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The Melodica, a list thread
« on: 17 Jan 2009, 10:32 »

So I'm trying to compile a list of awesome song that feature the melodica. I am going to make a mix for my friend because he wants to buy a melodica.

Here is my list so far:

Joy Division - Decades
The Kinks - Sunny Afternoon
Q and Not U - Soft Pyramids
Algernon Cadwallader - Horror (pretty sure they use it in another song too, but I can't remember off the top of my head)
Gang of Four - 5.45
A bunch of New Order songs.
Belle & Sebastian - Electronic Renaissance
AC Newman - Drink to Me Babe, Then


I'm sure you guys can add to the list!
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Re: The Melodica, a list thread
« Reply #1 on: 17 Jan 2009, 14:09 »

Off the top of my head I know that "She's In Parties" by Bauhaus uses a melodica.

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Re: The Melodica, a list thread
« Reply #2 on: 17 Jan 2009, 15:53 »

Big D & The Kids Table used one when I saw them.
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Re: The Melodica, a list thread
« Reply #3 on: 17 Jan 2009, 16:13 »

"Green Rain" by Shugo Tokumaru features an interesting melodica loop throughout the song.
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Re: The Melodica, a list thread
« Reply #4 on: 17 Jan 2009, 16:57 »

Everything by Augustus Pablo.
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Re: The Melodica, a list thread
« Reply #5 on: 17 Jan 2009, 17:14 »

Ef - Hello Scotland

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Re: The Melodica, a list thread
« Reply #6 on: 17 Jan 2009, 18:55 »

I don't actually know any recorded songs with one, but there's this.

(I didn't know what a melodica was until two minutes ago.)
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Re: The Melodica, a list thread
« Reply #7 on: 18 Jan 2009, 07:28 »

Anathallo- Yuki! Yuki! Yuki!
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Re: The Melodica, a list thread
« Reply #8 on: 18 Jan 2009, 09:19 »

I don't actually know any recorded songs with one, but there's this.

(I didn't know what a melodica was until two minutes ago.)
sorry i don't have any melodica songs to contribute, but these vampire weekend songs are excellent. thank you.
« Last Edit: 18 Jan 2009, 11:31 by LittleKey »
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Re: The Melodica, a list thread
« Reply #9 on: 18 Jan 2009, 18:52 »

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Re: The Melodica, a list thread
« Reply #10 on: 18 Jan 2009, 21:47 »

Everything Counts - Depeche Mode
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Re: The Melodica, a list thread
« Reply #11 on: 19 Jan 2009, 02:03 »

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I think that's an accordion, but there's a segment at the end of Tannhäuser / Derivè (I guess it would just be Derivè) that has a melodica.
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Re: The Melodica, a list thread
« Reply #13 on: 19 Jan 2009, 11:37 »

I believe a number of Los Campesinos! songs do, but I'm going to go for "The Internetional Tweexcore Underground" in particular because it has a great title and the melodica is clearly visible in the video.
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Re: The Melodica, a list thread
« Reply #14 on: 19 Jan 2009, 15:06 »

Any chance of posting the mix up here when you're done?

(Feel free to say no, seeing as how it's a present and all, but I'd be pretty interested to hear it.)
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Re: The Melodica, a list thread
« Reply #15 on: 19 Jan 2009, 15:55 »

Actually a friend of mine played me a John Frusciante solo record the other day and it opened with a song that had a stunning melodica line. I can't believe I typed that sentence but there you have it.
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Re: The Melodica, a list thread
« Reply #16 on: 20 Jan 2009, 11:50 »

there's always that Gorrilaz song (you know the one)
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Re: The Melodica, a list thread
« Reply #17 on: 20 Jan 2009, 15:42 »

there's always that Gorrilaz song (you know the one)

Which one?

... I own both Gorillaz records and cannot remember an obvious melodica bit. I feel bad about this and I'm sure I'll slap myself when you tell me.
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Re: The Melodica, a list thread
« Reply #18 on: 20 Jan 2009, 15:46 »

i don't even know what a melodica is.

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Re: The Melodica, a list thread
« Reply #19 on: 20 Jan 2009, 15:47 »

The Netherfriends use a melodica in a few of their songs, but they don't have a full-length out yet. :(
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Re: The Melodica, a list thread
« Reply #20 on: 20 Jan 2009, 16:03 »

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Re: The Melodica, a list thread
« Reply #21 on: 20 Jan 2009, 17:42 »

Any chance of posting the mix up here when you're done?

(Feel free to say no, seeing as how it's a present and all, but I'd be pretty interested to hear it.)

I'd be happy to post it, once I finally get around to making it. I have a congenital habit of planning to do things and not actually doing them.
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Re: The Melodica, a list thread
« Reply #22 on: 21 Jan 2009, 02:11 »

i don't even know what a melodica is.

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Re: The Melodica, a list thread
« Reply #23 on: 21 Jan 2009, 17:59 »

Melodicas are actually pretty fun and easy to play and mad cheap if anyone's looking to pick up another instrument. Especially good if you play keys already and want to go and jam somewhere with no power/acoustic stylings.
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Re: The Melodica, a list thread
« Reply #24 on: 22 Jan 2009, 01:34 »

Does anyone know any place to get free sheet music or whatever for melodicas? I just bought one a week or two ago, but I've never played a piano-esque instrument. I can read music and know which notes are which; I just don't have any music for it.
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Re: The Melodica, a list thread
« Reply #25 on: 22 Jan 2009, 02:00 »

I think that's an accordion, but there's a segment at the end of Tannhäuser / Derivè (I guess it would just be Derivè) that has a melodica.

I stand corrected!
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Re: The Melodica, a list thread
« Reply #26 on: 22 Jan 2009, 03:55 »

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I think that's an accordion, but there's a segment at the end of Tannhäuser / Derivè (I guess it would just be Derivè) that has a melodica.

Isn't that just the accordion again, though? I always thought the higher notes would sound tinnier like that. Goddammit I wish I had my CDs at uni so I could check the sleevenotes.
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Re: The Melodica, a list thread
« Reply #27 on: 22 Jan 2009, 04:04 »

Dangit I am sure there is some melodica on there somewhere and I can not listen to it again right now
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Re: The Melodica, a list thread
« Reply #28 on: 22 Jan 2009, 15:49 »

Does anyone know any place to get free sheet music or whatever for melodicas? I just bought one a week or two ago, but I've never played a piano-esque instrument. I can read music and know which notes are which; I just don't have any music for it.

You can play most stuff on the melodica if you transpose liberally. That said, you're better off picking either chords or melody and going with that, as the small range on the melodica makes it hard to play both. I'd just pick a song you like and learn the chord progression as a start, maybe? Print off a chord chart for piano if you don't already have one, that might help.
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Re: The Melodica, a list thread
« Reply #29 on: 23 Jan 2009, 03:27 »

'Melodica and Trombone' by Fridge
'I Set My Face To The Hillside' by Tortoise... at least I assume that's melodica.

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Re: The Melodica, a list thread
« Reply #30 on: 23 Jan 2009, 12:08 »

I have a melodica. It was hells of cheap on Ebay and came with a case and everything. I used it in college to accompany my roomate's dramatic readings of Jewel's poetry.

The more notes you add into a chord, the more breath it takes to sound it. Melodies are infinitely easier to play. But maybe my adorably cheap plastic instrument is just inferior. However, my roomate had a vintage metal one that was too sweet for someone not to steal, and it behaved the same way. I hope whoever took it likes it as much as I did.
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Re: The Melodica, a list thread
« Reply #31 on: 25 Apr 2009, 20:23 »

there's always that Gorrilaz song (you know the one)

Which one?

... I own both Gorillaz records and cannot remember an obvious melodica bit. I feel bad about this and I'm sure I'll slap myself when you tell me.
Surely it's Clint Eastwood?  Doesn't actually come in til about the 2 minute mark.

Another one I thought of (the only song I like of theirs) is Over and Over Again by Clap Your Hands Say Yeah.  It's heaps like New Order's use of melodica, mentioned upthread.
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Re: The Melodica, a list thread
« Reply #32 on: 25 Apr 2009, 21:03 »

oh my god it has been months.
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Re: The Melodica, a list thread
« Reply #33 on: 25 Apr 2009, 21:17 »

A lot of time to reflect on what you've done...
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Re: The Melodica, a list thread
« Reply #34 on: 25 Apr 2009, 21:24 »

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4h8cGEKzSwI

Hee hee.  There's a link to an .mp3, but I'd only put it on there if he was a Spoon and/or Julia Nunes fan.
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