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[track] King Jack’s 99th Dream

This track started out life as a disquiet junto challenge a couple years ago:

Assignment: re-tell a single-page comic strip, 99 Ways To Tell A Story [Panel 1], by Matt Madden:

Background (via disquiet.com): “Matt Madden’s single-page comic is the template for a book he created titled 99 Ways to Tell a Story: Exercises in Style. In the book, Madden told that same story 99 different ways, each in a different comic-book style. For example, he told it as a superhero comic, he told it as a manga, he told it as experienced from upstairs, and he told it as if it were overheard at a bar. Madden did this in homage to the French writer Raymond Queneau’s own Exercises in Style, which is a key text of the literary movement known as Oulipo. Oulipo approaches the act of writing with intentional constraints, and the movement’s approach to creativity was a strong influence on the development of the Disquiet Junto. Oubapo is the name of the comics version of Oulipo. What we’re up to is the musical version: Oumupo.”

Original track is here.

Time to make up your mind
Time never falls behind
Time to make up your mind and close the door

She drew you in, black and white
From her studio in the sky
She drew you eight times ninety-nine…

Frames in time
And you will never escape that night
Until you make up your mind
And close the door

Should’ve paid off those bills
Should’ve laid off those pills
Should’ve written one more word
Before you put your machine to sleep

What the hell were you looking for
when you opened up that door?
What the hell were you looking for,
if not time?

It’s just like Jack once said
“Bittersweet life is at best.”
It’s just like King Jack once said

You’re framed in time
And you will never escape that night
If you never make up your mind
Yeah, you’re framed in time
And you’ll never escape that night
Until you make up your mind
And close the door


Jack Kirby’s 99th Dream [disquiet0014-oumupo]

Time to make up your mind
Time will never fall behind
Time to make up your mind and close the door

She draws you in, black and white
In a studio in the sky
She draws you eight times ninety-nine…

Frames in time
And you will never escape that night
Until you make up your mind
And close the door

Should’ve paid off those bills
Should’ve laid off all those pills
Should’ve written one more word
Before you put your machine to sleep

What the hell were you looking for
When you opened up that door?
What the hell were you looking for
If not time?

It’s just like Jack once said
Bittersweet life is at best
It’s just like King Jack once said

You’re framed in time
And you’ll never escape that night
If you’re drawn in black and white
Yeah, you’re framed in time
And you’ll never escape that night
Until you make up your mind
And close the door

Time to make up your mind
Time will never fall behind
Time to make up your mind and close the door

PROJECT

re-tell a single-page comic strip by Matt Madden:
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Background (via Marc Weidenbaum from disquiet.com): “Matt Madden’s single-page comic is the template for a book he created titled 99 Ways to Tell a Story: Exercises in Style. In the book, Madden told that same story 99 different ways, each in a different comic-book style. For example, he told it as a superhero comic, he told it as a manga, he told it as experienced from upstairs, and he told it as if it were overheard at a bar. Madden did this in homage to the French writer Raymond Queneau’s own Exercises in Style, which is a key text of the literary movement known as Oulipo. Oulipo approaches the act of writing with intentional constraints, and the movement’s approach to creativity was a strong influence on the development of the Disquiet Junto. Oubapo is the name of the comics version of Oulipo. What we’re up to is the musical version: Oumupo.”

I chose to abstract the adventure in a structured pop song, and feel this maybe takes wide liberties w/the assignment (and the nature of the disquiet junto, in a way). Fwiw, think of it as track 8 off the soundtrack of the comic’s film adaptation.

To mirror Mssr. Madden’s work, this track has 8 lyric sections and runs at 99 BPM (approximately – I don’t keep time as well as a computer).

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More on Matt Madden and his book 99 Ways to Tell a Story at:
mattmadden.com/
exercisesinstyle.com/

More on the Disquiet Junto at:
soundcloud.com/groups/disquiet-junto