Description : Latest Spivkurl track here, containing many different recent themes. A little bit of psychedelic organostep, maybe? Has the first released recordings from my latest instrument Bias Machine, which is a manual magnetic tape based performance sampler. Also some data bending, Suzuki Omnichord, Korg Montribe, and Yamaha YS-200 in here. Even my cat had her influence... Please enjoy the listen and download!

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  1. mudhoen
    mudhoen on Thu 23rd Mar 2017 - 7 hours ago
    I think everything has already been said in the comments. Another fun and unique spivkurl track. It is always a surprise where come up with every time :-)

    Well done!
  2. MGproduct
    MGproduct on Thu 23rd Mar 2017 - 9 hours ago
    Wonderful ... Love your voice :)
  3. crucethus
    crucethus on Sat 4th Mar 2017 - 2 weeks ago
    Geez Louise. Great job. Some parts of your vocal delivery remind me ever so slightly of Siouxsie Sioux. And I love the minimalistic approach and sometimes casio like delivery. Always a treat to hear you sing. i remember back in the day encouraging you to do more of that and you have over the years so Bravo!
    Reply by Spivkurl I too remember that you helped encourage me in this direction, and I thank you! It's funny that you mentioned Siouxsie... later in the evening after you posted this, my wife and I were getting a buzz and watching youtube. We found a little documentary about siouxsie. It was quite funny, like a bunch of her friends being interviewed while kissing her butt. The only person (sort of) in her band who was mentioned was Marco Pironi (of Adam and the Ants), who was just thrown in there in her first show as guitarist. Nothing about Steve Severin or how Robert Smith probably played a lot of guitar on here early albums. Oh well, it was funny. The "casio like delivery" idea seems to be becoming more common, though I never really thought about it. I know that many casio instruments have a signature sound, but I never though about it in terms of "delivery," which puts it more directly than I've heard. I'm happy I could get a song done in the midst of all the inst building and other hard work. Thank you for listening and encouraging!
  4. BradoSanz
    BradoSanz on Thu 2nd Mar 2017 - 3 weeks ago
    This was quite the trip! Haha! What did you use for the vocal recording (microphone)? Was it one you made? This is so trippy and I like it for some reason haha. Maybe because it's so against mainstream (which I hear too much of nowadays) :P Great stuff, I have no words or critiques. This song is in a category all it's own LOL!

    Reply by Spivkurl Hey there Brado! Thanks for stopping by to listen! This was not a microphone that I made, but was in fact a vintage Marantz Superscope EC-5. I find myself using that one a lot lately, as it's response just seems to work well for my performance style. "Against mainstream," I suppose you must be right, since it mirrors the way I live (most days). It was kind of fun to make a short song like this, as often when I do they are without lyrical value, more like experiments. I think this gives it a bit of old school pop value. Thanks much for stopping by!
  5. asidRn
    asidRn on Sat 25th Feb 2017 - 3 weeks ago
    so, billionz led me here. let's get at it!

    oh, i remember listening to this track and saying "id comment later; this is gonna take me a while to deconstruct."

    two weeks later... LOL

    that kick is absolutely perfect. so good, id love to know if its a sample or a synth kick... the click on it is absolutely perfect...

    im guessing that audible tape reversal that accompanies it is from the tape sampler? definitely appreciate the raw feeling it adds to the track!

    that bass synth at 0:13 is layered perfecty, but i wish the upper harmonics of that electric piano you introduce at 0:33 were more audible... it sounds louder later in the track (and to my liking). wonder if you deliberately made it louder later in the track or if im imagining things...

    that chorus is amazing; well-thought out for sure.

    once i get past that first chorus, this track goes to a whole new level imo. flawless execution. everything just ties together so perfectly! what initially sounded like some cool glitch or pitch or some shit actually has a purpose in the greater scheme of things.

    not very common these days with the increasing number of preset whores on this planet who just mash a buncha shit together that sounds cool (with no purpose to the sound selection too)... im definitely guilty of this at times... ;P

    anyway, i digressed there; oops! great track man! can't really find anything to pick on past that first chorus! look forward to more of your eccentric stuff! =D
    Reply by Spivkurl Hey there! Thanks for coming back to leave a comment! Also, I am sorry about my outbreak regarding the comment by Billionz. In the past I hope.

    The kicks are indeed sample based. One is part of a drum loop which is chopped in SliceX, and manipulated with the articulators. The other was created in Polyplex, using some custom samples from my studio gear, however I can't say what gear, as I just loaded up the user library with a bunch of prepared samples. Glad they sound good though!

    The tape based sampler is most audible right in the intro, sounding slightly like turntable scratching. I recorded various performance loops along with the drum beat, and then used the ones which fit well.

    There is in fact no layering in the bass, it is simply the monotribe controlled by midi notes, and manipulated via the panel knobs in real time. It seems that the "electric piano" you are thinking of is actually the monotribe bass as well, yet with different live settings. The manipulation was all done when I dumped the tribe to audio, so it very well could be more audible later in the track due to changes in filter setup.

    Chorus hurt a bit getting the take I wanted, but in the end it turned out pretty well. Thanks!

    My songs often intentionally take a while to "align," which is basically intentional, especially when working in psychedelic styles. If you've done a psychedelic, you will know that this is often the case with the effects. It also has the added benefit of enticing the listener to raise the volume before the "peak."

    It's very uncommon that I use a preset anymore, aside from hardware instruments which do not offer anything but this and are yet to be modified... such as the Omnichord. There is something to be said about skipping sound design and getting straight to composition, yet invention of sounds is one of my passions... otherwise I wouldn't have solder burns all over my hands most of the time!

    I really want to get more songs done soon, but the more technical aspects have been consuming me. Have been spending probably 30-40 hours a week building a new instrument, and it's hard to "shift gears."

    Thank you for the well thought out comment and for listening!
  6. Billionz
    Billionz on Fri 24th Feb 2017 - 3 weeks ago
    Nice Track!
    Reply by Spivkurl You didn't even play it. Get off this kick please, it's annoying.
  7. Spd2
    Spd2 on Thu 23rd Feb 2017 - 4 weeks ago
    Oh boy, I can't keep up with the bombardments of 'sub genres'. Hmmm, organostep. Is it real, or just meant sarcastically XD. Brilliant piece Spiv, your creativity span is very broad and electrifying. I can't handpick what I admire most about this track because every element on here complement each other very well. The mix is impeccable as always, you have a good sense of tucking and panning every sounds in its proper place. Excellent job brother, nothing but mad respect to a true professional. Congrats and thank you for sharing with us.

    Reply by Spivkurl Hey buddy! Thanks for taking a listen! The "organostep" was mostly just for a laugh, hence the "maybe" qualifier. Honestly my creativity is outpacing my abilities and constraints at the moment, though I do keep persevering. Most of my "free" time is being spent on a new instrument build, which should be unlike anything else out there. Got the first module of it finished yesterday, and there were at least 120-150 wires to be connected in order to achieve the goal. A few modules to go, but they should be slightly more simple. I'm happy about your complimentary comment. I like to have my songs taken more as a whole, rather then anything standing out (for better or worse). I really appreciate it my friend, thanks for the fave!
  8. jamid
    jamid on Thu 16th Feb 2017 - 1 month ago
    Wow wow
    Hello Spiv,
    I think you've done a wonderful job here.
    Your voice is really captivating and fit well within the composition.
    Really a great job my friend.
    Well done.
    Reply by Spivkurl Jamid, I must thank you for consistently being there to listen and support my continued work! You also seem to be an integral part of Looperman in recent times, and that is something else to be proud of! There are a few people on here whom I like to think of as "Spivkurl fans," and you are definitely one of them. The more I listen to this, the more I hear some bipolar tendencies... I guess that's okay, I'll just add it to the list! Thank you my friend!
  9. toastedavalanche
    toastedavalanche on Thu 16th Feb 2017 - 1 month ago
    Wow. This track is impressive. Sounds insane the first time you listen to it, but it's complexity shines on repeated listens. I especially love your vocal performance. Like the composition it shifts and slides around (through it's pitch and through panning). It's quite easy to believe that the narrator is lost again, because everything keeps changing, even himself. Obviously that is just my interpretation. But it's cool that the track made me engage with it.

    Reply by Spivkurl Thank you my friend! "Sounds insane the first time you listen to it, but it's complexity shines on repeated listens." This part of your comment made me think deeper on how people interact with me in my "everyday" life. As if only those who have interacted with me regularly in the past can understand how I react to things. Possibly this is part of my recent legal issue. The vocals took a bit of practice, and with the tempo of them it was difficult to give the song a good length. There was definitely a bunch of different influences to the vocal/lyrical aspect. Getting "lost again" was a primarily external issue, and is a very positive aspect of the idea. It was celebratory, in a way, as I have been charged with three crimes in the past four years, and have avoided trial or real punishment in all cases. I always appreciate hearing other people's interpretations, especially in my lyrical work... this is part of what is so valuable about the looperman community! I'm happy that you listened and enjoyed! Thank you!
  10. kingmadi
    kingmadi on Thu 16th Feb 2017 - 1 month ago
    Woah this is so fun to listen to. Sooo abstract. I could listen to this a billion times and find something new each time! Nice work. :)
    Reply by Spivkurl Thank you for listening to this, and for leaving your equally fun comment! It's interesting, I never really thought of this as abstract... possibly it is a reaction to the lyrics, maybe not. Happy that you feel that it merits further listening. Thank you so much!
  11. ladyinred
    ladyinred on Tue 14th Feb 2017 - 1 month ago
    by the way , is it you singing ?!
    Reply by Spivkurl Oh yes, it surely is. Thank you for the comments! I will get back to the other one soon, and then return the favor!
  12. ladyinred
    ladyinred on Mon 13th Feb 2017 - 1 month ago
    Hey spiv it's uinque and creative as usual of your works .

    I like the way you think about music .

    Elena :)
    Reply by Spivkurl Thank you Elena for the nice comment! It seems that a lot of people only notice the strangeness, as opposed to the extreme levels of contemplation and research which lead to my songs. I'm happy that you can see through that a bit! Often I get a lot of resistance when trying to explain my musical thought process, or I get retorts such as "you obviously don't know anything about synthesizers," or "this is intentional due to this or that genre." It seems silly, but people can think what they want. I appreciate you listening a couple times!
  13. promenade2239
    promenade2239 on Sun 12th Feb 2017 - 1 month ago
    I love female sounding sample you incorporated to those first beats of a song - at least this is how it sounds to me: serious and real. Politics and stuff discussed - a real song! At 0:47 I can recognize wonderfully ringing Omnichord in the backgroud when melodic treated voice is in foreground. High - Low, Dense - Transparent - a kind of extraposition happening. Cool. 1:40 is more breathy. Fine mixing of sound. 1:54 there is an apparently simple melody, I like it a lot.
    Reply by Spivkurl Thank you for visiting my page again in recent days! You are right, this is serious and real - as are most things going on within and without lately. Then again, things are getting to the point where nothing is okay, no matter what choices I make. It's hard feeling this way, but at least music can help me keep going. The omnichord fit in really well to make that section happen, and I'm glad that you could "pick it out." The term "melodic treated voice" had me wondering - to me it suggested some sort of use of pitch shifting or correction on the vocals. There definitely was none of that. Possibly you mean something very different from this though. The idea of extraposition was one which I had to look up, and I found it very interesting and appropriate for the lyrics. The "breathy" aspect of that last vocal section was most likely due to sheer exhaustion... performing this many words in such a short song was a bit trying. The simple melody was played on the Yamaha YS200, in an effort to make a short solo phrase which would give a contrast to what had come before. Seemed to work okay, especially with the odd modulation which trails of on the last note. Thank you very much for listening my friend!
  14. starpyro
    starpyro on Sun 12th Feb 2017 - 1 month ago
    Reply by Spivkurl You are correct, it is. However, from this comment, I cannot tell if you simply do not have a grasp of language, or if you are simply using my track to bump yours. Either way, try to put a bit more thought into things in the future. Thank you.
  15. CitizenMofo
    CitizenMofo on Sun 12th Feb 2017 - 1 month ago
    I love this strange weird track. I love the strange weird singing. I love the strange weird music. I love your strange weird style. Please keep being strange and weird.
    Reply by Spivkurl I don't think that I can avoid the traits which you speak of, and yet, I can't help but feel that it is others who are strange and weird (music aside). Can these things truly be a "majority rules" attribute? I look around at the people I see, and I think "how can you live like this?" In a similar fashion, I look at much of the recent popular music, and think "why bother?" Maybe these things on their own make me strange or weird. Either way, I appreciate your listen, and the feedback! Thanks!
  16. Orlando51
    Orlando51 on Sat 11th Feb 2017 - 1 month ago
    Oh, no no my friend...who will believe you? You obviously didn't get lost
    as title would suggest. You're still more than well on the track with your usual inventiveness and creativity! I'm a huge admirer of your "a bit off the wall" style and thank god you're always true to it. Faving this is a must !:)

    With admiration_____Orlando
    Reply by Spivkurl Hey Orlando! Thank you for having a listen to this one! Your reaction to the title is entertaining to me, due to the underlying idea behind those words... I did in fact get lost again, but maybe not in the way that it could be assumed. Mostly it refers to being "lost" by the court system again. A third citation, in a period of four years, from which I could avoid trial or serious consequences. Luck of the Irie strikes again, I suppose. I'm always found in more pure form when the satisfaction is present, or the lack thereof. Thanks for the kindness... I'd rather be "off the wall" than hanging ON IT. Appreciate the fave my friend!
  17. KometBeing
    KometBeing on Sat 11th Feb 2017 - 1 month ago
    fun stuff!
    thanks for keeping on w/yer music
    Reply by Spivkurl Thank you for taking a listen! I have no choice in the matter it seems. Have to keep expressing myself in ways that are still legal. Appreciate it!

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Corporate recovery means
Demons in the government
The crops they are a hoverin
The families are sufferin
Everyone is sufferin
Everyone is sufferin
Everyone is nothing
Everyone is government

Seperate from these things
Tired of all the pain it brings
It penetrates and it stings

I got lost again
I got lost again

I just don't know you any more
Don't know you any more
Never hope for what's in store
Just a mouse amongst your hoard
I'm left hanging from this cord
On your towers in the sky
Towers in the sky
Inside your powers that deny
Can't keep living in disguise
I will cut you down to size

If only love wasn't filed
Underneath the underwear
We'd be discoverin
We wouldn't be sufferin
We'd be lovin
and discoverin
And we wouldn't
need eachother

I can't control you anymore
Control you anymore
Didn't know you were this poor
and your disappointing score
I'm a storm without a port
I'm your shower in the night
shower in the night
To the lovers in the fight
And the brothers in the right
I will push you out of sight ;;'[///////////////////////////////////////////////;'..........................................................



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