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”
Being sick sucks. Afforded an almost 2 week vacation from work during Christmastime, I was looking forward to using that period to work on lots of music stuff, mostly vocal recording. Well, having a severe cold screwed that up. Not only was my throat too sore to hardly talk, let alone sing/yell, my head was too stopped up to even hear correctly. Non-fans may swear that I’ve had that problem for years, but I assure them that’s not the case.
So yeah, lately I’ve barely been able to enjoy listening to music, not to mention make it. But it gave me the chance to do some other things. I’m getting closer to being able to unveil the official cover for Boobs, Butts, and Feets. And I’ve also been jotting down lyrical scraps and concepts for new songs. It’s hard to say how much of it will amount to much, but I’ve planned out a draft of a song of some sort that will feature acronyms. I won’t say anymore about it, but it should be funny at least. Continue reading “Random Blog Post #8”
It’s time for another random blog post! I’ve been posting about nothing but Punk Rebel Renegade for a while, so why not talk about something else for a change? How about some insight into the possibly boring parts of what I’ve been doing and learning lately? If nothing else, it’ll be a good way for me to reflect on what I’ve been doing musically for the last year or so.
Just production-wise, I’ve learned a lot. Ever since I started seriously recording music in 2001 or 2002, I made it a point to NOT look for tips and tricks on how to do anything. It’s kind of like how I approach playing guitar or singing or anything else; I feel like if I learn the “right” way to do something, I’ll feel like I have to do it that way and never experiment. There are some exceptions to this way of thinking. I mean, if I have a problem with a very particular thing, I’ll attempt to search out a solution. And usually there isn’t just one answer, so it’ll point me in the right direction to try some other things. For example, I was having trouble getting good recordings when micing a guitar amp. It turns out there’s a science to microphone placement. There’s a general area that is usually good to have your microphone placed in relation to the amp, but you can also try other placements to get different sounds. Continue reading “Random Blog Post #4”
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”
Long time no blog. It’s hard to figure out everything that has happened since the last blog. The most momentous event to happen is the preparation for mastering. If I wasn’t clear about it before, I’m definitely getting Heat Stroke mastered. It’s something that I’ve never done or even knew much about until a week or so ago. Continue reading “Recording Heat Stroke, Pt. 13”
You may have noticed a delay in this going up. Nobody reads these things, but I’m sorry anyway. Last week, one of my eyes got super irritated from my contact or something and so I was half-blind for the whole week. Not being able to see inhibits my ability to see a computer screen. So I couldn’t work on music or even comfortably type about working on music. And to be honest, I haven’t done a lot of music-producing this week either, but I’ll report what I have done lately. Continue reading “Recording Heat Stroke, Pt. 12”