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Onda Feels Better

Posted in Africanish, Instrumental Music, Soundtrack Music on May 3, 2009 by alopecoid

This short piece was made while dog-sitting for my friend Kate’s dog Onda, who has since passed. Born in Brazil, Onda was a sweet little muppet-looking terrier type dog, who had heart problems at the end of her life. I had picked her up from the dog hospital and taken her back to the house to hang out and keep an eye on her. There was an old thumb piano, also known as an mbira or kalimba, and I started layering tracks to make this spritely little tune. As I was recording, Onda started to show just a bit of her old friskiness.

I think the piece is particularly effective on headphones, as I’ve used panning and fading to help provide its structure.