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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Scarey, Hip Dance Music (or Can You Do A Robot Dance?)


Can You Do A Robot Dance? Today I have the pleasure (or maybe dis-pleasure) of speaking on the phone with one of the dudes of the group TeknoGeek GoonSquad. This is a group of folks who needed some assistance in the recording and creative department for their first MP3 album which I gladly had my hand in. The album, The Abduction of a Rock Guitarist, has a dash (or maybe a huge dose) of Rob Lattin in it but the Geeks tell me they're not done.
RL: So, Mr. Poindexter, Whatcha Playin?
P. Nothing right now, I'm on the phone.
RL: Oh Yeah, I remember you well. Let me ask you, what's the creepy fascination you guys have with robots?
P. It can only be a fascination if you have one. We've got a robot. It's more frightening than fascinating.
RL: So whatcha have planned for the future, as if I didn't already know?
P. If you already know why are you asking?
RL: Look, this is for the benefit of my readers and followers. I know all you guys are eggheads and you needed someone with no brains and some musical talent so you contacted me. Just tell us what you're working on.
P. We're working on the next album. For the most part, this one will be strictly in the horror genre.
RL: Cool. Why are you going strictly in that direction, are you forfeiting making music that is both soundtrack and danceable?
P. No we want it to be danceable but we are all huge horror fans. We know you and your family are huge fans too so we appreciate any ideas you can give us. Songs like "Rajneesh" "21st Century Savage" and "The Banana Boy Affair" are great theme songs and very danceable, but they're not scary. We live a life of fear (because of that silly robot) so we know horror.
RL: Great. What song are you working on now in particular?
P. Can't divulge the titles because we don't want anyone out there to rip it off. But I'll tell you, Dork our programmer, was experimenting with disco music and with horror music that could have come out of the old 50's B movies. We'll see how it goes. We do want to add more narration to our work.
RL: Narration is a great tool to enhance a song. Have you ever heard of the Moody Blues' "Nights In White Satin"? That's an effective use of narration to make that song a timeless classic.
P. No, we never heard of it.
RL: Can I post a picture of you on the blog?
P. No, the robot won't let us.
RELATED LINKS:    Robot Sings   Next Generation in Horror Music
UPDATE: TeknoGeek Goonsquad members (Chicago) split up and the one main guy created Fantom Phactory in Detroit. They, too, are no longer a band but the music carries on as well as the blog. Son of Pumpkinstein was the last song started by TeknoGeeks and completed by Fantom Phactory. (Thanks to Kyle and Mike --- RL).

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Son of Pumpkinstein by Fantom Phactory
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