Archive for November, 2010

Pirate Planet

Posted in Music with tags , , , , , on November 10, 2010 by roarvis

A bit more self promotion, then I swear I will be back to marveling over the creative endeavors of complete strangers.

After a year and a half, my friend Caleb and I managed to finish our album. It wouldn’t have taken that long, except that our individual lives got in the way: several babies, one marriage, one promotion, one layoff, and one relocation, not in that order. Long story short, he is now in Nebraska and I’m still in L.A. We’re not exactly sure how we’re going to do the next album, but we have some ideas that sound solid on paper.

The music is pitched somewhere between the minimalist sounds of 80s new wave and post punk, and the layered guitars of early 90s shoegaze. I personally like the term “newgaze,” but we’ll see if that goes anywhere. Regardless of what I think, it’s time to turn this over to the public (I.E., our ten closest friends and family members) to decide.

We tried our hardest to make this album perfect, and although we didn’t succeed at all, we’re both happy with the results. Caleb brought a lot to the table in the songwriting and vocal department, which allowed me to focus more on the nuts and bolts of production and engineering (although truthfully I spent the most time trying to figure out how to program drum parts).

Eventually we finished it the best we could and sent it to Tim Gerak, who did a terrific job with the mastering. Cecy said, “wow, it sounds like real music now.”

Don’t expect a world tour anytime soon, but feel free to give it a spin and let us know what you think.

(photo by Cecy)

I Walked With a Zombie

Posted in Film, Music, Rants with tags , , on November 3, 2010 by roarvis

I’m slowly reacquainting myself with the Internets after spending two weeks mostly offline. It was nice to go out and actually do stuff for a change. We threw ourselves a wedding reception in Ohio, took a honeymoon in Mexico, and returned home to the cats before any real damage was done to the apartment.

During this time I was laid off from my job, which I had been expecting. I have lots of ideas about how I’m going to spend my time now: Finishing up old projects that have been pushed aside, outlining new ones, and of course, figuring out how I’m going to make a living from now on.

I also caught a cold the minute I arrived back in L.A. So although this is my first week off work, it feels like I’m just out on sick leave.

Anyway, while I was off gallivanting around the continent, the zombie film I scored appeared online. Now you can watch the entire seven minute epic A Tale of Two Zombies in its entirety. Between you and me, this blows The Walking Dead out of the water. I’m just sayin’.

It should also go without saying that I am available for soundtrack work, so hit me up if you are a filmmaker with an interesting project in need of some atmosphere.