Thursday, July 20, 2017

Chester Bennington / Urrdknow


I'm posting a picture of really sad guys because I found out about Chester Bennington dying today. Oh, holy fuck, I'm sad. Linkin Park has been my favorite band since 2013. Fuckity fuck. This new album I'm working on? All the songs on it have samples from Linkin Park songs in the little electronic loop thingies I make. I've been thinking it was kind of funny that this album employs a combination of samples from the movie, Skins, and from the band, Linkin Park, because the 2 seem unrelated. The only relationship between the 2 is that one's my favorite band and the other's my favorite movie.

Now I'm all sad. I mean, ever since I started listening to Linkin Park, I've always thought, "I wonder what their next album is going to sound like." It's so fucked up to think that there're not going to be any more albums with Chester Bennington singing on them. It's so fucked up to think about Chester Bennington not being here any more. I'm still in a state of stunned disbelief because I only found out an hour and a half ago.

So I got a picture of sad dudes. They're the characters in one of the graphic novels I'm working on. Shit, I was going to say that the only connection between the dudes in the picture and Chester Bennington's death is the fact that the dudes are sad. But now that I'm thinking of it...guess what music I listen to when I'm working on those graphic novels? Linkin Park. I put 'em on my itunes and let it scramble the music up, so I hear Linkin Park songs all day long in random order.

Shit, it's so fucked up. I mean, really? It's always sad to find out about some great musician dying. But it's extra special fucked up to find out that it's the lead singer in your favorite band in all the world. Fuckity fuck.

Anyway, here's the song for this week. As usual, it's me performing next week's song backwards. Yup, the loop thingy on it is Linkin Park. I think it was from one of the songs on Recharged. I took that sample and played around with the pitch so it made a weird melody. Actually, the sample is backwards because this is a backwards song week. But next week, you'll get to hear the forwards version.

 I took an excerpt from the original song I derived this song from (but played backwards). (Or, like, this is a snippet of next week's song, played backwards). Here's why. Every once in a while, when I turn my songs around backwards in Audacity or Sound Edit, in order to figure out how to perform 'em backwards, some of the vocals sound like they're in English. There's a bit of that taking place in this excerpt.

See, I got the original song from a dream. In the dream, I was playing one of my regular songs that had been turned around backwards in Audacity or SoundEdit. And it had these haunting-sounding words in English comin' out. I woke up and wrote down the song. It was wild, because when I played the regular song backwards, I found that this stretch had the same feeling as that dream. It's like the dream sorta came true.

Friday, July 14, 2017

You Don't Look Yourself



Here's what last week's song would sound like if you played it backwards. As I mentioned last week, this one has that recurring theme from the other death album - it's that "He Sees That It's Gone" theme. This song's from the point of view of Rudy, the cop guy, who's all sad about Corky dyin' and all. This song's all about how Rudy ain't feelin' like himself; and this medicine-man dude makes an observation that Rudy doesn't look like himself because of that.

The reason Rudy is feelin' all funky and weird is cuz Corky's spirit is trying to communicate with him. It's like Rudy has an inkling that something like that might be happening because he sez "I don't know what proportion of the variance of my mind is me." As in, he's not sure which of his thoughts actually belong to him, and which thoughts are being inserted by some spirit.

Here's last week's song when you play it backwards, which makes a weird version of this week' song.

Okie dokie - here's the song I meant to post 2 weeks ago. It's the backwards version of the song from 3 weeks ago, and the weird version of the song from 2 weeks ago.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Flessree Coat No Dwee




Crap, I'll probably have to wait till next week to publish the weird version of last week's song. But here's this week's one. That recurring theme from 2015's death-album recurs in this song. I figured I'd stick it in there cuz this song involves one of the main characters from the previous death-album. It's sorta like Death Album 2017 is shaking hands with Death Album 2015. I actually recorded the original song a few months ago (but this is the backwards version, which I recorded a week ago). The picture is of the 2 talking guys - it sounds like they're saying "you redneck" and "a sweet memory."

Friday, June 30, 2017

No As a Matter of Fact He Did Not




Here's the forwards version of last week's song. It's actually the general introduction to the rock opera/death-album thingy I'm working on. The sampled guys are the police chief dude asking Rudy if Corky hung around with trouble makers (this is cuz they're trying to figure out who murdered Corky).

The person singing is good old Corky. Like, he's singing about how nice it would be to go to a place with certain characteristics (singing cats and people smoking pot). Then he alludes to how later on he dies and actually does go that place (the spirit world/Heaven/the afterlife).

I got this one from a dream; a lot of these album songs are from dreams. That's why the lyrics are kinda weird ("I'd like to be a place" rather than "I'd like to be in a place"). But I thought the dream lyrics sounded cool cuz they were dream-like.

I'll get back to you either next week or the week after with the weird version of this song (the backwards one turned around). I need to do that thingy where I sync up the vocal/guitar/bass tracks with the rhythm ones. I forgot to do that, and then I turned off the computer I do that on. Poop.

(For new comers to this here blog - this rock opera thingy is derived from the movie, Skins - it follows this dude who died into the afterlife). (There's a better description a few entries ago).

Friday, June 23, 2017

Ton Did Eat Caffert Amazoin




This here song is the backwards version of the first song on the death album thingy I'm working on. The forwards version of this song makes me think of a sunrise, so that's why there's that picture there. I wanted it to have those pretty sunrise types of colors, but my drawling program doesn't have those colors.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Help Me Blow The Nose Off George Washington At Rushmore



Oh, dear, how do I explain this one? In the rock opera/death-album thingy I'm working on, Corky and Verdell, up in Heaven, are trying to communicate with Mogie, who's Verdell's best friend. (Mogie's still alive at this point). They're trying to tell Mogie to vandalize the giant George Washington statue at Mount Rushmore. Like, they just want him to paint something weird on his face (you'll find out what it is at the end). But Mogie mis-interprets the message and thinks it's about blowing off George Washington's nose with dynamite or something like that.

Let'see here...the first part of the song is from Mogie's point of view, and the second is Corky talkin' to Mogie. Like, Mogie wants to know what spirit is talking to him, and then Corky answers by singing his death-song.

I thought my performance sucked in the backwards version, so I'm gonna go ahead and post it here along with the forwards version. That way, you don't have to hear something that sucks all by itself, and have nothing else to go with it.

 This is what the backwards one sounds like when it's turned around (although I had to mess with the timing of the rhythm track, relative to the rest of 'em to make it match up).

Friday, June 9, 2017

Verdell's Song




Here's the next song from that weird rock opera/death-album thingy I'm working on. This one's from the point of view of that character, Verdell, who was the drunk guy in "Spirit of the Bottle." When old Verdell dies and goes to Heaven (or the afterlife or whatever you wanna call it), and he tells Corky all about his life. He admits that the first time he took a drink, he immediately fell into alcoholism and it screwed up his life.


Weird Verdell's Song

Heres's last week's song when you play it backwards.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Meow




MEOWMEOW

This is the backwards version of next week's song. My favorite part is the part with the meows in it. I think this song has a more Germanic Oom-Pah-Pah feel to it than the forwards one. But I might be wrong about that.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

I'll Be In Tomorrow





(Update: the mix I originally posted of this song sounded like ass, so I just replaced it with a different mix.)

This is the front-wards version of last week's song. Just to refresh y'all, I'm writin' a rock opera thingy about this character in the movie, Skins, who dies at the beginning of the movie. Most of the story I'm writin' is all made up; it's, like, I'm guessing what happens to the character (his name is Corky) in the afterlife. (In the movie, you just see him dead - you don't see anything about him being in the afterlife).

In this song, Corky's trying to communicate to this character named Rudy, who is debating whether or not he wants to go to work the next day. In the song, Corky tries to get him to go to work because his mom's house is on the way to Rudy's work, and Corky wants to get him to stop by and cheer up his mom, cuz his mom's all sad and stuff.

This song sorta demonstrates how when spirits communicate with living beings, often the living beings confuse the messages from the spirits for their own thoughts. As such, Rudy thinks he's deciding to go to work, when really it's Corky telling him to go to work.

I mean, Rudy doesn't stop by Corky's mom's house in the movie (although he could have). This is a song about something I made up in my head. This is probably one of the weirder albums I've done, in that I'm making up stuff that could have happened behind the scenes of an actual movie.

One thing I like about this track is that it starts with me saying "shut up," and it's all in tune with the song, so it sounds like I'm singing it. I'm saying shut up cuz there's this annoying dog that lives downstairs, and sometimes his dumb barks end up on my vocal tracks. So I was sayin' shut up cuz that dog was barking before I hit "record."


Oops - I forgot to post the version where I take last week's song and play it backwards when I posted this yesterday. Here it is!

Friday, May 19, 2017

Reepasid / Singing Yard




Here's the backwards version of the song I'm planning on posting next week. It's kind of wild when some of the words of these backwards tunes turn out to be in English. My favorite line from this one is: "Eat slowly - we take care with singing yard." Ha ha ha.  But, now that I think about it, it is good advice to eat slowly, and to take care with a singing yard. I mean, if a yard was gonna sing to you, it would be a good idea to take care of yourself, while you listened to it sing.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Supermarket




This is the forwards-version of the song from last week. I'm posting 2 mixes, cuz "SUPERMKT" sounds good in headphones and on these little speakers I have; but it sounds like ass on my car stereo. The second mix - well, I dunno how it sounds on my car stereo, but it sounds like ass in my headphones.

Anyway, this is the song that sorta establishes the milieu of this rock opera/death-album thingy. The main character, Corky, he works at a supermarket, and he likes workin' there. He also likes to smoke lots of weed.

When I listened to the song after recording it, I realized in retrospect, that out of context, it might sound like it's making fun of people who work at supermarkets. I would be a real jerk if I wrote a song like that. I'd go to hell when I died, if I wrote a song making fun of people who work at supermarkets - so I just wanted to provide that bit o' clarification, so that people wouldn't misinterpret this here song.

Nope, it's just a song about a dude who works at a supermarket and he likes working there, an he also likes smoking weed.  (That's his voice, saying "find everything okay?")


This is last week's song when you turn it around backwards. Yesiree.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Tekram




This is another backwards version of a song from that new death album I'm working on. In this case, I took a sample of a weird sounding drone-y thing from this soundtrack Linkin Park did called Mall. And then there's a sample of the main character of that very same death-album I'm workin' on, talking. He's just talking about regular stuff. But it's all backwards. Next week, I'll post the forwards version of this very same song.