BLOTTED SCIENCE – ‘The Animation Of Entomology’ is officially here! After two years of carefully syncing, writing and recording music to roaches crawling out of mouths, slugs into mouths, worms getting sliced open, slugs getting strangled, wasps pulverizing faces, and tarantulas being shot to death, we’re DONE!
Somebody owes me a Goldschlager…..
Usually with any release that I’m part of, whether it’s on my own, or in a band/project context, I have a specific direction of how I hope things turn out, and this is another one that was absolutely nailed. Putting together these long distant recordings always involves a tremendous amount of time, discipline, communication, and motivation, and once again we wrote and completed another recording without the 3 of us ever having been in the same room together. While putting this all together was a bitch and a half, working with Alex (Webster; CANNIBAL CORPSE) and Hannes (Grossmann; OBSCURA) has been beyond exhilarating!
As many of you know, all 24-plus minutes of the EP are a musical score to some type of bug movies. We will reveal the first one at my YouTube channel next Friday. We’ll miss Friday the 13th by one day, but hopefully this viewing will be creepy enough for you. And so until the video appears, enjoy the audio. I realize that it all may be beyond wacky at this point, but it all will soon make perfect sense.
In the meantime, you can get the digital download from iTunes or Amazon (Rhapsody, eMusic, etc. should follow shortly) or grab a physical copy of the EP from CD Baby or IndieMerch (who will also be our official merch company from now on; new shirts will be arriving soon), or directly from me at ronjarzombek.com. Apologies to those that pre-ordered the CD (& T-shirt) from IndieMerch and are still waiting for their stuff. Unfortunately, we ran into a manufacturing issue with the CDs along the way which delayed everything by about a week. Many thanks to the fans who have already picked up the EP. The support is greatly appreciated! To those who choose to rip us off by illegally downloading, I hope a black widow spider bites you tonight while you’re sleeping…….
Up next for me is what I started working on several years ago. Yep, the instructional guitar DVDs. And this time, I’m not going to let a band project push them aside. I’ve had WAY too many people ask me about them over the past few years – it’s time to make them my priority. They were first shelved for the first BLOTTED SCIENCE CD, ‘The Machinations Of Dementia’, then a year and a half of trying to complete ‘Mathematics’ with WATCHTOWER and having it fall apart for a fourth time (in a nutshell – we managed to complete the ‘Size of Matter’ digital single around the time we played the Keep It True festival in Germany last year only to run into singer issues yet again. We tried to find someone who could work with the material and it went nowhere. First with Jason (McMaster), then with Alan (Tecchio), Stu Block, then back with Alan again. Didn’t work. Maybe we’ll try again in another 4 years…..). Then over the last couple of years, my main focus has been the ‘Animation’ EP.
In any case, there were already three instructional DVDs in the works featuring SPASTIC INK, ‘Machinations’ and RJ solo material. Now I am adding the DVD which will include all guitar playing and theory for the just released BLOTTED SCIENCE EP. If you guys are sick of all the bug stuff – it’s just starting…..! Since I will be taking apart everything guitar on the DVD it will appropriately be called ‘Dissecting Bugs’. For the EP, we used another 12-tone system, this one called ’12 Tones In Fragmented Rows’ and I was amazed at how well it worked for this material. Its use will be fully demonstrated and animated in the DVD. The DVD will be along the same lines as the ‘Oscillation Cycles’ video that I posted a while back, but I may have a bug mask on or have some scorpions crawling on my guitar as I’m playing.
Finally, I have received quite a few inquiries about online guitar lessons. Right now, I am only doing private live-in-person lessons 5 days a week at two locations here in San Antonio, but am thinking about getting into online lessons. If/when this happens, I will post any info on all of my sites.
That’s about it for now…….
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