Jam Session #9

Jam Sessions
I’ve been sitting on this Jam Session for a while now. I recorded it on September 19th, so it’s been almost 3 weeks. Normally I post these within a few days (sometimes even a few hours) of recording them. When that happens, I can explain what I was thinking while jamming out or whatever. This time though, I don’t even remember. I do like how it sounds because it’s kind of like, dance-metal or something. What this recording does spur is a problem I find myself running into every so often: not remembering how to play my own songs. There are definitely a few guitar parts on the Punk Rebel Renegade album that I don’t remember how to play, but hat topic can be saved for another day.

Anyway, yeah, I like this song. I’ve been trying to transcribe the guitar parts to MIDI for a lot of these Jam Sessions for 2 reasons. First, it makes it sound more like how it would sound in a fully-finished song, so it’s nicer to listen to or whatever. Second, and possibly more importantly, it prevents me from forgetting how to play the guitar part. The bassline isn’t the exact same pattern as the guitar, but it follows the same notes and general progression.

As Robby Suavé public catalog of music grows, the more I can get a grasp of what makes my good songs sound good and what makes the not-so-good ones not-so-good. I think this recording shows that. The dance beat, the poppy bassline, and the slightly erratic endings to a few of the measures make for a more interesting song, I think. What do you think of it?

Robby Reviews Mount Ninji and Da Nice Time Kid

Robby Reviews Die Antwoord's Mount Ninji and Da Nice Time Kid
Awwww yeah. Last week Die Antwoord’s new album entitled Mount Ninji and Da Nice Time Kid came out. My anticipation for it was pretty great. Their last album, Donker Mag, to me, was…good, not great. The concept was cool, but I didn’t find myself listening to it much. Their first two albums, $O$ and Ten$ion, were awesome. I ate those up. While Donker Mag went into these slower, quieter songs, Mount Ninji brings back the rap rave that was much more present on their first two efforts, but it’s still sounds new. it hasn’t even been out a week yet, so I feel like it’s too early to say this, but this might be my favorite Die Antwoord album. Continue reading “Robby Reviews Mount Ninji and Da Nice Time Kid”

Random Blog Post #11

Random Blog Post
Oh, you want to know what I’ve been doing lately, huh? Well, just last night I finished up some music for a cool podcast you might have heard of. It was effectively about 30 seconds long, which is what I was going for. After I was done, I realized how fun and different it was for me. It had clean guitar of all things in it! That’s crazy! But yeah, I entertained the idea of adding vocals to it for the “final” version, but ultimately decided against it. But I’m still hoping it’s not just me that thinks it’s a cool song and I’ll be able to do more with it than just leave it as a 30 second thing. Why am I keeping the podcast a secret? I don’t know. I’ll probably make a big deal about it when it ends up in an episode. Continue reading “Random Blog Post #11”

Suavé Things: Another T-Shirt!

Stranger Things Shirt
It’s time. It’s time for another Robby Suavé shirt. Spoiler: I mostly put these out for sale just so I can buy myself one. Stranger Things is a 9 episode series on Netflix that you should watch if you like awesome things. And if you’ve watched even one epsiode, you certainly remember those opening credits. The logo presenting itself, along with the accompanying score, creates a special feeling when you watch it. It puts you in the mood to watch the episode.

That’s how I feel about it anyway. If you share my opinion, maybe you’d like to get a shirt with a shirt that says “Robby Suavé” in the style of the Stranger Things logo. I know I do! It’s only available until September 9th though, so hurry!


Jam Session #8

Jam Sessions
More musical musings. While I was jamming this out a few days ago, I don’t think I was intentionally trying to make it sound like anything. Listening to the recording, it reminds me of Metallica’s cover of “Free Speech for the Dumb” and Rammstein’s “Adios.” In this sample, it doesn’t include the more “Adios”-ish guitar riff. I took out that part and a couple others, so you’ll have to take my word for it, I guess.

Like most other jam sessions, it began by me playing a guitar unplugged. It started sounding cool, so I decided to record it. This time, however, it was even more hastily than usual, so the recording ending up being pretty bad. So I layered the drum track over the open-air recording that I EQ’d the crap out of, and it turned into this. Do you like it?

Random Blog Post #10

Random Blog Post
It’s been a while since I’ve written one of these, so I’ll write one now while I’m lunch break. My workplace had blocked this site a few months ago for some reason. This site was buggy to say the least, and I wonder if it was still being caught by some kind of malware catcher thing. I don’t know. It works now, and that’s what matters.

So what’s new? I’ve ran into some recording problems. The problem is that depending on what equipment I use to record, not only do I receive minor electrical shocks to myself, the recordings also get mangled. The shocks I can avoid by wearing long sleeves or one of those cotton wristband things. I have yet to figure out how to eliminate the recording problem. There are a lot of factors going on, but I’m pretty sure it’s not the amp or the guitar because I’ve tried using different amp and guitar combinations and the shocks still occur. It could be a grounding issue or maybe something with a power strip. Continue reading “Random Blog Post #10”

Jam Session #7

Jam Sessions
Oh man. This little thingamabob just flew through my fingers mere moments ago! Like all of these Jam Sessions, it’s a non-professional, open-air recording. A fan is blowing in the room. Cicadas or locusts or whatever they are are screaming outside the open window. My phone recording the drums coming from my PC speakers the guitar from my amp is haphazardly placed somewhere in between the two sources of sound. The list goes on as to why these recordings aren’t going to sound good. Nobody has told me these audio recordings sound bad, but I still feel like I have to explain their poor quality. This isn’t what you’re going to hear on an album. These recordings are not even demo quality. With that information out of the way (again), I’d like to talk a little bit about this one.

It started when I was playing my guitar on the floor, unplugged. It was an infantile version of the riff you hear at the beginning of the clip below. I thought it sounded cool and wanted to record it so that I didn’t forget it. Thinking that it would pair well with some metal drums, I fashioned a couple drum patterns to play along with. It sounded awesome. Then I wanted to record a slower, simpler, descending guitar riff to contrast with the chugging of the first riff. After listening to this a million times, I’ve decided that the reason why at least some of my songs have sounded weird is that they’re technically fast tempo songs, but they’re played slowly relative to the tempo. This one is 116 BPM, and the music just flows better because of that, or something. Anyway…that’s pretty much it. Yep.

What do you think? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter or wherever.

Jam Session #6

Jam Sessions
As per usual, this jam session doesn’t sound all that great. Even when you record with a cool iOS app like Music Memos, you’re only going to get so much quality with a hastily placed phone that is simultaneously recording live guitar through an amp and fake drums and bass through poorly situated PC speakers. Whatever the case, below is a short recording of some crap I was workshopping to myself about a week ago. Notice the more chill vibe, a tempo that is slower than what I normally stick to, the cool and noodly first riff, and the hopefully-easy-to-sing-around chugging second riff.

The plan is to write more about this in a separate post sometime soon, maybe next week. But for the last couple of months, I’ve been working on tons of music. Some of it is for a cool project that I’ll talk more about when it makes sense to do so. Some of it is like, unconscious preparation for a possible future album. And the rest is definitely for my next album. To be honest, I’m not sure if what I’m doing in this little jam makes more sense to be in the semi-distant future album or in the less-distant future.

Robby Reviews Music Memos

Robby Reviews Music Memos
Music Memos is an iOS app from Apple that has been around for a few months. I was quick to begin using it, but I didn’t want to review it until I had used it somewhat extensively. I wanted to see for myself if it was a thing that I would routinely utilize and make good use of. Well, it’s been a while, and I feel like I can make some remarks about it. Remember that this is just how the app works for me and maybe how it could work for you too. Continue reading “Robby Reviews Music Memos”

Jam Session #5

Jam Sessions
Welcome to another edition of Jam Sessions! If you’re new to this series, these are hastily recorded audio files of me jamming out in some sense. Usually it’s me playing guitar over a drum loop. But sometimes it’s more interesting and closer to sounding like a live demo. This particular piece of audio is pretty long for what it is. I edited it a little bit here and there when I was fiddling with knobs and settings, but it’s pretty much a kind of polished, shortened look into what I was playing last night. One of these days, I’m going to release an album that has some killer guitar in it. This audio is a document of me trying to find that guitar sound.