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Released: Jun 15, 2006 | 6:37 PM
Category: Electronica
Application: GarageBand
Loop Use: Some loops

File Type: .mp3
File Size: 4.8 MB

Plays: 2064
Downloads: 8
Weekly Plays: 2
Weekly Downloads: 0
Statistic reset day: Thursday

License: No derivative works allowed
The third piece in my series celebrating early-twentieth-century pulp fiction. The story of Anthony "Buck" Rogers began in 1928 with Philip Nowlan's publication of "Armageddon 2419 A.D." In this story, Anthony is trapped in a cave, and its gasses maintain him in a state of suspended animation for 500 years. He wakes to find the world very changed: an Asian empire, based in China, has conquered the globe, and the "Hans" are in control of a now largely woodland America. The remaining remnants of the former US population has survived by forming communal gangs that've spawned a socialist economy and a loose confederation. These Americans have been preparing for their "Day of Hope," a second revolution facilitated by the Han rulers' dismissal of the Americans as primitive savages. Because of their powerful floating cities and "dis" rays (capable of disolving atomic bonds), the Han have grown careless.

The downtrodden Americans have (who knows how) developed "inertron" backpacks which cancel out their weight and make treetop-to-treetop jumps of hundreds of feet possible. Using these and Buck's retro strategy, they will expell the Han from the US.

Yeah, it's a bit racist (a lot of these pulp stories are... this particular story actually talks about the "yellow race" fighting against the "white race), but it spawned a sf franchise that, in radio and comics and cinema and tv, would span nearly a century. Fascinating stuff.

I open the piece with a strange version of the "Battle Hymn of the Republic" played in an Asian key, and I also quote heavily from Franz Liszt's "Les Preludes," which was the theme music of the radio serials and showed up in some of the matinees as well.

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Neat concept, nicely executed.

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Every time I listen to your songs I feel like I'm on a safari. You are an excellent guide.
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I adore the SF and the Asian keys of David, wonderful piece.


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I've read these books .. and Heinleins "Day after Tomorrow" and the sequel to Armageddon, which was written with permission of the Nolan estate on the premise Buck Rogers is really an update of King Arthur ..

As usual, you have combined elements with true beauty and insight.
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Almost a retro video game feel in the beginning...love the take on Battle Hymn. This captures the pulpy, yet enthralling elements of old sci-fi perfectly. Yes, those old stories had the trappings of the period's prejudices...interesting how one's vision of the future tends to bear the marks of the time in which it was written.
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The reserved statement this makes creates a sparse environment, which I can imagine would help precipitate a rebellion. I can see the treetops rising out of the ruins of the long fallen Americas and the gathering of the rebels.

The shakers towards the end remind me of rattlesnakes. A creature who doesn't strike unless provoked. The rattles are a warning to back off. A great way to end the piece. It leads to the question of what happens next?
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David Bowles You realy rock man!!!
Your musical mind is wide, so wide that everytime I listen to a new song of you I am in a new world and I guess the good thing is I feel at home with loads of your worlds(songs).
Thanks a lot man for sharing all these beautifull creations.

Greetzzz...
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Very good, very well written piece. Its very much the score to an enthralling story.
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