Friday, January 29, 2016

Cheddar Tease

The EP is taking longer than I expected it would take but so far we have a few songs ready to go the band wants to wait to release it as a whole ala Led Zeppelin who also didn't believe in singles. Now I'm not comparing us to Led Zeppelin but if they didn't believe in singles neither will we, speaking of craft singles... The Cheddar Experience. The only thing holding us back from releasing it is that we need more songs which in hopefully a week will have enough songs. I wrote a song that I am very proud of its a punk song that we distorted Justin's trombone and made him sound like a guitar, and then I had Izzy play trumpet to emulate a snare to create this weird punk song. The cherry on top was a short story I created, while zoning out in my Music History class. I thought of these friends becoming so obsessed with cheddar that they found a genie and he turned them into cheddar. Then I wanted to make this story into a song, Beastie Boys came to mind when I started to write and I created these lyrics. These are the best lyrics I have written so far, without further ado I present the lyrics to this wonderful little ditty. I can't wait to premiere the song.

bought a case of RED DOG & A BLOCK OF CHEESE
yo guise what you doing come on lets chill
i gotta case of RED DAWG &       A BLOCK OF CHEESE
Block of cheese…..?


the homies all here and its time to riot
we’re all outta beer and theres half a block of cheddar
ill order some pizza….
with what?


they ate all the pizza man WHAT THE FUCK
now a genie appeared and said man whats up
we ran outta cheddar so the PARTIES DEAD
then he turned us into cheese and guess what kind?

YEAH ITS CHEDDAR!!!!!!!!!!!!! x4


Monday, January 25, 2016

Insight (Luis has fun)

Ever wonder what goes on in my mind?

Truth is I have no idea as to what really goes on in my head.

I wanted to capture what might be going on in my head while studying. 

I recorded myself for a little over 30 minutes just reading at the library, then went home and watched myself study in real time twice narrating over the entire video both times I watched it. 

This idea of watching myself study was interesting because I wasn't even sure if this is what I naturally do when studying. 

I may have altered what really happens because I knew I was recording myself and knew I wanted to both get stuff done and capture as close to how studying might really happen. 

I then took the long voice recording I had and spliced them up adding some effects and layer them to try and get certain effect, being distracted. 

Distraction I think had a heavy influence on this project because the whole time I was reading or on my laptop I felt distracted by the camera.  

Friday, January 22, 2016

The Origin of The Goat Wizard

The Goat Wizard is my band that I put all of my heart and soul into, its a great project that I am lucky to be a member of. The Goat Wizard started back my freshman year when some one asked me if I had a band that wanted to play a block party. At the time I had no band but said yes I have a band then went up to Greyson and asked if he wanted to start a cover band for this event he said yes and then I thought to ask Will as well. I had played with both of them separately and had worked on an idea that I had with Will. This idea was the intro to Hitana which was very rough and went through some rewriting. I showed this idea to Greyson and he came up with this chord progression that became the chorus. This song would be developed a few more times until we got the final idea down and then we did absolutely nothing with it. When we had all met together as a band we had to come up with an hour set in 2 weeks so we chose random songs that we liked that included "Kids" by MGMT, "Steady as she goes" by the Raconteurs, and our encore song was "All Star" by Smash Mouth. This band was named The Goatz Tea and was a trio but performed with four members having someone cover bass guitar for it. This was the only show that the band played it was great though.

The following year Will was gone and Greyson and I were once again asked about us playing a show we then found Miles and Alex and asked them to start a band with us. This band had now become Luis and Whose Army. We played punk songs and groovy songs covering Interpol, The Meters, The Dead Kennedys, Rage Against the Machines, and Fugazi. This was a fun project that let create these weird mash up of styles, and it was fun. around winter term Will had asked Greyson and I if we could record clean takes of Hitana and send the tracks to him this ended up becoming the first demo of The Goat Wizard. Will had three songs that were ready to be released as his EP but he said he was coming back and wanted those songs to become this new band we would make. This was exciting because I was ready to make this wacky and energetic music. The rest of the school year went by and we all felt that Luis and Whose Army was ready to make more originals. We never got around to making more songs, and over the summer Will and I in the basement of my house recorded what was to be the rest of the EP for The Goat Wizard. Coming back with songs ready to go we asked Greyson and Alex if they wanted to play in the band they were excited but we had no drummer, this lead us to scramble to find one when finally asked Liam who joined the band. This lead up to our current line up ready to create more experimental music.

As the song that really started it all here is a live performance of Hitana.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Cheddar Core

Cheddar Core? What is it? The next big thing to be created by Justin Coyne, Izzy Yellen, and Luis Gonzalez. I was asked to join in this project as a producer to help record and create some ideas for this project that I believe will change the world. The original idea of this album was to create soundscapes using only trombone, trumpet, didgeridoo, and spoken word about cheddar. This may seem like a goofy idea that doesn't sound revolutionary but we made sure to run all the sound through effects to change the feels and ideas that they played on the album. We intend to push the bounds in which we created this music having some tracks range from very ambient and others very thought out ways we could mess with effects and sounds. For example the track I have been working hard to finish is this song that we recorded one person saying the word "Cheddar" then we all spent a while huddling around my laptop finding ways to loop and layer his recording to make this "wall of cheddar" it has been a fun project so far and I can't wait to finish it we have a few tracks to do before we release it on Bandcamp for keep your eyes out for it next week. In which I will post a follow up blog post to go more in depth with recording and writing spoken word for the rest of the album.   

Wednesday, January 13, 2016


"ORSON WELLES: We know now that in the early years of the twentieth century this world was being watched closely by intelligences greater than man's and yet as mortal as his own. We know now that as human beings busied themselves about their various concerns they were scrutinized and studied, perhaps almost as narrowly as a man with a microscope might scrutinize the transient creatures that swarm and multiply in a drop of water. With infinite complacence people went to and fro over the earth about their little affairs, serene in the assurance of their dominion over this small spinning fragment of solar driftwood which by chance or design man has inherited out of the dark mystery of Time and Space. Yet across an immense ethereal gulf, minds that to our minds as ours are to the beasts in the jungle, intellects vast, cool and unsympathetic, regarded this earth with envious eyes and slowly and surely drew their plans against us. In the thirty-ninth year of the twentieth century came the great disillusionment. It was near the end of October. Business was better. The war scare was over. More men were back at work. Sales were picking up. On this particular evening, October 30, the Crosley service estimated that thirty-two million people were listening in on radios."

This is the introduction for The Mercury Theatre on the Air 1938 radio broadcast of "The War of the Worlds" with this setting up the hour long broadcast some listening were told that this was a dramatized reading of the novel. Those who joined the broadcast late were left to believe that this was real. People were in fear that aliens were on earth and as this was almost a simulation like situation of how a radio might broadcast it as if it were real. The radio in the broadcast would play music to have breaking news come in with developments of the story making it seem very realistic. An idea from Jean Baudrillard's" Simulations" is Hyperreal and this term in the book is brought up when talking about Borges' map story. This idea that occurs when, "The real is produced from miniaturized units, from matrices, memory banks and command models-and with these it can be reproduced an indefinite number of times. It no longer has to be rational..."When people must have heard this and did not catch the disclaimer at the beginning then they are left to believe that this was really happening. Which is why when we were asked to create a project inspired by "Simulations" I was thinking about creating an arrangement that mixed live performance with this radio broadcast. Since I needed more time to work out some ideas for a live performance I decided to create an electroacoustic version of the introduction by Orson Welles. This has an ominous tone that I wanted to capture with sounds. I chose sounds to bring out some of the words that Welles says, by either doubling the words and copying some words that he says and altering them to highlight them. I wanted to open this up as though you were listening to the radio and had tuned in right after the disclaimer to feel what some found as fear. I kept the recording as close to the original, except some pauses I felt were too long or awkward That I took out. I felt that once Welles was introduced I wanted to take the listener to a dark place and created a drone, that is steady with a pulse that imitates a heartbeat. This drone creates a pace for the story and intensity, I felt drives the suspense of the introduction forward. Then, I chose certain words that I felt intimidate listeners like, "being watched, man, concerns, studied" these terms were meant to highlight what might make listeners feel uncomfortable. This was my attempt at creating a hyperreal performance of this broadcast and I felt happy with it so far. The plan from here on out will be coming up with sounds for a live performance that would help bring tone and shape to this piece.