Category: Jam Sessions

Jam Session #12

Jam Sessions
It’s time for another Jam Session! This one is a little different from the usual.  It might even be less interesting to listen to, but I’ll give you some context behind it. This is a relatively straightforward, gross sounding, synthy section of a song I’m working on. The possibly-interesting tidbit to this is that most of my songs actually start out this way. A musical riff may start out as something I’m hammering out on guitar, but if I feel like it’s going to be easier to simply work it out in MIDI notes, I’ll do that.

So that’s what this is. What musical notes are here are sort of a wimpy version of what I worked out on guitar before. Rather than take the time to record a rough guitar track (which I sometimes do), I laid the musical ideas in MIDI instead. When the song is done, there will certainly be more notes, more than likely performed on a guitar.  Right now, the song is clocking in at about 2:30, which is good: I’m shooting for shorter songs. Earlier this week, I began putting lyrics to the music, and they’re a little ridiculous, in a good way. So ridiculous in fact that I might tone it down a little bit so it’s not so silly.

Anyway, so yeah, here’s a little taste of something I’m working on. If the final song turns out well, maybe it’ll be cool to listen to this little bit of it to see how it progressed.

Jam Session #11

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Listen to my new drums! I made a short drum loop and played some guitar over it. A new guitar-recording tactic was put into place, and this is the end result.

Part of me would love to make more music like this. Like, more metal or whatever. If I could figure out how to vocalize over it, I would definitely do it more. The drums aren’t perfect either, but they sound more…authentically metal, probably. This is 3 minutes of mostly the same riff, but there’s a couple other parts in there too somewhere. What do you think of it?

Jam Session #10

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Well, well, well, Jam Session #10. It’s fitting to celebrate this milestone with a taste of an effing awesome song early in development. As always with these, the sound quality isn’t the best. More often than not, it’s recorded in an open-air environment with the Music Memos iOS app. I did add a little EQ and such to the beginning to make the rest of the song stand out more, and I overlapped the drum track over the live recording so you could hear them better. But it’s essentially a live recording. It’s difficult to tell probably, but I’m using new drum samples. Very metal.

I do have an idea of what I want this song to become, like lyrically and conceptually, but I’m not sure yet. All I know is that when that riff starts at about 9 seconds in…I’m feeling it! It’s nothing groundbreaking obviously, but it’s a style or feeling that I don’t think I’ve explored as much as I’ve wanted. Then the verses turn into a jackhammering type thing, which I’m excited to figure out how to vocalize over. I need to find some words that rhyme with “plaid.” Bad, mad, sad, fad…hm…

Anyway, what do you think?

Jam Session #9

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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 that 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?

Jam Session #8

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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?

Jam Session #7

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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

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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.

Jam Session #5

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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.

Jam Session #4

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This audio recording is almost like being here. Where is here? Here is a 90° room that feels even hotter when jacking around on a guitar for half an hour. My balls have sweated off, for sure. It was recorded using Music Memos for iOS. It’s an app that’s been around for a few months now. I remember getting it the day it was announced, and it’s pretty handy. Before, I would use the Voice Memos app. But Music Memos is super handy, and I’ll probably do a Robby Reviews post for it, because I’ve used it enough to know what it does for my workflow.

Anyway, back to this recording. I whipped up a basic drum beat, cranked it up on my PC speakers, and the main riff you will hear featured just came out of me. It’s no masterpiece or anything, but it has potential, possibly. In past Jam Sessions, I’ve truncated the recording considerably, but for this one, I only cut off the first minute and some at the end, because it went into new territory eventually. Let me know what you think.

Jam Session #3

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Hey, it’s been a while since I’ve posted one of these. Since Boobs, Butts, and Feets is in the can, I feel like I need to get back to working on new music. A cool problem I have is that I have absolutely no shortage of song ideas. I have dozens of songs in various stages of completion. More than anything though, I’ve been working on more electronic-sounding stuff, and I’m not sure if that’s the direction I want my next album to go. I said before that I wanted to get BBAF out there to kind of counterbalance the guitar-driven stuff that I already put out.

Now, I’m not saying I’m a maestro on the guitar or anything. But I do want to make more guitar heavy songs. Heat Stroke had a lot of guitar on it, but it was far from being metal, except for maybe “Hotter Than a Mothereffer.” I want to do more songs similar to say, “Let It Go” or even “Electro-Heaven” or something. “Eff It” is a song that’s been cooking for years now, and I’m going to keep bring it up until someone tells me it’s not as good as I keep thinking and saying it is.

Anyway, whether or not the style ends up on the next album, I’ve been coming up with some cool guitar riffs. There were a lack of those on Heat Stroke for sure. I thought some of the riffs on Punk Rebel Renegade were cool. The guitar parts actually went somewhere instead of…not going anywhere. Here’s a rough bit of a little something I’ve been working on. I have some lyrics written for it which I like a lot, but I might actually end up using them for a different song.