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A high-school marching band at the Starlight Parade in Portland, OR. The main piece is super imperial feeling, followed by an awesome drum breakdown around 3:20.
It seems parades have become just excuses to sculpt giant advertisements out of papier maché, but I still will fight for a good seat to see the high-school marching bands. I love the intensity from the snare drums and horns that leave me feeling like it’s our civilization’s final hour. I suppose the military and sport events felt the same way when they adopted the marching band. I’m pretty pacifistic, but I sympathize with that pre-game energy and the excitement that chaos is about to be unleashed. This was also a lesson in field recording when my microphone experienced its own share of intensity. It got a bit overwhelmed by the overtones of the bass reflecting off the buildings downtown, causing the mic to get overloaded and distort at certain points, even though the recording levels were far from peaking. This was extremely frustrating at first, but looking back, the distortion seems appropriate and symbolic.
Marching Band in the Starlight Parade [4:22m]