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 Post subject: Signature Zappa Sound
PostPosted: Mon Aug 27, 2007 2:27 am 
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I'm relatively new to Zappa's music and I have a few questions for all the Zappa masters out there concerning a certain sound of his.

I dunno what to call these passages or if there even is a name for them so i'll just tell you where I've found them in certain songs...

Montana - 1:55 > 2:40
Inca Roads - 5:27 > 5:40 and 8:05 > 8:26

I guess its sort of a marimba/vibe lead with vocals following along if I could describe it...

Anyway my questions are...
1. Is their a certain name/phrase for these passages?
2. Did Frank 'invent' this technique or did he borrow/get inspired by another i.e. Verese etc.?
3. Is there a particular scale, mode or kind of guidelines that these passages seem to follow?

Thanks alot for your help :)


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 27, 2007 5:43 am 
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Oh also one more question...

In what what other songs does Frank use this sound???

Many thanks again :D


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 27, 2007 11:26 am 
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i posted an answer to your question down in the FAQ section. um, any of his albums from 1970-1978 use this sound frequently, and if you havent heard it yet check out "The Black Page", it's a WHOLE SONG of this kind of music. the 88 disks are heavy on marimba and percussion (and have a gorgeous horn section) as well.

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