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”
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!
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?
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”
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.
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.
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”
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.
Earlier this year, I posted seven trivia questions about my musical output on my Facebook page. I thought I’d reveal the answers now, here. Some of them were multiple choice. For others you would have needed to take a wild guess or research the answer.
Q: What is the name of the first Robby Suavé album?
A: Campfire Tales
Q: According to Spotify’s analytics, what is the most streamed Robby Suavé song?
A: “Pretty Little Ditty”
Q: How many times is the word “balls” used in my song called “Balls?”
Q: In the original 2008 version of Boobs, Butts, and Feets, which movie was NOT sampled?
A) Full Metal Jacket
B) Star Trek: First Contact
C) National Lampoon’s Vacation
Q: Which country isn’t mentioned in my song “Around the World?” You know, the one on Boobs, Butts, and Feets, and one you can play in Rock Band.
Q: How many songs on my upcoming, old/new album, Boobs, Butts, and Feets, have the word “eff” in it at least once?
Q: According to Spotify, what percentage of my listeners are female?
I’m surprised, month after month, that “Pretty Little Ditty” gets played on Spotify as much as it does. Like, it gets played three times as much as the second most played song of mine on there. I guess it has to be because of the title. It’s like “Let It Go” got a lot of plays at one point too, probably because that Frozen movie stole my song title for one of their songs, but whatever.
Anyway, how many did you get right? If you didn’t play, how many do you think you might have gotten right? I’ll probably do another trivia thing at some point in the future, by the way.
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.