Moral Calculus

by Make-Believe Machines

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Caynug Definitely a listen throughout experience! I love how in later songs elements from the first few songs start to appear or get hinted at again! Such wonderful composition were at times I felt like im free falling and just to slowly get tied together on the ground again. Distinct tracks, each so very unique on it's own, can't believe this has been released in 2008, it sounds so great! Favorite track: Thin Glass Islands on a Clouded Sea.
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"I'm definitely not sure."
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"You'll notice about 80% of all the hits that have ever been out in the marketplace -- they follow a traditional song pattern, which is verse, chorus, verse, bridge, chorus, and out." "We are like Pavlov's dog as listeners." "And every time you hear a song, look at Billboard and say 'Oh, that's so-and-so and they're chart number 32.'" "You know how you write better songs? By listening to other people's hits." "What happens when you get in your car in the morning and you turn on the radio and there's a new song on there and it's got a 37-second long intro? You change the station, don't you? You think it's an instrumental song! What the hell station am I tuned in to here?" Shackled to a dead horse, long over-beaten He jousted in the dense fog of the walking comatose His lance did splinter, now wrought with repairs But the blunted end has proved more useful Freedom sparked at dawn's edge
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We stowed our hopes into the brightest of dream clouds And locked them inside our fathers' wooden ships, cloaked in old shrouds We struck out across dark waves, straining to make precise of the vague, ancient orders Searchlights cut the deep Distract, blindingly We stare or we sail on The truth shifts through cracks upon a twisting landscape While the clock sprouts legs and darts away Twenty years at sea, and at times it seems we've found it Penned down and circled on our ragged parchment Through trial and revision... Well, we can discern some of the dangerous waters, but the safe realm seems to elude us We tried to find firm land but the map was too blurred by red ink We freeze up or we sail on It seems the land's thin glass / It seems the trees drink glass We slip on crack-filled planks Our minds all draw us blanks We tried to find the truth, but our ship was too weighed and sinks
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Moral Calculus is the debut album from Make Believe Machines, a collaborative composition project from Justin Norman and Rob Ogden. The album was designed specifically for full-length listening, as each song segues into the next, with multiple instrumental references in late-album tracks to earlier ones.

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released September 2, 2008

Composed and performed by Justin Norman and Rob Ogden.
Violin contributions from Meredith Bogacz.
Cover photograph and art by Wesley Norman.

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Make-Believe Machines Des Moines, Iowa

Neo-classical and soundtrack music composed by Justin Norman, performed with Anna Kucera, Elaina Steenson, Patrick Riley, and Scott Yoshimura.

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