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hey owen, I love that regular show gives so many nods to british heavy metal - how do these come about?
I think it’s pretty much the way any nod to anything goes. We’ll be working on a story and then as we talk it through we’ll say something like “Oh, it should be kind of like that one band.” Then we’ll sort of use that band as reference when writing.
For example Toby and I are working on an Episode right now where we said “Oh, this character is kind of like that one guy we know” and we sort of made it into this crazy caricature of that guy. It’s much easier and more relatable to write a character when you think of them just being a real life person. “Alan would say something like this” is much easier than “This fictional character would say something CrAzY!!!”
I listened to Replicator's Tide again recently. It's seriously damn awesome. Couple questions: what software do you use, in terms of recording/production, FX, and synthesis? Do you record many the parts "traditionally" yourself? (i.e. play keys (and guitar?) yourself, not input all sequencing with the mouse). And who is the vocalist who portrays Emily Wong? Does she have any other music I could listen to? Thanks so much for Galactaron, here's hoping there'll be more on that front in the future!
For most of the production of Replicator’s Tide (here for anyone who doesn’t know) I was living in China, so the internet was really bad and I had to use whatever software I already had on me. That meant I used mostly Reason and Garageband. I also used Melodyne for pitch correction, Audacity for recording and editing, and almost all the instrument synthesis was done using East/West’s Symphonic Orchestra. The vocoders are all inside of Reason.
I can’t actually play any instruments. Just about everything you heard was me using a mouse and adjusting things where I needed them to be. I had a friend play guitar for me on the first album and since then I’ve actually just taken his guitar work and edited, resampled, and pitch adjusted the tune to be what I needed it to be for different songs. There are a couple parts where I used a keyboard (the opening harp on the first song comes to mind) and a couple of parts where I played very simple and highly edited and corrected guitar, but otherwise almost all of it was done through mouse input.
The singer is Delilah Zhang. She was a student at the college where I was teaching English in China. When I looked for her I just put up a sign around campus that said I was looking for singers. She was actually the only person that responded and, luckily, she was exactly what I wanted. She said she thought she was the only person who applied because she was the only person who read what my sign said haha. She doesn’t have any other music except as a vocalist on my first album, she was just doing it for fun as a hobby.
Actually, fun fact, any time you hear her whisper or do something quietly on the first or second album, it’s my voice, not hers. Usually because I figured out some story point that needed to be made and she wasn’t around. I would just imitate her accent, pitch my voice up, then pitch it up once more in the computer. I figured out that I could fake it and no one could tell the difference if it was a whisper versus an actual speaking voice.
I hope there will be more in the future! Who knows really. I would have to find a new Galactaron story that I really wanted to do. Thanks so much for your support! It’s really cool to me when people are into it!
Hi Owen! Do you know if Benson's character is inspired at all by Tom Servo from MST3k? It's not often that you see talking gum ball machines. As far as I can tell, it's just pure coincidence, but it still made me wonder if anyone who works on Regular Show was ever a fan of MST3k.
I don’t know. I doubt it. I’ve never heard JG talk about MST3K but I really wouldn’t know. However, we do have one insanely huge fan of the show on Regular Show and that person is Madeleine Queripel.
I’ve never met someone who could basically quote any line from that show. It’s impressive because there are so many episodes and they’re so long. She’s even got little Crow and Tom Servo toys in her office. I would go geek out with her if I were you.
What's your favorite character to write episodes for on Regular Show?
Whole episodes? That’s hard. It’s hard for me to choose a favorite because I like writing different characters for different reasons. Each character lets you express a bit of yourself in different ways.
I like writing Rigby because I can have him do any basic thing and just make him do it wrong. The simplest task with him is magnified into the most horrible thing in the world in the most childlike way ever. It’s basically what I would do if I was a selfish kid.
I like writing Mordecai episodes because Mordecai feels like he’s starting to grow to around the same maturity level that I have. I’d say he feels like 2 or 3 years younger than me at this point. When I write him I almost feel like I’m writing myself and my own reactions to what would be happening. I’ve actually got a section of a board that will probably air in a couple months that was basically just me talking about a thing that happened in my own life, but said through Mordecai’s mouth.
I like writing Skips episodes because he’s so determined and serious all the time. This lets me feel like I’m flexing my drama muscle a little bit and I get to do some really fun action drawings.
Pops because of his immense amount of innocence. You feel so bad for him any time something happens to him. It’s so weird that when I make something bad happen to him, I think “oh no, I can’t do that, that’s too mean!” but then I do it anyway. I guess this is me subconsciously trying to destroy something beautiful.
Benson I actually don’t relate to that much. I don’t really get that angry about things. I’m generally a pretty smooth sailer. It is fun to poke at him though, it’s kind of like how I used to troll around on the internet all the time trying to get people mad, but I get to write the reactions to it.
Muscle Man is basically how I act when I’m pretending to by smarmy and gross, so that’s just fun.
HFG actually has a lot to his character that I relate to but I can’t talk about because that episode hasn’t been released yet. However, it’s good, so you’ll enjoy it when it comes.
Not really a Regular Show related question, but are you or anyone else at CN Studios a Brony? (look it up, then you'll understand xD)
Oh I know perfectly well what a brony is, I’m not 50 years old. I know all kinds of things from all sorts of dark corners of the internet, bronies are nothing.
I don’t know of anyone who is into MLP; at least not openly. I am definitely not a brony. I knew someone once in college who was really into unicorns and things like that and I also knew of a couple of furries (I know they’re not the same), but that’s the closest I’ve personally been to those sorts of cultures.
so it's been said that season 6 was picked up, are you guys still working on season 5 at the moment or are you guys now working on season 6?
All of the storyboarders and writers are now working on Season 6. Toby and I are currently writing and boarding I think the 4th episode. Something like that. Who knows what order they’ll air them in.
Everyone else in production is still working on the final episodes of Season 5. There are still all the recordings, animatics, backgrounds, character designs, etc. to do.
Season 6 so far is seriously blowin’ mah mind though.
Owen. What the heck just happened.
Haha I dunno man!
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