Poof, You're A Pimp is finally finished. It seems to me that I've been working on it for ever. The composition process was finished months ago. I've been mixing it, remixing it, listening to it incessantly and then, after ignoring it for a week or two, finally listening to it again, becoming depressed by the way it sounds and starting the cycle all over again.
But now it's as finished as it's going to get. There it is. Take it.
Poof, You're A Pimp is Copyright (c) 2008 by David Ocker. It's 722 seconds long, that's one fifth of an hour - plus two seconds. It's the longest computer-composed single movement I've ever posted. Listen now. Or not.
Click here to listen to POOF, YOU'RE A PIMP
If you choose "not", you might want to play the Poof, You're A Pimp Trailer - a short piece with voice over extolling the virtues of the full length work. It has about the same level of truthfulness as any movie trailer or presidential candidate; there might even be a clue or two as to what the big one is about.
Click here to listen to POOF, YOU'RE A PIMP TRAILER
And just what (I hear you ask) is Poof, You're A Pimp about?
Musically it started off as a paean to iPod shuffle play - which has given me many wonderful unexpected musical transitions. But the pieces of the mosaic started to get smaller and smaller. Eventually it became a musical stew where unidentifiable bits of things floated aimlessly. Then the stew boiled down into a lumpy paste which reminds me of a roller coaster. The advice "Get in, hang on and shut up" might be useful as you listen.
Here is a list of things you might listen for in Poof, You're A Pimp and actually be able to hear:
- bits of jazz
- bits of rock
- bits of blues
- bits of salsa
- bits of Baroque keyboard music (dervied from Bach & Scarlatti)
- polytemporal confusion
- ugly harmonies
- way too much percussion
- 6 instances of the Poof, You're A Pimp theme (first heard just before 2 minutes, also very obviously at the end)
- a mystery theme (clue, it's from a Russian opera)
- trumpeting elephants
Do you wonder about the title? It's a line from a Sex In The City television episode. Amanda says it to Charlotte after she expressed dismay at introducing Samantha to another woman with whom Samantha is having a Lesbian affair.
Read about and listen to another long piece of mine, Speaking With Other People's Words, here. George W. Bush is the vocalist in that piece.
The longest piece I've ever posted is Wagner and Schubert Have Intercourse, but that's in five movements. It also has a mystery theme which no one has ever identified. Read about and download WASHI here.
If the little embedded MOG players aren't working for some reason, you might try them directly here for the full piece and here for the trailer.
Here's a better piece which includes a few trumpeting elephants.
Mixed Meters' faithful reader Eric Peterson contributed the big pink album art to accompany Poof You're A Pimp. And then, showing little regard for matters of space or time (his time), he animated it. Thanks Eric, it adds just the right feeling to this post.
Find out more about Eric at http://www.ericnp.net and at http://www.myspace.com/ericnp
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