Author Archives: GMacGuffin

Mini-Golf in Catalina Time-Lapse

Lots of guitars in this thing working a general theme (7+ tracks). There’s electric, acoustic, a custom electric fretless, old warped acoustic now-open-tuned for slide, real bass.  Another one of those times where we can’t remember who played what.

… and of course, there’s gnomes.

Glitch (BigAssRobot) – Live 1999

We were called Glitch when we formed in 1998 and played shows.  Glitch was a great name for a no-guitar 3-piece band.  Apparently lots of other bands liked that name too.  So we changed it to BigAssRobot, because GMac had the domain name already.

This is the only known video of Glitch, at Tuba Man’s (RIP) in San Diego in early 1999.  For jumping around, the song list/links are in the video description.  Have fun.

Powell’s Book Store GoPro Walkthrough Musical Extravaganza Project Thing

I got a single-take walkthrough of Powell’s City of Books in Portland, Oregon 2012.  Then we scored it essentially by the rooms, which are named by color.  There are 10 different musical pieces, which are varying degrees of collaborative writing, recording, and solo efforts.

At about 3:02 you’ll hear a portion of “Elevator Music for Stairwells” which we are pushing as the perfect all-purpose elevator music that should be used in every movie from here on out where some cliche cheesy elevator music is needed.  I had to really dig to find the crappy drums and strings.

And the HUD map was animated in because we like to make things more complicated than need be.

“I’m a loner, Dottie. A rebel.” in Morse Code, as a bass line. Because…

We were having fun with Morse Code and realized there is a specific rhythm with specific counts for dits and dahs and spaces.  Where there is rhythm, there’s music (or poetry, I suppose).  So we graphed out “I’m a loner, Dottie. A rebel.” in Morse Code (and no, I do not feel the need to source the quote, okay, fine), plugged it into a step sequencer, and then turned the notes into a bass line. Then we added some drums (that was the hard part) to the odd bit, I did this animation, and …

All-Purpose Elevator Music by BigAssRobot

Needed some elevator music for a stairwell shot, so I made a nice all-purpose elevator music file. Bumped it hard at about 3k Hz for a nice tinny sound, then shot the studio on my tablet (aka The Slab) with it playing in the background for full effect. Oddly, took a while to find awful drum machine sounds. — recorded at Stoneybluff. // If you need elevator music, drop a line and I’ll share the .wav file with you, sans eq, so you can make it as tinny as you like…

My Guest Post on Techdirt … Last Week (Lagging)

So TechDirt can post dozens of lengthy stories a day … if you don’t see it when it posts you’ll have to look for it.  And I can’t even get my own post there into this blog for a whole week.  Hey – there’s all this stuff in real life that needs doing, and there’s baseball.

Anyway, I was asked and honored to do last week’s Saturday guest post, as that super-cool ubergeekerific.  Here ’tis: GMacGuffin’s Favorite Techdirt Posts Of The Week | Techdirt

Some Thoughts on Old-School Blogging

Remember back when Blogger hit the scene way back in the 90s, and it was like a godsend to a spastic website builder like myself — constantly lifting javascript and somehow getting it to work … sometimes, without much idea why mostly; and then there’s this platform where you just type a bunch of stuff and hit go and it all comes out formatted, and wow, they were everywhere! And so many blogs were just people ranting away at nothing in particular — hell I had bunches — and usually something vitriolic and hopefully polemic so it would start a fight in the comments and they would be famous.  And I would read them with interest only to lose interest in many, or to lose track entirely — and yet … here were all these people pouring their hearts out and saying really odd stuff and it was as if the world had a voice, and it was all about talking about itself, and sometimes finding someone who cared, and it was beautiful.

And I’m glad there’s other stuff to read.

Here is a link to some big-ass robots to serve as a lame attempt at continuity.

Yankees 6 / Angels 5 @ bottom of 9th

DumpTruck – Grungy Royalty-Free Sampler by BigAssRobot

Been a while, I know. But hey, life and stuff. So, this new song DumpTruck was actually completed a few weeks ago, and by “completed” I mean we just abandoned it as is. Made the mistake of really really liking it… obsession, that sort of thing … makes it hard to finish.

Anyway, DumpTruck is a swinging … er, lumbering tune that just begged for some noise, like old machinery, rusty metal, stuff like that.  Guitars too. And of course, the first thing that comes to mind in that context is old-school square-wave synth … right? Well, this is a groovy tune that we like a lot, so after that … not much else.

And yes, that’s GTA San Andreas PS2, shot with handheld cam ’cause we were too lazy to walk the 30  feet to the tripod.  And too lazy to find an actual dumptruck.  But damn, shooting down a helicopter…