Influences: Midnight Oil, Tim Chandler, Neil Young, Richard Pepper, Low, MJ Hibbett
My daughter (2nd year music major at university) and I will be collaborating together again this year. We have a band called Bedford Level Experiment, where I write a lot of songs about my nerdy life (video games, old computers, sci-fi, memories from the 1980s, etc.) and we arrange and record them together.
Typically, we do the bed tracks of live drums (Rianna) and guitar (me), then she adds keys (either live from her MicroKorg XL or via MIDI) and I play bass, then I sing my vocals (and she helps me figure out what notes I actually intend to sing), and when it fits, she adds some harmony vocals, then I mix and master. What a team!
We had a great year in 2016, getting to play a couple local geek cons (including opening for Wordburglar), and releasing three albums: "Place Without A Computer" which was originally written during FAWM 2015, "Nerd So Low" which was a solo album for NaSoAlWriMo, and then the "A Very Commodore 64 Christmas" EP. They can all be found on Bandcamp: https://bedfordlevelexperiment.bandca...
Other highlights have included collaborating with Debs & Errol on their "Commodore 64" song, being mentioned on an episode of "The 8-Bit Guy" with over 600,000 views (!! - not because of us, but still), and being a guest on the Fandomania Geek Music Podcast twice.
Other stuff: I collect and play old video games and computers, I'm a homeschooling dad to my eight kids, LEGO is pretty great, I'm really into post-apocalyptic movies and video games, I play bass at my church and in some other bands, and my day job is doing indie video game development with P1XL Games: http://P1XL.com
|#4||POKE 1024, 81||
|#5||Little Professor: 756||
|#6||The Road Is So Long, Lord (full band version) @popmythology||
|#7||Call An Awesome Superhero||
|#8||Colours Cycle Round: 53280||
|#9||Paper Route 13||
|#10||Worlds Made Of Dreams And Code||
|#11||Ball Swiper (superhero) Season 5 Theme Song||
|#12||56321 Atari Force||
|#13||Zero: Barney's Hide-and-Seek||
Thanks for the Zongbust on Any Hauk To Lure In Engelond. It was a fun one to play, and yes - i too like the distorted tone I got.
See You In The Shadows…
I realize what I didn't do this year during FAWM. I didn't do our promised celt-gaze collab! 😞 Sorry folks.
If you can tell me exactly what tune the bagpipes are playing the first 2 bars of in New Canada Engines Promo 01, I'll buy you a beer!
Thanks for the listen to "This ad with be over in 5 seconds". I was a huge fan of Strong bad emails back in the day, so I am sure it has colored my sense of humor. Definitely a Strong-sad kind of vibe on that voice.
"What would a deionizer do to this song???"
I nearly spit my coffee out in a barrage of laughter. Great comment. Thanks!
For Rockumentary: I made a Pro Tools session for each of the 8 segments, tracked and mixed them all individually, then put them together in a separate mastering session. Tried to write all of them in C so they'd flow, though I think one ended up being Gm somehow.
Yes, "Enjoy the Earth" was me kind of not playing nicely with a skirmish theme. Was supposed to be silly. Thanks for listening!
So kind of you to be supportive at my attempt at singing, Robin. You better watch out, though. You're kinda making me want to do more! Haha 😀
Hey Robin - Thank you for your great comment on I Am Not A Gun.
The guitar tone is a combination of direct and mic. I run the pickup direct through a DI, add a amp simulator plugin, and then blend it with the mic sound, which allows it to fill out the acoustic some without amplifying pick scrape as much.
Robin, I just heard your full band version and loved it! It's amazing how the same words can be put to so many different voices and styles and still ring true. Thank you and please tell Rianna I said thank you too! EDIT: Oh, hey, Robin, hope you don't mind but I added links to the other versions of the song in your liner notes. They did the same! 😀
Hey, Robin! Thanks for the message!! A few different people have expressed interest in doing a demo for "The Road Is So Long, Lord." If you don't mind that there will be a couple of other versions, then I'd be very honored for you and your band to take crack at it! 😀
I've enjoyed your songs so far. Has your band ever toured NW Ontario? If you're interested, I could get you contacts for places to play here in Kenora. There's plenty of geeks in this town that would appreciate your C-64 themed music.
See You In The Shadows…
HIII ROBIN!!!!! 😀
Thanks for leaving a comment on "It's Not an Abduction, It's a Rescue". I appreciate the kind words!
Thanks so much for the beautiful and kind comment! 😀
Have I asked you this before? - when you cite Tim Chandler as an influence, you are talking about the bass player, correct? Because if so, that is serious WIN in my book! (And I feel very ashamed I hadn't noticed it before.)
Considering our shared geek interests, we should try to do a collab. Interested?
Thanks for commenting on "I wish I could believe." Great lyrics to work with!!!
Good sir, let's hook it up pronto!
How do you prefer to start? Tell me what to do, and it shall be done!
Hello from NW Ontario. Happy FAWMing!
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My instrument is strictly speaking an M4 but I call it a merlin.
Have a great FAWM this year! Looking forward to what you come up with!
Good luck this year! 😉 Hope I get to hear tons of that bass!