Guess the Sound Game

Since I posted Guess the Sound last week on Sunday I will post the second installment of this popular game tomorrow, Sunday, at noon Mountain Daylight Time.

Englishman / African In New York

Sting, Shirazee – Englishman / African In New York – YouTube

Why does Sting wear a big hat and carry a cane in this video? Is the song about him or about someone else?

Don’t look it up on the interwebs because that’s no fun.

Woah, I’m an alien, I’m a legal alien, I’m a German in Santa Fe… dum di dum

The song, from the 1987 album “Nothing Like the Sun”, is about Quentin Crisp, an Englishman who lived in New York for a number of years. A 2009 biographical film about Crisp was named Englishman In New York after Sting’s song.


Go here to watch the video. You might have to give it a moment to load.

The sound was recorded with a Rode NT4 microphone into a Sound Devices 722 recorder. No processing except for raising gain.

The winner will receive the album of their choice from my Bandcamp page.


Yesterday I worked on a new version of “Dance 4 Me” that has upright acoustic bass and some rumba guitar strumming. Jon played Salsa bass lines on the upright. Salsa bass lines usually avoid the first beat of the bar. The album “vision 2020” was inspired by listening to a lot of Afrobeat music in the past couple of years. The clave is what connects Afrobeat and Afro-Cuban music.

I worked on the arrangement and mix of the song for quite a while and nothing seemed to light up. It was rather dispiriting.

Today I, of course, had another go at it and suddenly I watched it come together. I could feel it happening. One or two levels were changed and the mixture suddenly worked. It’s alchemy. It’s like cooking or baking. I rise from the chair and start dancing.

The new version is called “Dance 4 Me – Salsa Verde Version” and will be available a week from Friday, on Bandcamp day.


All will be revealed tomorrow. Hint: it’s not a vegetable.


Nobody has guessed the sound yet. Perhaps you will recognize it if you listen at low volume. Tomorrow evening I will show you a video of the sound.

Rudra Veena

The famous Bollywood composer A R Rahman has a series on Amazon Prime called Harmony with A R Rahman“a curated exploration of the past and future of Indian music”. The second episode features Ustad Mohi Baha’Uddin Dagar. Check out the instrument HERE. Looks like a wild mix of ancient and Star Trek!

The Seventh Walk

I watched an amazing movie last night. It is called The Seventh Walk. I subscribe to Mubi which shows a lot of the kinds of movies I love. Here is what Wikipedia says about Mubi:

Originally called The Auteurs, MUBI was founded in 2007 by Efe Çakarel, who began work on the business model for MUBI after being unable to watch In the Mood for Love online while in a café in Tokyo. In 2010, the company adopted the new name MUBI. MUBI is a curated streaming service, which offers an ever-changing collection of hand-picked films, introducing one new film each day.

The Seventh Walk. There is no dialog. The camera work is beautiful. The sound recording is spectacular… the sounds of drawing and painting, of walking, of bird and insects, wind, and water! And the music is enchanting.

You can also rent the film on Vimeo.

I found this song by the man who did the soundtrack of “The Seventh Walk” and listened to it this morning:

I can’t figure out what kind of instrument can go so high and so low.