Oh, Viaduct!

An ode to Seattle’s Viaduct by Braniel.
Song: Brangien Davis
Music: Daniel Spils
Video editing: David Nixon

Recently, Brangien wrote the lyrics and melody for a song about the Viaduct.  After days of her casually mentioning the song idea (repeatedly), I finally got the clue. I had her sing the melody to a click track (telling her this was just so we wouldn’t forget the idea) then proceeded to write the music around the melody when she went off to work. As it was sung without a key in mind, her singing fell between keys and I had to tune all the instruments down about a 1/3 step  (40 cents, to be exact). Here’s the original idea track (sorry Brangien!):

My proudest moment was playing the drums and nailing the intro drum fill. I’m a crappy drummer at best, so this was an exciting musical achievement! Next up, we drove along the Viaduct with my Canon S95 and shot some video. David Nixon then pulled video together, editing our footage with other footage of the Viaduct coming down and some excellent WSDOT animations of the Viaduct collapsing in an earthquake and the digging of the tunnel that nobody agrees on. From a married morning recording session, to drums and guitar and backup vocals in the basement to video editing with David’s cats. Go team!

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3 thoughts on “Oh, Viaduct!

  1. As it was sung without a key in mind, her singing fell between keys and I had to tune all the instruments down about a 1/3 step (40 cents, to be exact). Here’s the original idea track (sorry Brangien!):

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