The Twenty-Four Hour Album

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

The End of Another Story

Well, that is all we did in the 24 hours we devoted to the album. No, we didn't quite make it a full 24 hours, but I certainly was up for at least that much time if you include setup and breakdown. One of my favorite parts of the day is listening back to the whole raw album as we wrap cables, and tuck away each maraca and kazoo. I can surely say that as an artifact, this is the best album we have done. The final product is really only a small part of the experience. It is the raw and ever present energy in the creative process of the whole day that makes me excited to do it time and time again.

There is some footage of the album this year, and when I get some time, I will post it on the blog. We are planning the 2009 album for the summer, so keep posted in May/June for a whole new set of micro-legends.

Thanks to all of you who participated this year.

The Twenty-Four Hour Album Band of 2008:
Kurt Cole
Andy Halladay
Jamie Halladay
Pat Halladay
Rachel Hofmann
Aaron Johnson (aka. Ukulele Loki)
Andrew Jones
Christopher Jones
Rob Linder (aka. The Butcher)
Nick Ramke
Karen Sama
Jesse Weight
Davis Wimberly

15. Wakan Tanka (feat. Uncle Pat)

It was late, really late. Everyone had gone but the three of us diehards. Jamie had called Uncle Pat earlier in the day to get a recording of his honest voice. Uncle Pat phoned this little proverb in from his home in New Mexico. We filled out the ambience with some meditative flutes and drums–a peaceful ending to a long, adventure-filled day.

15. Wakan Tanka (feat. Uncle Pat)
Uncle Pat - Sage
Jamie - Native Flutes (Alto Recorder), native drum, Sleep machine
Andy - Spa Synths
Kurt - Steel Rain, Percussion

Sunday, February 8, 2009

14. Space Prison

It was late, and I barely remember what was going on at this point. I'm not sure I knew what I was doing at the time, so forgive my hazy recollection. Anyhow, after "Breakin' Up Full Time" wrapped up, there was a slow shift in the energy. Ukulele Loki reassumed his titular role by laying out a riff on his Uke, all while playing his keyboard will the pegs of his Uke to make a bassline. Jesse and Jamie apparently had run off to conjure up some new lyrics for yet another legendary tale about a hardened criminal. Not just any criminal, but an intergalactic space fugitive. Here is his/her tale...

Jesse - Criminal 1
Jamie - Criminal 2
Ukulele Loki - Micron Bass and Uke
Andy - MicroQ Swinkles, GarageBand samples
Davis - Djembe
Karen - Scrapey Scrapey Spoons (or some other metallophone)

Sunday, February 1, 2009

13. Breakin' Up Full Time

Ukulele Loki and Davis took the lead for this late night number. After getting a solid jam together with Davis' foot stompin' riff and Loki's wonky interjections, the two put together a little story about trials and tribulations over a breakup–what I assumed was based on an inside joke. Jesse added her own layer to the story–the female perspective in the scenario with her own, more conclusive agenda to the breakup.

13. Breakin' Up Full Time
Ukulele Loki - Vox, Wonky Synths
Davis - Vox, Guitar, Djembe
Jesse - Vox
Kurt - Homebass
Karen - Tom-toms
Andy - Maracas