the ultimate in triviality

i was listening to the books‘s the lemon of pink on the way to work this morning, for the first time. on a track called “take time,” a sampled voice starts saying “a time and a time and a time and a time…” over and over.

it’s admittedly part of the fun of this band, that they find all these obscure samples of voices saying the strangest things. i think you’re supposed to marvel at their resourcefulness and the depth of their sample pool. with this particular snippet, it was obvious that they hadn’t just looped the voice– from the minute variations in tone and the natural rhythm of the speech it was evident that this speaker had actually repeated the words “and a time” over and over. i thought to myself, “wow! why did this person say this, record himself saying this? and how on earth did the books find it?”

and then, later, i heard the same voice intone, “and there is nothing new under the sun,” and i instantly realized that the books had (perhaps even more amazingly) made a very, very clean edit of the “seasons” passage from ecclesiastes, cutting all the words except the “time” references: “a time to be born and a time to die…”

highly trivial, but these small pleasures make life interesting.

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  1. Yay for the Books!!! we love “Lost and Safe” in the Harnish house. we just sit on our couch, listening, and staring off into space in awe. Jay saves and uses a lot of samples in both his Alienare and HyperSomnia projects. He’s a consumate recorder–he saves all voice mails, but also has archives upon archives of mp3s of everything from old radio programs to southern Romanian Folk music (yes, he divides them in folders by region). he’ll hear some random snippet in a movie, get an excited “Aha!” expression–pause and play it over two or three times. later, he’ll copy that two seconds of sound and use his software to stretch it out, loop it, distort it, what have you. it’s a pretty fascinating process to watch. sometimes, in his own tamperings with the sound, he’ll accidentally distort it back to the original source that the movie’s sound designers had used. it’s a little like seeing the man behind the curtain in Oz.

  2. I agree with your last sentence “highly trivial, but these small pleasures make life interesting.” Just like all of the trillions of diamonds I saw lying on the freshly fallen Ann Arbor snow in this morning’s brilliant sunshine.

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