The Hum of Entropy

At the wedding on Saturday night, a bunch of musicians-in-remission got to discussing our glorious days of yore, when we trod various stages making big rock and roll sounds.

Well, except for me: I played on stage, but as a solo artist and in bands, I tended to make aggressively weird and experimental and noisy music, way back in the days before such things became critically cool.

But some (weird) folks liked the noises I made, and one of them (Amy Frushour Kelly) even went so far as to make a video for one of my instrumental songs, nearly 20 years after it was recorded, which I have posted above for your amusement (?). It’s a lovely short film, marred only by (a) my music, and (b) my acting.

For the record, the swirling piece under the opening credits is actually called “Coda from Prodigality,” with “The Hum of Entropy” beginning about 58 seconds into the movie, where the really tickety-tick early 1980s BOSS DR-110 Drum Synthesizer¬† makes its first appearance. The song eventually deteriorates into an ambient electronic whine, that I produced by plugging some things into each other in ways that you aren’t supposed to, and then holding mics up to the resultant mess to capture the feedback.

I’ll let you ponder this one for a spell, and then, maybe, if I’m really feeling like I want to punish you, I’ll post one of the songs where I actually sing. Oh, the horrors! There were actually words to “The Hum of Entropy” in its original configuration, though I never got around to recording them. You can sing along, if you wish, as follows, lyrics copyright JES, circa 1984 or 1985 or so:

The hum of entropy
Sounds as things cease to be
The end of you and me
The hum of entropy

The sound of things falling apart
The sound of the end of the start
The sound of the hole in your heart
The sound of things falling apart

The hum of entropy
Sounds as things cease to be
The end of you and me
The hum of entropy

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