Songs

Penelope Petticue

When the shit hits the fan, celebrate life and love by writing a smutty little pop song such as Penelope Petticue.

22. January 2011 by sknob
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Déboussolé, the video

03. January 2011 by sknob
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“Le chant du crabe” Rehearsal Video

20. October 2010 by sknob
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Le chant du crabe

Listen to the demos of the music I was commissioned to write for Le chant du crabe, an upcoming play by Compagnie nonante-trois, my brother’s theater company in Lausanne, Switzerland.

  • Suis-moi is to be sung by a siren (presumably by a female actress).
  • Un manteau is a proof of concept for an operatic version of the first song. It features a trio between the siren, Capitaine Cancer and the main character, Malloy. I sing all the parts in the demo. The other version is included to spare you my voice.

14. October 2010 by sknob
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Fragile Bloom

The exciting sequel to Dead & Buried has landed.

With Fragile Bloom, Remote Possibility delicately reveals further poignant and moving details about its uneasy relationship with Rock Stardom.

29. June 2010 by sknob
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Smooth Groove

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Barely a week after completing Au doigt et à l’œil, I woke up with a new musical bee in my bonnet.

I started working on Smooth Groove early yesterday morning and finished late this morning.

Here’s the official blurb on Smooth Groove :

To whip up Smooth Groove, begin with a dash of cymbal, add a little fresh-picked commentary, mix in a pinch of misplaced pride, and simmer the mixture over a low flame.

Consume without moderation.

09. May 2010 by sknob
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Au doigt et à l’œil

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A sad, sad song.

I hoped I would never have to write Au doigt et à l’œil, but several recent unexpected personal clashes forced my hand.

And while I was recording it, the subject of the song became a hot topic in local news.

02. May 2010 by sknob
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Président

Président is the latest opus by my son Nico, 16. He wrote the music and lyrics. I merely recorded the instrumental tracks, following his strict instructions, and mixed his vocals in.

You can listen to it on 1 mot, 1 chanson.

So why are you still reading this?

31. January 2010 by sknob
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Remote Possibility | Dead & Buried

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Remote Possibility re-returns!

Remote Possibility’s latest heavenly opus, Dead & Buried, is sure to haunt you till the end of time, or at the very least until some other catchy tune takes over your poor, defenseless brain.

Proceed with caution.

16. January 2010 by sknob
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Remote Possibility | Second Honeymoon

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Remote Possibility returns!

Second Honeymoon was written for NPR’s Record A Song This Weekend! challenge.

To further complicate matters, the songs had to contain one of the following words : dog, firecracker, lampshade, Japan or NPR.

Undaunted, Icepac (in Alberta, Canada) wrote all 6 words into his lyrics.

He then sent the words to Sknoblogger late afternoon on Saturday (local Paris time).

Sknoblogger wrote the chorus that evening, and finished writing and recording the song in time for submission on Sunday.

Icepac has all the details on the Remote Possibility song page!

So now you too can enjoy a Second Honeymoon!

16. November 2009 by sknob
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Chemistry

Finally, a new song. Here’s the backstory, loosely translated from 1 mot, 1 chanson:

Word-wise, it was just a matter of documenting a topical issue.

Music-wise, I felt a strong urge to compose. The only preconceived idea that I had was to use a new symphonic sound bank. I wanted delicate, subtle timbres and intertwining, counterpunctal melody lines.

Later, as I was tuning my electric guitar and playing basic chords over a straight-ahead drum loop, the Geekette happened by and swooned.

She loves nothing more than heavy, primitive rock music, you see, and with the lyrics already singing her praise, I had no choice but to go down this rocky road, even if my pop proclivities ended up needlessly polluting what could have been a good ol’ plain and simple rudimentary rock and roll tune.

Still, pump up the volume, and give Chemistry a whirl.

You might not regret it.

18. July 2009 by sknob
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Round and Round

I badly needed a music-making mental health break. So I spent a chunk of my weekend writing and composing and recording and mixing this silly little song, which is a self-referential commentary on silly little songwriting, and the obvious motivations behind that crafty craft.

The following official version of Round and Round is NSFW as they say on the anglo-saxon Internet, due to the use of a forbidden word (hisssss!).



But what if you live in a theocracy, fascist or otherwise, where a single word, and a fairly mild one at that, can trump context? And/or what if you like your entertainment to be perfectly harmless and inane? Well fear not, because I created the following expurgated version just for you.



Update: presumptuously added Round and Round to the Hit Singles music player of the My Music page.

14. April 2009 by sknob
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