Riding a motorcycle through a wormhole in inner-space.

Audio

Radstar Hero

New track. Go here to check it out.

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End Of An Era

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JCM 2000 DSL 50. Bought in 2001. Used to be my brother’s.

Ever have a tool or thing that you’ve used for a long time? Something that you’ve taken with you as you’ve traveled across a country or two? Well, its time that I move on from my glorious half-stack that has been with me for the better part of thirteen years, and most active for the first ten.

Back in 2005, I begged my dad for an Orange 4×12 guitar cabinet to compliment my brother’s Marshall JCM 2000 DSL 50 head which I had commandeered since I was active in a band. Much to the chagrin of my bandmates, they would have to help me carry the cabinet in numerous venues across Canada, until enough was enough and I had to get casters installed.

Aside from its beautiful black/gold/orange totem I had developed a setting that I still hold true to this day in my digital solid state devices (or at least as close as I can get it).

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The head symbol is of the band I was in for 10 years, and the omega/headphone-face is my own thing. Both have scars from being on the road. Well worn I think.

In 2012 I dubbed my Marshall/Orange rig as Angie, after having the artwork for “Or How I Learned To Stop Worrying…” done, it was only apparent that I needed to realize the robot character as something tangible in reality to give my serious musician hobby some meaning.

Ol’ Angie was collecting dust for the last three years, so I needed to get rid of her. I contemplated selling off the speakers and turning the Orange cab into a half-shelf/half-cat bed (“No…ol’ yeller is my dog…”) but I decided to trade it off to a good buddy of mine where she’ll be loud and proud. Selling her off to some stranger just doesn’t feel right otherwise…

I have to thank my dad for buying those to two pieces of equipment, and I really hope he realizes that I’ve maximized the usage of that rig for the ten years that I’ve had them together, being on stage with them probably about two-hundred times. It’s been on stage with Left Spine Down, Dope Stars Inc., Bile, and its last tour with Cyanotic. Well used in the bands Far From Ruin, and The Rabid Whole. Getting it’s warmed up debut in my hometown of Regina, SK, before travelling as far as Montreal, Vancouver, Austin, Los Angeles, and New Orleans. I might as well be talking about myself.

I’m looking forward to playing on new gear that I can (one-man) carry around with me, but… *cue song Nothing Compares To You*

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End of an era, and start of a new one.


New Track – Something for the…uh… imagination?

I cannot confirm nor deny the potentially revealing theme of this track. Ah hell, who am I kidding!?


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Rockin’ to “Lara”

Wanna see me playing guitar? SURE YOU DO!

Rockin’ to my track “Lara” (inspired by Lara Croft from Tomb Raider), with my sweet Kassandra.

Listen to track on Soundcloud, and Bandcamp.


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Talking about “Mercy” from WAIFU

I talk about getting some hate online as a Mercy-player in Overwatch. And of course the rhyme and reason why Mercy is in WAIFU. This concludes the last of the WAIFU series edition of the Stuttering and Stammering podcast.

Listen to WAIFU on Soundcloud, and Bandcamp!


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Talking about “Piper” from WAIFU

You know, I wonder why I didn’t choose a lady from Fallout: New Vegas. Not that I regret focusing on Piper. Anyway, in this newest edition of Stuttering and Stammering I’m talking about the only good companion in all of Fallout 4, and what made me make the track I recorded sound the way it did.

Listen to WAIFU at: Soundcloud, and Bandcamp.


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Talking about “Chun” from WAIFU

I’m talking about “Chun” from WAIFU!

You can check out the track on Soundcloud and Bandcamp.

 


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Talking about “Lara” from WAIFU

Stuttering and Stammering has now become audio only. A podcast? Hmm.

Anyway, I’m talking about the track “Lara” off of WAIFU.

Check out the track on Soundcloud and Bandcamp.

 


WAIFU OUT NOW!

My love letters in musical form to some of my favourite female characters in video games is now completed, and available to stream, or to purchase to download! I’m so very excited and I’m happy to share it with the world.


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Talking about My Attitude – …Stammering about

Here’s an update my attitude post-The Rabid Whole. I felt compelled to do this one since I was thinking about how sour I sounded at the end of the Part 3 of 3 of Being In A Rock Band video.

More footage of Tearaway Unfolded.

The track “Options” made by myself. Just a ditty I made ages ago, that I don’t see being anything more than it is already.

-G


New WAIFU track: CHUN

WAIFU is well under underway, and I’ve finished a new track. An ode to Chun-Li from Street Fighter! You can download it here!


ROBOTS! (New Music)

Had fun with this.


First track from “WAIFU”.

Here’s the first track, from the upcoming record, WAIFU. Inspired by the character Jack from the video game series Mass Effect.

Jack satisfied my messiah-complex in the game. Plus, she’s just beautiful with that shaved skull, and omega tattoo.


My Year-In Report of Gaming and Music

If you know me well enough, music and gaming are my top 2 favourite things ever. This past year has been a consumption of media as much as I see stupid memes on Facebook of that dumb angry cat. I think I’ve become a digital hoarder of sorts.

MUSIC
In a sea of randomness of music out there, there’s been literally a select few that have been worthy of a purchase. Now not all of these are 2012 releases, but they are new to my ears this year.

Lazerhawk – “Visitors” (80’s Sci-Fi inspired instrumental stuff. RAD!)
The Birthday Massacre – “Hide And Seek” (Catchy dark-rock/industrial-pop music.)
Hanzel Und Gretyl – “Born To Be Heiled” (Awesome German-parody-esc metal, that brings a smile to my face.)
Deus Ex: Human Revolution Soundtrack (by Michael McCann)

…and that’s about all that has tickled my fancy…

This year has also seen the release of my band The Rabid Whole’s album “REFUGE”, and my EP of covers. Both of which I’m particularly proud to have varying degrees of participation in. The Rabid Whole playing in Austin, Texas, was a spectacular experience. One I will never forget. Not to mention the other festivals we’ve had the pleasure to play this year.

Being in The Rabid Whole has been quite the journey this year as well. I developed the skill of bringing MIDI-controlled lights to The Rabid Whole’s live show, as well as other computer automated tasks for our keyboardist, Chalsey. It’s been a learning experience both technically, and socially as we learn more about each other and work as a team. This line-up of The Rabid Whole has achieved more things in this last year than any other year prior to it. The winds of change for the band will no doubt bring new experiences for us all in 2013.

GAMING
2012 has been crazy in re-living classics, living classics for the first time, and catching up with recent releases. Mind you, I still have to find the time to PLAY some of these games. Some have been a steal-of-a-deal (and I’m not talking about piracy).

Computer:
The Bard’s Tale
Bastion
Beneath The Steel Sky
Dungeon Keeper
Earthworm Jim 1&2
Fallout
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
Megaman X Street Fighter
MDK
Redneck Rampage Collection
Theme Hospital
Tyrian 2000
Shadow Warrior Collection
Starcraft
Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic
Star Wars: Jedi Knight 2: Jedi Outcast
Syndicate
The Witcher: Enhanced Edition

PS3:
Alice: Madness Returns
Darksiders 2
Fallout: New Vegas (Ultimate Edition)
Mass Effect Trilogy
Persona 3 MES
Street Fighter Alpha 3
Sonic Adventure 2

iPhone:
Angry Birds: Star Wars
Beatdown
Final Fight
Max Payne
Megaman X
Rayman Jungle Run
Sonic 4 ep.1&2
Sonic CD
Sonic Jump
Sonic All-Stars Racing
Street Fighter IV Volt

CONCLUSION
I always have time for music, but immersing myself in a good game is quite the challenge these days. But 2013 should prove to be quite the challenge yet as The Rabid Whole continue to grow, while I discover new music, and satiate my inner escapist. Maybe my writing skills will improve too. 😛

Boom.

-G


My “First” Impressions

This weekend I decided to do some impressions of some video game characters plus one Bane from a recent Batman film. 😛

Here it is.


The Rabid Whole NEWS!

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Lots of stuff happening with The Rabid Whole lately! If you don’t know who my band is, just click The Rabid Whole tab on my blog.

First thing, we recently shot a music video for our song “Future”. It’s currently being edited and we can’t wait to show the world when it’s done!

We played Toronto and Ottawa, few weeks back, and we rocked the hell out of those cities! Lithium Magazine did a interview with us at the Toronto show, so here’s the video. Though ignore the mention of a tour for this fall (we may have shot off about that way too soon. But be patient!)

The Rabid Whole is nominated for a Toronto Independent Music Award in the “Best Electronic” catagory, so the band is going to be attending the awards this Saturday. Here’s the press release about it. We will be wearing our finest polyester to this shindig. 😛

Our next show is during Indie Week, here in Toronto next week. Here’s the Facebook event.

And if you’d like, here’s a full stream of our most recent album “Refuge“.

Hopefully I’ll see some of you at one of our shows!

On a personal note, I’ve helped brought lighting to The Rabid Whole’s live show, which I’m pretty proud of. I learned a whole whack load of new tech stuff in a weekend!

For my fellow Canadians, have a lovely Thanksgiving, this weekend.

Boom.

-G


“…Or How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Do Covers” is OUT NOW!

You can grab the digital EP with PDF Booklet and bonus track “Metropolis Zone” from BandCamp.

Or head to SoundCloud and get the 8-tracks there.

It’s FREE!

Tracklist:

1. Ride The Bomb (Excessive Force, Sascha K.)
2. Use Your Head (Earthworm Jim, Tommy Tallarico)
3. Iwywaw (Com Truise, Seth Haley)
4. Marble Garden Zone (Sonic 3, Howard Drossin)
5. Kiss (Prince and The Revolution)
6. My Mind (Final Fantasy VIII, Nobuo Uematsu)
7. Way Back Home (Bob Crosby and The Bobcats)
8. Sky Chase Zone (Sonic 2, Masato Nakamura)

*There seems to be an issue with SoundCloud cutting out a fraction of a second out of the beginning of a few tracks in the player. I hope this is not the case when people download them.


Stop Worrying… It’s coming…

It’s taken this much time since The Rabid Whole is my main priority, and things have picked up steam, especially with our newly released album REFUGE. There’s great reviews coming in. Check out our facebook, to see what the hell is going on.
I’m nearing completion of all recorded tracks for “…Or How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Do Covers”. They’re sounding great, and I’m truly excited to release this to all you curious minds out there.
It’s been a lot of fun recording with just Logic, VSTs, guitar/POD, and a mic. The Prince cover I had doubts before I even started! But it’s proving to be (what I feel) a definite highlight. So fun.
I’ll be releasing this fan-audio EP via BandCamp, complete with PDF Booklet for those who download the whole EP. Again, it’s FREE!
View the details of the EP here.
June 25th is when I drop the bomb and ride it through your ear canals.
After this I have more plans for covers dished out bite sized. And even a Fallout themed cover song of a one hit wonder. What Weird Al did to everything, I’m doing to this one song.
I’ve revealed too much.
Boom.
-G
P.S. Awesome Birthday Cake

Witch Doctor Summons Diablo!

My favourite artist in the whole wide internet, Charlotte Soileh, just posted a time lapse of a DIABLO III fan art piece she did. This is also her debut as a director on Machinima. So happy for her. Check it out. I did the music for it!!! Which you can download on my SoundCloud here.

You can view the piece here.

Expect more!

Boom.

-G


TONIGHT! The Rabid Whole CD Release Show

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If you’re in Toronto tonight, check out my band’s CD Release Show for our new album REFUGE! We’re playing at the Bovine Sex Club once again! Party like its 2099!

We’re on at MIDNIGHT! It’s only $6 to get in, or pay $10 and you also get the new album! Great deal I think 😉

Details are here.

Also download the track ‘Future’!

Think this album is gonna suck? Well read this review!


THE RABID WHOLE News!

My band The Rabid Whole has a new press release out! Check it out HERE!

I’ve also updated the THE RABID WHOLE page of my blog!

I’m so excited about this, you have no idea. We’re getting ready to put the rock against the flux!!!

Check out our new song “Future”!


Iwywaw (Com Truise Cover)

Here’s track 3 off of “Or How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Do Covers”.

Why I did it:

Seth Haley’s project Com Truise took me a few listens to realize that this is like Vangelis with hip-hop beats. After hearing ‘Iwywaw’ it hit me. This is the best electronic music I’ve ever heard. The music just brings me to a place.

After finishing this cover, I realized that it sounds like me piloting a rusty junk monster machine through a city. It’s evening on a late autumn day. Sweat on my face and a cigarette in my mouth puffed right before saying a smiled ‘machine’, as I startup my lever driven contraption. Each kick drum, and snare denotes the hard steps I take with it. The delay on the high guitar notes reflect the sunlight off of my ride, while the clean guitar from a stranger singing “I want to be…” wails in the distance. As my innocent rampage through town comes to an end, I stop at a dead grassy field, then hop out of my automaton, the wind cooling my face, as I look at the sunset. My machine malfunctioning prompts me to wipe my face with my hand…

*I hope that all didn’t sound too cheesy. And I hope Mr. Haley thinks its cool. I kept the arrangement the same as the original.* 😛


RADUTRON EP PRESS RELEASE

Best known as the guitarist for Toronto-based electro-rockers The Rabid Whole, George V. Radutu is pleased to unveil his new fan audio project RADUTRON. Its first release is titled …Or How I Learned To Stop Worrying, And Do Covers and features 8 cover songs inspired by both artist and video game composers from the last 60+ years. This EP will be available in early 2012 as a free download.

The inspiration for the project came from Radutu’s love of video game soundtracks. “I wanted to create my own versions of these popular, and underground tunes that have been soundtracks to my escapism over these many years. I’m certain that my fellow gamers, and music lovers will enjoy these.”

The cover art for …Or How I Learned To Stop Worrying, And Do Covers was created by Charlotte Solieh. Radutu found her work online and knew she would be perfect for the vibe he sought to create. “I stumbled-upon Charlotte’s work online and was blown away by it. Its a plus that she is also a gamer. She knows how to re-create a scene using those oh-so-fine brush strokes.”

The digital-only package will include a PDF booklet documenting the passion behind the production.

True to the spirit of game production, tracks on the EP were beta-tested.

…Or How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Do Covers will be available for PC/Mac, PS3, XBOX 360, iOS, and any other device that plays mp3s.

The [ABSOLUTELY FREE] EP is slated for an early 2012 release.

Tracklist:

1. Ride The Bomb (Excessive Force, Sascha K.)
2. Use Your Head (Earthworm Jim, Tommy Tallarico)
3. Iwywaw (Com Truise, Seth Haley)
4. Marble Garden Zone (Sonic 3, Howard Drossin)
5. Kiss (Prince and The Revolution)
6. My Mind (Final Fantasy VIII, Nobuo Uematsu)
7. Way Back Home (Bob Crosby and The Bobcats)
8. Sky Chase Zone (Sonic 2, Masato Nakamura)

To celebrate this announcement the free track “Metropolis Zone” (Sonic 2, by Masato Nakamura) is available for download/stream below.


Galactic Melt

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If there’s one album from 2011 that best groomed my ear canals (and still does), it was Galactic Melt by Com Truise.

I’ve mentioned Seth Haley’s project multiple times on twitter, simply because I think it’s genius. It sounds like nothing I’ve heard before yet reminds me of 1980’s sci-fi.

Think of Marty McFly in the time-traveling DeLorean in SLOW MOTION, or Deckard chasing replicants through dank streets in SLOW MOTION. Each with thin coloured lights zooming across the screen. That’s what the music is to me.

Tracks like ‘VHS Sex’, and ‘Glawio’ are probably my favourites, although the video for ‘Brokendate’ is pretty slick!

I’d really have to say that this is the music for the future, right next to Michael McCann‘s soundtrack for Deus Ex: Human Revolution.

Boom.

-G