Fred Miller | A Folia for Wallace

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A Folia for Wallace

by Fred Miller

Accordion, Electronica, and Americana: Songs of our past and future, songs of betrayal, detection, floods and the moons of Saturn.
Genre: Avant Garde: Mixed Media
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1. A Folia for Wallace
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2. Bath Scene Symphony
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3. Detective De Forge
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4. Muzz’s Gym
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5. Willie
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6. Not My Grave
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7. Ain’t No More Vein
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8. New Dental Blues
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9. One for the I O T
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10. Rain in the Valley
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11. Sumpin' Sumpin'
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12. Muzz’s Gym Acoustic
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
01 - A Folia for Wallace

A Folia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Folia) is one of the oldest known musical themes… There are two versions, the early and later folias, and this one is modeled after the later style. The way I have heard it explained is that the pattern was used just as we use the blues pattern today. It’s a way to improvise and compose over a melody that everyone knows. Jam out to this Folia!

02 - Bath Scene Symphony

Big bass. This song started with me working on getting a really good bass sound, the kind that bumps at the club.

03 - Detective DeForge

This one is I think my favorite on the album. The big breakthrough came when I was able to get the piano line turned into more of a mumble response to the spoken work.. That and the arpeggiated pad sound. I will probably release just the backing music to soundcloud, it’s just so 80s chill-vibe...

04 - Muzz’s Gym

Ah, Muzz’s Gym. I have been building this song for over a year now, and it’s ready for prime time. Muzz is a great guy, and his gym is a place you just want to hang out. I imagine this song as the intro to a sitcom of the same name.

05 - Willie

06 - Not My Grave

This is part of the two-song response to “Long Black Veil”. In this song, the “best friend” of the guy who went to the gallows laments his fate. He’s really kind of in the dark about what all is going on, which I think is evident in the lyrics. He feels that he has been forgotten. We still don’t know who the murderer is, and we really don’t even know who was killed! See “Detective DeForge” for more info.

07 - Ain’t No More Vein

The bass and cowbell are sample from recordings of Mount Saint Helens exploding.
The snare is from a thunderclap recording.
Note that these samples were pulled from the internet archive…
The guitar sounds are from this really obnoxious japanese guitar toy. I sampled those myself. You’re welcome.

“Ain’t No More Cane” is an old American work song from Texas in the early 20th century. It is re-imagined here as a futuristic American work song from a moon of Saturn, where all the gas has been mined out.

Ain’t No More Vein On Iapetus
It’s all been transformed to the gasses

Shoulda been out on Saturn, In 30 and 10
They were drivin the autos just like they drove the men

Mr. Shadow Don’t do me like you done poor old Zorg
Hit him in the head so hard now he’s Geordi La Forge

Get down John Connor, hide from that cyborg
Oh, oh, oh-oh
Don't you rise up til Judgment Days o’er
Oh, oh, oh-oh

Wake up out on Venus, hold up your own head
Oh, oh, oh-oh
Well you may get an implant or might just drop dead
Oh, oh, oh-oh

08 - New Dental Blues

Brush your teeth folks.

09 - One for the IOT

This one was fun to work on. I got this little German instrument that picks up and amplifies elctro-magnetic fields. I took those and input to my DAW for experimentation. I imagined that some of what I put in there was a lyrical line, a robot melody if you will. So I put it to a beat and the result is a little ditty for the Internet of Things. When our new robot overlords come, those in possession of this song will get a pass from the culling fields.

10 - Rain in the Valley Remix

11 - Sumpin' Sumpin'

12 - Muzz’s Gym Acoustic

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