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The Twenty-Four Hour Album is a musical project since 2001. The concept was to write, rehearse, and record an album's worth of material in a 24 hour period. It has been an annual event with participation from many Denver local and visiting musicians for nearly a decade now. With styles including electroclash, country, pop, rock, hiphop, techno, and particularly the collage of styles that makes the album particularly unclassifiable, the Twenty-Four Hour Album has been an exciting experiment for musicians, both professional and amateur.

The Twenty-Four Hour Album The Twenty-Four Hour Album

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The Twenty-Four Hour Album is a musical project since 2001. The concept was to write, rehearse, and record an album's worth of material in a 24 hour period. It has been an annual event with participation from many Denver local and visiting musicians for nearly a decade now. With styles including electroclash, country, pop, rock, hiphop, techno, and particularly the collage of styles that makes the album particularly unclassifiable, the Twenty-Four Hour Album has been an exciting experiment for musicians, both professional and amateur.

    15. Wakan Tanka (feat. Uncle Pat)

    15. Wakan Tanka (feat. Uncle Pat)

    It was late, really late. Everyone had gone but the three of us diehards. Jamie had called Uncle Pat earlier in the day to get a recording of his honest voice. Uncle Pat phoned this little proverb in from his home in New Mexico. We filled out the ambience with some meditative flutes and drums–a peaceful ending to a long, adventure-filled day.

    Uncle Pat - Sage
    Jamie - Native Flutes (Alto Recorder), native drum, Sleep machine
    Andy - Spa Synths
    Kurt - Steel Rain, Percussion

    • 2 min
    14. Space Prison

    14. Space Prison

    It was late, and I barely remember what was going on at this point. I'm not sure I knew what I was doing at the time, so forgive my hazy recollection. Anyhow, after "Breakin' Up Full Time" wrapped up, there was a slow shift in the energy. Ukulele Loki reassumed his titular role by laying out a riff on his Uke, all while playing his keyboard will the pegs of his Uke to make a bassline. Jesse and Jamie apparently had run off to conjure up some new lyrics for yet another legendary tale about a hardened criminal. Not just any criminal, but an intergalactic space fugitive. Here is his/her tale...

    Jesse - Criminal 1
    Jamie - Criminal 2
    Ukulele Loki - Micron Bass and Uke
    Andy - MicroQ Swinkles, GarageBand samples
    Davis - Djembe
    Karen - Scrapey Scrapey Spoons (or some other metallophone)

    • 1 min
    13. Breakin' Up Full Time

    13. Breakin' Up Full Time

    Ukulele Loki and Davis took the lead for this late night number. After getting a solid jam together with Davis' foot stompin' riff and Loki's wonky interjections, the two put together a little story about trials and tribulations over a breakup–what I assumed was based on an inside joke. Jesse added her own layer to the story–the female perspective in the scenario with her own, more conclusive agenda to the breakup.

    Ukulele Loki - Vox, Wonky Synths
    Davis - Vox, Guitar, Djembe
    Jesse - Vox
    Kurt - Homebass
    Karen - Tom-toms
    Andy - Maracas

    • 3 min
    12. 24 Hour Love Song

    12. 24 Hour Love Song

    The idea came about that we should do an a cappella number, given that we had so many bodies and strong singers. What resulted is a prime example of 24 Hour Album magic: no rehearsal, no consensus, no concept, roll tape! Well, we wanted to make a love song. I guess there was that. Christopher and Jesse took the forefront at first singing a beautiful love duet, when suddenly the song took a hard left turn. "Giddy up on the pony, girl!"

    Christopher - Lead Male Vox, Beatbox
    Jesse - Lead Female Vox
    Jamie - Pony Vox
    Andy - Bass Vox
    Rachel - Oohs and Ahs
    Ukulele Loki - Oohs and Ohs
    Davis - Ahs and Oohs
    Karen - Ohs and Ahs

    Kurt may have sung too. There were a bunch of us crammed around two mics.

    • 3 min
    11. ...So Now It's Mine

    11. ...So Now It's Mine

    New faces, new fresh energy, and an entirely new gender for the first time this year showed up in the evening. After Christopher and I came up with a stupid chord progression (V forever, then finally I), this magical number came to life. First-timer, Jesse, glued the twangs, tweets, twirls and twitters together with her steady declamations about work frustration–a topic no one could be foreign to. The unwavering G7 chord juxtaposed against Jesse's credo to "just keep goin' on" speaks to the spirit of human perseverance.

    Jesse - Vox
    Rachel - Alto Recorder
    Andy - Guitar
    Christopher - Pianer
    Kurt - Glockenspiel
    Jamie - Maracas, Harmonica

    • 3 min
    10. Soldier and Death

    10. Soldier and Death

    Jamie came back from his song writing session in what once was the "game room" of Kurt's house. He brought this somber tale to us about a soldier's tale of luck, life and death–based on Jim Henson's Storyteller rendition of this Russian tale. He structured a song complete with melody and chords. What resulted was the Twenty-Four Hour Album's most serious endeavor–a respectable and unique addition to the album.

    Jamie - Narrator, Chimes
    Andy - Guitar, Oohs
    Rachel - Oohs
    Christopher - Oohs
    Andrew - Oohs

    • 4 min

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