Franklyn Monk Dronecast 28: Outtakes.

Just some scraps I had laying around. I record as I write and delete everything up to the final recording—to save disk space, and because there’s always too much to review.

Recordings get scattered all over the place, and I’ll loose track of them, and sometimes stumble over them again. Instead of deleting them this time, I decided to give you a behind the scenes look at my writing process.

You can listen to the evolution of Tour Guide (formerly Fairy Tale, and before that Nursery Rhyme. It was originally scheduled to be #26, but took longer than I had anticipated to work out. I like all the versions, but the one I pushed out is my favorite.

There’s also some other stuff that never became anything. Important lesson here, don’t waste your time on shit that ain’t gonna work—you’ll get a sense of what’s salvageable and what’s torturous. Anything could be made to work, with enough aggravation and toil and effort. But if it’s aggravating and toiling and effortful, just stop, you’ll end up hating yourself. Every word you write isn’t gold, every phrase you utter isn’t a poem, learn the difference and move on.

There’s some cool lines there though, and it’s funny as hell, so here, some rough cuts. I probably have more on my phone I might push out sometimes, but not soon, this took too much work.

Since I put this together in a coffeehouse I couldn’t record the intro, so I had my computer read it. There’s also a computer generated voice reading the segments of a podcast—as best I can determine them to be. I thought about doing the whole talk my audience to death with personal info, and what not, but I hate it when podcasts have long intros, and outros, and pandering fucking personal tales, etc. I know it’s done because people are more likely to follow the person, not the work, and it’s easier to brand, and the additional length makes ads more palatable, and give the audience warm fuzzies, but I can’t stand it, I can’t skip them fast enough—so, I won’t do it, but I reserve the right to change my mind at a later date. The parts of a podcast segment is funny though.

Sorry for the ramblings, I’ve been at this all day, something like nine hours, heading out now, bye!

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I’m getting less traction for “Outtakes” than I usually do and I think it’s because people assume they know what outtakes are.

Have no fear, it is a fully produced piece with a backing track that will guide you though surreal meditation, while demonstrating a new confidence and growth as tinkerer and toyer.

It playback well over a broader range of equipment and features an industrial-mechanico sample that I’m very proud of—having created it from scratch by generating and molding square waves. There’s also the sound of rapid gun shots from a cold blooded murder, briefly.

The vocal segments (mostly recorded on ancient phones and micro recorders), are chunks out of my brainstorming storming process. They feature one of the best lines I’ve ever written, “waking up neighborhoods, trippin’ over hoes”, which I tease you with for a while before delivering a punchline near to the end—that’s the importance of longer pieces, there’s time for play.

It’s weird how those distinct, disjointed segments flow into a larger narrative, but I did that intentionally—these aren’t just clips haphazardly thrown together to fill space with empty content. It's a full struggled over and loved piece of art meditation for you to dream to.

It also some working versions of Tour Guide, from when I was looking for words and rhythm, which just happens to be the previous track, so you should go ahead and list to it immediately next—it’s short, round a minute or two I’d guess.

And then fuck, that's followed by “I Trusted You” my shortest track, clocking in at around 2 seconds—and it’s that long because enhanced podcasts with multiple chapters and artwork start getting freaky below the 2 second barrier. (yes yes I like really short as well as really long stuff.)

That leads to my next ful-lengthl track “It’s a Hoot!” which it is, a hoot! I tell ya.

Over the course of those tracks you’ll hear the evolution of the I’m an Ally riff.

I say all that, but I did get an unanticipated like from a surprising, perhaps forgotten, source that made me all love and clouds for a few days.

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