Graffiti Labs is shutting down next month. I’ll be spending June looking for
a new job (edit: found one!) and honing my audio engineering skills.
As my first act of freedom, I’m releasing Slam Jamsen’s Salvage Operation
This is a collection of “bedroom tapes” made between 2005 and 2009. The popular vision of a budding high school rock musician is a guitarist sitting on a bed writing bad love songs, but in my case, I was at a desk with a low-end Mac and a MIDI keyboard, sharing the room with two more computers and a treadmill, writing bad video game soundtracks.
Since the rise of the 4-track, the cost of making decent home recordings has fallen at different rates for different genres. As a so-so piano student and early-to-mid-‘00s Mac user, my options were limited at first to MIDI editors. When Apple’s Garageband program came out, and I finally got a copy, I discovered the world of software synthesizers.
Video game development was my other major hobby at the time, so it seemed obvious that I should write my own soundtracks. (Otherwise, I wouldn’t have soundtracks at all, given my $0 budget ...