Here’s a funky jamb called Rad Pad that I did for a CM fan. A song for a fan for a friend for an apartment.
I’ve been in the habit of recording random ideas at the studio in the evenings or in the morning. Here’s a random thing I did last night.
New music! All the new stuff is getting close and kind of secret for now, but I have plenty of little demos and stuff. I’ll drop some random speakershots daily. Here’s a groovy little ditty I made recently:
OK, I’m feeling really nice… here’s a sneak peek at Future Caveman
I’m in this weird zone in the creative process. I think I’m going nuts, actually. I’ve released lots of music in the past, and I usually have some sort of release coming out, or something to show the world. It’s been my thing. Lately I’m in this zone of having projects very close, but still a lap to go. I feel like I’m in a sensory depravation chamber.
Almost two years ago I started down a path to make a “real” record with Jake and Brett, and we called our band Cruise Elroy. Meanwhile, I started a project with two students called Future Caveman and committed to making a great record with them, too.
Since then, I’ve done nothing but work on those records, and maintain my new career as a jingle writer in the New York City advertising scene.
To say it’s been difficult is the biggest understatement I can imagine. That’s like saying it’s difficult to give a rectal exam to a live bear.
To say it’s been fun is also an understatement. It’s been hilarious, enlightening, motivating, exciting, life-changing, bla bla bla.
To say it’s been horrible is… well, that’s kind true, too. It’s been lonely, hectic, stressful, dark (like, physically, I’m a damn vampire).
Every day means a hectic commute, usually around 9 hours at the office, in a new career that requires 100% of my mind, focus, and socio-political skills (which are humiliatingly pathetic). And then a desperate dash to work on projects. Rehearsals, tracking, mixing, writing, singing, playing. I’m also creating a video game for the release of the Future Caveman record, creating music videos for both groups, and brainstorming awesome ways to release them sons of bitches. Meanwhile I fight the increasing onslaught of social media, try to get at least 6 hours of sleep a night, and I still somehow manage to get my laundry done. Well, sometimes.
Did it sound like I was bitching just now? Oops. No, I was more bragging.
Do you want to help? I’m tentatively looking for pixel artists, web designers, 3D design artists or animators, film editors, and more. If you would like to help me please email me at starfoxsixty4 at gmail. We can have lots of fun!
The age of robots is beginning! The upshot of robotics, which we will see in our lives, will be self-healing, adaptable, evolutionary machines capable of long distance flight and space travel as well as nano-scale exploration in a blood vessel.
My new friend Federico Pistono is an expert on robots – you’ll notice my music (Radio) at the end of this video! Federico wrote a book called Robots Will Steal Your Jobs (And Why That’s Okay) (Amazon link). I’m a few chapters in and it’s profound and terrific. Federico is a genius and visionary (here’s his TED talk) who predicts a profound change in the way society and economy functions. I want to talk more about this, but I haven’t finished the dang book yet. Um. Sorry. I’m working on it.
It’s hard to make a robot. As we become sophisticated automation geniuses, we uncover the subtle brilliance of nature and millions of years of evolution. For example, as organic beings, there are complex counter-balances built in to every move we make (Walt Disney discovered that he could implement these and create more realistic, less jerky robotic characters at his theme parks). And of course, the bigger challenge of true general intelligence is far from being uncovered (Kurzweil would disagree). But fully autonomous robots become a more viable and explosive force every day. And it all points towards one ultimate goal: building a life-sized Bender Bending Rodríguez with a gleaming metal posterior. (For those of you weirdos that aren’t obsessed Futurama junkies, Bender is guy on the thing… here’s wikipedia).
It’s time for Robo News, everybody!
But what about building a working, life-sized Bender? I think it’s a good idea. You could inspire the interest of millions while doing groundbreaking science.
Suppose you started a Kickstarter campaign to realize your goal. A beautiful Bender prototype. A funny video. I would think with the proper packaging, something like this would bloooow the hell up on the Innernet.
I imagine a fully autonomous, mobile robot that looks and acts like Bender. Imagine your goal was to build an actual walking Bender that could execute basic locomotion and walk around and be a jerk. I speculate that Bender’s basic body plan would be a great template to experiment with human-like bi-pedal automation. Bender’s design is simple but versatile – he’s basically a giant keg on thick legs with two thick arms. Plus, his mechanics would be easy to hide in his tank-like body.
It could also have useful and entertaining features. It could move around and carry objects. It could store things. It could bend objects. It could blend objects (I think someone built a Bender beer brewer already, and I also saw a Kickstarter for a robotic drink mixer). It could be security. It could “steal” your money and act as a sort of savings account. It could say hilariously flippant things. It could burp fire. What other wonderful things could your personal Bending unit do?
I often try this thought experiment: if the world was made up of people very similar to me, what would the world look like? Well, for sure we would be working on a real Bender robot like it was the damn cure for AIDS.
This real-life bending unit already exists! It is severely lacking in the shiny-metal-ass department.
(THUNK, THUNK.) Hello…. (THUNK…) is this thing on?
I’ve decided to start updating my blog again, but with a few changes to my manifesto.
Firstly, I intend on keeping it well-updated.
Secondly, I’ve decided not to shy away from controversial subjects. This barbaric disregard of social niceties may offend you, so I apologize in advance. In the past, if I made people upset and said something like “the Pope is kind of a dick”, I actually felt terrible when people predictably got annoyed. I crack like an egg. In the past, I’ve been insecure and sensitive.
And still am. But this blog will also represent my personal journey into the world of not-giving-a-shit-what-other-people-think. I mean, I hate the idea of someone being turned off to my music due to my big mouth (I mean besides due to the vocals) and yet, after lots of reflection on the subject, I’m convinced that risking my reader’s feelings (and my own feelings) is worth the intellectual pursuit of truth.
And what makes me, an aging artist, a wannabe scientist, a guy who wears this shirt openly in public the authority on objective truth? Good question. Well, none, really. You should totally decide for yourself. Don’t be stupid. Plus, I’ll also be posting lots of great music, science news, and updates on all my projects (which currently include records, a video game, and music videos).
By the way, I think I should take a moment to just say, hi, how are you? How have you been? I’ve really missed you guys… you CM fans have continued to inspire me, and because of you I’ve been creating hard. I’ve been making the deepest records of my career, as well as some other exciting treats.
Which reminds me of my 3rd canon. I want to encourage the focus to be on conversations as opposed to my measly essays. I don’t expect that I’m always right. I want you to convince me that I’m wrong. I will be promoting logical and/or hilarious conversation. Info-tain me.
Those subjects that are controversial in society often represent the edge of the known, the fringes of our science. Increasingly our planet is desperate for answers. As physicist David Deutsch points out, the future is becoming less and less knowable, faster and faster. One of my main goals will be to convince people that progress in knowledge is our species’ only hope. Reason will be the deciding factor between a world of happiness, art, progress, and the end of disease (including aging), or a world of misery, death, hopelessness, and Friends reruns.
Yeah, yeah, I know, shut up and play a song. I’m feeling that, man. Been working on some stuff for hours and hours, every day, for almost two years. All will be revealed.
Skeptical and optimistic,
Sorry for the lack of updates. It won’t be like this for very long. Hugs. That is all.
As we peer deeper & deeper into space, we see violent, hostile objects bigger than we even understand. I’m thankful for the miracle of life.
I’m thankful for science; humanity’s only hope against bad ideas, limited resources, and one beautiful, ferocious bitch named Mother Nature.
I’m thankful that truth is powerful enough to break through the intensely effective brainwashing of superstition… there is hope for life.
I’m thankful for music – the song of man – expression in these lofty realms of sentience – the sexy, mathematical finesse of meat computers.
I’m thankful for all those fans that keep asking me about new music – you are the light of my life, the fire under my butt. I’m working through Thanksgiving to finish two new albums, to ready sessions for mixing and mastering (some are mixed already). Cruise Elroy is the height of my musicality and a joint effort with the two most talented and dedicated musicians I know, Jake Thro and Brett Ripley. Future Caveman is a new project with such youthful, raw power and magic that I honestly don’t even know which album I’m more excited about.
Oh, and Your Moment is sounding awesome. I’m not sure what we’re going to do with it. The initial point was to capitalize on the popularity of the national TV commercial…. but it took quite a while to finish, and there are all kinds of licensing issues… we will be doing something with it…. it’s better than I ever imagined, it sounds like a radio hit. We’ll be updating you REALLY soon, I swear. Thanks for your patience.
Also…. Check out where I work now – Storefront Music is a special place. Insanely talented musicians, who also happen to have a crazy work ethic. We do lots of prime time TV ads. If you need tremendous, uncompromised music for film, video games, or song to sing your girlfriend that you say you wrote yourself in order to patch things up since she found those pictures on your computer of her best friend in a bathing suit… call us! We’ll take on anything!http://www.facebook.com/StorefrontMusic (check out the Maglite spot I did in “videos”…. a personal fav)
Here’s our write up in Source E Creative http://www.sourceecreative.com/news.php?ID=7080
Hey guys – a quick update!
I’m in Mad Scientist Mode. I’m working day in and day out on finishing the most robust and articulate projects I’ve ever been involved with.
Your Moment is not done – I had a few issues with arrangement, and the producer and I went back and forth. There is still a bit of work to be done, but I hope to have it done next week and move on with my life. It’s great, but we all just have a million things going on. I’m also writing in the extremely intense advertising world (which is great fun), navigating in NY, and I barely have time for fancy things like showers. I still watch a physics lecture a night as I fall asleep and read on the train. Forget getting laid. FORGET IT.
Meanwhile, Cruise Elroy is sounding…. ridiculous. I’ll update you guys very very soon. It’s hard to work on something for so long, without it going to the outside world. But one thing I’ve learned is that it’s better to release a finished masterpiece.
I also have lots of subjects I want to talk about on the blog, and when things start falling into place, I will update you guys. You will know. ;)
Hey, how are you?
There’s been a great response to the music I wrote and recorded in a recent Time Warner commercial. Here’s the video link! I’ve been convinced by the hugely positive reaction to do a full-length version of the song…
At first, I was concerned that doing a full-length version of the song would ultimately be incapable of living up to people’s expectations. It’s already on a pedestal. Often, it’s wise to remember if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
On playing around with arrangement ideas, however, I really got into it. Melodies and lyrics just jumped out at me, and it’s been a very creative, natural process. I’m working with a great producer on the single track, and so far it sounds great. We’re looking to finish the track by the first week of October, when it will be available on iTunes and Spotify and everywhere else.
It’s going to be a solid tune when it’s done! Think Ben Folds meets Brian Wilson meets…Darwin Deez?
And in the meantime – any Chris Merritt fans have any similar track ideas for recent converts? Here’s a link to the spot – leave song ideas in the comments! “Quinn”? “Show Me What You’re Made Of”? What else? (Links encouraged!)