"Acousticon Theme" - Youngblood Brass Band

"Acousticon Theme" (PDF) from the Youngblood Brass Band album, Unlearn.
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SUPPORT THE BAND: Purchase the official sheet music.  My version was transcribed entirely by myself and is respectfully incomplete.

Moving right along with the Youngblood Brass Band, we begin work on their second album.  My transcription is not complete for a couple reasons.  I couldn't pick out all the voices from the recording, but I assume that some of the parts are in unison.  Also, the middle section of this tune features The Roots' "What You Want."  I omitted this section for what I like to call, "ethical reasons," but it was really due to laziness.

It's also not clear in the liner notes as to who is soloing, but I'm going to guess that it's The Joe Goltz 6000.  The solo is based around the Bb dorian scale, with some blues scale thrown in.  Notice the gradual descending lines in the first half of the solo.  Lesson: take your time to enjoy where you are.  Another interesting idea is the ascending scale by fourths, in bars 11-12 of the solo.  This technique is useful for working your way outside of the harmony of the chord, while carving out a logical path for the listener.  And as usual, end your solo on a high note!

The opening passage of this recording features an acoustic effect from the sousaphone.  In the liner notes, Nat McIntosh calls this effect the "cosmic bass."  I haven't been able to find any information about this technique, but a tuba friend of mine let me in on the secret.  From what I understand, the effect comes from moving your tongue around inside your moth.  By adjusting the shape and location of your tongue, you can affect your tone in a flexible manner.  Try this on the trombone on a pedal tone Bb.

SPECIAL THANKS to Fabian Bl├Ąttler and M for the comments!

While I recommend checking out the videos of other brass bands playing this tune, I'm going to have to suggest listening to The Root's "What You Want," only because it's a great tune.  Here's a YouTube video of the recording from the album, The Roots Come Alive.

Recommended Reading: Clef Studies for Trombone transcribed by Ralph Sauer.  Published by Cherry Classics Music.