Monday, June 11, 2012

The X-Gays Podcast Intro

"The X-Gays is a monthly podcast dedicated (mostly) to all things X-Men, hosted by two very, very gay men - Jason Brock and Brian Andersen. Each month Jason & Brian dive into Marvel's X-Men family of comic books to offer gleeful reviews, oh-so-colorful opinions, a special spotlight on a beloved x-character, an award-worthy dramatic reading, and a special look at one non-X-title."

Episode 10 opens with an all-new theme song featuring the voice talents of Jason Brock singing to music made by yours truly. I've never done anything with vocals before, luckily Jason did all the heavy lifting in that department writing his own lyrics and creating a vocal melody that took the music I wrote to a whole new level.

It's a huge relief to see this one escape into the world, it's been in the works for more than 6 months. I guess this could be considered a nod to dubstep (sort of) but mostly I just wanted to make something light and fun for the guys. I used low frequency oscillators simultaneously on a bass AND treble synth which is something I had never tried before. Jason and Brian contacted me at just the right time as I was in the midst of a house music fury and they wanted a track that their listeners could dance to.

UPDATE!: well, this one only lived for 3 episodes but that is because Jason Brock has left the podcast to be on X Factor.  break a leg, Jason!

Friday, June 8, 2012

From the Vault - Gunning for Jimmsy (2007)

Originally completed in 2007, Gunning for Jimmsy from the Wormfood album was at the time about as close to rock as I could get.  I was always entranced by the Guitar solo in The Ramones "I wanna be Sedated" and wanted to take a shot at something like that.  I played with panning the sound around to give it a little oomph beyond the repeated one note because try as I might it was hard to be satisfied with the results.  That's what I get for trying to do something specifically as opposed to letting it happen organically.  Between the simple baseline, one note guitar solo and the presence of absolutely no chords whatsoever in this song,  despite my efforts to hide the raging minimalist inside it still manages to sneak out from time to time.

I don't like how the soundclick player looks so if you really need to hear this song you're going to have to do it here or click on the song title above.