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Jul 29, 2010 | 5:52 PM EDT
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2.4 MB
1 min 3 sec
4.31 / 5.00

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Rated 4.31 / 5 stars
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Nothing here but a piano, a baritone horn, and a trombone. A friend and I got together and arranged/recorded this in a bit of free time. I guess it's a mix of Swing and Blues. Enjoy.

Also, constructive criticism only please!



Rated 2 / 5 stars

m8, it's this wierd, out of tune and overly loud glissando related song is what give the trombone a reputation of a comedic instrument.

The trombone is the best instrument known to man, not a sleazy smeared mess

samulis responds:

Glad you didn't like it, nor did I. Clearly you didn't get the subtle undertones of sarcasm in the poor mix, I'll have to make sure I increase them in a future master.

If that didn't explain it, note the following:
1. It is supposed to be weird.
2. It is supposed to be out of tune.
3. It is supposed to be cheesy.

Fortunately for you, I share the same belief regarding what is my principal as well as yours. However, what is wrong with some humor?


Rated 5 / 5 stars

I love that Sideshow "Come One, Come All!" feel to this music. I enjoy the surrealistic, old timey Victorian feel I get from this, like I'm on a boardwalk seeing the demonstrations for "A Feast for the Eyes, Not for the Faint of Heart" like a bearded lady and what I imagine to be the titular Elephant Man of the song.

The trombone and the baritone horn are what really make it though, since I can't stop smiling at how much those sound like flatulence. Immature, I know, but it's really fun to me. The piano going on alongside just completed the pretty little picture of surrealism on a fine sunny day out on the boardwalk.

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samulis responds:

just fartin' around in front of a microphone, that's all it is...

One thing that may be causing this feel that you describe is the fact that the audio in this is mono that got "stereoized".


Rated 5 / 5 stars

Not only was Goin Mental fun but the main soundtrack is also catchy and classic in its own form. A perfect score for something so goofy and original. 5/5 and a solid vote of 5/5. I hope you've enjoyed this review and have a wonderful day!

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samulis responds:

Thanks man. :)


Rated 5 / 5 stars

im stooped...
i liek dis
good no liek eltronic sounding thengs
liek hrons

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samulis responds:

lol... it was a fun little piece to play.


Rated 5 / 5 stars

Angelus sucks.

This song is ingenious, I don't know what the fuck that dude is blabbering about, the trombone (the main melody?) is INGENIOUS, I could see this in an animation about an elephant having drunk out of the polluted river and then walking around drunk through town destroying everything, with a text in the end "Keep our waters clean, it makes elephants drunk"

Ah well, maybe I'll make it one day with your permission of course, I'm having lots of flashes in my mind which I'm going to make someday :P
I'm already listening to it for the 50th time on loop, ingenious.

Don't change anything, maybe you could add a washboard instrument sound in some places, but it's perfect already :)

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samulis responds:

Thanks for the kind reply, although I do have to agree with Angelus on two things- we were desperately out of tune and had not played for over two months. :)

Feel free to use the song, or any of my songs, whenever you want as long as they are non-commercial, you attribute me, and you tell me. ;)

And best of luck if you ever get to that flash. :)