Mostly Dead Music

by 8bit bEtty

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I haven't made any official 8bit bEtty releases in what feels like forever. This is partially because I've never put together a body of work that feels cohesive. Shifting aesthetics render some songs I had prepared for a new album antiquated. Other times I'll finish a song only to realize it's not very good or doesn't say something honest, and decide it should probably never see the light of day.

While taking a basic photography course, the instructor told me that one must take 300 photos to get one good image. This sentiment has had both positive and negative effects on my musical output. On the one hand it reminds me that it's actually necessary to write really bad music sometimes in order to write something I like later. There's nothing more crippling to an artist than Masterpiece Syndrome (the state of being afraid to create something unless it will be a masterpiece that will trump your last masterpiece).

On the other hand, after you finish something and decide you don't really like it, what do you do with it? Photographers take 300+ pictures in a session, but will rarely empty the contents of their flash card onto a flickr page and call it an evening. Even the impact from the good pictures will be muted in that context. Should I release an album just because I have enough material for one, or should I release it because I actually feel its something that I would spend time with if someone else handed me the same collection of tracks?

This question has been one of the obstacles preventing anything being released since the last EP. I don't plan to find any answers any time soon. I have, however, decided that I'd like to start releasing a series of Mostly Dead Music in an effort to remind myself that at the end of the day, it's all just a series of clicks and whistles. These will be some of the pieces that I either didn't like, didn't feel for, or couldn't pair with other songs for a proper release. It will be updated arbitrarily. Click each track to get a mini description of why it wasn't released.

I intend to distribute these tracks for free. Please put $0 in the pay what you want box. However, if you'd like to make a donation, I wouldn't refuse ;)


released May 7, 2010


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Track Name: 8bit Revenge Opening (extended mix)
8bit Revenge
Track Name: Cut and Paste
connect the dots
do you see a picture?
color it in
does it look familiar?

maybe this time I'll cut it out
tack it on the fridge where I can see
and whenever I look at the mess I've made
I'll remember you're not meant for me

squeeze the paste
sprinkle the glitter
attach the lace
it doesn't look so bitter

Let's make this something we'll smile about
I won't cry if you won't too
I won't say goodbye we won't say goodbye so let's not try
but remember I'm not meant for you

cut and paste my heart here
cut and paste my heart, dear
Track Name: Drown Radio vs 8bit bEtty - lol cats (robot funk mix)
Track Name: A Quick Hello
It's been so long since we've played a game
Nice to see you're well
How've you been all these years and how is what's her name
Isn't life so swell?

I guess I can't complain I've been busy and
I've got great friends too
I don't know if you've heard, but I've been engaged
Yes, life is swell, how about you?

I wish I could say that everything has been alright
but how can I tell you when I'm afraid that I might
accidentally slip and break our newfound pact to stay awake
you used to know me in my dreams, but now we're an awkward exchange

I guess some games can't be played anymore
Time moves on and so do we, we'll find new sports
but all those secret plans we made in our fort
Abandon ship the mission's lost, it's time to abort

You can't stop me dreaming
You know it will still hurt when you awake
You can't stop me dreaming
I never meant to make you cry
You can't stop me dreaming
You need to stop this isn't healthy
You can't stop me dreaming
Darling, we have to say goodbye

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