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(much more to be added soon)

The Magic Word
(Feat. Debrissa McKinney)
The Magic Word - Paul Swartzel (feat. Debrissa McKinney)
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This song is about Dennis Nedry, who stole dinosaur embryos from a corporation in 1993 and, contrary to popular reports, survived and collected 1.5 million dollars. 
Nirvana's Smells Like Teen Spirit
           (Remix for Orchestra) 
Smells Like Teen Spirit - Remix for Orchestra
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I took Kurt Cobain's original vocals and altered them to a different. Always liked his voice and wanted to hear would sound like in a different context. 

                    Plural Marriage

for 3 mezzo sopranos and baritone (2008)

Plural Marriage - for 3 mezzo-sopranos and baritone -
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I wrote this for the 2008 Bang on a Can Summer Festival. I took a letter written by Joseph Smith and rearranged it. 

                    Beethoven,

        Sonata in C minor, op. 111               

                     (excerpt)

Beethoven op. 111 (excerpt) -
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This is me playing in a recital in high school. This show I played this sonata, Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition, some original stuff, and sang some Burt Bacharach. 

                    Danzig's Mother 

             (Swing/big band remix)

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Mother - Swing remix - Danzig (Paul Swartzel remix)
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I altered the original vocals of the heavy metal classic to swing rhythms and reharmonized/orchestrated it. 

              Barbeque Man Unleashed:

The Greatest Professional Wrestling Work of All Time  

                            (Excerpt from 1st movement)

BBQ Man Unleashed (1st movement excerpt) - Paul Swartzel
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This is an excerpt from my doctoral dissertation, detailing Barbeque Man Jr's first match with Baron Barnks Gentry. This part depicts their shoves/tie-ups, leading to BBQ Man Jr slamming Gentry's head ten times into the turnbuckle.  

The Barbeque Man Dance
The Barbeque Man Dance - Paul Swartzel
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Pop song/boogie woogie in odd meter. Buh- buh-buh Barbeque

Barbeque Man Dance

(Broken Instrument Version)

The Barbeque Dance (Broken instrument version -
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I made a version of the BBQ Man Dance with broken instruments

Ginger's Thank You
Ginger's Thank You Music - Paul Swartzel
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Ginger raised money for a charity for kids in the UK and made a video thanking everyone who donated. I wrote this music for it. 

Honky Tonk Toccata (2009)
Honky Tonk Toccata - Paul Swartzel
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Solo piano piece I wrote. I'm playing on this recording, but Lisa Moore played it much better. I'll post her recording soon. 

   Ballet of the Hatching Rattlesnakes

    for prepared piano 3 percussionists (2007)

Ballet of the Hatching Rattlesnakes - Paul Swartzel
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                    Bird Fair

Bird Fair - Paul Swartzel
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I decided to go to a bird fair one Saturday morning in North Carolina and wrote a song about the adventure.

              Barbeque Man Unleashed:

The Greatest Professional Wrestling Work of All Time  

           (Excerpt from 2nd movement - The Rematch)

BBQ Man Unleashed - 2nd movement excerpt - Paul Swartzel
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Excerpt from the beginning of the rematch, leading to Baron Banks Gentry power slamming Barbeque Man Jr. to the canvas. 

My Father Knew Colonel Sanders

My Father Knew Colonel Sanders - Paul Swartzel
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Pop instrumental in odd meter