I hit a bump in the road of getting the movie samples rerecorded for the album. The peak of that bump is visible, but I’m not quite to the top yet. I didn’t want to record all the movie lines myself, because it would sound sillier than it was meant to be. While recording myself and others, it became apparent that it’s tough to mimic the audio from a movie scene accurately when you have people available to record. It’s also difficult to figure out how to arrange people to record the vocal recordings in the first place.
More than that though, I’m trying to mimic how the movie audio sounded in my songs. For whatever reason, I put weird effects on some of them so that they’d sound kind of crazy. And now it’s essentially impossible to recreate those effects. You may remember that I had this trouble with the vocal tracks. But with these movie parts, I have to record new parts in addition to screwing with them to make them sound like they did in these musical masterpieces.
Early on, months ago, I (thought I) knew which parts I wanted to record in lieu of simply eschewing them. These are ones whose absence would bother me greatly whenever I listened to these refreshed versions. It took a while, for various reasons, but I managed to obtain those recordings.
Now, as I’m listening to the songs again, in my head I’m missing the movie parts that I’ve been used to hearing for almost 10 years. There was a part from Scarface that introduced one of the songs that I didn’t recreate until last week. It took some work to get it to sound the way I wanted it to, but I’m so glad I did it. Even if you hadn’t heard the original version, you might dislike how the music just starts abruptly.
And that’s something I didn’t even really think of until I got the reviews of “Everyone I Know Is an Alcoholic.” At least one person commented on how the song just kind of starts without a lead-in. In the original version of that song, it begins with a random clip from a concert DVD that I tried multiple times to get clearance to without success. I think I’m set on trying to recreate it though, somehow. It’s this distorted, manipulated, mangled mess of a recording of at least 2 people talking. If you’ve played the song in Rock Band, then you’ve heard my quick-and-dirty recreation of it. For the album version though, I want it to be more faithful to the source material. Ugh.
Internally, I’ve always felt like my musical intentions are obvious, but ever since I’ve put my music out there, I’ve learned that’s not the case. Like, I’ll think a particular song of mine is funny. Not hilarious, but funny. But then I’ll have someone listen to it, and then they’ll find little to no humor in it whatsoever.
So yeah, the movie samples are pretty important for this album. Without them, you’re not going to be laughing as much as I want you to. The Scarface one is the best example of it, as far as funniness goes. But the RoboCop one is probably my favorite just because I had to recreate so many sounds and people. And on top of that, they fit the song. I’m not giving Paul Barker a run for his money or anything, but they’re cool.
To make a long story short, the album is mostly ready for mastering; I just need to get these movie samples recreated. My goal is for this album to be the most-listened to Robby Suavé album ever, so far. I don’t want to have a shtick, but I guess I want people to know I can do more than grumpy/grungy/dirty rock stuff.