what do you know (complete version)
volume 1 number 10*
one can easily see how much I learned from my mentors the beatles as illustrated by this abbey road wannabe. the lush harmonies, the interplay of lennon to mccartney vocals, the vox guitar sound, the ringo tom fills, and sustained bass notes: it's all there and I make no excuse for it. I only wish I had thought of it first. it may be that's why I took such great pains to tear this and other songs into little pieces to sprinkle surprisingly throughout op zop too wah instead of letting them stand alone as this does here for the first time ever.
used to be artists made records specifically to be an experience. the idea being you could sit in a comfy chair with a pair of headphones on listening from beginning to end and feel as though you'd been transported somewhere. like going to see a movie. bands like pink floyd for example made a living out of so-called concept albums that are so out of favor these days. I wanted to make one of those.
my concept centered around the use of snippets of songs put together with found sounds in quick ways to surprise the listener in one long musical sentence.
what do you know was one piece I willingly sacrificed by cutting it into chunks, having one section appear here, another section 10 minutes later when you'd forgotten about it. the ending appears after the record is over (yet one more surprise) and the chorus never makes it to the record at all. I tried surgery like that with a few different songs and the end result remains one of my personal favorites.
op zop too wah ended up being a pretty good rollercoaster ride. but it's also nice to hear this song in its complete form.
*the dust icon will be changing from week to week for a while as I have found some more representations. the one above is a 3-d rendering of a type of pollen.
instruments and vocals: adrian
engineer: noah evens
recorded at studiobelew in mt. juliet, tennessee on august 15, 1995