05 ‘Jealous Guy (Poeme Syncope)’ – Pop Artificielle (1999) – LB

cover of John Lennon track

  • radio filter on piano intro
  • backwards reverb on processed vox
  • phaser/flanger effect on sustained chords
  • different effects on vox for verse (distant) and chorus (close)
  • snr with extreme phaser and delay, sounds like a water droplet
  • extreme panning in solo section, solo piano hard left, electronic counter melody on right

KEY IDEAS to plunder

  1. delay/phasing effects – droplet percussion, swirling sustained chords

04 ‘The Future (Spiritual Surface Noise) – Pop Artificielle (1999) – LB

cover of Prince track

  • spoken word samples (not the same as original i.e william burroughs instead of michael keaton)
  • spoken word sample also processed
  • processed vox doubling (heavy vocoded in background, whispered on top)
  • recognisable guitar and piano

KEY IDEAS to plunder

  1. mix of recognisable instruments and electronics
  2. spoken word samples also processed, though not used musically at least stylistically integrated

03 ‘Sunshine Superman (Stereo Phase Update)’ – Pop Artificielle (1999) – LB

cover of Donovan track

  • deep bass intro
  • stereo spread – different synths in left and right (60s style)
  • jazzy break down
  • degrading, ‘pixelating’ vocal repeat during track fade out

KEY IDEAS to plunder

  1. mimic stereo spread of classic 60s (beatles?) track

02 ‘Be Near Me (Backup Read Error)’ – Pop Artificielle (1999) – LB

cover of ABC track

  • reverb on processed vox, gated
  • truncated chords/beats on triplets
  • bursts of tuned static for chord stabs

KEY IDEAS to plunder

  1. unnaturally truncated – stuttering jump cut effect
  2. bursts of tuned static for chord stabs

01 ‘Superbad (Soul Substitute)’ – Pop Artificielle (1999) – LB

cover of James Brown track

  • ‘horn’ stabs with big reverb
  • ‘R2D2’ surface noise
  • bubbling synth (rapid panning flutter) rhythm part
  • jangly guitar lick replaced with ‘morse code’ jitter
  • sax solo replaced with synth solo
  • vocal internal loops extend during track fade out

KEY IDEAS to plunder

  1. replace guitar lick with electronic blips
  2. extend vocal words/notes with internal looping
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