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Fallen Shackles of a Weathered Jouster

from Moral Calculus by Make-Believe Machines

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A dark, progressive ambient piece which mourns the dominance of the “top 50” verse-chorus-verse chart-topper music industry. (Vocals, ambient strings, piano, children`s choir, harp, fireworks, and spoken word samples are featured.)


"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


from Moral Calculus, track released September 2, 2008
Composed and performed by Justin Norman and Rob Ogden. Fireworks recording by Victor Wedge.


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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.

Artist photo by Nick Ford.

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