ARTIST: christ2oooTM
TITLE: HEMI-Powered Hear Me!
LENGTH: 0:49
DATE: 2004

On television during the beginning of the year 2004, an American pick-up truck company marketed their products under the guise: 'man possessing truck with turbo booster (HEMI) is more powerful, more important than fellow man.' In the commercial, the guy in the HEMI-powered pick-up drag races two goofs in a muscle car from one stop light to the next; the goofs try but just cannot keep up. The fun ends with the announcer aggressively asking, with the text jumping on the monitor, "GOTTA HEMI!?" (The question leaves the one pondering whether they have what it takes to stay ahead of goofs.)

I experienced this commercial numerous times, during which I became increasingly bothered by their reflection of societies ill-ways toward product promotion and also the sad state of masculinity in this country. The more I pondered the decline of civilization the more bothered I became, until my perturbation erupted through me yelling through my mini-digi-4track recorder. I found a vibrant effect to run my voice through and I continued singing, "Hey man, you gotta HEMI!?" After playback I noticed how remarkably close the recording sounds to, "Hey man, you gotta hear me!"

This unintentional interpretation of what I was saying is pertinent as to why I am yelling and why I express myself as an artist in the first place. I reflected on how this advertisement had reached me emotionally and how I was reacting to being upset. I thought of my inner-self, the voice I hear when I can get myself into I very quiet and calm space. The part of me that feels calm despite whatever demise surrounds.

I immediately added a second vocal track, sent through an effect that accentuates a calm, steady, inner-self sound, akin to a slow heartbeat. I'll refer to this track as the bass. The bass is opposite the treble verse in many ways. A major contrast is that the bass consists of only a couple simple sounds repeated, "a bump-bump, a bump-bump." Even though only a few words are repeated, they are often pronounced in ways far from familiar or repetitious; hence, they come across as much more than just two sounds. The bass tracks calmness and narrowness of tonal range contrasts the angst filled tone of the treble verse, composed in a broad tonal range, ending in near screech. The two voices share compliments too, mostly tonal harmonies that periodically occur between the voices.

All sounds are generated from my voice alone; though, through two different digital effects on two separate tracks. No editing was done to the tracks; only the two tracks levels were adjusted in relationship to one another as they were mixed to mp3 format.

Seattle, WA
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