Category Archives: Music

Let’s Go for a Van Ride

I’ve made another song, inspired by a scene from The Bionic Woman TV series of the 1970s. This song was inspired by questions like “What are those two fembots doing in that white van?” and “Have you got any more of those fembots, Guvna?” I tried to go for a kind of “spooky” and “unsettling” […]

The Steve Miller Band

Some people call him the Space Cowboy.  Yeah.  Some call him the Gangster of Love.  Some people call him Maurice.  Because he misheard the lyrics to a song. But I’m listening to my collection of Steve Miller Band albums again, and I thought I’d write out my thoughts on the music he made.  I had […]

Grand Funk Railroad

Ah, Grand Funk.  The wild, shirtless lyrics of Mark Farner.  The Bone-rattling bass of Mel Schacher.   The competent drum-work of Don Brewer. More people should remember Grand Funk Railroad though, so… you know… consult your school library. I first got into this band when I started listening to classic rock radio (so nicely parodied by […]

Génesis

Ah, that great prog rock band from the ’70s, Génesis.  You know the one, from Colombia. Or were you thinking of Genesis from England? So was I when I first saw Génesis mentioned.  It’s basically the same name.  I found out about this band (the one from Colombia) when I read a joke someone made […]

One 2 One – Sal’s Birdland – Artificial Joy Club

Being a teenager in the ’80s in Canada, I got a lot of my music from the music video cable TV station MuchMusic.    One of the pop acts I remember was a duo called One 2 One.  I remember them primarily because I thought the singer was hot, and she had a great and unique […]

Songs of the Day (a two-fer!)

I remember when I started this blog, I wanted to review one song per day.  I ended up more or less providing a YouTube link (oh, so ephemeral they are) and then rambling on about how my job was making me exhausted.  That and cracking stupid jokes and making lame puns. But I’ve had two […]

Robotman Plays Guitar

For shits and giggles I’ve recorded some audio clips of my guitar playing.  This is me on my electric 7-string plugged into my Xoom effects box and into my laptop.  I’m not playing anything in particular, I’m making shit up as I go along.  © 2015 Robotman. Robotman – Guitar Improv 1.mp3 Robotman – Guitar […]

The Mikeification of INXS

I am a big fan of the music INXS released during the first seven years of their existence.  That would be from around 1979 to 1986.  It’s good, energetic pop-rock.  I like some of their later stuff too, some of the stuff they made while they were international superstars, but I’ll get into that later. […]

The Genesis 2014 Remikeifications

“Can’t I just call it ‘audio restorations’ or something sane?” you’re probably wondering.  Why not be megalomaniacal about it?  I am quite awesome at it.  And one day – one day – I shall have me a tropical volcanic island lair/headquarters with the volcanic mountain carved into the shape of my head.  One day. But […]

The remikeification of Genesis shall commence…

Well, I’ve plowed my way through all of those 2007 remixed Genesis albums I talked about a while ago.  If you don’t know what I mean when I talk about Mikeification, read that post.  It’s audio editing.  Do I sense?  Not mind. Now that I’ve actually listened to all those albums in their remixed form, […]

Mikeification wins again!

I’ve babbled before about what I call “Mikeification” – which is essentially audio restoration.  I use an audio editor to modify the music I listen to so that it sounds more pleasing to my ears.  I’m not talking about mashing it up with something else, or adding dope beats.  No, primarily I take my old […]

Mother Gong – Robot Woman

For years and years now, I’ve been searching the old Googles for images of robot women.  Some of these searches have been quite fruitful. And other’s not.  But there is this one album that kept popping up whenever I searched for the term “robot woman”.  Since I’m a music fan too, I tried to find […]

How Amiga computer games got me listening to KISS again.

The other day I was creating configuration files for my Amiga emulator. You see, the Amiga emulator is rather complex. Not only must you select which disk image or images you’d like your emulated system to run, but you must also choose which version of the Kickstart rom, which chipset, which RAM configuration, which CPU, […]

Song of the Day – “Anno Mundi” by Black Sabbath

Let’s get something out of the way right off the bat. If you’re a fan of classic Sab, then no doubt you’re scratching your head and saying to yourself in an outlandish mock cockney accent “Oi sure don’t wumembah dis one, gubbnah!” And to that I say “of course not!  You damned fool!  Have you […]

Song of the Day – “Together Again” by Chicago

I don’t really have any deep reason for posting this song… other than the fact that I was listening to it as I rode the bus home today.  It made me think of my girlfriend (the song, not the bus) and it put a smile on my face.  I wish I was with my beautiful […]

Osanna!

No, no holy shoutings!  Donkeys not withstanding!  Ass! This post has nothing to do with Palm Sunday.  Nor does it have anything to do with the band Chicago, who has fast become one of my very favorite bands ever, as long as I pretend they broke up in 1974. No, this is about an old […]

The Story of Chicago – Book I

I’m digging very much the groovy sounds made pre-1975 by this formerly fine band.  And I think it’s a crying shame that their earlier reputation for making adventurous, jazz-influenced rock has been sullied and beaten and eventually run over by a fleet of fucking limousines by none other than the exact same band in the […]

Song of the day – “Sing a Mean Tune Kid” by Chicago

Oh, joy.  Oh, happiness and wonderment, etc.  Et-Cetera. Robotman is blogging again!  Aren’t we all lucky!  I’ll tell you something, Buster, I’m pretty fucking lucky.  I no longer have to get up so damn early to get to work early and get home late because I leave work late because of traffic because of construction […]

A fun weekend of doing as little as possible

As little work as possible, that is.  I’ve been really busy this weekend with more Mikeification of more Jimi Hendrix.  The process shouldn’t have taken three weeks.  It doesn’t take more than about an hour to do an album.  But I have zero time during the week to get fun stuff like this done, so […]

You remember ol’ Croydon, eh?

The Mikeification of Jimmy Hendrix continues apace. Begin the thawing of Jim Nabors! Yeah… something like that. I have a long weekend!  Hooray!  I booked Friday off!  Hooray!  I have a fucking cold!  Hooray! And I have a fever too.  When I get fevers, I get a stupid amount of stuff done.  I’ve read volumes […]

JIMMAAAAAAY!!!!

No, not this guy… No, not even this guy… THIS guy. This blog post is about the late great Jimi Hendrix, and his awesome talent with the Play-Doh Mop-Top play set. Man, no one could use that thing like he did. Just kidding.  This was his tool of choice: Yikes!  It’s VERY SCAAAAARY in German!!! […]

“Wow man, that sounds fuckin good.”

I am rather talented when it comes to Mikeifying music, I must say. What is Mikeifying, I hear you ask? Well, Mikeification is the process of me using Cool Edit to adjust the audio properties of songs that I put onto my iPod.  Basically, I makes the tunes sounds more gooder.  The tricks I use […]

That post about dBpowerAmp

dBpowerAmp is a great program.  It is actually a suite of applications with different features, and the ones I use the most are the music converter and the CD ripping program.  Actually, I have used the CD ripping program a lot in the past and I will use it a lot in the future because […]

Far better to spend the money now than save it for when I really need it… right?

Well, here I go buying CDs again.  You know, I’ve still never ever bought mp3s?  I always get the feeling that if I do I’ll somehow get screwed over when I can’t go and grab the original physical CD to re-rip the music from later. What the fuck am I talking about… I’ve bought hours […]

Song of the Day – “Screwed It Up” by Limblifter

Are you a Canadian?  Are you a member of “Generation X”?  Remember all that “Generation X” ballyhoo?  Piffle. But myself being a man of 22 in the year 1996, I became quite fond of a certain number of songs which were popular at the time.  The Old MuchMusic television station was the source of a […]

A tale of two Supersisters

Back when I was (by choice) unemployed (for 13 months and spending all my savings), I had the BEST year of my life.  Not working played a huge part in that.  Sigh. Drifting back on topic, from Summer 2006 to Summer 2007 I got into some fine progressive rock thanks to the amazing site Prog […]

Civ Sabbath

Yesterday afternoon and this morning, while taking codeine for my delightful headache, I’ve been playing another round of Civilization II.  You know, that 14 year old game that I can just never get enough of. This time, I was playing as the Zulus.  I’m fond of reading (via text-to-speech software) Wikipedia articles about the history […]

Jonesin’ bad and really fucking tired

Here’s a predictable statement from me… I need to talk to one of those sexy NiteFlirt ladies in a MAJOR way.  I didn’t get to play at all last week because of all the tired and sore I brought home from work. And that statement segues quite nicely into this next one: I’m hella fucking […]

THE SEVEN STRING MOTHERFUCKER!!!

I gave myself a treat today.  I went to the music store and bought another guitar.  I now own seven of them. Holy fuck!  What the hell is wrong with me!?  Why the fuck do I own so many guitars!? There is a logical explanation for this all.  Bear with me. First of all, one […]

Double take

Why stop at one when you can have two? Everybody likes twins! Okay, before I get totally derailed here again… no, hold up, I’m going to indulge in this for a while.  These are the Barbi Twins. Back in the 90s, I was SURE they were androids.  Look at those blank stares!  Look at those […]

Song of the day “End of the Line” by Traveling Wilburys

This is a kind of bittersweet song.  You could see for yourself what I mean had the copyright cartels not removed the official video from YouTube.  Listen to the music at the above link, but ignore the graphics because it was uploaded by spammers. Pretty fucking sad when we have to rely on spammers to […]

Goodbye GRip

I’m losing my GRip.  My GRip ain’t what it used to be.  I just can’t GRip any more. All these idiotic puns refer to the great Linux application “GRip”.  That stands for Gnome Rip.  Gnome being the popular Linux desktop environment and Rip being what you do to CDs instead of playing them now. Back […]

Giggity

While I was enjoying my day off today, I decided to kill some of my precious time on YouTube.  I was checking out some Pet Shop Boys videos (I SWEAR I AM NOT GAY!!!) and I happened upon something I immediately liked.  Now before I continue blabbering, I’ll just state that this instant fondness is […]

Just a quick rant about DRM

Digital Restrictions Management.  What a fucking sick joke this is.  I just read about another DRM system that has gone down in flames.  This time, like so many times before and many more times to come, the paying customers who were dumb enough to be sold defective goods are being shafted. So, you paid for […]

The Mikeification of Peter Hammill

Well, I dun finished messin with those Peter Hammill CDs I bought.  I now have his solo albums from 1971 to 1988.  Eventually I’ll get the 90s stuff, then the 00s.  He’s got over 30 freakin albums, people.  I need time to digest this music. And before I even listen to it, I go and […]