Humans are perpetually using technology to forge new musical frontiers, from adding new holes to flutes and recorders to the artificial intelligence programs of IBM’s Watson and Google Magenta’s NSynth Super.
Thinking about the trends in music technology that have occurred in my one lifetime is dizzying. I remember the hands twisting as CDs seemed to replace vinyl – funny how it went, huh? I remember the pop and hip-hop debates on AutoTune, as well as Metallica panicking about Napster. They turned out to be right, guys – sorry, not sorry.
The intersection of music and technology is an ever-changing relationship, and in the right hands, it’s really exciting.
Enter Burlington’s only trap metal musician, 6radley. The masked and dreadlocked artist – real name Bradley Yandow – has been prolific in recent years, releasing three EPs and even a Christmas single in 2020. He’s taken it up a notch with his upcoming EP, Boredom games.
While the five song EP is packed with 6radley’s mix of nu metal, hip-hop, hard rock and pop, Boredom games is more than it looks. The album is also linked to a video game he created, called 6radley the game, in which the player is playing like, well, 6radley.
While progressing through the game, “murdering, maiming and burping the whole way,” 6radly says, players can unlock songs from Boredom games free. Not only do players mark new tracks, but also, the song lyrics themselves indicate how to proceed and unlock the next song.
“After releasing Blood in the water last year I didn’t know what to do next, ”6radley said over the phone. “I was writing, but something was missing in making these digital versions. I remembered being a child and getting a physical copy of a file. You could listen and open the sleeve notes or the jacket sleeve, and it was all so immersive. I missed that. ”
The desire to make his next album something more substantial coincided with his discovery of GB Studio, a free-to-play retro game maker that allowed the artist to create games for the Nintendo Game Boy Color handheld gaming system at the old one. Although he “just fucked with that” for a few months at first, he said, one day a revelation hit him.
“I wanted a medium that would connect people to this album more than streaming,” he said. “Plus, I loved all those old Game Boy Color games. Pokémon Gold was my first game! So once I realized I could make my own retro-style game for the EP, I had to do it. . ”
The process was not easy. 6radley would often spend days fixing bugs and even working on the project using a remote desktop connection during his break from work. He ends up finishing the game. The title track, “Boredgames”, will be released Friday, October 29 on all streaming services. The entire album will follow in the spring.
But fans can play 6radley the game Now to 6radley.com, and once they complete each level, they can download the entire album, plus a few bonus tracks hidden everywhere.
6radley hopes to continue making video games for its new music with Unreal Engine, another free game development platform, although the process is much more complex than creating content for a Game Boy. “It would easily take me three times as long to do something in Unreal than with GB Studio,” 6radley admitted. “But, who knows, maybe I will have to try it next, because it would look amazing.”
He also plans to play his material live, but recognized the challenges of collaborating with other musicians.
“I was in a group called Dead seas and Better things“He recalls.” And I always tried to push these groups out of their comfort zone, which only created more conflict. It was so exhausting; it made sense and it was so liberating to go it alone. But it would be really cool to get a band together to play that genre one day. ”
For now, 6radley is promoting their new single, EP and video game.
As I imagine the video games that other local groups could create, it would be a crime if Francois rough I haven’t done skateboarding, have I?
I did a double take recently when I saw this Morphine vapors were playing Radio Bean. So over the weekend I stepped back in time and had a real nostalgic journey.
For those of us who spent time desperately trying to look cool in the ’90s, MorphineMusic was essential. In the days of alternative rock gods and guitar songs and angst, Morphine – with the laid back and cooler vocals of Mark Sandman and Dana Colley’s signature baritone saxophone – hit like nothing else. other. All the energy of a party would change the minute someone put on Pain remedy to. Heads started to move and a room full of 20 year old assholes suddenly felt very, very cool.
The one and only Morphine gig I saw was on the old HORDE tour in 1997. I had attended an atrocious set from a jam / reggae band that I would later buy weed from. I knew things were about to change when the tie-dye shirts disappeared and several people dressed in black, thoughtfully smoking cigarettes, surrounded me.
The morphine hit the stage a few moments later, and I remember it looking strange to see them in the light of day. But, damn, did they own this show. Even the hacky sack audience seemed a bit disappointed when Blues Traveler took the stage afterwards.
It was with these memories in mind that I headed to Radio Bean last Friday night. About a block from the club, I heard Colley’s saxophone ringing down North Winooski Avenue, and I had the strangest urge to turn around and go home. I attributed it to the overwhelming boredom of modern life and continued to walk.
It wasn’t until the club that I recognized that feeling for what it was: nostalgia, floating like a balloon in my head. The gift was a needle, pushing into the balloon. The pop happened in minutes.
To be clear, Vapors of Morphine sounded pretty good. Singer and bassist / guitarist Jeremy Lyon did a job capable, if not impossible, of replacing Sandman, who died in 1999 after suffering a heart attack on stage. The group ripped through Morphine’s catalog with relish, and the decent-sized crowd at the Bean was engaged.
I was cold, however, detached and feeling strangely out of place. The feeling was similar to when I saw the Meat puppets at Higher Ground a few years ago. It was the feeling of stumbling across someone else’s high school reunion.
Looking around I could see I was the lonely poo so I decided to get my mopey energy out of there. As I left the club in a bit of confusion, a friend from college stood outside, nodding at the sound of Collie’s saxophone. When our eyes met my friend smiled and said, “Hey, Phil Lesh is at Nectar tonight! Are you going?”
Behind him, a girl exclaimed loudly, “What fucking year are we anyway?” and I nodded so hard that my neck hurt.
I will never fault anyone for wanting to hear their favorite tunes, and I am certainly able to delve into my old musical passions. (I bought Genesis tickets, damn it!) Sometimes, though, you just can’t get home, so to speak. I think I’ll keep my memories of Morphine and be content with it.
Burlington rapper and comedian Omega Jade relaunch the Rhyme and Unreason showcase this Saturday, October 23 at the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center in Stowe. Sponsored by the Alchemist Brewery, the event is a unique fusion of hip-hop and comedy.
Jade initially hosted Rhyme and Unreason as a series at Burlington’s Light Club Lamp Shop, but the pandemic put the event on hold. He returns to a larger room with several actors and MCs. Once each actor has finished their set, a rapper will take the stage and reinterpret the jokes in freestyle verse.
Tickets cost $ 25 in person, but the event will also be broadcast live for $ 10. Visit sprucepeakarts.org for tickets and more information.
Nectar’s is hosting the Burlington Record Fair this Sunday, October 24, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event, now in its fifth year, features thousands of records from vendors across the Northeast. For those hungry for good scores, you can buy an early bird ticket for $ 5 to get the first dibs on the records. Admission is free in the afternoon. There will also be DJ sets throughout the day.