I’m in the final stages of producing my new album. Last weekend was very productive. At the moment, I have 14 songs set to appear on the album. It’s fun to talk about things in a theoretical sense, so that’s what I’m going to do now. This will be even more fun for you because you haven’t heard most of what I’m talking about. Continue reading “My Next Album Will Be Better or Worse Than My Old Stuff”
My new album Heat Stroke came out 3 years ago! It was unleashed unto the world on January 27th, 2015. I wanted to document the writing, recording, and preparation for release of the album. You know, just in case someone cares. I think I genuinely care, but maybe there are others out there that might be interested. Some of this might have already mentioned in the Recording Heat Stroke series, but this should be less fluffy. I’ll preface this by saying I’ve rewritten this retrospective once completely, and again once or twice partially. Originally, I talked a little bit about each song in the order that I remembered working on it. I thought it would be more interesting that way, but after reading it over, I decided that wasn’t the case. And that’s mostly because for about half of the songs I wasn’t absolutely sure when I started working on them. Or if I did remember the order, I was going back and forth between them all the time, so it was hard to say which I really started in which order. Anyway, I’ve since reworked this so that the songs are talked about in the order that they appear on the album. Enjoy. Continue reading “Heat Stroke – The Retrospective”
As per usual for these annual year-in-review posts, I won’t be getting into world events or politics or anything actually technically important. This is just me going over my favorite video games, movies, albums, and whatever else I feel like exhibiting. Normally this would have been ready before the beginning of the next year, but I had to experience of few of these things fully. I played lots of games and watched lots of movies this year. Like, way more than usual. That’s another reason why it’s been difficult to finish this. Anyway, without further ado, let’s do this crap. Continue reading “Robby Reviews 2017”
Over the last few months, I’ve been trying to explain on here what steps I’m taking to make a decent album. Not that I listen to my old stuff THAT much, but I probably listen to it more than anyone else. And I’ve come to discover what I don’t like about some of it. Details on all that has been explained at length on here before, but in short, some songs go on too long and others are just kind of boring. So I’m trying to make shorter, more interesting songs now. Continue reading “My Next Album Will Be Weird”
Today I’m going to write about my semi-elusive next album and whatever else crosses my mind. That’s why this is a Random Blog Post and not in the new album blog post canon. The album is at this cool point in its life. I suppose I’ve always thought of most of my music as being weird. Maybe that’s a nice way of admitting it’s bad. I don’t know. But with my next album, an additional focus I’m trying to have is making it weird, in a good way.
What I’m working on lately is going back to songs that are either done or close to being done and weirdifying them. This can be anything from adding random audio samples that I’ve gathered to glitching out the last quarter note’s worth of music in a measure to applying awesome vocal effects. Man, I just found this awesome vocal effect VST, and it’s game changing! Seriously. My relationship with vocal effects is a long and storied one. This is a Random Blog Post after all, so let me talk about that. Continue reading “Random Blog Post #17”
The second half of 2014 was spent recording Heat Stroke, which released in 2015. I don’t want to spend much time talking about that album right now for two reasons. One, I’m going to post a neat retrospective on it here next month. And two, I don’t like it that much. Heh.
A few months after Heat Stroke was released, I put out a proper mastered version of 2011’s Punk Rebel Renegade. That was a fun project. I remember having some tumultuous yet exciting times during the recording sessions, and revisiting it to release it in mid-2015 was entertaining as well. A year later, I put out a final version of 2008’s Boobs, Butts, and Feets, probably my most interesting album to date. Continue reading “My Next Album Will Be Awesome”
Rather than post a review or an audio sample of an early draft of a song, I think I’ll do another Random Blog Post! Yeah! So what have I been doing? I have been meticulously crafting new music. That’s what.
Over the last 3+ years, I’ve been amassing a collection of semi-complete songs that have yet to transform into full fledged compositions. They range from pieces that were recorded during the Heat Stroke sessions to stuff I recorded last week. A few months ago, I listened to all of these, and plucked out my favorites. From there, I took 30 second excerpts of each song and compiled them into a medley of sorts. I believe there were 18 songs. Continue reading “Random Blog Post #16”
How have I never posted this before? This is an oldie recorded…last year! I’m calling it a Jam Session, but it’s more like a demo. There are vocals and everything, but the final version will have redone drums, bass, guitars, and vocals. For years, I’ve been waiting for the right time to release my magnum opus: an album that combines my electro-dance style with the heavy-loud stuff. This song, called “Get Offended” almost fits that mold I’m working towards. There’s synths to keep you dancing but also guitars and aggressive vocals to keep you mad or whatever.
This specific sample is first 29 seconds. It’s been so long that I’ve last worked on it that I can’t go into much detail about its construction, but you probably don’t care about that anyway. But yeah, how do you like this?
Remember like, almost 3 years ago when I reviewed Marilyn Manson’s The Pale Emperor? That album was great. It wasn’t the best Marilyn Manson album, but I’d say it was easy to say that it beat the previous few albums that the band released. Similarly, Heaven Upside Down (available now!) still isn’t the best thing they’ve ever put out. However, I’m comfortable saying it’s once again better than the previous few albums, The Pale Emperor included. It’s difficult to compare albums though, as ultimately it comes down to opinion. But that’s what all reviews are or should be. Let’s dig into this album differently. We’ll do it track by track as they appear in the tracklist. Continue reading “Robby Reviews Heaven Upside Down”
It’s time for another one of these, right? Over the long weekend, I workshopped roughly 10 million ideas. You could put them into 3 categories: crap that I never want to revisit, stuff that shows promise but will need additional time, and music that is pretty awesome that just needs tweaked. Today I’m bringing you a piece from the last category. If I gave these posts subtitles, this one would be called Playing With Myself. Don’t get excited. I just meant that it’s composed of mostly boring drum loops, a guitar, and another guitar played over that. Let’s get into it. Continue reading “Jam Session #15”