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The Tunnel 2007 Remix!

by Steve Kusaba

The style is "Omni". This refers to a mixing of all types of musical genres, procedures and instruments. The more homogeneous the mix the better, the melodies themes and motifs must work in all places. (Have you ever heard a pop song in muzak when it just
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1. The Tunnel
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2. Digger
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3. Blood Urine and DNA
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4. Longing for the Sky
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5. Counter Electrically
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6. While they are gone
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7. Good William B
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8. Return to me
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9. Searching for the head of the top dwellers
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10. Prelude (Elm Street)
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11. Truculent Czar
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12. Showdown
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13. Lets settle this
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14. Stalemate
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
This remix is a much higher quality than the original tunnel. It has been a dream of mine to get this project improved for quite a while even though budgetary considerations have prevented this. With the power of Pro-tools and other great software, hard work helped close the gap on what large amounts of money could achieve. Maybe someday the New York Philharmonic might become involved!

The tunnel is about the struggle between the authoritarian surface dwellers and the cave dwellers who represent the individual that struggles under the weight of the monolithic personages of power. The piece is largely allegorical and operates on multiple levels. Being the first CD of the series it starts out introducing the first elements of the struggle and the outcome of the first engagement. There are anthems that are meant for the small people such as COUNTER ELECTRICALLY and SEARCHING FOR THE HEAD OF THE TOP DWELLERS. There is the sorrow of loss and despair in LONGING FOR THE SKY. Comedy underlines the whole thing and even the villains such as evil William B. seem like someone you would meet at a casino. The Tunnel (CD 1) was finished in 1999 and a few copies were made in 2000 but the quality of the mix was not good enough for a bigger release. (Only friends got copies) As part of a move to mix songs into respectable shape that will be explained in more detail later in this writing The Tunnel became ready to go. A bigger budget will allow for certain CDs to be produced as they are quite ambitious in scope. This will demand professionals in many instruments to play parts that range over a large quantity . ( The CD Creptus is also slowed down by budgetary problems.) We hope to have ten of the CDs available here at CD Baby within a year.

The first song titled The Tunnel, musically represents the massive digging of a vast system of tunnels that will house millions of refugees from the Authoritarians that attempt to rub out all individualism, choice and freedom. Though representative in nature, the physical effect of the main theme is supposed to bring the image of enormous earth movers working into the twilight to make way for hoards of displaced victims. Much of the material for the entire work is contained in this first piece.

The protagonist is represented by Good William B. who is a composite clone of three other guys with William Burroughs being the dominant personality. One of the primary points of the tunnel is that the terms frequently refer to the free and honest information battle against the titanic amount of propaganda that the 100 years war has produced. To "Counter Electrically" is to merely get the truth out via different outlets such as the internet , free television should it ever exist, radio, music, word of mouth and just about anything that will produce a result where both sides of the story are heard.

The whole thing descends into farce as Good William B. breaks into Evil William B's home and a "Showdown" occurs.
While simple in nature, the first CD sets up the extremely complex second CD where both sides are sending out agents to kidnap each other and they are unable to find each other because they have crossed into each others territory.

A little bit about myself (I will fill in the rest later on) I have many interests apart from music. History, investing/trading, chess, politics, philately, art, literature, biking, hiking, and many other things are things that compete for my time with music. I find most people interesting and like to hear the insights that they have learned about their specialties. At www.blogspot.com I have some of my writings though much of what I have written on the web has since disappeared into thin air. The web is a great place, I hope that the Authoritarians do not succeed in destroying this too in addition to their other great mistakes.

I feel that mankind is at a critical phase in their development, where they will have to correct many of their erroneous methodologies if they are to avoid many difficult problems. Just as usual!!

Here is a writing that I created earlier.

Endorphins make the result
One of the things that I have noticed when people review music is that they frequently refer to the number of iterations in relationship to hook, melody, section or chorus etc. They say “This should be repeated more”, but more often they say “It is repetitious, boring and played too often.” This can be correct but it can frequently be woefully wrong. Sometimes a person is not familiar with the genre and does not get much out of the hook and thus it will be very boring to them quickly. Another person might love the genre and will have brain-mapped the musical material and is now functioning in the sub-conscious level in regards to the piece of music. Take for instance the Rolling Stones song tumbling dice. At the end they slowly work the hook gradually adding their female chorus and expanding the good feeling. Most Stones fans would say that they were correct in repeating the hook as much as they did. A person that was not moved by it might say that they should cut it shorter. In Richard Wagner’s funeral march at the end he pounds away at his dominant cadence over and over. He was a master and knew that it was working in a big way and he showed the insight of milking it for all that it was worth. His endorphin system told him how long to do it, not some left brain algorithm. When writing, it is best to let your mind tell you what is enough and what is too much not what a person that is not “getting it” thinks. All of the great writers used their endorphin flow dictate much of what they did. If you wrote music like a math equation rather than feeling it you would get mechanical music. (And that is not always bad either depending on the context and how it fits into the big picture according to your endorphin flow.

Many other factors are like this in music, that is, context driven. That is why a song or movement will elicit love and hate from a broad spectrum of listeners. I have always said that I am more interested in what someone loves in music than what they hate. What they hate might be bad or more likely they are just not connected to its wave length so to speak. Stravinsky once said that whenever he heard a bad piece of music it was always Villa-Lobos. It is very humorous to here but what would really be a hoot would be to hear what it was that Stravinsky thought was great music, what pieces he thought were profound and endorphin loaded. Some of the brilliant people at the University directed me to what they thought were the great pieces of music. I never regretted one of them, once brain-mapped they paid off spectacularly. The universal music lover takes a lot longer in time to run out of material, I like to know what is good in every type of music.

I recently went to a studio and had the people there mix the songs. They introduced me to a roving mixer and the young man sat down and discussed mixing while doing it. I did not have the spare funds to mix all of the songs I wanted and we devoted about 30 to 40 minutes per song that we worked on. Many of these mixes were put up on GarageBand.com. They were much better than what was done before but because the amount of time allowed was so small they were ultimately not usable as final mixes. But all was not wasted. What I learned from the engineer was quite a bit and from that I figured out how to do the mixing myself. This jump started me in a big way and was the second big boost to my musical energies which had been virtually destroyed due to depressing events a while back. The first big lift was just working with GarageBand.com and the experience brought me out of a shell that had made compositional work or most musical work very small and inconsequential. The addition of CD Baby as an outlet for creativity was a strong catalyst for in the rejuvenation from the tremendous low point I had arrived at. While it was a bit sparse at times, the input about my offered musical creations helped inspire a new wave of energy. Many people expressed positive feelings about the music which was helpful. Many others gave good advice about technical matters that were interfering with realization of the music’s potential. While I had always worked hard at compositional measures many aspects of recording and mixing remained a mystery that was being filled in one piece at a time. This year has been a good one for my growth in this area. Thus I have remixed the CD called “The Tunnel” officially for the first time and expect it to be available at site called CD-Baby soon. Work is proceeding on other CDs for release and hopefully we can get 27 of them finished before moving on to finish the current crop of projects that are in pipeline. Budgeting for Orchestra would make a lot of other things possible as well.
Good luck to all of you and hope you will consider getting a copy of THE TUNNEL 2007 remix.

Note that the first two songs of the tunnel part 2 are on the love is real 2007 remix CD: Bounty Hunter and After Reward

1. Tunnel of love

Descend north underground
Victory in the damp below the earth

Trillions of Networks linked in a chain
Optically below the earth

Millions of humans below the earth

2. Digger

You dig and crawl you're digging through our hall
The tunnels cut in 4 our living room too
You dig and crawl your whining makes you small
A tiny bit of lice and you're talking about gloom

You want a larger hole then dig it with your pole
A three bedroom house takes just a month or two
We're all gonna win just don't cave our tunnel in
Behaving like a gentleman you're honor won't be soiled

You dig and crawl complaining on and on
The deprivation caused by being under the ground
You dig and crawl a claustrophobic mall
To shop for rocks and mud
At a price thats really sound

Blood Urine and DNA

The surface dwelling cretins want our
way of life and our

Blood Urine and DNA

We've taken to the mines and tunnels
No ones going to get our

Blood Urine and DNA


Controlling pinheads roam the waters
getting nothing right but after our

Blood Urine and DNA

We won't let them so they'll have to
get it from the athletes the

Blood Urine and DNA

4. Longing for the sky

Longing for the sky
Remembering the sun and trees and life above
Longing for the sky
Adopting all peculiar ways of life below

Then awakening from images so clear
The twilight in my heart tuns into fear
Dreaming won't save us

Look at me now blood on my shoulders
My life's underground
all that I was taken from me
I'm longing for the sky

Look at me now dutiful soldier
who's lost underground
All that I loved taken from me
I'm longing for the sky

Longing for the sky
Remembering the sun and trees and life above
Longing for the sky
Adopting all peculiar ways of life below

Painting images from visions in my fear
Now the terror forms a canopy that clear
Dreaming won't save us

5. Counter Electrically

Counter Electrically Prepare to strike

They can't figure where the center or the source is
Nobody knows where there power really comes from
Try how they try to eliminate our ideas
A wave of their hand and we are driven underground to

Counter Electrically Prepare to strike

The tormentors chase with no traces of a conscience
All that they have is the power and the will
Drive and they drive us to the point of desperation
To run like rats and hide until we

Counter Electrically Prepare to strike

With great conviction we gather up the apparatus
Armed with a knowledge we are as nuts as them
Philosophically we prepare to shatter bones
And sling mud

We fight to end the war

Counter Electrically Prepare to strike

There was no way we could beat them at their own game
All that we would do is bloody up the farm
We try and we try to obliterate their ideas
A wave of our hand and we are marching underground to

Counter Electrically Prepare to Strike


6. While they are gone

Return north with the ones that we love
Our mission to set them free

Prisoners of war kept as slaves
By Czars in caves above
By an iron glove
A machine of rage and wealth

Return north underground by rail
Password won't fail

Prisoners held for ransom
By demons masquerading
As associates of God
Virtuous canons of law
A machine of lies and wealth

While they are gone we'll carry on (4x)
Welcome to the tunnel of love
The heroes left women
And we're not complaining at all
While they are gone we'll carry on

Return north if victorious and brave
The captives will be saved

While they are gone
The rest of us carry on
Materializing a dream
Fighting to stop the machine
A machine of wealth and blood

Return to me

Nothing has been heard from the others
Maybe they've forgotten us
Now that I am yearning for the old times
It hurts to be without you

Return to me like a revere
Return to me like a melody
Return to me soon before I die

Visions of the most magnificent beautiful one
Visions of the most magnificent radiant star

I've been here so long alone without you
Maybe you've forgotten us
Theres no way to help and give you comfort
It hurts to be without you

Return to me like a revere
Return to me like a melody
Return to me soon before I die

Visions of the most magnificent beautiful one
Visions of the most magnificent radiant star


Good William B.

Here I are
(Its William B.)
Here I are
(Its William B.)
To save the human race

He's the one to battle with the virus
Seeking out the evil William B.
He's the one to bring down the system
He will counter electrically

Here I are
(Its William B.)
Here I are
(Its William B.)
To save the human race

He might steal your lunch
He might steal your watch
He might steal your car
He might bring it back
He might steal away
He might save the day

Here I are
(Its William B.)
Here I are
(Its William B.)
To save the human race

Searching for the head of the top dwellers

I can do just what I want to
I can be free to ignore the Czar
I know the truth 'cause I want to
A media campaign can go just so far

Good William B. is fighting for me
he's got out his compass, he's up on the surface
he's looking for the villain evil William B.
He's gonna get the scoop on the prison industry

Moving the mouse ball
Its a brand new game
Moving the cursor
Mapping Williams brain

Searching for the head of the top dwellers

I can do just what I want to
On the computer I can drive my car
Looking in the cove or the avenue
for the supercilious mansion owned by the Czar

Good William B is fighting for me
He's got out his compass, he's up on the surface
He's looking for the villain evil William B
To talk to the source of the misery

chorus

The truculent Czar

I fed upon the blood of children
Tore apart the lives of many men
I have existed on a diet of softballs,
bones and straw-men

The truculent Czar loves money and vengeance
The truculent Czar demands repentance

I am the monster who created courts and jails to
crush unwilling slaves

My appetite for pain and suffering
Knows no boundaries or no buffering ways


The Corpulent Czar loves money and vengeance
The Corpulent Czar demands repentance

Showdown

Here I are, I have come real far
Break into the mansion of the goofy czar
I am ready to confront the czar
Face the symbol of he goofy war

Here comes the showdown
Time for the showdown

Armed and ready with my magic mug
We're aware that power makes you smug

A big frying pan for when I meet the ham
He'll beg us to stop but we'll play hip hop

I am ready to confront the czar
Face the symbol of he goofy war

Here comes the showdown
Time for the showdown

Here I are I'm William B.
Here I are ubiquitous William B.
Here I are to save the human...

Deep inside the heart of misery
The enemy is near not far away

Czar: Give me absolute control
My addiction is nonfiction
I shoot control

You fed upon the blood of children
tore apart the lives of many men
You are the trash of base subsistence
washed up on histories beach again

The Truculent Czar loves money and vengeance
The truculent Czar demands repentance

I'm here to challenge all your dictum's
Lead the charge to freedom for my friends

You cannot stop our strong initiative
Even though its a force of one to ten

The Corpulent Czar loves money and vengeance
The Corpulent Czar demands repentance

Let's Settle this thing

Czar:Lets settle this thing for once and all
For once I'd like to make those awful people crack

William Icon of rebels
Here he comes to save the day

Lets settle this thing for once and all
For once the rebels they will bend over and kneel

William icon of the devil
Here he comes to meet his doom

It would be irresponsible to talk about this so lets fight

Good William B.Lets settle this thing for once and all

I will extend my welcome
Though I'm in a house of shame
My you're such a portly fellow
Yet I steal your book of virtues

Lets settle this for once and all

Stalemate

Youthful Girl:
Once again it’s stalemate
And we run real hard and we go real far
The future is sweet and the limit is the stars

Citizen:
Once again its stalemate
Since we can’t make change in the world we live
Let us celebrate all the things we have

We’ll return to the north
We’ll return underground

Human Sage:
Once again it’s stalemate
And we take a stand technologically
Truthful Salvo wet with irony

Once again it’s stalemate
Though we feel so lean and we run so free
Going undetected underground naturally

We’ll return to the north
We’ll return underground

Return control to us
Of ourselves

Czar: (evil William B)
Once again it’s stalemate
So I stamp them out
But they send a million more
Like waves of ants
So I’ll profit from the war

Once again it’s stalemate
So I scoop them up
As fuel for my machine
They’re fuel efficient
And they burn real clean

narrator:
We’ll return to the north
We’ll return underground

Youthful Girl:
Once again it’s stalemate
And the future is ours
And the future is me
The Czar will dissolve into history


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