Posts Tagged as: audio

January 1, 2020

How to fix a Boss RC-1 Loop Station when it’s not working

I recently bought one of these guitar pedals and I’ve been really pleased. But a few days ago it started acting funny; loops were getting interrupted midway, the circular LEDs on the display wouldn’t match the duration of the loop that was playing, and the whole thing was just acting weird.

After lots of fruitless Googling for a solution, I was ready to return it as a dud. But then I came across this video that showed what I was doing wrong, and fixed it in about a minute.

Hopefully others who are having trouble with a “broken” Boss RC-1 pedal will come across this post and this video.

Rock on.

August 10, 2015

The Best Drummer You’ve Ever Heard But Never Heard Of

It’s pretty impressive that 2 people can create such a groove:

But it’s less surprising when you learn the drummer is one of the most sought-after session drummers in history, Matt Chamberlain. Oh, and he was in Perl Jam.

You might not recognize Matt Chamberlain’s face, but you probably recognize his deceptively-simple, rock-solid driving beats. It’s pretty cool to realize that what makes the following songs work so well is their drums, and the drummer is all the same guy:

Fiona Apple, “Criminal”

One YouTube commenter described his performance as such:

This is a tough part to play consistently, because you’ve got to portray strict 8th-note rock on one hand, yet make it swing at the same time. Drummer Matt Chamberlain does this beautifully. The slightly late, monotonous, “stiff-armed” hi-hat 8th-notes suggest all rock, but the little ornamental notes on the snare and the occasional stuttered 16th on the hi-hat give it a certain swing and a most unique sway, too.
Chamberlain is an immensely talented drummer, so it’s not at all surprising that he’s among the most in-demand studio players of our time. He just makes it all sound so simple. Playing at his level of depth, however, is most definitely not!

The Wallflowers, “One Headlight” (Impressive cover video btw…)

Perl Jam, “Even Flow”

John Mayer, “Home Life”

And in recent news, he’s collaborated with a software company to create digital loops for musicians, and this is an interesting overview of his style:

Specifically, these beats are pretty amazing. Seemingly simple, but endlessly complex.

Lastly, listen to this story about Matt Chamberlain setting up and recording a drum track for The Long Winters. What he ended up doing completely changed my understanding of how talented a drummer can be. He basically took his performance, mixed and edited it in his head, then played 1/5 of the part 5 times in a row so the recordings could be overlayed to create the final drum part. I didn’t understand it the first time either. Give it a listen here.

So to anyone who thinks that being a “great” drummer is a matter of being able to play fast or be flashy, think again.

Just like with great hardware or software, sometimes less is more.

July 17, 2013

One of The Most Powerful Musical Moments I Can Recall

I’ve been listening to Kanye West’s new album “Yeezus” on and off the last few weeks. It’s clearly an intense album and not for everybody. I’m still not sure how I feel about it.

But one moment in particular stands out to me as the most intense musical moment I’ve ever heard in any album.

To me this ranks right up there with Jimmy Hendrix’s guitar solo in “All Along the Watchtower” or the opening chord in “Hard Day’s Night”. It’s a pure adrenaline/seratonin shot down your spine.

The moment I’m talking about happens around 1:10 into the first song on the album, “On Sight” (embedded below). To demonstrate how much he “doesn’t give a fuck”, he playfully samples a melody-rich choir sample (“He’ll Give Us What We Really Need”, by the Holy Name of Mary Choral Family). It lasts for 8 measures, and when it ends your ears are jolted back into Kanye’s world – a dark dystopian modern chic Lamborghini of a song. The first time I heard it I got the chills. The first time my brother heard it he burst out laughing.

Whether it’s a funny moment or an artistic moment, it’s undeniably a moment, and a powerful one. That man is a crazy genius.

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May 13, 2013

The Stepkids Cover “Suit & Tie”

File this under “so wonderfully unexpected.”

The thing that makes this quirky jazz rendition of “Suit & Tie” so amazing is that these guys aren’t your run-of-the-mill Holiday Inn trio; they’re The Stepkids, a world-class eclectic trippy R&B trio with fans across the globe (including Radiohead’s Thom Yorke).

Bravo for embracing the genre, and for not taking themselves too seriously.

Kanye West Hitting His Head Ringtone

Apparently Kanye West hit his head while trying to avoid photographers today. So I thought it would be pretty cool if I made a ringtone from it.

Here’s the official Kanye West Hitting His Head Ringtone. Download it and have some fun.

January 18, 2013

Glee Ripped off Jonathan Coulton’s “Baby Got Back”

This tweet by singer/songwriter/codewriter pretty much speaks for itself.

 

Here are both versions. It’s pretty astonishing how much Fox ripped of his arrangement. Let’s hope they do something to correct this, otherwise it’s some pretty bad egg on the face of the shiny Glee franchise.

Glee’s version:

Jonathan Coulton’s verion:

October 29, 2009

Did the Black Eyed Peas Rip Off Radiohead?

If you combine Radiohead’s “Motion Picture Soundtrack” with the Black Eyed Peas’ “I Got A Feeling”, you get either copyright infringement or a pleasant coincidence. I’m just sayin…

May 14, 2009

Dos Equis

I don’t always do impersonations, but when I do, I prefer Dos Equis.

Have a listen.

July 24, 2008

DeLorean Dreaming

I spotted this DeLorean on my commute yesterday. Even though it’s a simple design, I still think the LeLorean is one of the coolest looking cars around. But I can’t decide if I’d like the DeLorean as much if it wasn’t featured in Back to the Future. Is the car that awesome looking, or is my opinion tainted?

Thinking about the DeLorean also reminds me of one of my first original (and semi intentionally-cheesy) songs I made on my Mac. It’s a throwback to the magic and wonder that is the 1980s. I called it “DeLorean Dreams” and you can listen to it here.

January 27, 2008

Apple Soundtrack

As if all the sound effects of the Mac OSX interface weren’t annoying enough, I decided to take things a step too far. Enjoy!

UPDATE: Due to popular demand, I’m posting the GarageBand file I created that’s responsible for this madness. Feel free to have your way with it. Download the zip here. Also, here’s an m4a audio file for those brave souls who want to risk this song suddenly coming on during a Party Shuffle.

July 1, 2006

Matt Nichols Guitar Video

In case you’re bored with playing the guitar the traditional way (ie, how Dan Smith would teach you) check out this video of a fellow Greeley Grad Matt Nichols making the six string his bitch.

April 17, 2006

My Voiceover Demo Reel

Not too many of you know this, but I used to do lots of voiceover work for movies and commercials. I finally got around to uploading my demo reel, so check it out and enjoy! Download it here.

January 16, 2006

“Keys” Song, Made With Garageband

You don’t have to sample obscure B movies or scientific instructional videos from the fifties to make a groove so intense it makes Moby weep.  Ladies and Gentlemen: My first recording featuring a vocal performance by yours truly. Download this song and change your life.

January 13, 2006

Riffing on the Strokes

Like The Strokes’ new album? Well allow me to ruin the first track for you!

August 18, 2005

Beverly Hills Cop Themesong Remake

In the same vein as Gus Van Sant’s shot-for-shot remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho,” I took it upon myself to create a note-for-note remake of Harold Faltermeyer’s “Beverly Hills Cop” theme song using GarageBand. May god have mercy on your souls.

February 17, 2005

Radiohead’s “No Surprises” Remake with Garageband

I’m not quite sure what to say about this one. It was a funny idea that got out of hand, and now I don’t know whether to laugh with it or at it. Either way, it’ll be sure to top the charts in Europe. Download “No_Surprises.mp3” here.

February 10, 2005

Offensive Bill Cosby Routine – SECRET RECORDING

I’m a little shocked that Bill Cosby’s act is so forward and brash, but apparently in his old age he’s come to terms with himself. Download the recording here.

February 6, 2005

Delorean Dreams Song Made with Garageband

I won’t say this is my favorite song that I’ve made but I will say that it is without a doubt the greatest 3 minutes of music ever written or recorded in the history of the universe. I’m tentatively calling it “DeLorean Dreams” but feel free to suggest better titles. Download it right here.

January 24, 2005

Self-Indulgent Blues Jam

I’ve recently achieved one of my long-standing goals – to build a mini digital recording studio. I think it’s every geek/musician’s dream to be in a band where every member is himself, so that being said, I present to you my first recording … “The Self Indulgent Blues Jam.” (Ironically, I’m playing everything except the drum loop…I’m also heavily ripping off Jimmy Smith and John Scofield licks, but shhhhhhh!)

October 26, 2003

Most Annoying Ringtone Ever

I’ve found that having a unique and pleasant ring tone on my cellular telephone is a great way to make friends. Download my ring tone here.