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Give Peace A Chance (Room 1742 Remix)

by Matt Rogalsky

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The famous tune "Give Peace A Chance" was recorded by John Lennon, Yoko Ono and many attendant fans and hangers-on, in Room 1742 of the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montréal on June 1 1969.

In 2014 I found myself staying on the 16th floor of the hotel. As I had the basic materials for creating impulse responses with me (a decent portable recorder, some balloons, and a pin) I asked the hotel if they would let me visit 1742 for a few minutes. Security let me and my wife in and I spent 10 minutes recording a variety of IRs from different perspectives.

Since then I've used the impulse responses on recordings I've produced, including a great children's album by Gary Rasberry and the Woodshed Orchestra. The 1742 IR was used to add some body to Gary's acoustic guitar and vocal. See store.cdbaby.com/cd/garyrasberryandthewoodsh

I don't know why I never tried it before, but subjecting "Give Peace A Chance" to an "I am sitting in a room"-style treatment -- passing it through numerous replications of the virtual room -- gives a predictably interesting result.

And if you don't know "I am sitting in a room", google it and its composer, Alvin Lucier!

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Ev'rybody's talking about
Bagism, Shagism, Dragism, Madism, Ragism, Tagism
This-ism, that-ism, is-m, is-m, is-m
All we are saying is give peace a chance
All we are saying is give peace a chance
C'mon
Ev'rybody's talking about Ministers
Sinisters, Banisters and canisters
Bishops and Fishops and Rabbis and Pop eyes
And bye bye, bye byes
All we are saying is give peace a chance
All we are saying is give peace a chance
Let me tell you now
Ev'rybody's talking about
Revolution, evolution, masturbation
Flagellation, regulation, integrations
Meditations, United Nations
Congratulations
All we are saying is give peace a chance
All we are saying is give peace a chance
Ev'rybody's talking about
John and Yoko, Timmy Leary, Rosemary
Tommy Smothers, Bobby Dylan, Tommy Cooper
Derek Taylor, Norman Mailer
Alan Ginsberg, Hare Krishna
Hare, Hare Krishna
All we are saying is give peace a chance
All we are saying is give peace a chance
All we are saying is give peace a chance
All we are saying is give peace a chance

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released June 4, 2019

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Matt Rogalsky Kingston, Ontario

Matt Rogalsky is a sound-based artist who teaches at Queen's University.

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