August 29, 2005

Hooray For Technology...Or Not

Well, it took a fucking week and a half and a bunch of trips to Computing and Media Services, but I'm finally connected to the Internet in my room. Unfortunately, I have band practice tonight, and in the meantime, there's other stuff to be done, so I'll update in detail tomorrow afternoon.


UPDATE (8/31, 12:15 AM)
Okay, so I lied. I had class at 8 AM, and I was too tired to write anything the rest of the day. I do want to write a post detailing my current situation, the future of the blog, etc., but I don't know exactly when I'll have a chance to do that. In the meantime, I'm going to try and respond to the comments and e-mails that I got while my Internet was disconnected. If you've communicated with me in any way during the last two weeks, you should have a reply by the time you read this post.

Anyway, keep checking back over the next few days, and I'll try to figure out how I'm going to get back into a normal blogging routine.

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August 26, 2005

Checking In

I thought that since I kinda disappeared after posting the demo, I would let everyone know what's going on.

I left for Syracuse last Thursday, and for the past week, I've been spending 12 hours a day drumming my ass off at band camp. However, I was able to move straight into my fall room assignment this year, so I thought that I would still be able to blog in my spare time.


You see, I'm currently sitting in the computer cluster across the street from my dorm. Why? Because for some reason, the residential network is only working with Macs running OS X 10.3 or higher, and mine uses 10.2.8. They told me that they're trying to get it fixed within the next couple days, but regardless, I've been cut off from the Internet for the last week other than brief e-mail checks in the student center during breaks.

As you might guess, I'm a little pissed off about the situation. Apparently, all this "diversity" bullshit these people spout at every spare moment doesn't apply to operating systems. The anti-Mac bias on this campus is staggering.

Anyway, I just wanted to make sure that in the unlikely event that people still read SIT, they'll know what's going on. Keep the music reviews coming, and I'll try and respond to them once I get connected in my room.

Later, minions.

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August 17, 2005

The Revolution Has Begun


Remember that demo CD that I've been talking about for months? Guess what?


That's right. The official Suspended Agitation demo is complete, and we decided to make it available to anyone who wants it. It didn't cost anything to record, so we figured it wouldn't be right to sell it. In any case, you loyal readers get to hear and download all 8 tracks from SIT. But first, as usual, a bit of background:

As you know if you've been reading the blog for a while, Suspended Agitation began back in March when an old high school classmate named Ryan found some of my music stuff online and asked about doing a collaboration. From there, we spent the next couple months throwing ideas around and sharing our various recordings. In June, we started writing and practicing songs, and we've spent most of the summer working on a demo. Now, two days before I have to go back to school, we finally have the finished product.

A little more information for those who may be new: Suspended Agitation is a grunge-metal band. Our music is influenced by everything from Metallica and Nirvana to Breaking Benjamin and Sevendust. We like to think that we have a somewhat original sound. Our lyrics (mostly written by me) are semi-political, although we prefer to look at the songs as more anti-idiotarian than right-wing. I play drums, Ryan plays the guitars (all of them), and we both do the singing...for now.

As for the demo, we were originally going to record it in a semi-professional studio, but the owner had personal issues to deal with, so we were forced to self-produce. Luckily, the guy did let us borrow his Tascam portable studio, so we were able to make it sound somewhat profesional. My dad helped out a lot with the recording and production (he teaches music, so he knows what sounds good).

The majority of the recording was done in my basement, and we only had 2 microphones for the drums, so we had to be creative. Luckily, with the exception of "Chainsaw" (in which the drums are barely audible because one of the mics was screwed up or something), all the drumming sounds good. We used direct input for the guitars, so they're pretty much studio quality.

The vocals were recorded in my family room with professional quality mics, so the sound itself isn't a problem. However, keep in mind that neither one of us has had any vocal training, and we had to throw everything together in about 3 days, so the singing is not stellar. It's better to focus on the lyrics themselves than the way they sound.

If you want to know who's singing what part, remember this: Ryan has the higher-pitched voice, and mine is slightly lower. Also, due to time constraints, I ended up singing a lot of parts that Ryan was originally going to cover, so I sometimes go out of my range (like the chorus of "Chainsaw," for example).

If you end up becoming a big fan of Ryan, you'll enjoy "What's Up." He wrote the lyrics and guitars for that one, and he sings it by himself. If you're more a fan of my style (and who isn't?), then check out "Ransom." I wrote more of that song than any others, and I sang it by myself. Most of the other songs are a mixture of both our ideas.

Don't worry, there are songs posted here eventually. I just have to explain all this crap, since we've been working on it for months. Anyway...

About the songs themselves: There are seven original tracks, each with its own style and subject matter. No two songs sound very similar, and there is no filler whatsoever. The eighth track is a cover of "Rockin' In the Free World" by Neil Young.

...I know what you may be thinking. "Why would a right-wing band cover a song that attacks conservatives and was recently given new life by Michael Moore?" Well, I'll explain: We're both in this more for the music than anything else, and no matter what your political ideology, you've gotta admit that Rockin' is a kickass song. So that's basically it. We wanted to play a cool song, and we did. I also think the irony of playing that particular song will help keep us from taking ourselves too seriously. As far as possible legal me when the RIAA comes after Michele and all the emo kids who put copyrighted songs on their Xangas on a regular basis, and maybe I'll give a crap.

We went through a lot to make this thing happen, and a few times, it seemed like we weren't going to get finished (like when the water heater in my basement overflowed while we were recording). But we did. Ladies and gentlemen of the blogosphere, I give you the official Suspended Agitation demo CD:

1. Chainsaw
2. Ransom
3. Fake and Inaccurate
4. What's Up
5. Growing Down
6. Useful Idiot
7. Rockin' In the Free World
8. Insane Inside

I expect all commenters on this post who said they would check out some of this stuff to at least give it a quick listen (seriously, even if it's negative, I want your opinion). If rock isn't your thing, I understand, but we worked really, really hard on this, and it's one of the main reasons I haven't been posting much.

And, if it's any consolation...I'm going to start blogging regularly again in about two weeks. Yay.

FINAL NOTE: You can find more band info here, and if you want to see the lyrics, go here and check out the "music" section.

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August 12, 2005

It's Almost Time...

We're almost done with the demo CD. We did a test of the instrumental tracks, and I thought I'd share a sample of Ransom. This is the last song I'm going to post before I upload the final product.

Anyway, there still aren't any vocals, but the guitars and drums sound better. We'll be remastering everything over the weekend, so the version on the demo will sound even better than this. Check it out:


Again, the official demo tracks should be posted by the end of the weekend, but don't be surprised if we end up needing a couple more days.

UPDATE (8/14)
As expected, we're not finished yet. The demo will still be posted, but you may have to wait until Tuesday.

Sorry. Singing is harder than we thought it would be.

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August 10, 2005

Hooray For Delayed Milestones

Well, it took four years and one failure, but I finally managed to get this today:

In related news, PENNDOT IS EVIL.

Seriously, they are. Friggin' bureaucrats...

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August 08, 2005

Are You Prepared for the Revolution Yet?

All right, we're more or less finished with all the instrumental tracks for the demo. We just have to do vocals and mastering now. Expect the songs to posted sometime around Friday or Saturday.

On another note, I am going to start blogging again soon. Just be patient...

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August 07, 2005

The Revolution Is Coming

Just in case someone is still checking this semi-dead blog, I wanted to announce that we are currently in the process of recording the Suspended Agitation demo CD, and I will be posting the tracks on SIT for download.

That is all.

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