Let’s answer these important questions…
What the f%k is a ‘Slow Robot’?
Slow Robot is the name of my music project, and now also the name of…whatever the hell this is. 🤷🏻♂️
What’s this all about?
Well, it’s about creativity, first and foremost–specifically, analysis and critique of others’ art, and of my own art, for illustrative purposes (and the critiques will always be constructive…probably). It’s about techniques to improve musical/artistic output, from idea generation, to songwriting, arrangement, and structuring, to audio production.
But what it isn’t about is talking about “rules”, music theory, and so on. Art is subjective, and doesn’t require technical knowledge to either participate in, nor to achieve proficiency. There’s still a hell of a lot to learn about what works and what doesn’t, even from a non-technical perspective.
That doesn’t mean learning music theory isn’t valuable, of course–it’s simply a different approach to making art. There are a ton of excellent resources, content creators, etc. out there to help you learn about the technical side of things.
It’s also about music, art, gear, philosophy, and anything else that’s
important to me. If there’s a great new (or old) album, an incredible movie, or
a terrible piece of software that’s worth letting people know about, that’ll
end up here too.
Why should I care?
If you’re interested in learning about how to make great music* but don’t have the time or interest to learn theory. If not, that’s cool–nobody’s going to question you for following a more traditional path to making art, if that’s your jam. Or if the idea of learning a different approach just really inflates your bounce house.
No, really, why should I care?
Okay, I think I get it now…I’ve been writing music for more than 25 years, and recording and producing music for myself (Slow Robot) and my band (The Great Mistake) for more than 20. I still don’t know much music theory, but that much time doing one thing buys a lot of knowledge on the topic. And I’m not looking to get internet famous or any such bullshit–I have a good job which I like (most of the time) that keeps a roof overhead, so you’re not going to see any clickbait, selling creativity ‘programs’, or similar weirdness. I want more people making great art, and it doesn’t make sense to hide that knowledge behind a paywall.
Bonus question: what’s next?
You can expect a gushy analysis of one of my favorite albums in the next few days. Also, Friday, Slow Robot does have a new song coming out, so that will get a brief post.
Well, that’s all I’ve got for now. Thanks for reading, hope y’all enjoy, and most importantly, take good care of yourselves and your pets.