lack of words in relation to art, so don't worry about that. I like to write lyrics, and I am ever so thankful for this time when I have the words to speak... it was not always this way for me. Most aspects of this song became the way they were due to me setting time limits on myself, because of being unsure of what the near future would bring. I am also thankful for that, since all is well personally. Thank you for listening and leaving your comment!

  7. joecramer
    joecramer on Thu 7th Jan 2016 - 7 years ago

    What a cool groove one.
    I realy enjoyed the vocal work here.
    But also the synth sounds and the mixing of them.

    I love this old style new style mixing, sounds realy a bit like new new wave - excellent one Spiv

    stay tuned

    Reply by Spivkurl

    Thanks buddy! I appreciate your points of view, which seem rather different from many listeners on here... in a similar way to how your music is different from many of the musicians here. I know my vocals have their share of mistakes, but in general this one had a "happy accident" feel for me. I look forward to checking out your profile in a moment. Thank you again!

  8. DanGoldstein
    DanGoldstein on Thu 7th Jan 2016 - 7 years ago

    your vocal stylizing continues to mature. lots of control. really working for me. as others already note, your mastery of this medium is inspiring and instructive. no matter how out there you get, you are musical and the mixing standards are not sacrificed. hats off brother.

    Reply by Spivkurl

    Thank you very much for taking a listen. I apologize for taking too long to reply! It's interesting that you mention "control" when speaking of my vocal style, mainly because that is something I have struggled with, and worked hard to practice. Control is so important in getting a good vocal recording. I would go so far as to say that it is more important than the microphone or the room. I am very interested in standards and statistics, and their relation to physics and mathematics... the more I grasp these connections, the more I feel comfortable straying from the conventions... it's like remembering your way home. I really appreciate the listen!

  9. BeatMaker4real
    BeatMaker4real on Sun 3rd Jan 2016 - 7 years ago

    I don't really know what I'm listening to here.Electronic is not my thing, I need to get out more.The production sounds good, with some very interesting sounds.

    Reply by Spivkurl

    I'm a bit confused by your comment. You make music with a computer and MIDI controllers, so believe it or not, you make electronic music. Electronic music is not a genre, it is a catch all for things made with electronic instruments which are not classified by specific genres. Thank you for the listen and the comment, I would return the favor but it appears that you have no songs posted right now.

  10. mudhoen
    mudhoen on Sat 2nd Jan 2016 - 7 years ago

    Your unique sounds keeps on going like a train. Nice jumpy beats with your signature vocals make it to a fun ride to listen to.

    Reply by Spivkurl

    I think I can hear the train you speak of in this track! Those fracking material trains which go through our town at all hours of the night have gotten inside of every part of me, so that may be part of the cause. Past figurative rail riding has some influence as well. I'm really happy that you enjoyed listening! I always appreciate it when you leave your words! Have a good day!

    PRINCELECTRO on Fri 1st Jan 2016 - 7 years ago

    Well , this is unique and i liked it . Lyrics are awesome

    Reply by Spivkurl

    Thanks much! I can always count on you to take a listen and leave some support! I appreciate it!

  12. Rhodesy
    Rhodesy on Mon 28th Dec 2015 - 7 years ago

    This is seriously good,really quirky,totally out there,the voice is so good bringing it all together.Wonderful stuff.

    Reply by Spivkurl

    Hey, thank you my friend! I'm happy that you listened and liked what you heard enough to leave a comment! Have a great day!

  13. DijamMusic
    DijamMusic on Tue 22nd Dec 2015 - 7 years ago

    Hello mate,
    Wow,wow, what a great sounds and brilliant track.
    The vocal is out of this world; the drums are to die for.
    Favs it goes.
    Great job and big well done.

    Reply by Spivkurl

    Hey jamid, thank you for the very kind comment! Totally pleased that you enjoyed listening to this one! Hope that you have gone and picked up your free copy of the album. I'm happy with the vocals on this one as well, especially since I built the microphone they were recorded with. As far as the drums go, I'm quite happy with the fills and transitions that I played live with hands and feet. Was very fun to do. I appreciate you listening and faving!

  14. Burtsbluesboxes
    Burtsbluesboxes on Tue 22nd Dec 2015 - 7 years ago

    I always picture you in a white lab coat with bubbling bottles of whatever, homemade electronic equipment all around your lab, wires strung all around, working away like a mad scientist experimenting with sound, warping and bending it in unimaginable ways all while laughing insanely :D Modern disease, great concept! Truth!! I love how original your music always is. Great to hear XD

    Reply by Spivkurl

    Hey buddy, it's good to hear from you on this one! You're not far off in your impressions of my work spaces, except I turned in my lab coat when I got fired from the optical lab... (should have kept one!) Got some freakin cool gear on it's way currently, after a serious shopping seizure. Already got our music man Ray34 bass, which sounds killer through the old music man tube/SS hybrid amp we've got! Waiting to make any serious music until after the mercury retrograde, but things should get ugly after that. Appreciate you always listening and leaving your kind words!

  15. crucethus
    crucethus on Tue 22nd Dec 2015 - 7 years ago

    This could be fun for a remix project. Nice concept as well. enjoyed as usual.

    Reply by Spivkurl

    Hmmm... remix project. You raise an interesting idea. Not sure if I have the energy to go back to this and host the project though. Definitely have moved on to other things now, with good reason. I will keep it in mind if things change though. Thank you for taking a listen!

  16. Metabolic
    Metabolic on Tue 22nd Dec 2015 - 7 years ago

    Ah Spiv I've missed your music. Always unique.. Love it... I'll grab the new album asap, well done.

    Reply by Spivkurl

    Hey, seems like it's been a while! Happy that you enjoyed listening! Hope that you have grabbed that album, as I think it's the best yet. Appreciate you listening and leaving a comment! Take care!

  17. beerling1970
    beerling1970 on Tue 22nd Dec 2015 - 7 years ago

    This one bouncy track :) love it


    Reply by Spivkurl

    Always appreciate when you stop by to hear my tracks and leave your words! Hope that you are well!

  18. Orlando51
    Orlando51 on Mon 21st Dec 2015 - 7 years ago

    Hi Spiv ! Congrats for releasing a new album and according to this track it must be packed with inventiveness and originality which is a firm attribute of your work anyway.
    Thanks for sharing this newest gem !Faved !:)


    Reply by Spivkurl

    Hello Orlando! It's good to hear from you on this song! I've been getting some good reactions to the album offline, from the few people who have been given a copy. Not so much feedback album wise online, but people seem to enjoy the individual songs... mostly just a testament to how people indulge in music any more I think. I'm proud of this album, as there is much variety in method and instruments... many pieces of gear only show up once in the album. Thanks very much for taking a listen!

  19. BradoSanz
    BradoSanz on Mon 21st Dec 2015 - 7 years ago

    What mic did you use for the vocals? This was an extremely unique and catchy tune. Your voice is so intriguing to me. I want to stay and take it in because it sounds so different than what I hear on the radio, and that's not meant to be a bad thing. I like the uniqueness your voice carries. Those synths are always top notch as always. I'm glad that you're part of this forum and look forward to more of the music from your newest album :)


    Reply by Spivkurl

    Hey buddy! Thanks for stopping by to listen! The microphone used on this one was my "100 Proof" electret condenser, which I built last year. It's actual a stereo microphone, but for vocals I just use one side (they have separate output jacks). Thank you for the compliments about the vocals. There are probably a few reasons for my voice sounding different from the usual radio stuff - a big one would be my background, as I have spent time in many different parts of the US and canada throughout my life, and picked up a conglomeration of the local accents. Also I have smoked various smokeables pretty much constantly for 25 years. Then there is my on and off obsession with European music and film (especially UK and anything Eastern Europe). In all honesty, a large part of the album is already posted here on Looperman, though some have updated mixing and/or mastering on the album (haven't updated the others yet). You can download it for free at though. Best burned to a CD and played on a hi fi. Thank you for the nice comment!

  20. theHumps
    theHumps on Mon 21st Dec 2015 - 7 years ago

    Hey Spiv, totally dig this. Unique music seems to spill forth every time you post.

    Wasn't it your town that had a recent shooting? If that is true, how were you affected by it and does it reflect in your music? Hope you and yours are well!

    I like the idea behind the song. A "Modern Disease" can be thought of many different things these days. Great lyrics and neat sounds work well together to set certain imagery in my cranium as I listen. You are one of a kind!!

    Cool track, gonna dl, thanks for sharing!


    Reply by Spivkurl

    Hello Wayne, I'm happy you stopped by! Also pleased that you enjoyed listening to this one! As far as the shooting goes, I honestly try to restrict the flow of news into my brain. Not to say some of is doesn't get in. I do not watch the news, or read the paper (unless I'm trimming herbs on said paper). I seem to remember something not long ago about a home invasion which ended in a shooting, and I think it was in our neighborhood. From what I know of it, it was a very personal situation, which is the case with much of the crime in our area. Many people are far to trusting when it comes to who they allow into their homes, as well as into their lives in general. Much of the local news is very biased these days, and Minnesota has become one of the most racially biased locations in the US. Really, I was too focused on my own government/police/legal battles last year to be too concerned. I'm glad you can see the various circumstances that the idea of "modern disease" can be applied to. Really if I had not been short on time, and somewhat restrained, the song could have been much more verbose. Heh. I really appreciate your feedback and conversation!

  21. ShortBusMusic
    ShortBusMusic on Mon 21st Dec 2015 - 7 years ago

    Hey Pat, I'm glad I stumbled on this one, especially since today is the solstice, haha.

    Mix is just so crispy and nice, but your mixes are always the best. I enjoy it when you add vox to a song, and you always have a great message to deliver (the lyrics are terrific). That little bit of synth work at the 3:30 mark was really special. I thoroughly enjoyed this one from start to finish. You are this wonderfully talented, mad musical scientist working in his lab cranking out the hits. Well done my friend. Here's to a happy holiday season and a musical 2016. I hope all is well.


    Reply by Spivkurl

    Bear, my friend, it's great to hear from you! The solstice turned out better than expected for me this year. All signs point to me spending the day in court, so I put all of my energy into getting the album done. Didn't want it sitting there half formed if I spent a little jail time. Instead, everything was dismissed at the hearing, so I could use the solstice as the official release instead! You're too kind about the mix! I think that you and I have similar aesthetic preferences when it comes to audio, regardless of any genre borders. The vocals on this have their flaws, but I think I succeeded in conveying what I wanted... and as a bonus it ended up reminding my wife and I of Shriekback, who one of our favorite groups. That synth at the 3:30 mark, as well as the related synths in a couple other parts were designed on the microkorg. Even after 12+ years, I still love working with that synth. Many of the keys are dead from overuse, but it is great as a module or vocoder... I have better controllers now any way. Several people give the "mad scientist" respect, and I can fully appreciate that. There are days where that's exactly how I feel - compelled and obsessed with new sounds, devices, and ways of making music, to the point that anything else gets put aside. Thank you for your words and listen. Hope that your holidays were enjoyable as well! Have a good year!

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