this happened with minimal editing. proof therefore not only that this band is now a band but also that i can play in front of a whole crowd of about 10 (the weather was horrible and it was a school night shurrup).
we have a couple next week. if you happen to be local then why not ask facebook about it? it knows these things: THIS then THIS. it’s not much but it will be interesting to play some of these songs in front of those human things. see what they think. what’s funny is i really don’t know how i’ll react to the presence of said humans. am i meant to say “WOOO WE’RE MISTA PINE APPOOLL WOOO” between each song? whilst doing a splits style power-stance with one foot on an uncomfortably high amp?
anyway… money is insanely tight at the moment so i may have to borrow some gear and not drink… but not drinking is a good idea. i need my finger accuracy. perhaps i should be prospecting for more contracts myself and updating this site rather than putting all my time into this band as a band. that said, playing with a band at full volume is more fun than i expected, i’m not a natural leader and i don’t find it easy to impose my will onto them… even if all the songs are my work and they’re literally asking “what should i do here?”… lessons…… interesting lessons.
all useful skills i’m sure.
oh also i’m seeing they might be giants play soon. that should be interesting. they inspired me at various points. surreal silly is very much a theme i enjoy and took on board from them. “lets write a song about a metaphor which we can’t quite remember”.
blergerflarrg maybe i should record some more rehearsals and upload them to soundcloud again just for something for my tens of visitors here to listen to. things are quiet on this internet based side right now but i’m far from doing nothing. honest. scouts honour.
not much has really happened happened of late, we’re more or less ready to gig and i’m looking into getting 1 or more of said thing.
there may well be more tasty bossbaddie stuff on it’s way.
in the meantime here’s some rehearsal shite i’ve been uploading to soundcloud. our rehearsal room is nice but the vocals havent been going through the PA, only the monitors so we can hear them and YOU (the recording device) can’t… need to keep some mystery right?
i’ve not been making things have i. there’s a very good reason. my guitar amp (which also serves as my DI) has been broken for a couple of weeks now. i sent it off for fixage but everyone is slow to do things it would seem. it’s not just me who drags my heels when it comes to doing a thing that needs doing. so thats my (for once fairly decent) excuse for not making new things. i never really realised just how vital my guitar amp is in my setup… very.
anyway despite this lack of home recording ability i am pushing on with the band. we SHOULD be giggable very soon. it’s just a case of drumming (heh) the structures of the chosen songs into the memory of the drummer and then playing in a place in front of some people as they consume alcohol.
the lunar pack has just been released on steam. it includes lunnye devitsy which is all exploringy and atmospheric and wake which i did the soundtrack for in 2010… and i still consider it one of my best bits of work. get em both for dirt cheap.
in other news i have a live band gestating… should be gigging in a month or two unless something drastically bad happens.
Fun little nugget of trivia here: the song used in Really Big Sky and Big Sky Infinity for the hell cascade event (is one of mine but also) wasn’t originally composed for this purpose. Though it fits perfectly it was actually originally part of the soundtrack to a 2007 project of mine called The Cheese Factory Incident (a remake of a 2003 game of the same name for any interested) maybe one day i’ll actually make that game again but who knows.
it was for an ice level but came out a little too sinister. i’m just glad it found a home in a game which not only saw the light of day but was actually a bit of a runaway hit! huzzah for unused songs i say! i have a bunch more random bits and bobs in the bank made for projects that never happened.. so when i’m in a fix i can just reach for the nearest hard drive!
i happened to end up at the best sort of new year’s eve party… the sort with musical instruments (as well as the usual alcohol soaked silly).
there were even people there who’ve heard my music… bloody odd that. oh also one of whom has a little studio which i may take advantage of soon with “the lads” to record some music which sounds less like it’s been recorded in my bedroom.
The cool thing about this release for me is that it’s for playstation 3 and playstation vita, a much larger audience than ever before for the likes of my silly music and vocal noises! yes like Really Big Sky i provided all the annoying narration parts and maybe half of all the songs you’ll hear.
Recording the voiceovers was fun… the nice chaps at ripstone dragged me across the length of the country to their fair city to stand in a vocal recording booth for the day and call them a tit in a variety of tones. that was a very strange day actually, i had little to no sleep the prvious night so i was working in a haze. you’d be surprised how often that seems to help. a certain unhinged defocussed feel which helped me not to over think things. also powerful radioactive strength coffee helps. There exists a huuuuuge amount of outtakes too. or at least i hope they kept them. i know i messed up the lines enough times. i just couldnt stop saying “flip the drill around” instead of “engage the drill”!
The lines were always utterly silly and where possible a quote or referance to something that myself or james (James Whitehead, bossbaddie boss man) are into. so lots of british comedy referances, some running gags, some futurama referances and some things that i would just say in real life. back in the Really big sky days i’d say most of the narration script was written by me but as time went on it grew from both of us. When it came to Big sky infinity james wrote a whole load of new lines to correspond to the huge amount of new features which i hadn’t seen yet and so couldnt comment on… also some terrible puns may have found their way in.
The way i found myself in this role is pretty odd really, i’m a musician. i’m not a voice actor. but we needed something to add some extra flavour to Really big sky and i had recently bought myself a half way decent microphone. we just put it in for a laugh but it worked. it was really a case of me saying what i would say if i was the annoying friend watching you play over your shoulder… over time it got more and more exadurated but still based on myself. i guess the moral of the story is don’t play a game if i’m sitting behind you because i’ll likely call you a tit when you die.
In other news i’m releasing a new bandcamp albumoid soon, it’s only 25 minutes long but i cant sit on it any longer, it’s making my bum hurt.
partly to bring a new lease of life to it and partly because i’m an amazing person i have decided to allow payments of £0 on the album. this means that all of my releases on bandcamp are now pay-what-you-want with no minimum. also i’m back working on a second one now. that will also be the same deal… soon. i hope.