I just finished recording a new song. For now I’m calling it "One Two Three", but I might change the title later. It’s sort of based on an old demo from back in the Noise Tank (lovesyou) days, but it’s definitely a Numbers Game track now. I’ll post the old demo cause its fun and I like it a lot. I sort of think of it as the early beginnings of Numbers Game. I’m not going to post the finished version just yet cause I still want to mix and tweak a bit. Right now I’m taking a break, then I’ll come back to it. It might be a few weeks.
I’m also shooting a new music video this week for a new song called "The Song Song". I’m also working on episode two of You Should Be Throwing Parties which will highlight the ins and outs of throwing an art party at your house. This episode will be really cool because I get to show how I premiered the video for "Love Dreams Love". I don’t want to give anything away, but it involves a toilet and a lot of flashing lights.
The weather in San Francisco still feels alien to me. The sky here often turns purple and pink. Sometimes I feel like I’m living in one of those films Disney made in the 60s that depicted how man might live if he colonized another planet. The other day there was a rainbow outside for like 4 hours. It was weird and incredible.
Hey also for the next two weeks, the local Bay Area community arts TV show Watch This! will be playing the Love Dreams Love video. It will air Mondays @ 10pm on Ch 27, Thursdays @ 11pm on Ch 27, and Saturdays at 12midnight on Ch 75 for the next two weeks on the Comcsat and Astuond. I’m pretty pumped about it. The local programming here in the Bay Area is easily the best television I have ever seen in my life. I’d like say thanks to Jody and everyone else who makes it happen.
I would like to proudly present “Cold Cold Cold”, the latest song from Numbers Game. It is by far the most delicate and elaborate song I have so far released. I wrote, performed, and recorded the whole thing by myself in my bedroom. The final mix has a several hundred different simultaneous tracks. I have posted more accurate production notes on the music page. It’s definitely a new direction for me, but after finishing it, I realized that I have been heading this way the whole time. I hope you have as much fun listening to it as I had making it.
BTW If you really like high quality sound, be sure to grab that FLAC. I saved it directly from my master file at 32bit with a 48KHz sample rate. That means the audio is not only way better quality than MP3, its even way better quality than CD or DVD. Be sure to listen on a good player like VLC. The file is around 50megs, so it might take a few minutes to download.
Written and Directed by Doc.
Produced by Doc.
Editing & Post-Production Doc.
Music by Numbers Game.
The Dreamers: Tucker Bennett, Chris Corrente, Ray Lordi, Naomi Larrick, Kelli Ryan, Zach Shipko, Taeer Maymon, Eric Wilson, Jeff Lee, Orion Ananda, & Doc.
Numbers Game is: Doc (vocals, all instruments & production)
Extra special thanks to Tucker Bennett, Katie Sell, Erlin Geffrard, Joseph Michael, the San Francisco Art Institute, and Urban Ore Berkley for providing me with truck loads of junk on the cheap.
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Production notes: Shot entirely with a Canon GL1. The lo-fi effects were achieved by re-recording and re-shooting footage off of an old circuit bent VCR. It was shot entirely at the San Francisco Art Institute’s Studio 8 and in the Focus Media tree house.
I wanted to come up with a video that complements the lyrics and feel of the song. I didn’t want to act the song out in any way, but provide a sort of visual accompaniment. I think my lyrics in Love Dreams Love are pretty simple and to the point, so I also thought the video should be simple and to the point. I started by writing down the most obvious way to approach the project: "everybody feels alone and we’re neck deep in junk". I had a lot of ideas about the best way to visually express that. All of them were pretty complex, most of them were too complex for me to pull off, and none of them felt right. After a few days it literally came to me in a dream, "smashing stuff!". Although it’s ridiculously simple, I think it’s the best way to get the idea across. I find that in life you have to remove a lot of debris before you get to anything good, but since digging for something good is all anyone can do to occupy themselves, you might as well try.
The only other thing I wanted to say about this project is that making a song and a video can seem like a daunting task. Conventional wisdom will tell you that you need money, film experts, a record label, a recording studio, and industry people for moral support. You don’t! I would like to say to anyone out there who’s like me, this is just one more example of someone who did it for themselves, and you can too.
Apart from the smashing you see my friends doing, I did everything else on my own. I shot it, I directed it, edited it, I moved junk around, I cleaned up, and I even circuit bent a VCR for those lo-fi special effects. I did the music too. I sang, played guitar, bass, piano, drums, and all the synth stuff. The best part is that I didn’t have to wait for other band members to show up. I work usually late at night in a small apartment on my own time. I’m free to do what I want, how I want, and I’ve never been restricted or micromanaged by a record label. In case anybody has had any doubts, you really can do it yourself, and it’s easier than you think. Until just 10 years ago, you used to have to buy expensive equipment to do this stuff, but now all you need to be an autonomous one person media mogul is a pile of cheap computer components, maybe a guitar, and an idea. Go for it.