Matt’s Music Monday: “Matt Notes” For Freebird

Welcome back to my little corner of The Object’s blog!

This Monday is going to be a little sillier than usual.  I’m introducing “Matt Notes”!

Some of you may or may not remember Cliffs Notes.  I don’t know if they’re still used very often in school, but the general idea behind them was that they’d give you a condensed version of a book.  They’d give you a run-down of the characters, plot, general outline, theme, etc.  You could write that book report without ever having read the book.  What a time saver!!

I thought it would be fun to use the same idea for a piece of well-known music.  Take a popular song, cut it up, rearrange it a little, and cook it down.  Matt Notes capture the essence of a popular song, and serve it up to the listener in approximately a minute or less, saving you the trouble of having to hear the entire thing.  What a time saver!!

Here’s the Matt Notes version of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Freebird:

And there you have it!  I have a lot of fun making these for some reason.  Please keep in mind, if you happen to see one of your favorite songs or musicians, that this is all in good fun.  I like some of the songs I’ve done this to.  No piece of music is safe.

Is there a song you’d like to hear the condensed, Matt Notes version of?  If so, leave a comment or send a message my way.  Chances are good I’ll make it.  For academic reasons.




Matt’s Music Monday: A Song Called “Version”

Hello.  My name is Matthew Wayne Stillwell, but feel free to call me Matt, if you’d like.  It’s Monday, and that means to I get to snatch up The Object’s blog from Winston for a moment.

Just in case you don’t know, I record sounds.  Some of those sounds make the score for The Object.  Some are for projects with other people I collaborate with.  Some are used for personal ideas I have, such as albums.  And several are so off-the-wall or impractical that they never really see the light of day.

Each Monday, I’m going to share a recording that could have originated from any of these sources.  And, this Monday in particular, I’d like to share one called “Version”.

The idea for this piece of music was not originally mine.  A fellow musician presented the recording and idea to me.  The concept was intriguing:  He had created a piece of music with the intention of it being passed around, downloaded, and manipulated freely.  The goal was to allow people to take his version, and make their own version from it, essentially creating what would hopefully be an “evolving” recording.

And since I’m now sharing it here, feel free to download it, chop it up, record over it, mangle it, or whatever.  Anything goes.  Just be sure to pass it along somehow when you’re finished, so other people can work on their “version”.  Perhaps one day you’ll hear it somewhere, and it will be almost unrecognizable.

If you decide to make a “Version”, I’d love to hear it!