Silent Night

from by Joel Abbott

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"Silent Night" was the fastest created song on the album. I put it together in about four hours (and then endless tweaking). I downloaded this really cool little freeware mellotron plugin instrument. Playing the Silent Night theme in minor with this mellotron instrument inspired the whole song. I found the bossa-nova drums, and they seemed to beg for an upright bass (which, along with the vibraphone, are some of the only acoustic-sounding “real” instrument on the whole album). Then I added all the synth weirdness–-weird theramin duets and filter-phased arpeggiations. Once I realized I was going for a cocktail vibe, I pulled out the vibraphone. ’Cause what says cocktail party more than a jazzy vibraphone?


from Christmas and Glowsticks, track released November 9, 2009
All instruments and arrangements by Joel Abbott



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