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Osobní Hv​ě​zda by Flicker.
Album: HappySad

Composed by G. Davies/A. Reynolds/M. Damage/S. Stiglund.

George Davies – guitars
Alison Reynolds – cellos
Maxx Damage – bass
Sven Stiglund – drums, xylophone

Recorded, engineered, mixed and produced at Wud Records Studio One.
Mastered at Wud Records Studios 2023.

Originally released April 2023.

Copyright © 2023 Wud Records.
Copyright ℗ 2001 Explicit Music.

Fun Facts:
* Osobní Hv​ě​zda means ‘Personal Star’ in Czech.
* It was composed in early 2001, before George went to Prague to visit his friends there.
* Several of the tunes that he had composed very recently had no title, so he asked a few of his Czech friends for ideas for what they should be called.
* The title ‘Personal Star’, or Osobní Hv​ě​zda, was suggested by Lenka.
* After she heard it, she liked it very much and wholeheartedly approved.
* Osobní Hv​ě​zda is in the key of D minor (the saddest of all keys, according to Nigel Tufnell).
* After the initial D minors and Cs, the piece goes to an Eb maj7.
* After each Eb maj7 there is a Bb maj7, then an F6, then Bb maj7 again and then an Ab maj7(-5), which leads in to the Gm7 and Fm13 section.
* There is a gloriously heavy G – F# – Eb – D riff before the whimsical melodic section.
* The guitar is played on Nicodemus.
* You can hear how new and spanglesome the guitar strings are.
* Maxx plays the Plank and Sven plays mostly Tama and Sabian.
* The original guitar and bass for Osobní Hv​ě​zda sounded muddy and Flicker could never quite make it how they wanted it.
* In the end, the guitar and bass parts were scrapped and re-recorded using the Neural Quad Cortex.
* George used a few factory presets from the QC.
* These patches were called Banger Fish (for the clean tones), Major Strat Vibes (for the dirty tones), We Love Herbie (for the filthy dirty heavy section) and Victor’s Marshall (for the second guitar that plays from the start of the D riff in the centre of the tune to where the heavy part begins again).
* Maxx created his own patches from scratch on the Quad Cortex, as he likes to do such things.
* Flicker asked Alison to play some cello on the track and she did an absolutely wonderful job!
* She was asked to also make some odd noises, like bouncing her bow on the strings or banging the body of her instrument.
* The results were even better than hoped for and worked perfectly with the xylophone.
* You can check out some of Alison’s own compositions at her website here: https://alisonreynoldsmusic.com/
* A real wooden xylophone was originally used for the track although in the end Flicker preferred the sound of the MIDI version.
* This was from a program called Marimba on a vintage synth called the Emu Pro-Cussion.
* You can read more about this wonderful synth/drum expander here: https://www.vintagesynth.com/emu/procussion.php

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