iDollhouse and iFirehouse are showing over at the 2013 International Toy Fair in NYC right now – check out this video over at ABC News for a sneak peek. It’s in some rad company there with Nerf, Fisher-Price and Barbie. Sidenote, I definitely want one of those nerf hoops. It’s cool that it uses audio from the hoop to trigger the iPad app instead of a Bluetooth connection…simple to set up I bet. And I wonder how much $$ they saved by doing that?
Watching that video has made me realize the following: I’ve recorded and used the sound of my toilet in the last three apartments I’ve lived in. Strange and startling audio facts.
Don’t Be a Lout Music news! Our latest release is by old pal Tom Beecham (The Raggedy Anns, Uncle Roman’s Jetboat), who is releasing music as ‘Powers that Be’ these days. He’s over in London cranking out great tunes. iTunes it!
Here’s the latest project I’ve worked on in the toy industry. iDollhouse and iFirehouse are apps for iOS that combine interactive apps with playcases that fit the iOS device, allowing your child to bring their toys with them everywhere. The package also includes various physical dolls that can be scanned in via the camera, and they magically appear in the app! The sound effects and theme music were fun to make, particularly all that foley recording in the bathroom. Some things just never change I guess. The iFirehouse theme song…I did it right after I found myself playing timpani along with the band Devotchka (a magical show). I’d never played timpani before…sidenote, let me tell you that having to tune a timpani by ear mid-song is a good challenge for a newbie! Anyway, I had an instant new appreciation for their sound after that, so I had to work them into something, right?
Here is the commercial (commercial theme music is not mine).
Excited to announce a show in January – This is going to be a showcase of my label Don’t Be a Lout Music, at Barboza here in Seattle. It’s going to be a party. Joining me onstage will be a live band comprised of Chris Cunningham (Ravenna Woods), post-soul singer okanomodé, plus Scott Teske along with Emily Westman – both members of the Seattle Rock Orchestra. DJ Introcut will be spinning throughout.
OK Folks, here’s a sound design project for iOS I did earlier this year that has just recently been released to the public. I can now say that I’ve neighed like a pony, panted, barked, growled like a bear and belched like a monster – on national TV. Bucket list…….check!
Appy Petz are 4 different types of plush dolls that interface with your iOS device to create an interactive stuffed animal. Face Mode is the mode you use to interact with the plush doll, while Pet Mode gives you a further away perspective of the animal to interact with when you don’t have the doll with you.
Let’s just say that as a fully-grown male of our species, it was a unique challenge to pull off sounding like a pony. The monster, however – no problemo! Some of the most fun was coming up with the audio for the creature’s dreams sequences, i.e. bear blowing himself out of a cannon get to the bee’s nest. Awesome.
I’ll try to make this quick, since I need to see The Who play at the Olympics Closing Ceremony! Been a good and busy summer, both on the music front and with App stuff.
As you know, my record ‘In the Tidelands’ came out at the end of July – Holy hell, thank you for the support!!! It means a lot to put your blood into a project, see it through, and to have it received so well. I’m working on making a live show happen in the near future – in fact we’re planning a ‘Don’t Be a Lout & Friends’ showcase come early 2013! I’m super excited about this live prospect. Also, I’m roughly halfway through a new EP of Niku stuff…excited for the new music. On a less positive note, I found out yesterday that our art space is going down the tubes in a couple of months. This is absolutely heart-breaking since a lot of people have put their souls into making this place the fantastic space that it is (it began as a huge and frightening warehouse full of rusty saw blades, dust and old mattresses/toilets)…but I’m trying to see it as a positive thing in terms of having a reachable goal for having all the tracking done for my EP! On to the next.
Monkey Prism’s iOS app ZombieWords came out this summer as well. We’re stoked about how it turned out, and we’re releasing a new update for it, probably within a month or so. If you haven’t had a chance, please download and check it out! It’s a combination of tongue-in-cheek survival horror with the vocabulary-building aspects of an anagram game. It also features music by Seattle’s Uncle Roman’s Jetboat, and all the sound/voiceover stuff by yours truly. Let me tell ya, I had to drink some truly gnarly whiskey to achieve such a gravely voice. We’ve had some nice reviews coming in as well, from some top-notch app sites:
In Seattle Rock Orchestra news, I spoke on a panel at the SRO Summer Intensive at the Moore Theatre recently. The subject was how one’s classical music training has affected their career in other genres. Some good topics were covered, from technique to work ethic to how-to tips for conquering stage fright. A fun time and so rad to see all the upcoming talent. Also you should come see the SRO do the Arcade Fire this August 25th at The Neptune! We’ll be doing both Funeral and Neon Bible while featuring singers like the esteemed zombie-killer Sir Chris Cunningham (Ravenna Woods), Benjamin Verdoes (Mt. St. Helen’s Vietnam Band), Ian Williams (The Thoughts), Kaylee Cole, and Senandoah Davis.
Ok, that wasn’t so quick. I think I missed The Who.
Introducing MonkeyPrism’s new game, ZombieWords! ZombieWords is available for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad! The world’s got a bad case of the zombies! Use your word skills to help Jebediah Moses save the world from the undead!
Planet Earth is a ruin, and ex-gunslinger Jebediah Moses has to take action after the undead hordes finally overrun his kitchen. The only problem is this – he needs you to help him get bullets in his gun! Hone your anagram skills as you help Jebediah stock up on ammo and survive the seemingly endless hordes.
Travel with ol’ Jebediah as he unlocks new worlds on his quest to rid the world of the zombies. Play your words right and he might even bestow some of his gruff wisdom from the school of hard knocks – careful, he’s as quick with his words as he is with his bowie knife!
How far will you and Jebediah have to go to prevent all the world’s brains from being eaten?!
★ Loaded with interactive/immersive audio that responds to gameplay.
★ Tons of different zombies!
★ 40 levels of play in multiple environments!…(or is there more?)
★ Competitive multiplayer action through Game Center!
★ Leaderboards for multiple achievements.
★ Facebook integration. Prove your zombie-killing word prowess to the world!
★ The most addicting anagram game you’re going to play!
★ Features music by Seattle band Uncle Roman’s Jetboat.
“Allright ya’ll, we’ve got a job to do. Them zombies have taken over and I’m sick ‘n tired of ‘em stompin’ on my petunias. Between yer brain and my trigger finger, we can lick this!” – Jebediah Moses, retired gunfighter & green thumb.
First 5 levels are free to play (including with multiplayer!) – the rest of the journey can be unlocked through one a one-time $ 0.99 in-app purchase.