Rabbits Full of Magic
07 December 2013
Original Music by Adam Bruneau
Talking A Lot About It
I'll Never Be Destroyed
I Hate Being Born
Staring Out a Car Window
Cave Paint Or Die
Magicka Regen Minor
Spooky Piano 3
I Was Up Late Last Night
Stop and Cut
No Smoking Drone
I Love You But You Don't Love Me Back
Here are a bunch of songs written by me over the years. I started writing music when I got a Tascam 4-track for my 16th birthday, and wrote songs merely as an excuse to play with arrangements and pretend I was directing a huge band with guitar, bass, drums, keyboards, theremin, Hammond organ, etc. I never played anyone my songs until I moved to Atlanta from the sticks. To this day, music is really the only comfortable way I can communicate with anyone.
Lots of these recordings are demos. I mean I guess everything is a demo if you are an artist, because ultimately the material is expressing an intangible and all-perfect shining abstract truth, and I would never be truly finished or truly happy with my work. Which is fine, because it means things can ALWAYS be improved upon. (Yeah and things can always turn to shit (But you can't have one without the other (Look at the bright side of shit))).
Sometimes you hate your own work (often right after making it) but listening back to this stuff now, with some distance, and it is easier to appreciate. Some of these tracks are super ambient, some of them are super electronic, some of them are super noise rock. 4-track lo fi and over-produced home studio lofi. It's a weird grab-bag of stuff.
I always hate my vocals but they kind of have a out-of-tune Wayne Coyne (LOL) thing going for them. I feel like some of this stuff sounds a lot like the Black Lips and Deerhunter, which is cool cos I love those guys and they are who I grew up playing music with. Btw these songs - including the industrial noise tracks - are all copyright Adam Bruneau 2013.
21 November 2013
DMCA Took My Baby Away
Today I got a DMCA takedown notice! That has happened before, for songs I have covered or songs that use samples of other songs. What's the catch here? The song in question was entirely written and performed by me! Apparently Lionsgate thinks it owns the flippant song demos / sound experiments I write and record in my room, listen to a few times before bed, play once or twice for friends, and then upload for free.
What does a DMCA takedown letter look like? Here is mine:
Dear MediaFire User:
MediaFire has received notification under the provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act ("DMCA") that your usage of a file is allegedly infringing on the file creator's copyright protection.
The file named I Love You But You Don't Love Me Back.mp3 is identified by the key (wnho6vndab12bkk).
As a result of this notice, pursuant to Section 512(c)(1)(C) of the DMCA, we have suspended access to the file.
The reason for suspension was:
DATE: 21 November 2013URL: http://mediafire.com Re: Infringing Website:mediafire.com - Notice of InfringementDear Sir or Madam: I am writing on behalf of Lionsgate. Lionsgate owns certain rights undercopyright law in "LionsGate Catalog titles". There are links on mediafire.com that allowfor the transmission and/or downloading of "LionsGate - "LionsGate Catalog", in violationof Lionsgates rights under copyright law. The unauthorized distribution or public performance of copyrighted worksconstitutes copyright infringement under the Copyright Act, Title 17 U.S Code Section106(3)-(4). This conduct may also violate the Berne Convention for the Protection ofLiterary and Artistic Works, The Universal Copyright Convention as well as bilateraltreaties with other countries that allow for protection of our copyrighted works evenbeyond U.S borders. I, the undersigned, swear under penalty of perjury that the information inthis Notice is accurate and that I am the owner or an agent authorized to act on behalf ofthe owner of certain intellectual property rights. I have a good faith belief that theitems or materials identified in the addendum attached hereto are not authorized by aboveIP Owner, its agent, or the law and therefore infringe the IP Owners rights. Please actexpeditiously to remove or disable access to the materials or items claims to beinfringing. For your convenience, I have included the links to the infringing contentas follows:
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27 October 2013
RIP Lou Reed
23 October 2013
Give Up On Your Dreams
Tomorrow I'm going in to the DMV to get my driver's license renewed. Because the part-time job i work needs either an E-Verify thing or a license. I don't want to look for a Notary, so I'll do the DL. I haven't owned a car in several years, so I have no need to drive. This is why the license is expired. Apparently the DMV for the city of Atlanta is located in a mobile home trailer somewhere downtown. Hilarious. Well maybe i will see some cool street art when i walk there.
God never came back. So there's that, among other things. I don't think I've been this depressed in years. Love life, band life, pet life, art life, etc. Nothing is happening. Nothing gives me joy. On top of it all I am getting old and the evidence just keeps piling up that I've tried things and failed and really in the end it is all my fault. The older I get, the more evidence there is that I should just not even attempt things.
30 September 2013
Pray for God
God is the name of my cat. His full name is Wolfgang Amadeus God, but his real name is just God. I can't remember why exactly I decided to name him God, but in the days leading up to adopting a cat in 2010 I had decided this would be a great name for someone you love unconditionally. A friend of a friend had a litter of kittens and I went to their place to pick one out, and God was God, a little white fluffy kitten with fur like a bunny that was positively glowing. Last Sunday he disappeared and hasn't been home since.
I did see him 2 days after he disappeared. Late at night I was on the front porch and looking across the street I saw him sitting in the great big lawn in front of the apartments at the corner of Clifton and McLendon. I wasn't sure if it was him at first, but he walked forward a bit and sat in that familiar way. He turned sideways and I recognized his skinny tail, and he walked over to a tree, where he rubbed his face on a few leaves. Then he turned around and walked away. I haven't seen him since then.
It's pretty fucking sad, losing a friend like that. I lived with him for years, he was the only friend who would stick by me through thick and thin. If I was having a great day or a miserable day, I could count on him to be napping on the couch, or laying across one of my records, or watching Dr. Who with me, or just keeping me company while I read a book. This summer he loved to sit and listen to me practice playing videogame songs on the piano. He was the only audience I cared for. When he was a young kitten he used to lay on my head, keeping us both warm in the cold wintertime.
I suppose I am fortunate that I haven't run across his dead body - which did happen with my previous cats Cairo and Shinji - and his fate is now something of a mystery. My mom told me she once had a cat that disappeared and came back 6 months later, going right back to the old feeding spot, as if no time had passed. I really hope he is off somewhere safe, having kitty adventures, and will return eventually. Still, now and then, I get incredibly sad that I have lost my one true friend.
If you are in the Candler Park area and see this cat, all white with a grey blaze on the top of his head, please contact me at adam (dot) bruneau (at) gmail (dot) com.
19 September 2013
Super Mario 2 Keyboard Medley
To keep evolving my keyboard skills I've been learning lots of NES game soundtracks over the summer, and this is a recording I just made that includes 3 music cues. It's a short medley of music from Super Mario Bros. 2, written by the eternally awesome Koji Kondo. The video is a speedrun I grabbed off youtube and bent and pixelated along to the music. The last song, the Underworld Theme, has my favorite visuals. Three columns of colored blocks, flickering on and off, stretching and looping to the music.
14 September 2013
Vintage ATL 1999 Lo-Fi
Sensory Overload With a Smile
Bubblegum Noise Machine was a band I had that was just me recording songs on my Tascam 4-track after school. In 1999, the year I graduated high school, I put together a compilation of music and gave it that title and this was the first song on it. It is probably the first song I ever wrote. It was based on an early Flaming Lips track and is some really lame garage psych. I was on alot of prescription drugs due to a very sickly early childhood, and was having out of body and messianic experiences on a weekly basis. Usually I would try and record music following these, writing the song on the spot, playing the drums first and then adding guitars, keys, and vocals. All of the parts were written in one take and all of them were improvized on the spot.
BONUS TRACK Noise
So these are all from 1999, though they were not recorded in Atlanta but in Dacula, where I lived before ever meeting another soul I wasn't related to who played music. I'm sure it is due to the influence of drugs (which were entirely prescription -- I had never smoked so much as a cigarette or drank anything other than cough medicine before recording these) that the tempo severely DRAGS with all of my recordings from this era. Side effects of accutane (just one of the medicines I was on) include:
- Changes in vision or hearing
- Loss of appetite, yellow skin or eyes
- Feeling depressed or like you want to hurt yourself or others
- Fever, chills, cough, sore throat, and body aches
I think I've been off all of those medications for 15 year now! And I didn't kill myself! Yay!
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