I’ll start with the sort of technical stuff I’m doing. Back in the day, when I first started recording, I used a computer program called Sonic Foundry Acid 3.0 to put my music together. I started using it in 2001, maybe 2002, when it was relatively new. And that’s what I used for years, up until 2010 when I switched to Cockos’ Reaper, which is what I continue to mostly use. So everything I recorded before 2010 was using Acid. (Note: I realize every time I refer to myself as “using Acid” is funny.) At this point, Acid 3.0 was over 10 years old. It was designed to be used within Windows XP and earlier. We’re well past those days. Needless to say, it doesn’t run well in Windows 7. It crashes. It’s slow. There’s some bugginess with it that I’ll explain further down this page. In short, it would be a nightmare to do this remastering project completely within Acid. So… Continue reading “Bringing Back Boobs, Butts, and Feets, Pt. 2”
I’ve been chattering about officially releasing my 2008 album, Boobs, Butts, and Feets, for a while now. Two things have kept me from jumping right on that. One, I just did the same thing to another old album, Punk Rebel Renegade, and it garnered less interest than my new album, Heat Stroke, even though I feel the former is better than the latter. And it seems weird to release a bunch of old stuff with nothing new in between (even though the old stuff is still new to virtually everyone in the world but me). Two, I knew it would be a major chore to fix up the old recordings. Continue reading “Bringing Back Boobs, Butts, and Feets, Pt. 1”
I unintentionally left you hanging for more Resurrecting Punk Rebel Renegade content over this last month or so. Sorry. Between the site being down and the songs being rolled out at different rates to the various digital outlets, it made for difficult marketing. Not that I intended on marketing the album, but it was awkward to even mention it. Since it’s available everywhere now, I’ll try to make this the last entry in this blog series. Continue reading “Resurrecting Punk Rebel Renegade, Pt. 7”
I just realized that I haven’t really explained what I’m actually doing to resurrect one of my favorite musical projects, Punk Rebel Renegade. It’s an album I originally recorded in 2011 with fairly primitive equipment. Despite that, it actually sounded pretty good. But for whatever reasons, revisiting these old recordings shows how far I’ve come as far as production goes.
The number one thing that’s giving me grief are all the plosives and sibilants in the vocal tracks. These are the harsh noises you get when you make a P, B, S, and T sounds, basically. I used 2 or 3 different microphones during the recording of Punk Rebel Renegade. I feel like I sometimes used a pop filter, but man, cleaning up all these imperfections is tedious. And if I had used a pop filter, there would be very little need to do what I’ve been doing. Simply put, I’m locating these unwanted sounds, cutting out some frequencies, and usually lowering the volume too. I’ve tried to automate the process as much as possible, but it’s still time-consuming. Years ago, apparently I didn’t notice sound issues like that, but I definitely do now. Continue reading “Resurrecting Punk Rebel Renegade, Pt. 6”
Nope. This isn’t going to be the last time you hear about me “resurrecting” Punk Rebel Renegade, my unsung 2011 album. If this is your first time hearing about it, Punk Rebel Renegade is an album I recorded about 4 years ago. I never really released it, but I was done with it by the end of August 2011. Since I never felt finished with it, it’s hard to say when the supposed sell date would have been. But I’m going to roll with August 30th, 2011.
You can read the past installments of Punk Rebel Renegade here. I’ll let you read up on what I’ve talked about so far if you haven’t already read it all. Continue reading “Resurrecting Punk Rebel Renegade, Pt. 5”
I’m pretty sure this will be the last installment of Resurrecting Punk Rebel Renegade because I know I’m just a few days from sending my audio files to be mastered. Like with Heat Stroke, I plan on doing a retrospective, so there are things I will save to talk about there.
So back in Part 2, I explained where Punk Rebel Renegade started, I guess. I spent most late nights/early mornings recording these songs. It wasn’t the most pleasant experience, but I did discover that it’s apparently impossible for me to feel very badly if I’m making music. Hunger, sleep-depravity, exhaustion…none of that seemed to hinder my creativity. If anything, it might have spurred it a little bit. Since my brain wasn’t letting me play these riffs I was coming up with very easily, I was forced to spend more time on them. I can’t really remember there being a specific time where the extra time made the basic song idea better, but then again, I can’t really remember anything about recording Punk Rebel Renegade. It’s not a joke, even though it is kind of funny.
I could probably triangulate a fairly precise date if I tried hard enough, but I’m pretty sure I was working on preparing the title track for use in Rock Band via the Rock Band Network. This would have been in 2011. I know that much. You know, I don’t mention RBN as much as I should. Not that I have a huge fanbase or anything, but I can’t imagine anyone that anyone found my music from somewhere other than Rock Band. Anyway, I’m sure I’ll talk more about that in a future Random Blog Post or something. Continue reading “Resurrecting Punk Rebel Renegade, Pt. 4”
Let me start by saying I’m totally cool with how this works. I’m not going to fight it. I’m not going to even complain about it. But there are 2 songs on Punk Rebel Renegade that feature some copyrighted content. I mentioned them before, but one was a quick little vocal rendition of Quiet Riot’s “Cum On Feel the Noize.” And the other one was a near identical ripoff of the first verse or two from Nine Inch Nails’ “Somewhat Damaged.” Continue reading “Resurrecting Punk Rebel Renegade, Pt. 3”
Last week, I left you with a cliffhanger. It was late 2010, and the words “Punk Rebel Renegade” entered my brain when I felt the need to explain why my guitar strap was extended so far. My explanation for wearing my guitar low was because I was a punk rebel renegade. An hour later, I had decided that would be an awesome song title. Then it became apparent that it would be an even more awesome concept album title.
So that’s where it began, much like Heat Stroke did (or more specifically, “Hotter Than a Mothereffer”). But Punk Rebel Renegade soon became a few things: a song title, an album title, and finally, a way of living. I refrained from enjoying living. It’s not that I was depressed or anything; I just wanted to see how depriving myself of enjoyment would affect my personality. And instead of writing in a diary or whatever, I wrote and recorded music to document my findings. Continue reading “Resurrecting Punk Rebel Renegade, Pt. 2”
This series isn’t going to be nearly as long (or probably as entertaining or informative) as the Recording Heat Stroke series, but I’ll do my best to keep it interesting. So over 4 years ago, I “released” an album called Punk Rebel Renegade. And by “released” I mean…burned the songs to a CD, listened to it myself, had a couple others listen to it, and put a couple tracks out on the Internet. You could say it wasn’t a celebrated production.
Fast forward almost 5 years later, when I’m in the final stages of recording Heat Stroke and getting it mastered, and I was already contemplating fixing up my older songs, getting them mastered, and officially releasing them. I feel like doing that is going to be a great thing to shoot for. Not that I care about the whole business aspect of making music, but apparently the in thing to do is to release music frequently. Instead of releasing 18 track albums every 2 or 3 years, you’re supposed to cater to those with short attention spans and release smaller collections of music more frequently. I see both sides to it, but I rather enjoy waiting 2+ years for my favorite bands to release new albums. And coincidentally, my favorite bands tend to do just that. Marilyn Manson, Nine Inch Nails, Hanzel und Gretyl, Primus, Nashville Pussy, Ministry, Dope, Static-X, and the list goes on. I suppose if releasing 10 song long albums every year would guarantee more listeners, I would subscribe to that the philosophy, but releasing longer albums less frequently feels more natural to me. Continue reading “Resurrecting Punk Rebel Renegade, Pt. 1”
It’s safe to say that recording for Heat Stroke is done. This STILL isn’t that post that I’ve been alluding to for months, talking about each song all in depth and whatever. But there’s still some meaty news to talk about, maybe, probably. I figured it was worth talking about the process of mastering and even the album art, since that’s what I’ve been doing for the last couple of weeks. Continue reading “Recording Heat Stroke, Pt. 14”