The Sappening

Juice and I shot lots of footage of dock sitting and the subsequent events while waiting on one of Andrew Noonan to come out and direct us in shooting a music video.

After we shot this footage, I struggled to edit it into a concise story.  Then, talking with Noonan about my efforts to make this make sense, I expressed that this is most like the movie The Happening.  Noonan suggested I call my video The Sappening and make it a sort of a parody.  That’s what this had to become!

I visited my friend Kevin E. Richards, who was for a time the principal double bassist in the Hendricks Symphony Orchestra, and he’s now a process safety engineer for a huge chemical company.  At his place, I wanted to help but ultimately I just watched him do the math for fret distances to change his bass to a 10-TET tuning.  Western music has 12 notes in a scale, but Kevin tuned to have just one string correct and everything else tuned to a 10-note scale, one that sounds horrifically out of tune to most ears.

Kevin and I met Noonan in an apartment complex’s basement.  The concrete block walls, running water from hundreds of residents flushing, a thin carpet on concrete, and a pool table to mess with sounds and rest my laptop provided the ideal recording environment for the movie’s soundtrack.  In one hour or so, we recorded the multiple droning and melodic bass tracks for the soundtrack and added a percussion and chanting track spontaneously.

Then, Noonan and Kevin recorded the ending credits song with a custom Telecaster recording a few tracks and a custom 5-string bass guitar both through a $20 pawn shop Squier amp playing into an AT-2035.

Musically, this short movie feels pretty good.  Otherwise it’s still really weird, but this has turned out to be the one short film for which people spontaneously come up to me and say that they liked it.  I have no idea how to make movies people like, so this is probably a good start.

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