Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Re-releasing the 90's

The early and mid 90's were a mad and bad time for me.  I had no direction in life, I'd been homeless for a while and basically did very little of note in that time.  However one single 24 hour period stands out  It was either 1997 or 1995 (I'm actually not sure which but I'm going with 95 as its the later date, I could work it out precisely but that stuff isn't at my place in edinburgh).

I woke up one day and decided I was going to write and record an album.  At the time I had just got a house to rent after being homeless, I was let's put it politely a 'troubled individual' (as you see things when homeless that never leave you.)  I sat down and in what was probably the most musically creative nonstop 24 hours of my life I wrote and recorded an album that I later released.

It was called 'Hobbs Lane' and only featured  me on guitar, me on bass and me on drums.  No electronic stuff... just each instrument played live in a single take.  At least half the songs were written while I was recording them...I'd lay down a guitar track then work out what the bass was doing..what the drums would be doing and what the lead would be lol.

So to cut a very long (and probably boring story to everyone else) short, I decided as its now either 17 or 19 years old that it deserved a proper full remastering and release.  In fact my intention is to release two version ... one will be a vanilla full remaster I've done myself (one of my many skills).  While the other will be putting in all those instruments I wanted to at the time but couldn't play yet. (Now I can it only seems right to finish the album properly lol).

So I've uploaded 3 tracks from the Hobbs Lane remaster.  Enjoy...because in many ways at was at this point that not just my music...but also my 3d were born (as I had literally just started doing 3d a few weeks before) I recorded this album in my house with very little furniture and no carpets on the floor.  24 hours I remember very fondly...even if I can't remember the exact year lol.

It reminds me of how far I have came ..and to never forget where I started out.

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

The Auction raised £102

For those of you that are wondering, the Painting I did of Robin Williams raised £102 for the Samaritans and is currently on its way to them. As I'm not sure if they wish to remain anonymous, I'm assuming that they do unless I hear otherwise.  The independent 3rd party has been kept in the loop the entire way and now the only steps left are the actual arrival of the painting and eBay giving the money to the Samaritans.  I’ll keep everyone informed once both this events have occurred.

Friday, 15 August 2014

Robin Williams Portrait Painting auction is now live to raise money for the Samaritans

The auction of the Robin Williams painting of mine to raise money for the Samaritans is now live for the next 7 days.  So show you have a heart and bid on it.  I fully expect every company I have dealt with to share this as this is an IMPORTANT issue, if you do not then you are showing that you are no friend to the great many who suffer from depression and depression related illnesses.

If everyone can share this as much as possible that'd be great, if it makes you feel more comfortable, even leave out my name...after all its not about me, or you or Robin Williams but for a greater good.

Sorcha Ní Mhaonaigh has agreed to be the independent 3rd party to ensure that everything remains fair and above board. 100% of the money is going to the Samaritans.

BTW ignore the Buy it Now price as I had to put something and thought 'screw it lets aim high!' (If tracey emin can sell a fucking unmade bed I'm sure a painting of mine has to be worth something. lol)

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Robin Williams Portrait Timelapse and Charity Auction for the Samaritans

Usually I keep my paintings to myself, it's what I do to unwind so I treat them as personal.  Like many of you I saw the news yesterday when I woke up that Robin Williams had taken his own life.  I can never remember a time when he didn't make me laugh either in film, or an old DVD of his stand up or in TV back in the days of Mork and Mindy. It inspired me to set up my easel and paints and paint him, his face half in shadow and half in the light.  My plan is a simple one, To put this painting up for  auction to raise money for the Samaritans who help people who suffer from depression in their darkest hours.
As someone who has had clinical depression all my life and who is also Bipolar it also hopefully helps to rid the stigma that often accompanies depression. It's not just a case of being 'A bit sad' or someone simply 'pulling themselves together' as those are some of the most offensive things you can say to anyone who suffers from depression or a bipolar disorder.  Many of us who suffer from either or both of these don't have a big sign on our head saying 'Beware!  Nutcase!'

In fact speaking for myself (as I know me best lol) most people I know aren't aware of it unless I choose to tell them.  (I don't see why I would need to make a massive big deal out of it.  For me my art gives me an outlet.)  It's not linked to any one thing in my or many other cases, it's just the way we are, and its certainly not  'a lifestyle choice'.  We still can do our jobs just as well as anyone else, we don't go round crying  or threatening to top ourselves all the time.  There are some serious misconceptions about the whole thing that need busting.

So it's no surprise that Robin Williams like a great many others who suffer from depression find a way to cope via a rather sturdy mask we put up.  Its often far easier to put up  a mask than have people see your massive up and downs.  Winston Churchill he called his 'black dog', a great many creative people have depression related problems of varying degrees.  We don't want your sympathy, we don't need it, but removing the stigma , yeah that'd be nice.

So having a organisation like the Samaritans that people can call when they feel like they want to end it all is vitally important.  You never know if or when you may be affected by depression, so its probably a good idea to make sure they have enough money to stay around.  One day either you or I might need to call them.  I hope that in some small way the money this painting raises in auction helps to make sure that they are still there should any of us need them.

If you or someone you know is suffering from depression then you will know that its usually not one event that 'causes' things... it's more a case of a dripping tap into a day there is simply one drop too many for the glass to hold anymore and it overflows.  While I've never been so far down that I felt like suicide, I'd like to think that should I ever end up that low, that an organisation such as the Samaritans is there to help.

So put your hand in your pocket and bid on the painting, not for the painting itself, but rather for what it stands for, and to help others in the process.  I'll be putting it up on eBay some point over the weekend starting Friday 15th August and I do not expect this to become a Max vs Maya issue, or a Mudbox v's Zbrush v's 3Dcoat issues MANY artists suffer from depression and a great many never mention it for fear they will lose their jobs.  This isn't about me...or even Robin's about supporting a cause that can affect any single one of us at any time in our lives.  So really its les about buying a painting...its more about showing that you have a heart.  So show your support and pass the word around.

Wayne Robson

PS to make sure there is no chance of allegations of improtriety on my part I intend to put a third party in charge of the money that the auction raises and hand it to the Samartans charity on behalf of the digital art industy

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

"This is Bat Country!" is now out on iTunes

Out now on iTunes!

iTunes Link

Well Apple were fast off this mark this time! As after only 48 hours after submitting the album its up on iTunes for you to buy now.   Spotify, amazon and other retail outlets will follow over the coming weeks  / days, 3D Creative magazine recently called me a 'polymath' support your local polymath.  

Buy it, listen to it, pimp the shit out of it.... after the many free things I have done over the years, maybe it'd be a nice gesture ;)

Monday, 21 July 2014

Music time again!

The cover of my next Album 'This is Bat Country!'
I now all you lovely 3D people may not be interested, but I'm announcing that the 1st of two music albums I've been working on will be coming out soon.  The 1st Entitled 'This is Bat Country!" (The title is taken from the works of a personal hero of mine Hunter S Thompson, and has special meaning to some friends of mine).  Its an album of electronic dance music similar to my album 'Fat Funky Bastard' but ...well lets just say a bit more advanced and angry sounding...rather cutting edge in some ways in fact.  It does feature my usual complex syncopation and love of musical layering and complex harmony....

Later in the year my next classical album will be coming out, but more on that closer to the time (as I've not finished it yet, in fact it continues to grow and expand by the week!)  So that will take my count of commercial albums up to 4 with the next one and 5 when the next classical album comes out.

I should point out that the electronic stuff is what I do to relax in between the classical composing.  I should also point out something that should be very obvious already unless your rather silly, and that is that neither of these two albums have any connection with my work or the company I work for.  This is my side line  / hobby outside of 3D.

Expect 'This is Bat Country!" to land on amazon, iTunes Spotify etc in about 3-4 weeks

Friday, 20 June 2014

Some Random Thoughts

Some of these are serious, some are not. Just a few bits of advice that may prove useful to people.

  1. If you do not feed your creative side how can you expect it to be creative? Even a car needs petrol/ gas 
  2. Also I you are older than 30 and ask a stupid question I will then treat you like a five year old with brain damage from then onwards 
  3. If you are afraid to learn new things then please fuck off out of 3D as some of us are busy trying to improve things ;) 
  4. I see the aim of good software as freeing the artist not replacing them. Augmentation not replacement 
  5. Making software for idiots that automates stuff to bringing it to simply button pressing is not the answer. Innovation for innovations sake is not the answer. It must serve a purpose to the artist. 
  6. But in my view it must be sympathetic innovation and not just for the sake of 'ooh shiny things!' Hire innovators not followers of trends 
  7. If there is a trend ..I will avoid it as that means its already too popular and bordering on cliché. Break moulds prepare to piss peeps off 
  8. Facts often get in the way I a good software promo in many cases. Disturbing trend. 
  9. Developers should not wall artists I in 3d software. Allow things you can't see a reason for. As someone will. And it may be revolutionary. 
  10. Ask yourself the questions that seem too silly to count. A good artist knows when to be a child again. 
  11. Mind you a good artist should also know where the neared bar is and best pizza place as well lol 
  12. I remember a quote from a Gutenberg book on da vinci from his notebooks.. "An artist works best I a tiny room, not a large one". Which does indeed seem to be true. ..always has been for me. Maybe I should move my rig into a bathroom lol. some of best work I ever done has been done in tiny box rooms. Too large and ideas seem to lessen. 
  13. Greatest skill I ever learned was how to brainstorm with myself 
  14. I have been told I am 'weird' as I listen to techno and house music first thing on a morning at work. Really? Makes motivational sense to me. 
  15. Science backs me up on this apparently: Alcohol for inspiration, caffeine for getting shit done. 
  16. There are still a lot of stupid people out there who judge a book by its cover…. Judge people by their actions and intelligence not how they look, talk, or the religion they believe in or the country they are from.