Today I am going to talk about what went into creating my newest masterpiece, “Kill the Buffalo.” I’m super excited about it. Sometime last year, I began to notice people at work wearing lumberjack-style shirts. Affectionately called Buffalo Plaid, the design of these now-trendy shirts irked me. Why are all these people wearing such a stereotypically Canadian lumberjack pattern? I mean, it’s not an exceptionally good looking design. I don’t know, but they still do it, and that’s why I’m making a song about it. Continue reading “The Making of “Kill the Buffalo””
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?
It’s time for another random blog post! It’s been too long since the last one. While on Christmas break at work, I had hoped I’d be able to work on a lot of music. That didn’t happen. Between not having as lengthy of a break as usual and screwing up my left thumb, putting guitar riffs together is something I couldn’t manage very well. My thumb still hurts. I don’t know what I did to it. Hm. Continue reading “Random Blog Post #13”
What have I been dooooooing?! Here’s what I’ve been doing: I’ve been working on a buttload of music. It’s been easygoing and stressful at the same time somehow. It’s not because of deadlines I’ve imposed on myself or anything like that though. Continue reading “Random Blog Post #12”
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”
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.
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.
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.
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. Continue reading “Bringing Back Boobs, Butts, and Feets, Pt. 6”