New! Reptile Fiction EP

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It’s finally here!

Reptile Fiction’s new EP has just been uploaded to bandcamp.com for your listening pleasure.

Listen to it here:

Also check out this fun retro-video-game-themed promo video I made for it.

Thank you to all my friends who pushed me and gave me feedback during the recording process.

I’m glad to be done with it and hope your ears will be pleased.

8 Bits & Recent Happenings

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1. First, I want to share my chiptune cover of a song called “Running“. It’s a song my friends and I made when we were in a band called Defending Legacy.

It was recently featured in the audio narration of The Wayward Irregualar’s article “And Our Lust Continued: The Super Nintendo Christmas“.

For the original version of “Running” by Defending Legacy, listen here.

2. Street Fighter & Mega Man’s 25th anniversary: Street Fighter X Mega Man

3. Reptile Fiction‘s continued EP production. My friend Michael Edwards has recently jumped on board to help me mix/master this beast or at least give me some pointers. I’m hoping to have this EP completed and available to everyone in January 2013.

4. Christmas present wrapping

5. Secret collaboration [Details will be revealed later…much later]

6. Playlists: Check out my most recent playlist on Rdio called “Synth-Popopotamus“.

7. Eating cereal

8. “The RGP” soundtrack. I’ve been casually working on a video game soundtrack for my friend’s game called “The RPG”. It’s supposedly an RPG styled game that spoofs a lot of cliche things about RPG’s. Should be a lot of fun.

Making Playlists

One of my passions in life is making playlists. With all these new music services popping up, it’s really a great time for me to get my playlist-creating fix.

Here are some things I try to do when making a playlist:

  • Keep the songs within a theme. The playlist pictured above is called “Electro-Pop Feel Good Music“. So I chose really fun, dancy electronic songs. (**NEW** Spotify Link: “Electro-Pop Feel Good Music“.)
  • Give the playlist a good pace, making sure the endings and beginnings of each song fit well together. (Of course, if you listen to it on shuffle, none of this matters.)
  • Make sure the playlist has high and low points when it comes to tempo and mood, as if it’s a story.
  • Most of all, have fun with it.

That’s just one approach to making playlists. Sometimes it’s fun to just throw a bunch of songs in a list and see where they land. Also, in order to breakdown my need to control everything, I’ll do a collaborative playlist and let others decide its’ fate.

My favorite music service is Rdio. It’s a fun way to listen to music with friends over the waves of the Internet. If you’re an Rdio subscriber, you can find me under Benji Robinson.

Let’s enjoy music together! Also, if you have certain quirks or methods when it comes to making playlists, share them in the comments below. Thanks!

Reptile Fiction EP nearing completion

So, I’m in the final stages of production for my Reptile Fiction EP.

When I make a song, I like to render it, put it on my iTunes and test it on various speakers.

I’ll play it in the car, on my headphones, on my home stereo and my laptop speakers.

I’ll play it in all these environments to see what I can improve in order to make the song a better experience.

I thought it would be fun to share some notes I’ve been taking while demoing these songs:

  

You too can demo a song from this EP by clicking here: “Last Night” by Reptile Fiction.

Enjoy!

Last Night [Demo]

Check out the latest demo from Reptile Fiction (a music project I’m currently working on).

“Last Night” demo for upcoming EP by Reptile Fiction.

 

Dust + Vinyl

So I’ve been researching cameras to purchase for future video projects.

This is a test video I did with my friend Allison Lehman’s Cannon EOS 550D:

Dust + Vinyl from Retro Space Helmet on Vimeo.

I would like to start building a video library that will feature original songs created by me and others.

The song featured in this video was created by me and a friend of mine, Michael Edwards, in a collaborative band we call Dunvint.

Check out Michael’s Colorado-based indie band called Genetic Engines.