Dr. Funkenstein

Posted by: aleck rand

Dr. Funkenstein - 09/11/13 11:31 AM

The voice of Dr. Victor Frankenstein: Colin Clive, from the movie of 1931.
Composer, Arranger, Guitar: Aleck Rand

RealTracks artists

Keyboard: Jeff Lorber
Bass: Vernon Barbary
Drums: Terry Clarke
Trumpet: Ron King
Tenor Sax: Eric Marienthal

Voice of the creature: ??????

In the original 1931 movie classic, Dr. Victor Frankenstein jolts life into an inert assembly of body parts by exposing it to the energy of lightning. The viewers - the ones that didn't flee in terror as thousands did - saw in the rolling of the cast:

Playing the creature: ?

Of course, it turned out to be Boris Karloff playing the lumbering, demented and not very sympathetic monster. But it could have been different. The creature could have turned out to be a funky, struttin' dude with a wicked sense of humor. He could have even been a guitar player.

The revisionist sound track might go like this: https://soundcloud.com/aleckrand/dr-funkenstein



Posted by: boehm

Re: Dr. Funkenstein - 09/11/13 12:45 PM

Hi Aleck,

welcome back.
Your song is rather long, but I enjoyed every second of it.
Great changes, powerful arrangement and a divine guitar.
I liked that brass section. You didn't mention it in your post. Did you play it?

Guenter
Posted by: Ryszard

Re: Dr. Funkenstein - 09/11/13 12:58 PM

Dino! Welcome back. I've been wondering where you's at. You may be pleased to know that this is the first piece of streaming music I listened to on my DAW now that I'm married and (semi) moved in. Just got internet service in the last hour.

This was well worth the wait. The mix was fantastic as always, full and powerful, yet with some 'air.' No flies on the playing, either. I'll echo the question of the previous poster--how did you do those horns?

Regards,

R.
Posted by: floyd jane

Re: Dr. Funkenstein - 09/11/13 03:38 PM

Aleck,

Great to see you back!

Very enjoyable track. Nice playing! And yes, do tell us how you did those horns - they are well done...

floyd
Posted by: Mac

Re: Dr. Funkenstein - 09/11/13 06:28 PM

Nice.


--Msc
Posted by: Pat Marr

Re: Dr. Funkenstein - 09/11/13 07:48 PM

AWESOME Aleck!

Welcome back! You know its good if even Mac comments
Posted by: cubanpete

Re: Dr. Funkenstein - 09/11/13 08:52 PM

Nice guitar playing, and I guess the question of the day is, How 'bout those horns? Everybody wants to know!

Mike B.
Posted by: dani48

Re: Dr. Funkenstein - 09/12/13 06:11 AM

Hi, Aleck !

I´ve missed you and I even know why !
For this, of course !!!
You know I love funky music so much !
This is just fantastic !!!!:))
You know, many guys would like to be younger !
I did it in one stroke by changing my avatar ? (chuckle)


Cheers
Dani
Posted by: aleck rand

Re: Dr. Funkenstein - 09/12/13 07:51 PM

Wow! This is such a warm welcome from my Forum buds! Hi
Guenter and thank you for your comments.

Ryszard, my man - congratulations!! My Polish colleague told me to tell you this, "Gratulujemy ślub. Żyj długo i prosperować!"

Hey Floyd - hope you had a productive summer and thanks. The answer to the main question is coming up.

Mac - I hear you're a man not inclined to dispense complements lightly. Thank you.

Pat-the-cat-with-the-black-hat! Hey man, good to hear encouraging words from you. Hope you've been well.

CubanPete - I've been enjoying your music ever since I joined the Forum. And here's the answer to that question:

I ARRANGED THE MIDI HORNS.

I get the impression that you liked them so you'll be hearing more on the next post.

Hi Dani - I've missed you too. I hope summer in Finland was better than the crummy weather we had in the northeast US. I went off to my little shack on the beach but the sun wouldn't cooperate. And I see that you've discovered the key to eternal youth! Why didn't I think of that?

It's good to be back!

Aleck Rand (aka Dean Clark)





Posted by: dani48

Re: Dr. Funkenstein - 09/13/13 07:17 AM

Hi, Dean !

You have to rejuvenate yourself (Lol) !
Now, the summer over here in H:ki has
been absolutely super. Quite similar to
what I depicted in my song that you seemed
to like so much (Lol) !
I happen to like yours too !!!
Maybe you´ll have to pop up here next summer ?


Cheers
Dani
Posted by: Guitarhacker

Re: Dr. Funkenstein - 09/13/13 07:45 AM

Nice smooth jazz. It was an enjoyable listen, especially since I tend to like jazz....
Posted by: Pat Marr

Re: Dr. Funkenstein - 09/13/13 11:47 AM

Quote:
Aleck Rand (aka Dean Clark)


hey, thanks for making yoiur real name known! But now I've got to ask.. is the pseudonym "Aleck Rand" significant in any way, or is it RAND-omly chosen?
Posted by: tommyad

Re: Dr. Funkenstein - 09/13/13 12:54 PM

Nice Production , Great Playing, I like the horns as everyone else has said. Let's hear some more like this one. Tom
Posted by: aleck rand

Re: Dr. Funkenstein - 09/13/13 01:06 PM

Pat - with that genius brain of yours, I would have thought that the relation between the two names would be trivially obvious. But we all have blind spots. Let's see if someone else will supply the answer first ... unless you've already gotten it. The RAND-omly chosen is way too clever. Look down at Floyd's remark.

Dean
Posted by: aleck rand

Re: Dr. Funkenstein - 09/13/13 01:09 PM

Thanks Tommy. You got it and this time with wicked horn solos. Right now.

Aleck
Posted by: floyd jane

Re: Dr. Funkenstein - 09/13/13 01:13 PM

Clever anagram, Dean...
Posted by: rharv

Re: Dr. Funkenstein - 09/14/13 08:17 AM

Nice job, enjoyed it!
Posted by: Pat Marr

Re: Dr. Funkenstein - 09/14/13 11:15 AM

Originally Posted By: aleck rand
Pat - with that genius brain of yours, I would have thought that the relation between the two names would be trivially obvious. But we all have blind spots. Let's see if someone else will supply the answer first ... unless you've already gotten it. The RAND-omly chosen is way too clever. Look down at Floyd's remark.

Dean


Oh MAN! Now I feel like an idiot!

I figured it was an anagram, but I stopped looking for one when I couldn't come up with something. And once I knew your real name it didn't occur to me to re-evaluate the letters as an anagram in light of that info. Very clever!

Interestingly, I just got back from reading the 7 stages of Alzheimers at ALZ.ORG. I meet all the symptoms for stage 3 and some of 4. I should probably be scared, but I think one of the advantages of being stupid is that you don't always know when it's appropriate to be scared. So I'm just gonna be happy and test that old saying about ignorance and bliss

Posted by: Frankp

Re: Dr. Funkenstein - 09/14/13 12:02 PM

Digging your tune, nice composition, good production.

Horns... very impressive. If you don't mind me asking...

How do you do the horns?

Notation software?

What did you use as your source of sounds?
Posted by: aleck rand

Re: Dr. Funkenstein - 09/14/13 03:08 PM

Pat - just remember this. The time to start worrying is not when you frequently can't remember where your glasses are. Or, if you don't wear glasses, perhaps you find that you occasionally sleep in your clothes.

The time to start worrying is when you forget that you wear glasses ... or clothes.

Until then, stay cool. Incidentally, what's your advice on a new stage name: Neal Drack? I don't know ... it suggests Dracula, who I always thought was a pretty cool dude.

Dean
Posted by: aleck rand

Re: Dr. Funkenstein - 09/14/13 03:17 PM

Thanks RHarv. I think this is first time I've heard from you in the User forum. There are a few guys who are heavyweight contributors. I've been a member only since the beginning of the year and have already found out about you, Mac and Matt Finley. But I never see them post any performances. I've heard you guys are all powerhouse musicians, so ... ?

Aleck
Posted by: Danny C.

Re: Dr. Funkenstein - 09/14/13 03:26 PM

A very enjoyable listen.

Later,
Posted by: rharv

Re: Dr. Funkenstein - 09/14/13 07:33 PM

Quote:
I've been a member only since the beginning of the year and have already found out about you, Mac and Matt Finley. But I never see them post any performances. I've heard you guys are all powerhouse musicians, so ...


In my case, don't believe everything you hear smirk

I have plenty of songs posted on the forum, dating back many years.
Go here -
http://www.pgmusic.com/user-showcase/?genre=jazz
CTRL+F and search for rharv on the Rock, Jazz or Realtracks tabs.

I ain't saying they are my best work, but it ain't hard to find. Neither is the work of others you mention.

Mac & Matt have earned my respect, FWIW. I am not in Mac or Matt's class as far as performance. Doesn't matter which weapon; piano, trumpet, guitar .. I'd be gettin' schooled.
Posted by: F.M.M.

Re: Dr. Funkenstein - 09/14/13 07:43 PM

hi aleck glad your back always look forward to listening to your stuff nice guitar work and the horns are awesome mix all good thanks eric
Posted by: aleck rand

Re: Dr. Funkenstein - 09/16/13 09:39 AM

Hey F.M.M. - thanks so much for your favorable remarks.

Aleck
Posted by: aleck rand

Re: Dr. Funkenstein - 09/16/13 10:12 AM

Thank you Danny.
Posted by: Janice & Bud

Re: Dr. Funkenstein - 09/16/13 11:05 AM

I like the song (and Pat's anagram!) Uber cool tune and stellar playing. Ditto on the brass.
Posted by: Pat Marr

Re: Dr. Funkenstein - 09/16/13 11:58 PM

Originally Posted By: aleck rand
Incidentally, what's your advice on a new stage name: Neal Drack? I don't know ... it suggests Dracula, who I always thought was a pretty cool dude.

Dean


off the top of my head, here are a few genre-based anagrams:

When writing Cajun Country music, you could call yourself:
Rad La Neck

When writing hunting songs, you could be:
Canard Elk

When writing songs for hopeless geeks:
Alack Nerd

If you ever write about a tattoo that got infected:
Decal Rank

If you write a song about the undercover police who infiltrate brothels to catch pushers
Laced Nark

Who would write a tongue in cheek techno song?
Dance Lark

a song about a tall welder?
Arced Lank

a song about somebody who cheats at poker:
Card Ankle

a song about a kid with venereal disease:
Canker Lad

a song about a country where nothing ever gets oiled:
Creak Land

a song about the black Knight
Lance Dark

a song about a dishonest used car salesman
Crank Deal

song about the first hunter-gatherers:
Clan Raked

a song about words that will get you beat up if you say them in a biker bar
A Lard Neck

a song about Barbie's version of MasterCard
Card La Ken

three of Barbie's accessories
Car Lad Ken

A song about young 'uns trying to get served alcohol at the club
Card An Elk

a song about sour French milk
Lac Dank Re

a song about things hunters value
Car And Elk


somebody...
please...
shoot...
me...
;-(
Posted by: aleck rand

Re: Dr. Funkenstein - 09/17/13 07:20 AM

Gimme a gun somebody ... maybe one of those "Super Soakers" the size of a small bazooka. Pat's gotta be hosed down!

Aleck
Posted by: aleck rand

Re: Dr. Funkenstein - 09/17/13 07:37 AM

Thank you Janice and Bud. Pat's list is a scream but I do believe that boy should return to Earth pronto.

Aleck
Posted by: dani48

Re: Dr. Funkenstein - 09/17/13 08:30 AM

Hi, Dean ! (after having laughed my belly out reading Pat´s magnificient list I don´t know what I should call you anymore !!!!???)LOL, LOL, LOL,chukle !
I beg you not to shoot Pat even if he asks for it (chuckle)as this site
would never be the same after loosing such a genius !!!!:)
Talking about geniuses, I think you are in the same league, my friend,
and I am looking forward to your next move, be sure of that !!!:)))


all the best

Norman
from the North
Posted by: Steve Young

Re: Dr. Funkenstein - 09/17/13 11:30 AM

Dean,

This one has the kind of excellence I have come to expect from you. Nice guitar work. Nice arrangement. Really enjoyed it. Not bad for jazz. smile

Steve
Posted by: aleck rand

Re: Dr. Funkenstein - 09/21/13 01:11 PM

Originally Posted By: Steve Young
Dean,


Really enjoyed it. Not bad for jazz. smile

Steve


Oooooooooo ... Well, Steve I've come to visit you and Noel in your own garden with A Gospel Song. Thank you for your positive comments.

Dean