Here We Come A Wassailing

from God Rest Ye Merry Robotmen - a Holiday EP by Solarno



The tune ‘ Here We Come A Wassailing’ was written around 1850 in Merry Old England, but the act of wassailing, more commonly known today as caroling, has it’s roots in the middle age England where peasants would sing and entertain their feudal lords in exchange for gifts such as food, drink, and money. This was seen as less demeaning than outright begging. The act of wassailing also has had it’s less than stellar moments such as when wassailing groups would occasionally ransack the houses of those who did not reciprocate with figgy puddings or wassail beverages. These unfortunate actions are referenced in the 16th century carol, ‘We Wish You a Merry Christmas’.

I veer further into the analog realm with my version of ‘...Wassailing’. I leaned heavily on my workhorse synth, the impOSCar2, for the majority of sounds heard on this track. There are leads, pads, bells, chimes, basses, and EFX all pulled from this incredibly versatile instrument. The main lead though is done with the G-Force Oddity, a brilliant ARP Odyssey emulator. My M-Tron Pro is used again for some very lo-fi Orchestron work


from God Rest Ye Merry Robotmen - a Holiday EP, released December 4, 2012
Music: Traditional English carol (c1850)
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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