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Sorry for the lack of updates.  It won’t be like this for very long.  Hugs.  That is all.

Gravy Of God

Happy Thanksgiving! :)

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.

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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

Optimism

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.  ;)

full length “Your Moment” in production

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!)

Come one, come old. Here’s a new demo!

I don’t know what this is, but I made it yesterday with my brain and my computer-brain’s brain.

Cruise Elroy is developing quickly.  I promise.  Future Caveman sees the light at the end of the tunnel.  Which is first?  I’m not sure, bro and sis.

See the post above for info on the Time Warner ad.

See below for the explanation of life, the universe, and everything.

Or, check out this Chris Merritt album for free.

The choice is yours, and yours only, to make.

 

Brain Bendy!

Here’s an interview with a guy who thinks we’re living inside a computer.  This guy is great (I enjoyed the Moore’s Law stuff.), but I have some problems with his theory.  Feel free to smoke a joint and put on some Radiohead before you read this. (What’s that?  You’re already stoned?  Wow, than it must have blown your mind when I just called you out on it).  http://www.vice.com/read/whoa-dude-are-we-inside-a-computer-right-now-0000329-v19n9

I’ve had thoughts on this topic as well, as all self-respecting philosopher-musicians/video-game nerds/physicist-wanabees have.

Turing and others have done incredible work on the nature of computation and how it relates to physics.  Computation is essentially a low-entropy and information-creating formation of matter.  Turing proposed that no calculation, given enough time, is impossible in our universe – even a calculation calculating an entire universe.

The problem is this – Terrile says that because nature seems to be “pixelated”, and because digital video games are inherently pixelated, it’s evidence that we are living in a simulation.  That’s a logical hand-wave – I think it’s more likely that the nature of computation, being limited by the laws of physics in this universe, would clearly reflect that.  In other words, games are discrete because nature is discrete.  And by the way, “discrete” has a hugely different meaning when you’re talking about a pixel on a computer screen and the tiniest particle in our “real world”.  Each pixel on the entire planet – every pixel on every screen – has literally billions of neutrinos (emitted from our sun) passing through it each second.  Not only that, but the Universe seems to be infinite, and to continue infinitely – not a discrete quantity there.  So basically, I’m trying to kill the thought process many will have when they read that article – “whoah, we’re basically in a video game already, dude.”

I tend to think that we’re information-creating beings – beautiful diamonds that evolve in a perfectly decaying universe, like our own.  We take increasing entropy and through creative and explanatory powers we make things with very low entropy.  Interesting, beautiful, profound things.  As we evolve quicker and quicker, we’ll certainly create virtual people.  Almost definitely, as far as I’m concerned.  But wouldn’t we find it ethical to let them know that it’s all a video game at some point?  Through all the suffering in the world, could an evolved super-intelligence really sit back and chill without intervention?

Here’s a beautiful thought.  Maybe in another universe in the multiverse an intelligent civilization evolved to the point where they set into motion another big bang, the birth of our universe.  And because they live in another universe, they can’t interact with their creation at all.  Maybe it’s the ultimate act of a dying universe – a species becomes hyper-intelligent and creates order and beauty throughout the universe – and then sets into motion a new universe or series of universes to play out however they play out.

It’s a profoundly beautiful thought to me.

MP3s, Time Warner spot, Cruise Elroy, etc

Hey guys….. thanks for all the comments on the Time Warner commercial.  I’ll post a link to it very soon.  My song on a prime-time television ad?  It’s very cool.  And just the beginning!  I just did a Google spot that is going out, and working on an IBM spot this week….

First things first.  If you don’t have any Chris Merritt tracks, here’s a bunch of free mp3s.  Dig in.  You’ll dig ‘em.

 

Our newest project is a brand new band called Cruise Elroy and it will be unveiled very soon.  It will make your face explode?

 

Papered Face

My old band, Paperface, has come up in conversation lately in one form or another.  Here’s one off our record The Legend Of Harley Knowles.  It’s called Darkside.

Someday, I want to re-release this record.  Jake Thro did some awesome mixes that need to see the light of day once more.

Black Star

Newly discovered black hole rips apart a star.

Here’s what the inside of our galaxy, which has a supermassive black hole in the chewy center, looks like.  This galaxy, this galaxy, and this galaxy have black holes in the center.  We can observe over 200 billion galaxies from Earth (with technology) and there are thought to be 300 billion more in our “observable” universe.  Most, if not all galaxies have supermassive black holes in their centers.

This is an amazing version of a great song by Radiohead called Black Star.