Making Music

Penelope Petticue

When the shit hits the fan, celebrate life and love by writing a smutty little pop song such as Penelope Petticue.

22. January 2011 by sknob
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“Le chant du crabe” Rehearsal Video

20. October 2010 by sknob
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Le chant du crabe

Listen to the demos of the music I was commissioned to write for Le chant du crabe, an upcoming play by Compagnie nonante-trois, my brother’s theater company in Lausanne, Switzerland.

  • Suis-moi is to be sung by a siren (presumably by a female actress).
  • Un manteau is a proof of concept for an operatic version of the first song. It features a trio between the siren, Capitaine Cancer and the main character, Malloy. I sing all the parts in the demo. The other version is included to spare you my voice.

14. October 2010 by sknob
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Fragile Bloom

The exciting sequel to Dead & Buried has landed.

With Fragile Bloom, Remote Possibility delicately reveals further poignant and moving details about its uneasy relationship with Rock Stardom.

29. June 2010 by sknob
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Smooth Groove

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Barely a week after completing Au doigt et à l’œil, I woke up with a new musical bee in my bonnet.

I started working on Smooth Groove early yesterday morning and finished late this morning.

Here’s the official blurb on Smooth Groove :

To whip up Smooth Groove, begin with a dash of cymbal, add a little fresh-picked commentary, mix in a pinch of misplaced pride, and simmer the mixture over a low flame.

Consume without moderation.

09. May 2010 by sknob
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Au doigt et à l’œil

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A sad, sad song.

I hoped I would never have to write Au doigt et à l’œil, but several recent unexpected personal clashes forced my hand.

And while I was recording it, the subject of the song became a hot topic in local news.

02. May 2010 by sknob
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Bandcamp

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Bandcamp is apparently the place to be. No, it isn’t a gathering of musicians in some remote mosquito-infested location. It is yet another music hosting site.

Bandcamp‘s success probably has to do with the fact that it is easy to sell your music on the site.

So I uploaded four songs to Bandcamp to try it out. And because their FAQ made me smile a lot.

The upshot for you crazy audiophiles out there is that I had to upload high-quality (ahem…) AIF files, which means that you can download the songs in a variety of high-def formats, FOR FREE, instead of settling for the crummy MP3s available on my regular music site.

Of course, in most blind audio tests, people actually prefer MP3s (probably because that’s what they’re used to). I can certainly relate to that. I still shudder when I think back to the first time I heard “Sergeant Pepper’s” on CD. Oh the horror!

But what if you’re not an audiophiliac and don’t know your FLAC from your AAC? You might still want to check out the cool hi-res images I was forced to create for the song pages.

28. March 2010 by sknob
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Président

Président is the latest opus by my son Nico, 16. He wrote the music and lyrics. I merely recorded the instrumental tracks, following his strict instructions, and mixed his vocals in.

You can listen to it on 1 mot, 1 chanson.

So why are you still reading this?

31. January 2010 by sknob
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Remote Possibility | Dead & Buried

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Remote Possibility re-returns!

Remote Possibility’s latest heavenly opus, Dead & Buried, is sure to haunt you till the end of time, or at the very least until some other catchy tune takes over your poor, defenseless brain.

Proceed with caution.

16. January 2010 by sknob
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Remote Possibility | Second Honeymoon

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Remote Possibility returns!

Second Honeymoon was written for NPR’s Record A Song This Weekend! challenge.

To further complicate matters, the songs had to contain one of the following words : dog, firecracker, lampshade, Japan or NPR.

Undaunted, Icepac (in Alberta, Canada) wrote all 6 words into his lyrics.

He then sent the words to Sknoblogger late afternoon on Saturday (local Paris time).

Sknoblogger wrote the chorus that evening, and finished writing and recording the song in time for submission on Sunday.

Icepac has all the details on the Remote Possibility song page!

So now you too can enjoy a Second Honeymoon!

16. November 2009 by sknob
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Introducing Vincent Knobil | MUSIC

Vincent Knobil | MUSIC

I’m proud to announce that my brand-spanking-new music-centric site is now online!

Until now, my music was sprinkled all over the Web.

I tried to make things a little easier on you by creating a My Music page on this blog, but it didn’t really change the fact that you had to surf to various sites to hear some of it.

The Geekette got on my case about this sad state of affairs (and rightly so).

So a few months ago, I began to reflect on how I might remedy the situation.

A lot of music sites are entirely Flash-based, and I didn’t want that, for many reasons (resource hog, horrible programming environment, etc.)

Other music sites amount to simple lists of download links, and I thought I could do better than that.

So in the end (after 2 or 3 months of tinkering in my spare time), I came up with a music-portfolio site, not unlike many art portfolios on line.

The user interface is, how should I put it, somewhat unconventional. However, it does have the following merits:

  • The entire site is on a single page! (though that may change over time). Load the page once, and you’re done.
  • The UI is, well, unconventional. I’m an artist after all, not a corporation hawking plastic doodads or a Web 2.0 outfit trying to sell, well, whatever it is that they sell…

And the UI is fun:

  • Try clicking on the big links on the right side of the page and watch what happens, in the foreground, and in the background.
  • Reload the page for different color/shape combinations.
  • And click on all the tabs and arrows everywhere for more dazzling javascript+CSS special effects.

As for the graphic design, well, you know by now that I like skewed.

I also decided right off the bat that I didn’t care to make the site compatible with the millions of corporate PCs still running Internet Explorer 6 (which arrogantly ignores Web-standards).

This was quite liberating. Design-wise, it meant I could go nuts with transparent PNG images, and that’s just what I did.

So there you have it, in a nutshell.

Relax, open your mind, and take some time to explore my new site‘s nooks and crannies.

And if you like it (or if you hate it), tell everyone you know about it!

UPDATE: Of course, as soon as it went online, I realized that I had missed a slew of bugs under Internet Explorer 7 & 8, and spent a whole day of panic fixing them (I thought IE8 handled CSS Opacity. It doesn’t). Creating a site, even the techy part, can be a pleasurable experience. Internet Explorer systematically ruins the fun. It’s like a fat, rude, obnoxious, selfish, foul-smelling asshole who crashes a groovy party, and starts burping and farting and making toilet jokes. Fuck you Microsoft.

07. November 2009 by sknob
Destination: Making Music, Multimedia Authoring | 1 comment

New Music Sighting, Baby Edition

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The Playground of the Baby Giants appears on the end credits of Gorgotan, a film written and directed by Buzz.

I haven’t had a chance to watch it yet, but I wanted to thank him by giving his work a little exposure.

22. October 2009 by sknob
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