►It’s time to… Keep Calm And Carry On!

Squirrel
by Squirrel ~ October 30th, 2011. Filed under: Project, Updates on progress.

Remember this post?

Well, I just finished the song and already let it out into the world, you can find it on the Reverbnation profile and widgets, on Bandcamp or download the MP3 directly with this link.

But for your convenience, here is an embedded player from Soundcloud so you can hear it immediately while still reading this text:

This is the first Downtempo track I produce, and it is quite different from my previous songs, especially because it is the first that is almost completely made from samples. Exception are the voice takes and the historical recording medleys.

As I already explained in the first post, the idea inspiring this song came from an historical poster:

Keep Calm And Carry On Poster

Keep Calm And Carry On

It gave face to a campaign that the british government started during World War II, to try and keep its population away from panic and fear.

While one could say that the message is not totally wrong, they certainly did came close to what we call propaganda and I think it is quite ironic to tell people to keep calm and carry on while there are bombs hitting the houses one street away from you…

So I found this story quite interesting for its controversy and also liked the classic poster, which has since become public domain and been used in many variations and even colours on tshirts, cups, whatever…

My idea then was that I would record as many different people and voices as possible, saying that sentence over and over again, mixed into a track that has a nice and relaxing harmony/melody, while then, from time to time, suddenly creating a shocking contrast with a wild medley of authentic historical news recordings from WWII and 9/11…

The message? It’s upon you… you can choose between two:

1) Times today might be better then during WWII, but still things often get so bad you feel tempted to stick your head into the sand like the ostrich and just repeat over-and-over: Just keep calm and carry on.

2) If you don’t like the idea of being compared to an ostrich, you can think of it as an ironic, critical demonstration of how wrong that sentence really is: one moment you’re listening to a voice saying it with calm, neutral intonation, the next moment, voices are all joined together, becoming menacing and as if that wouldn’t be enough, you suddenly feel you’re in the middle of all the terrible happenings from September 11… So, do NOT keep calm and carry on, DO SOMETHING…

Hope you like it, and if yes, don’t forget to leave a comment with your feedback and share the track with your friends :)

2 Responses to ►It’s time to… Keep Calm And Carry On!

  1. Rita

    Já to disse algumas vezes, e volto a dizer-to aqui. Considero esta uma das tuas melhores músicas. O conceito do qual partiste é, se não original, extremamente bem aproveitado. Gostei bastante da maneira como trabalhaste a ideia da calma, contrastando de imediato com notícias de guerras, invasões, ataques…
    Muitos parabéns e continua!

  2. Squirrel

    Muito obrigado pelas tuas palavras :)
    É muito valioso ouvir feedback, pois há muita gente que gosta ou ouve e até podem mesmo chegar a partilhar com os amigos, mas na maior parte das vezes não dizem nada…

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