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The Three Priceless Tracks...
Posted Apr 22, 2011 - 12:03:36

Lt. Snorkel!I keep re-recording the same song. It's true, on three different releases, I've released versions of a melody I refer to as "Priceless." This isn't a Nickelback scenario where I keep inadvertently keep rewriting the same thing - this is completely on purpose. I'm mildly obsessed with the melody, and I like screwing around with variations on it.

Kind of like Mozart and "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" - only I'm no Mozart and the tune is only one percent as catchy.

As some of you know, earlier today I released the new Lt. Snorkel album. For those confused, Lt. Snorkel is the name I release music under. I would call it a one person band, but I think that's pretentious. You have to be Trent Reznor or something to get away with saying that kind of stuff.

In any case, the first track off the new album is, unsurprisingly the latest "Priceless" variation - in this case "Still Priceless" is the title I went with. It's quite a bit different than say the version "Priceless Too" (a pun!) I put out in 2008. Both of these are very different than the original version I put out in 2007 which was titled "Just Priceless" (which was released under the Happy Wednesday name - before I split my electronic music stuff out of that project).

Comparing the three tracks is mildly amusing though, as we really can see the difference in the tools I was using at the time. The first version was recorded using a digital piano (I sadly no longer have access to) which was, at it's core, a KORG workstation. I recorded it in just one quick take. Priceless Too was recorded using just my Mac, and about five different versions of that song exist on my hard drive, as I kept tweaking, rerecording, and adding/subtracting elements from the song.

The new version, of course, was the first song that I recorded entirely, from start to finish, on my iPad.

And eventually, a few years down the road, I'll probably do a new version of the song. Maybe I'll start doing chiptunes and make a version that way. Or maybe I'll actually learn guitar or something, and do a version that isn't completely digitally generated. Who knows.

I look forward to what else I can find in that melody though.
- Traegorn

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You may call it Priceless in whatever way. I just call it the Trae theme song because that's actually what it is to me. Everytime I hear it, the first thought I have is you Trae and it's just a general thought not anything more or less.

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