Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Episode 38!

I have a nice production pipeline going again. (I got yer pipeline right here, toots). It's funny how sometimes, what you plan to be the next episode takes a back seat to what turns out to be the next episode. Just a little showbiz insight for you all.

In episode 38, the crew take a trip aboard a cruise ship to provide the entertainment. Captaining the vessel is Pinkbeard the Former Pirate, who tried to take over the show in episode 6. It's nice to voice an old friend again, and it's also nice not to have to come up with new characters. Marvin the mynah bird, AKA Tampico the parrot, shows up as well. And Pegleg Paul ("His pecker's pure hickory!") is at least alluded to in a song.

This is the first show in a while where I've given the mice a break. And the moles. And the cat. And anyone whose dialog I have to record separately and then speed up, which makes things a little easier.

On that note, I much prefer speeding up the mice's dialog rather than pitch-shifting it. Maybe I don't have the big-bucks pitch shifting software or whatever, but it's so much more natural when it's just sped up. Plus, small things would talk faster, wouldn't they? I mean, their little hearts beat so fast, and they breathe faster than we do, and they live fast and die young and leave beautiful corpses.

Didn't know this blog was going to be so thoughtful, did you?

Friday, February 6, 2015

Ugh.

Woah, man. Woah. I've been listening to old Music in the Evenings, and boy was there some offensive shit in there. I don't mean to point you at them, but how about those racist voices in episodes 9 and 10? Woof.

Now, I could get all defensive about it. I mean, all I intended was to do some silly voices. But, ouch, Olivia. Trigger words! As Dennis Miller says, I don't want to get off on a rant here, but there's been all this flap lately over Jonathan Chait's piece on political correctness running rampant, and it is quite remarkable how much is less acceptable. I'm not about to make Music in the Evening appropriate for prime-time network TV or anything, but it's definitely a moving target.

I must, I must resist the George Lucas urge to "fix" my earlier episodes. But then there's the fairly serious problem that people will listen to those episodes first, and my God, how I've advanced! I'm drunk with power and completely delusional, of course, but I kind of think the recent episodes work, as TV-comedy-length stories with jokes and music and such. To say nothing of how I'm finally honing in on standardizing the goddamn level of the audio of the voices vs. the songs. Don't get me started on how much it annoys me that that's all over the place in old episodes.

What was I talking about?

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Why Yes, I Am Rather Clever

Anyone notice that the 90s emo band in episode 37, "The Sound and the Furries," is named Johann Wolfgang? Like Johann Wolfgang von Goethe? Like Rainer Maria? Like Rainer Maria Rilke, another German-language poet? And there was that band, Rainer Maria? Huh? Huh?

I know, I know. It's tremendous, and almost as clever as "The Beefles."

No, I don't know where my inimitable inspiration comes from. Perhaps ... I'm a prophet of God?