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God Rest Ye Merry Robotmen

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Yes, I’ve left out the comma. Because while there may be confusion about the meaning behind the real title, ‘God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen’, there should be no confusion surrounding my house band. They are indeed merry robots!

The original carol, ‘God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen’ had it’s earliest known publication around 1760, but there are some who think that it is a reaction piece to the music of the 15th century church. We may never know, just as we never know the original meaning behind the first line. What we do know is that Charles Dickens referenced the song in 1843’s ‘A Christmas Carol’, and that it is featured int he second movement of Victor Hely-Hutchinson’s 1927 work, ‘Carol Symphony’. As far as modern takes on this piece, many of you are most familiar with the 1984 version by Mannheim Steamroller. I know for me this version opened my eyes to what a fresh take on a song can actually encompass. The Steamroller version is also one of my favorite Christmas carols of all time.

For my version I went with a decidedly old-school synthpopian sound. Instrumentation includes: G-Force impOSCar2 for fat synth basses and pads. G-Force M-Tron Pro for classic Mellotron and Chamberlin pre-sampler era sounds. NES and Colecovision sounds via Plogue Chipsounds. Epic strings via Logic ES E. And sweet beats from Logic Ultrabeat.

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from God Rest Ye Merry Robotmen - a Holiday EP, released December 4, 2012
Music: Traditional English carol (c1760)
Arranged and produced by Jim Furey.
Recorded and mastered at The Robot Junkyard.
Published by MixiM Music.
Copyright 2012, Jim Furey

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