AA Devil Lived AA

  • Submitted on time! Apr 26, 2020

So, I think this is maybe one of the strangest songs I’ve ever written – definitely the most campy.
First time using this Micro Korg my old roommate gave me when he moved out. Don’t have a MIDI cable yet, so the tracking of the synth was tough for me. Took a little inspiration from The Gorillaz ‘A Mountain Called Monkey.’

Started with the palindrome and the rest of the song sprung from that.

Hope you enjoy,


Looking for feedback on

Mixing, synth tracking, etc. But all things, of course.


nurphgun April 30, 2020 5:21pm

This is so wacky. I like your brain. Thanks for sharing that you started with the title — I’ve also found that one of the three parameters usually clicks with me immediately and the rest of the song comes from there. It’s interesting to know that one palindromic phrase inspired this very cool and otherworldly tune.

agasthya April 28, 2020 2:02pm

Too many good moments but here are a few of my favorites:
– high harmony that comes in at ~:42 in the right ear
– “we raised a sword against him”, specifically the word “a”
– the lingering “aah” at 3:17

Love the mix and arrangement as it is. I would mayyyyybe consider bringing in a droning bass tone around 2:34 when the vocals come back to thicken it up, and as a kind of metaphorical nod to the storyline of the devil still being alive but just underground. But honestly it doesn’t really need anything else. Love it.

daeclan April 27, 2020 12:30pm

i rly loved this. the feeling it sets up, the emotion in the vocals vs. the robotic (yet warm) vibe of the synth arpeggiating. real cool style & direction here 🙂 re: mixing, i wonder if you panned the synth to the sides harder if it would give the vocals more space to reverberate (like a big intergalactic church)? it is beautiful as is, almost the way the organ and hymnals bleed together in an actual church. just a thought, keep up the good work & experimentation 🙂

Kristoph April 27, 2020 9:21pm

I like that idea of the panning it out. I had split the vocals up fairly aggressively. I had been considering having the arpeggiator swing around the mix, in a dizzying way – but I did the whole project in one sitting and I think I burned out there at the end a bit.

Tengo April 27, 2020 11:09am

This song felt as warm and cradling as the Hot Toddy you made me in Vermont after a day of body-breaking skiing in bone-chilling cold. So beautiful

nick April 27, 2020 9:24am

gotta admit the world is better place when you’re making music

Ben April 27, 2020 11:04am

agree. life feels a teeny bit different with chris in the game

Ryan April 27, 2020 11:54am


Sam Pearce April 27, 2020 12:52am

Shoot, I keep clicking to listen and losing my comment 🙂 I love the main melody. It’s disturbing and enchanting and I could enjoy listening to it for much longer than it’s duration in the song. To me this sounds like reassurance in a time of pain. I just clicked again to try to hear if you’re singing “oh the devil will pass”, or something else, but either way that’s the sentiment that comes through to me.

aubspeeps April 26, 2020 10:37pm

yeah wow church in space is a great way of putting this; i want to go to the planet this is from. really cool really cool

froebusiness April 26, 2020 9:54pm

Berg this is dope as hell. It’s like a church service in space in the year 3000. +1 for the Gorillaz influence, love that track.

Kristoph April 26, 2020 10:33pm

thanks bud!

Ryan April 26, 2020 9:21pm

Mannnnn this is a great world, Chris! Suits your voice (artistic voice and singing voice) so well. I am in love with the sung sections. I could picture you spinning out a whole universe from this place. Great choices on the harmonies, too. When it shifts into the more folky section, I wonder if an acoustic guitar and maybe even a fiddle would really make that part sing. I think you’ve done a great job sneaking that section in, but I think a bit more arrangement would make it go even further.

Kristoph April 26, 2020 10:32pm

oooo love the idea on instrumentation. I was trying to force myself away from my guitar on this one, just to get over being frustrated with my lack of understanding of this synth. Thanks man!

Ryan April 27, 2020 11:56am

Haha that makes sense. I think forcing oneself to stay away from something that they almost always incorporate is smart. But dashing it back in when it’s called for can be super rewarding—albeit a very slippery slope lol. All of a sudden guitar is spawning all over the goddamn place.

Z April 26, 2020 9:16pm

I love your guitar playing, always have, always will. But I do love hearing you working off a different instrument, an arpeggiator (or did you sequence it note by note?) was a wise choice for palindrome!!

Brings me back to listening to Fire Coming out of the Monkey’s Head with you in Boston. Love the spoken word juxtaposed with lush vocals between. Had magic from Mellon Collie – I understand the fear of “melodrama” as you put it, but that kinda thing I think is meant to be embraced. No melodrama in relationships, but in music? Yeah dude let me indulge in that shit.

Nice work bro, miss you lots.

Kristoph April 26, 2020 10:33pm

Ah yes, that IS the name of the song I referenced incorrectly. Don’t have a midi chord so I was just triggering the arpeggiator in real time. Thanks Z, miss you too.

ZApril 27, 2020 10:08am

Gotcha, cool! Also – is that an AA Bondy ref I’m now realizing?

This is some serious dialectic! Rotella would be proud.

Ben April 26, 2020 9:09pm

Yo Chris this awesome. I often forget that you’re a seriously skilled and creative musician (even tho i think i first met you at one of your shows) because you’re humble as fuck about it and you don’t scream in my face about your musicianship with zoom concert live streams, new mixtapes, and campfire singalongs. When i think of you, i think newsman first, music and cultural critic second, staunch defensive presence/glue guy third, but now i have to rethink that list. This was a fucking trip and i really really enjoyed it.

Kristoph April 26, 2020 10:33pm

Well this is just too nice.