Monday, January 31, 2011

Night Of The Living Don

Yeah, you've all heard the news.


"From what I've played so far, it's great!"- Richard From Illinois

"Ace sounds you got going there. Makes me want to go buy Rock Band just to play it"- Kyle

"I normally don't like fast-hand drum songs, but Steven Wells (He Was The Greatest) is one of the most fun drum charts I've ever played"- Arcanon

"wow people have SD tv's still? does xbox even work on that lol..."- bloodredtornado

That last guy can suck it.

Anyways, Audition Mode has been patched into Rock Band 3, meaning I can start testing "This Gigantic Robot Kills".

But wait a minute, what's this?
Akira The Don and MC Lars going on tour in the UK! With MC Chris!
2 out of those 3 I'm doing/did RBN tracks for. Hmm...

Oh, right, I promised a lesson today.
Gather 'round children, let me tell you 'bout a man called...


It was a simple song to author, and the stems came in two parts: Lead and Rhythm, but all that means is which part of the barre chord is being played. The song is based around 4 barre chords:
G, B, C, A, or:


For the lead part, that is, the intro, chorus and outro ("It's Out Teenage Terror Totty". It was never "Tits..." and we were always at war with Eurasia), play either the entire chord, or the bottom half, like so:

Riff A

Then you can just pad the bottom two strings with your index finger, and hold down the 3rd string with your middle finger.

For the verses, simple palm mute the chords, or just the top half.

The strumming pattern is a constant 8th note pattern, in this

Steven Wells he
Was the greatest
Of all time
A force replaceless
Napalm Death
To their Oasis
Pissed Down Neck Of
Fool Or Racist
Steven Wells he
Was amazing
Caps Lock down and
All guns blazing
Wield typewriter
Like Berreta
No one ever did it

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Dawn Of The Don


It's not up on the official RBN store yet, but you can still get it from there.

I've been following The Don since the "Hypocrite" video on NewGrounds and now he's all growed up, making awesome mixtapes about Street Fighter and getting props from Kotaku. Also, the Doncasts make great background music.

Right now, he's got a new track out, Big Iron, sampling the song that appears in Fallout: New Vegas. Ch-ch-check it out!

It was exactly one year since I first made contact with Akira The Don regarding putting "Steven Wells" on the Rock Band Network. Now, in my defense, a lot of that was because I didn't have an Xbox. I got it a few months ago, and then I was able to playtest exchange.

There was supposed to be a lesson here, but it can wait till tomorrow. It's 4 PM, Sunday, and I haven't been out all day.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011


XZ71 by RhythmBastard

A little chiptune ditty I made for some friends of mine.

I used TriForce in Reaper and used my guitar's Flanger effect.

Monday, January 17, 2011

December 2010 Carries Into 2011

Oh, right. This thing!

All right, some stuff that I forgot to write about during Advent 2010:
-I saw American Idiot on Broadway!
Full disclosure department: I've never listened to American Idiot in it's original form. I've heard in through GD:RB, and little by little, I'm enjoying it more than 21st Century Breakdown. The story feels more solid, and there's more straight up punk on this album.
The play overall was very well put together, giving a hilarious and tense context to the songs of not only Idiot, but some B-sides and Breakdown songs as well.
If you've heard the album, the plot is more or less the same: A disenfranchised youth, Johnny, (played by John Gallager Jr.), goes to the big city and falls in love with a girl (Rebecca Naomi Jones), but is distracted by rebel St. Jimmy (Tony Vincent). There's also two side plots involving his friends Tunny (Matt Caplan), who goes off to the Middle East to fight in the wars, and Will (Michael Esper), who stays home to take care of his pregnant girlfriend. Mostly it's just fill out the soundtrack, but they provide a good distraction.
There's a ton of energy, with a company of all shapes and sizes. A fucking blast to watch.

-A friend of mine introduced me to Pulsewave at The Tank in NYC on December 18th. Pulsewave is a showcase for chiptune music.
Honestly, I fell asleep at the concert. Not because I found it boring, but because it was so relaxing. I'm working on a chiptune song right now.

-Twitter has me down as Video Game News for some reason, so here it goes:
1. RBN2.0 is releasing soon, with the documents for authoring already available. Audition Mode for Rock Band 3 will be released sometime next week, with the newest version of Magma coming soon. After February 14th, the system will completely turn over.
2. In RBN news, Anamanaguchi's "Airbrushed" was in the pipeline, but will be released alongside RBN 2.0. It was vbreaking the boundaries between man and machine.ery fun to play, but it's clear that they were waiting for keyboard authoring.
In other RBN song news, Devin Townsend's "Ziltoid The Omniscient" will be coming to Rock Band,
3. Taskmaster will officially be in Marvel vs. Capcom 3.

I have RockBandAide linked on the side there for a reason people!

That's it for now. I've got an Aquabats! album to get tomorrow.