WM063: Various Artists - Mystic Moods
Bio: The Sursiks (David Minnick: song assembly, drums, percussion, bass, recorder - Judith Teasdle: violins - Gary Robertson: alto sax - Kenny Robinson: trumpet) is a band dedicated to turning non-musical material into music. Their debut recording "I didn't know i was singing vol. 1" (available on cdbaby) turns real answering machine messages from family and friends into songs. The notes and rhythms of the spoken messages are painstakingly figured out and songs are constructed around them. The Sursiks 2nd cd (released March 28, 2007) on Crabid Music) uses the observations of a 3 year old girl as the raw material for songs.
Track: "Why Don’t You Try the Martial
Arts?" is based on a cryptic answering machine message recorded from
the answering machine of a friend of mine ("Hey! I have an
idea!....Why don’t you try the martial arts?... Oh, come on
Bruce!...I’m too old for that. Aaahhhhh!...but it’s...never too
late! Aaahhh...If you just begin..."). Apparently, the fellow who
owns the voice on this song frequently calls him and leaves obscure
movie quotes on his answering machine, with no further explanation.
The Sursiks figured out the notes, rhythm and phrase structure of
the message, and then added appropriate music.