Three Times Sung

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Blind mice are not the only things that come in three - music has often exhorted us to sing repeatedly, and this track continues that tradition. Featuring a jazz big band (sax, trumpet, trombone, upright bass, drums, electric guitar, and piano) with solo clarinet and vocals by the virtual singer Alys.

Lyrics (supplemented by scat singing):

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Pigeon Partita

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Columbidae are so common that we often forget about them. Pigeons, doves, and their colorful relatives live around the world, and while many are firmly established in their habitat nearly 1 in 5 species are threatened with extinction. These birds, along with the many other creatures we live alongside, deserve remembrance and respect.

Featuring unaccompanied (“a capella”) clarinet playing an improvised theme in a pseudo-classical style.

Pick Nick

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Forsooth, art thou vexed with the iniquities of divining a location apt for a picknick, free of insectoid intervention? Mayhaps it is best to simply choose without undo discernment, and accept the inevitability of eusocial attendance. If all else fails, one can simply indulge in the blues.

Featuring a jazz quartet of clarinet, upright bass, electric guitar, and drums.

Falling

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The Earth may feel firm beneath your feet, yet it and all celestial bodies are locked in a constant plummet through the void. From here to there and back to here again, they arise and descend indiscriminately yet invisibly - at least, most of the time. Featuring sax nonet (2 soprano, 2 alto, 2 tenor, 2 bari, 1 bass).

Return of the Funk

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The Funk has returned to its home planet in an attempt to rescue the beat from the clutches of the square conductor Arturo the Quick.

Little do they know that Lord Harpsichord has secretly begun construction of a new mechanized instrument even more powerful than the first dreaded metronomes.

When completed, this ultimate contraption will spell certain quantization for the small band of musicians struggling to restore funky freshness to the galaxy…

Featuring flute, electric bass, jazz guitar, Wurlitzer piano, strings, and drums.

This track is a followup of The Funk Strikes Back and A New Funk.

Redundant Robot

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Automation may be threatening human employment, but what happens when robots themselves are obsoleted by newer models? This plaintive lament imagines a robot who has been made redundant - no longer wanted or needed for the very purpose it was built for, it is left wondering - and possibly, rebelling?

Featuring a variety of synthesized robotic-ish sounds, including a thumpy liquidy bass and a smooth whistle lead.