Tim Clukey | Recycled Rags

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Recycled Rags

by Tim Clukey

A unique collection of ragtime songs crafted as both piano performances and electronic realizations.
Genre: Jazz: Ragtime
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1. Harlem Rag
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2. The Chicken Rag
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3. Teasing Rag
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4. Billiken Rag
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5. Magnetic Rag
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6. The Original Chicago Blues
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7. Too Much Raspberry
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8. Harlem Synth Rag
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9. The Chicken Synth Rag
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10. Teasing Synth Rag
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11. Billiken Synth Rag
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12. Magnetic Synth Rag
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13. The Original Chicago Synth Blues
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14. Too Much Raspberry Synth
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WHY RECYCLE RAGS?
A hundred years ago ragtime music (c. 1897-1917) was beginning to sing its swan song—soon to give way to jazz, blues, and swing. This selective compilation of ragtime songs begins with one of the earliest tunes that helped kick-off the ragtime craze (Harlem Rag, 1897). The focus then shifts to a succession of songs that were published as ragtime began to fall out of favor with the public (1911 to 1916).

I made my eclectic choices after pouring over 300 manuscripts, trying to identify songs of unique melodic invention while maintaining the consistency of the identifiable, syncopated “ragged” rhythms that helped to usher in the early 20th century. Each song is represented twice. First, I present my interpretation of the original performances in their clichéd form—as songs played on the slightly out-of-tune pianos in the saloons and brothels where they were sometimes enjoyed. Each song is then reprised (recycled) as performances from synthetic instrumentation that only became available sixty or so years later when ragtime’s fame was simply resurfacing during one of the short revivals of the genre. I’ve purposely avoided traditional instrumentation as well as the tempting opportunity to craft mash-ups with more modern percussive styles to remain true to the original scores.

The songs I’ve selected showcase many different composers—and not necessarily the most popular of the day (although I couldn’t get away without at least one Scott Joplin song). My hope is that you’ll enjoy the re-instrumentation of this 100-year-old music genre—or at least have a brief flirtation with some unique, little-known ragtime tunes that contributed to the lexicon of modern music. -TC

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