Instruments used: acoustic guitar, kalimba (also known as the African thumb piano), guiro, lap harp, pan pipes, singing saw, toy Barbie guitar, rain stick, classical guitar, marimba (or maybe it was a xylophone??), cello, violin, harmonica, spice container, microtonal (busted toy) ukelele, bugle, cabasa, coffee machine, little shakers, electric guitar, little bells, bigger bells, tubular bells, a strange, flute-like instrument shaped like a crocodile, Jew's harp (also known as the jaw harp), tambourine, chimes, melodica (also known as the pianica), wooden xylophone, a trusty ol' good ol' elementary school RECORDER, cooking pot, banjo, bongos, piccolo snare drum, jack-in-the-box, two different brands of analogue synthesizer, J.G.'s great-grandmother's miniature toy piano, a normal piano, and some other stuff. Computer synthesizers were also used to emulate the sound of instruments such as the bassoon, steel drums, clarinet, glockenspiel, oboe, and helicopter propellers.
Bagpipe players in a parade by my church were sampled. Additionally, so was my brother's high school orchestra, ambient nature sounds such as field recordings of insects, some Hanna Barbera sound effects, the Glenbard West High School orchestra (as well as their band and choir), and "Just What I Needed" by the Cars (rendered unrecognizable). Oh, and some other stuff. I should also mention that I did not play everything on here. My sister played the cello, my brother played the violin, and J.G. played some of the marimba, some of the tubular bells, all of the bowed guitar, and all of the singing saw. Additionally, the lyrics to "Greek Fire" rip off some of "Schizophrenia" by the Sonic Youth.
The album cover for this is something that J.G. found. It's a drawing of my old high school that was in an old 1950s yearbook.
released December 28, 2016
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