The flickering screens embedded within the console revealed the stillness of the many winding hallways connecting together the various complexes of the National Zoological Museum, its center anchored by the towering skeleton of a deteriorated blue whale. Each wing of the building mapped itself to some biological community in which a collection of plants & animals was thought to once exist. Red grass & peaks of ice rendered using plastic & foam formed islands of tundra, thick paper pines & spruces dotted the carpeted landscapes of grassland & taiga, and styrofoam canyons & cliffs painted with orange & brown loomed with dark shades over fields of dotted lines, named features, and pastel representations of flora & fauna. The kids would read out the name of that once-great empire with slurred consonants, their voices bringing life to the static figurines who’d in their years been sheltered by the fragments of a map so large & detailed that it was as if that empire had never crumbled at all. All the parents & guardians would fold their arms while the children rehearsed scenes from reimagined & reconstructed moments flicking on the screen, a trace of pity in their pursed lips for the forgotten who now existed as the fiction of some distant past they knew only through memories inherited.
all songs written & produced by smoggycat
tomo takino & the absolutely free are:
smoggycat - vocals, acoustic guitars, electric guitar & bass & 12-string, alesis micron, korg microkorg, drums & percussion & bells & chimes, soprano saxophone & tuba & bottleflutes, sampler & mpc, arrangements
nick belida - saxophone, flute (2, 7, 8)
natalia d. cameroni - violin (2)
josh le - trombone (7)
joey di liberto - trumpet (7)
eddie a. mendoza - drunken banter (7)
martin renan chapman - 12 string guitar (2, 7)
karina sevilla - vocals (7)
ray stachowiak - drums (6)
the absolutely free orchestra - strings, brass, woodwinds (1,3,4,6,7,8,11)
colin winegardner, adam abadilla, sanjay john - recording & engineering (2,6,7)
infinite love & warmth to:
colin winegardner, adam abadilla, sanjay john, ray stachowiak, eddie a. mendoza, natalia d. cameroni, josh le, joey di liberto, nick belida, martin renan chapman, and karina sevilla for their time & effort. good neighbor, globehead, the garage boys, everyone at ksdt, and ucsd's coolest folk for their kind words & support.
a special "I <3 U" to eric bracht for his help & support.
samples from "Raise The Red Lantern" by Zhao Jiping used on (4,6,11)
samples from "Bring It On" by Organized Konfusion used on (6)