Here’s me playing “American.” I filmed this earlier tonight. I would have done so sooner, but the other day I came home to discover a computer which refused to boot, and I spend a fair number of hours vomiting from dread. It turns out, however, that I do not need to spend copious amounts of money on a new motherboard or anything like that. As I had suspected, my system was overheating and shutting itself off, and the reason seemed to be that my heat sink somehow became dislodged from the CPU (I also cleaned from off the surface of the heat sink what could quite reasonably be described as a solid wall of dust, which I’m sure wasn’t helping matters all that much). Take care of your personal computers, kids, or they’ll be gone before you know it!
Anyway, things are back up and running now (although, strangely, a large portion of my Adobe Premiere program files had vanished from my hard drive, and I had to reinstall it). As my next big project, I was going to make a SERIOUS video for Existential Pathology, but I’ve got a new song that’s coming along rather nicely, so with fingers crossed, I should have it finished in a few days. For now, enjoy staring at the hair sticking up in the back of my head!
Okay, here’s me playing another song…If you can’t tell, this was recorded on the same day as the first one. That’s because I knew I’d be out of time when I needed to post it, so I filmed it ahead of time. I’m incredibly wily like that. This one doesn’t have ridiculous annotations. At least, not yet…
Anyway, I promise I’ll post something soon that’s more exciting than just me and a guitar. In the meantime, enjoy!
Wow, look! It’s me performing one of my songs!
There are more of these coming, so don’t touch that dial, folks! And you know, feel free to share and subscribe and everything (nudge, nudge, poke, poke). That reminds me…remember poking? Yeah, that was stupid, wasn’t it? Anyway, it will probably take an unreasonable amount of time for my video to show up in searches, but my channel is “Matt Glaz”, and my username is mattglaz1, just as on this website. For now, here’s the url:
Oh, also, I’ve updated my MySpace music page for the first time in seventeen years. It now contains all of my full mixes instead of the horrible ones that were on there before.
Have a pleasant Wednesday, mofos!
Gasp! It’s done! My God, what a headache! Seriously, I don’t know what it was about this one, but it caused me much chagrin (look it up; it’s really worth it). Oh, speaking of obscure words, please forgive the extremely pretentious title of this song. I was in college when I wrote it. What do you want?
Anywhom, this time around, the mixing wasn’t a problem. I think I’ve got the hang of a lot of things. No, what really took a long time was the artistic decisions behind the arrangement, and as it turns out, this is often the case for me. One thing I’ve learned about myself recently is that I am particularly terrible at knowing ahead of time what will sound good. I’ll think, “Hmm, the second verse is missing something. I need to add a new track. I think some backup vocal ‘oohs’ would be perfect!” I then spend a considerable amount of time trying to harmonize on-key with myself (something I’ve also recently found myself to be embarrassingly inept at), only to realize that such an addition actually sounds completely inappropriate. I then end up playing around with different things and eventually discover that what sounds best is something that I had dismissed in my “mind’s ear.” Mind you, each new thing I try requires at least a couple of minutes to set up microphones/levels, etc., and I can easily spend several hours finding “10000 ways that don’t work,” to quote Ben Franklin (Jesus, what am I today, a freakin’ high-school English teacher?). And this is a six-minute song we’re talking about here.
The other thing that took me a while to get right was THAT GOD DAMNED GUITAR SOLO. HOLY MACKEREL. Here’s another example of my imagination failing me. I originally intended this to be an electric guitar solo (which is a significantly easier instrument to play), but I tried it, and it was wrong. It was all wrong. Then, when you add the fact that I wrote the solo in my head before forcing myself to learn to actually play it, as well as the fact that my guitar-playing skills in general are downright mediocre, you have a recipe for horrors beyond all human understanding. Let’s just say that during the recording process, I experienced levels of despair far surpassing those suggested by the lyrics (I think it’s sort of funny listening to the song while imagining that I wrote the words immediately after recording the solo).
One thing I do think is really cool about this song is that, besides the bass guitar part, it’s an entirely acoustic mix. The percussion was created using random objects that were in my immediate vicinity. I filmed myself recording everything, so you’ll get to see it all soon.
And that reminds me: I’m going to start a YouTube channel, which I’ll direct you to in a couple of days, and soon enough, you’ll get to see marvelous videos for My Creed and Existential Pathology. It will take me some time to edit those, but I’ll be posting other stuff in the meantime. I’ve realized that it can take me some time to finish these epic mixes, and in the meantime, I think it’s kind of lame to just post some random video I’ve found on the internet, no matter how cool it is. So I figure I can at least throw up some videos of me doing something musical, even if it’s simpler than a full mix. Anyway, stay tuned for that.
For now, you can download my new song for free (and any of my songs on the Music page), and the same copyright rules apply, as it’s under the same Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License, so you’re free to distribute, share, perform, or create derivative works, as long as you don’t charge money and as long as you give me credit for the original. You can find all the info about that on my Music page, as well.
Right. Well, enjoy!
P.S. I hope everyone had a happy Easter/Passover/Vernal Equinox/Yadda Yadda
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Yes, yes. I know. It’s completely and utterly unbelievable and at the same time, totally amazing. Plus, it’s awesome. All of my music is downloadable. AND FOR FREE.
I don’t believe you!
Like, all-caps free?
YES. ALL CAPS FREE. In pristine 192 kbps mp3 format. BOOM! The big wheels are in motion. There’s no stopping me now. I’ve got official copyrights pending on everything, so don’t try anything funny.
Actually, the exact opposite is true. I am releasing all of my music under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License, which means you have the legal right to copy, distribute, share, give away, perform, cover, use, remix, and modify my songs, as long as you credit me for the original creation and as long as you don’t charge money for anything you do with it. You can find out more about the license here and here, and more about Creative Commons here.
Oh, and did I mention that you can download my music HERE????????
No, but seriously, I figure I’ve got six songs up now, so I’ll keep giving ‘em away for free as I upload them until I’ve got a good album’s worth (say, twelve tracks), at which time I’ll maybe start charging money for my OFFICIAL FIRST ALBUM! So get ‘em while they’re free because, you know, later it will be IMPOSSIBLE to acquire them without paying money, just like all musical recordings today!