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A Life in A Day of A Microorganism

by the primeTime sublime Community Orchestra

Monty Python's Illegitimate Children Flunk Out Of Music School - Multi-genre New? music featuring a narrated docudrama with digital actors and absurd audio collages of TV, radio and movie fragments.
Genre: Spoken Word: Comedy
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1. Introduction
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2. Fashion Flag for a Part-Time Patriot
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3. A Minute in the Future: The Weenie Roast
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4. Bimbo Mambo
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5. A Life in A Day of A Microorgansim: Prelude
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6. A Life in A Day of A Microorgansim: Morning
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7. A Life in A Day of A Microorgansim: Afternoon & Afterlife
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
"A Life in A Day of A Microorganism"

composed, performed, recorded and produced by
Paul Minotto
&
the primeTime sublime
Community Orchestra

mastering by Joe Lambert at
Classic Sound Studios, NYC


"Introduction & Fashion Flag for a Part-Time Patriot"

1960's Easy Listening, Chinese music, John Philip Sousa, 1950's TV Sitcom,
Aaron Copland, Frank Zappa, Bugs Bunny, Igor Stravinsky, etc...

Ben Watson introduces the orchestra with rampant hesitation over a silly little collage which leads directly into the dysfunctionally patriotic opening number which suffers from an acute case of Attention Deficit Disorder.

The title makes reference to the post 9/11 fad of patriotism that swept the U.S.

Instrumentation: orchestra featuring the primeTime sublime Community Choir augmented with a Pipa (Chinese Lute) .



"A Minute in the Future: The Weenie Roast"

Another silly little collage over a fragmented Hip-Hop drumbeat; the main dialogue is from "What To Do On A Date" produced by
Coronet Films, 1951.


"Bimbo Mambo"

Ricky Ricardo on acid with occasional appearances by a group of evil robots and 2 good robots who sing accompanied by the orchestra and
a Cuban percussion section all ending up at Studio 54 sometime during the 1970's

Instrumentation: orchestra, synthesizers, digital voices.



"A Life in A Day of A Microorganism"

A narrated* pseudo-science education film (without picture) with music soundtrack and a supporting cast of digital actors which evolves into an absurd drama

a. Prelude
A short overview, complete with 16mm projector noise, about microorganisms (or humans?) for extraterrestrial adolescents (or humans?)

b. Morning
After a wholesome nights rest, we see how our microscopic friends start their day. There's Mom, Dad, Betty and Bobby too.
The breakfast scene includes a tapestry of American TV commercial jingles from the 1950's and 60's warped beyond recognition .

c. Afternoon and Afterlife
Part II of our continuing saga: Will Betty make the cheerleader squad? Will Bobby and Roscoe execute a successful bank robbery?
Will Mom's friends be impressed at her neighborhood Tupperware party? Will Dad pay Mr. Gambino the money?

Instrumentation: electric guitar, sitar, harp, percussion, strings, narrator and digital voices.



Mastering is the last step in the creative process and the first of the manufacturing steps in the making of a compact disc. It's the last creative step because it brings together all of the creative intent and ideas that were thought about when the project first started.

Joe Lambert is the mastering engineer who polished and enhanced A life in A Day of A Microorganism at Classic Sound Studios in New York City . From rock and Hip-hop to jazz and classical, Joe has worked with a wide variety of record labels and artists of all styles and genres, including Alice Cooper.


Reviews


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Roland Kreuscher

Is this microorganism going to meet Greggary Peccary some day?
There's enough written here. So, just this: If you like Zappa's Lumpy Gravy, Orchestral Favourites, 200 Motels (but less quirky), Greggary Peccary, Yellow Shark and Civilization Phase III as well as those special sounds and interplays from Mr. Bungle you really neeeeeed this one AND(!) the other two from Prime Time Sublime. All three of these fantastic accustic/musical adventures for just $15. Absolutely no reason and time to hesitate. Get 'em!

Music professor


"(They sound) like someone crammed a blender full of rabid dogs, distempered cats, lab-tested rats and shrieking women climbing high on chairs to avoid the conflagration at their feet; pushed the button for "puree"; forgot to put the lid on; then sat down in front of the television, flipping through all the stations available from the best satellite dish as fast as their remote would allow with the volume turned up on their Dolby Surround Sound system while it all mixed together. And then recorded the entire fiasco and played it backwards, just for good measure."
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Max Tohline

It's jubigraxequelzirkous
"It's like a glitter bomb exploded in Pleasantville, strewing smiling bloody
body parts of the milkman for miles. It's like an orange duckbilled
platypus barfed up a cucumber birthday cake. It's like the finger paintings
of the illegitimate crack baby born to Rene Magritte and Dr. Seuss. Words
must be invented to illustrate how zany this music really is. It's
jubigraxequelzirkous. There. I invented one. I have no idea what it
means, but I love it. Much like your music."

Jesse Jarnow


Signal to Noise------------------------------------------------------------


With A Life in A Day of A Microorganism, Paul Minotto's primeTime sublime Community Orchestra turns their second record of serious inspiration (or at least mad genius) in as many years.  Like Van Dyke Parks with a sampler, a decent synthesizer and a studio orchestra so chopped up that, even if they're real, they're well in the company of an ever-shifting virtual ensemble, the primeTime sublime weaves thematic fragments into a richly hyperactive symphonic tapestry.

The mostly instrumental music of the disc's first half is scattered, rhythmically and melodically, and supremely playful.  Like Japanese electronic wizard Cornelius, the pTsCO embraces the alluring kitsch of plucked strings and pastoral ambience, jumping from voice to voice while maintaining a common toanl texture.  With only Minotto's imagination to chart the structure of the music, the pieces sail off into fantastic realms of exotica. 

The disc's latter half, featuring the multi-part title track (and album centerpiece) is even more cinematic.  Narrated, presumably by Minotto (though credited to Bob Schmucklehead - all the players on the disc have ridiculous pseudonyms), the nearly half-hour narrative suite hones Minotto's interests to a fine laser-like focus.  Minotto occasionally lets his anti-authoritarian/ anti-corporate sense of humor get out of control, but he is mostly reigned in by his sense of comedic timing.  Still, it's a bit tough to listen to repeatedly, unlike the disc's opening numbers.  Either way, the primeTime sublime merit further investigation.

Sean McFee


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This is one hell of a weird release. A Life in a Day of a Microorganism is split roughly into two parts. The first is a series of pseudo-orchestral pieces with a post-modern bent, weird voices and instruments, fucked up manipulated sounds, dated 80s MIDI sounds, and more. Little snatches of music out of mid-20th Century film scores are interrupted by melodically discontinuous interludes as if two people were fighting over the radio dial between "The Sound of Music" and a Charles Ives symphony.

"Bimbo Mambo" is a really impressive piece of modern classical music, which is broken up every now and again by a percussion beat and the above words repeatedly chanted. The centerpiece of the album is the three-part title suite, totaling a half hour and while I wouldn't want to ruin the fun with specifics vaguely resembles Days of Future Passed satirized by Douglas Adams, with musical direction by Frank Zappa, and performed by Renaldo and the Loaf. It's wonderfully funny, with wry but not mean social commentary throughout, and a childlike narration that makes it hard to dislike. I generally have a hard time combining the phrases "musically uncompromising" and "a lot of fun to listen to" in a review, but now is a good time to do so.

Highly recommended to the adventurous, particularly those who enjoy fare such as the Residents, the Blitzoids, Nurse With Wound, and so on.

Mor for radio station KZSU


KZSU ZooKeeper Online--------------------------------------------

Halleluiah! Excellent experimental, in-your-face, pseudo-classical-instrumentation orchestra with texts to match the music. Fun for everyone!
The album title refers to the three-part composition (tracks 5-7), which is a narrated story about life of a dysfunctional "microorganism" family. The tracks leading to it are way-out-there experimental string-laced, computer-processed pieces of music. Cool, cool stuff. Main tracks are 2, 4, 6, 7 (others are fillers and intros). You'll have a blast.

Check out the sleeve for extended track titles (track 2 is "a gargantuan ditty for people with Republican tendencies").

---1.Intoduction... collage of sounds. "introducing: nothing. And comedy".
---2.Short elements, repeated in Phillip Glass fashion. Strings, harp, choir (no lyrics). Like a Hitchcock movie soundtrack gone mad. Even some Chinese elements find their way in. Wow.
---3.Weird, collage of vocals and noises.
---4.Another cool composition. Strings, aided by trumpet, synth, and a piano that comes in shortly after the "explosion" 5 minutes to the end.
---5.Introduction to the microorganism saga. Short collage of vocals from nature films. Faded music background.
---6.The story begins! Narrated like a nature film over the group's (mostly string and harp) music, it mentions or discusses subjects such as cheerleader orgies, animalistic needs, eggs, school/work/money, a postman, an inflatable love-doll called Barbie, world domination, school drugs and other business transactions, teen prostitution, M-16 and more!
---7.More narrated story: school cafeteria, prom, lesbian teenagers, a Tupperware party, cheerleading, bank robbery, heavenly nipples, assassination, death and Abraham Lincoln. ----------------------------

Bob Villani

Freakout
Collage music. Basta? Mai quanto possa dare un attento ascolto. E nel caso in specie, ne occorre anche ben più di uno. Cacchio, vorremmo cavarcela più alla svelta (sapete da quanto tempo ce l'ho in consegna 'sto ciddì?), ma questi canadesi ci mettono a durissima prova.----------------------------

Bisognerebbe in qualche modo anche provare a isolare le - innumerevoli - componenti di tale collage. E si potrebbe, appunto perché tale, più che crossover, è il sound della ptsCO: moderni emuli di Zappa che hanno anche i computer e uno stato dell'arte nelle recording techniques più avanzato dalla loro. Quanto spazio abbiamo? Non moltissimo, direi. 'Introduction' evoca gli squillanti jingle dei TG di una volta, oltre a una pletora di effetti sonori cinematografici. La musica, propriamente intesa, attacca con 'Fashion Flag for a Part-Time Patriot': easy listening anni 60, Stravinsky, cartoon-music, musica cinese (e ho ancora detto poco...). TV e cinema sono abbondantemente presenti, se non invadenti, nella sonorizzazione del tutto, e questo perché il concept dell'album, come il titolo già suggerisce, si configura come un documentario sulla vita di minuscoli esserini che, alla lente di ingrandimento, assumono le fattezze e le abitudini di normali esseri umani: famigliola a tavola ai pasti, papà che torna dal lavoro, et cetera, et cetera. 'A Minute in the Future: The Weenie Roast' è un piccolo collage su un beat hip hop, mentre 'Bimbo Mambo' va a pescare la propria essenza nei ritmi caraibici. ----------------------------------------------

Ci siete ancora? Perché la traccia più lunga è l'ultima, vera e propria suite in cui l'estetica trans-gender e concettuale della ptsCO raggiunge il suo culmine. Tre movimenti, altri 48 generi frullati (se ne volete ancora, eccovi surf guitar e musica hawaiiana) tra loro, il tutto sullo sfondo di una narrazione da documentario scientifico. Tutto costruito alla perfezione da Paul Minotto - mente e anima di questa orchestra anche burlona, a giudicare dalla foto con maschere fotomontate -, che sorprende non poco nell'emanciparsi da qualsiasi stereotipo (hey, stiamo parlando di un demo, se oltreoceano questa dizione ha un senso). Ma il tutto, rende come dovrebbe?------------------------------------

Allora, chiaro che un rocker medio un album così lo butta via dopo massimo un minuto. Ok, filtriamo questa percezione. Ma ancora non ci siamo. Lo so, storcere la bocca per un lavoro troppo ben fatto è un po' come sputare nel piatto in cui si mangia, però nel suo rigore concettuale e nella - esasperata - molteplicità delle fonti sonore, "A Life in a Day of a Microorganism" pecca di una leziosità che condiziona fatalmente la piena fruizione di un'opera - non un semplice disco. La sostanza c'è, per carità, ma provate voi a mettere decine di spezie in una stessa pietanza...

Ronnie


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Imagine being strapped to a chair with a heavy dose of LSD, watching both "A Rebel Without A Cause" (or any '50s drama) and one of those '50s science classrooms films. Truly avant-garde, the 5 songs on this CD bombard your senses with orchestrated music that instantly makes you think of the Hollywood dramas of the 1950's. Add to this the sound-snippets and various sound effects and you get a bizarre flash back!-------------------------------------------------------------

While most of this disc is just too plain strange to warrant repeated listening, the track entitled, "A Life in a Day of a Microorganism" is pure social satirical brilliance! The subject of this parody is the nuclear family (i.e. the 'dad, mom, son, daughter and dog') narrated is the style of one of those boring science films that we had to watch in public schools. However, the storyline cleverly inserts everyday modern day problems such as a slutty cheerleader daughter, a son who joins a gang, a wife that has a fling with the mailman and a father owes money to the mob! Sure, the humor is dry and might go over the head of some people, but if you like the humor of the old National Lampoon albums of the '70s - this CD is worth seeking out for this track alone. -----------------------------------------------------------------


If the Prime Time Sublime Community Orchestra can sustain a whole CD's worth of songs of the caliber of "A Life in A Day of A Mircoorganism" on future projects - then they will truly have a classic album that mixes avante garde, comedy and music.

The Daily Vault The Daily Vault The Daily Vault

...you might just go mad and hold up your local Krispy Kreme, demanding forty-tw
First off, let's get the obvious out of the way. That title is not a joke.


I didn't know what to think when I received this indie disc (hereafter, for the sake of my typing fingers, shortened to ALITDOAM). After four listens, I still don't know what to think, but I know that it's strangely addictive.

This is another one of those unquantifiable pieces of music. Thankfully, according to their own press kit, and I quote, "They do not have an answer for 'what kind of music is it?'" At least I don't feel stupid. Imagine, if you can without the aid of altered chemistry, a mix between The Residents, Aaron Copeland, incidental music from 1930s Warner Brothers cartoons, Stravinsky, Frank Zappa, PDQ Bach, Schonberg, Brubeck, mambo, Devo, and soundtrack excerpts from thirties and forties exploitation cinema and fifties and early sixties sex education films, and you might -- note the word MIGHT -- get a grip on something that resembles pTsCO. Then again, you might just go mad and hold up your local Krispy Kreme, demanding forty-two purple canaries and a used toboggan.

This is not to say that it's bad. On the contrary, it's rather -- intriguing after a while. It grows on one. Whatever else they might be doing, pTsCO is definitely doing something unique, and in this day and age that's a rarity from anyone in mass media. I suspect, from sentiments presented in their opus three-part title track, that they'd like it that way. They're too busy making new and spiffy sounds to try to sell anyone anything or indoctrinate anyone.

ALITDOAM's production and engineering is good, although there are moments where I found myself lunging for the volume control or straining to hear. (Dynamic variation is good. Dynamic inconsistency is bad.) The musicianship of the performers is excellent, though I'll be darned if I can pick out who's playing what, when, where, and why. Sounds good to me; let's move on. Given Fred and Ethel Merz are given drum credits, I'm not asking any more questions.

I would normally detail the songs for you at this point in the review. (After five years, I have a formula.) Bah humbug, I tell you. They are indescribably weird and delightful, and you will have to hear them for yourself, but not if you are insufficiently adventurous or have not had all your shots.

pTsCO and A Life In The Day Of A Microorganism, much like tattoos, tequila benders, Dennis Kucinich, or anchovies, are not for everyone. Perhaps you are one of the few, the brave, and the truly avant garde. Ask yourself: do you feel lucky, punk? Well, do you?


by Duke Egbert