Avon Calling

Avon Calling sample (0:29)

What its about

Sales reps!

Actually its not: its about being accosted by an Avon rep on your doorstep, finding yourself paralysed and unable to move, falling into a deep trance under the spell of the patter, and waking up from the nightmare by keeling over and banging your head on the doorbell

How it was written

The song is a simple experiment in ambient or techno style: trying to be hypnotic through repetition like a minimalist piece from Terry Riley or Steve Reich

Bass and guitar riffs (0:05)
Avon Calling bass riff

Avon Calling guitar riff

The basics were plundered: the bass and drums rhythm section come from a preset on an old Casio keyboard and the guitar riff is fairly straightforward country rock. Played together though they sound pretty good

Shimmy Shimmy Shenai (0:20)

Its also an experiment with instrumentation, specifically with the 128 presets in General MIDI. Number 112 is the shenai (shehnai or shanai there seem to be various spellings) which is an Indian oboe and the sound has a lovely clean texture

Finally, some stretching exercises (0:10)
Avon Calling chords riff