I have gone back to school! I'm taking 4 music classes this fall at Metro St. University in Denver. It was primarily Music Theory that I wanted to take. Of course, having taken guitar, piano and voice lessons, I picked up a little theory along the way. But I wanted to study it comprehensively. It's challenging, but I'm learning a lot and glad I did it. This will help me with composing music, both for my solo and band projects, as well as for film. And it will help me communicate better with the professional musicians who play with me, both in the studio and in my bands.
In other news, I have been booking shows for my acoustic singer-songwriter band, Scupanon, in the Denver-Boulder area. Click the shows link above for specifics.
I'm continuing to record overdubs for the Total Flower Chaos project. I hope to be done with that soon so we can move on to mixing. That's all for now.
Finally, I resigned from the band Dorian. With the above-listed musical projects going on, I just don't have time for another. But I wish Dorian and all the guys in the band the best of luck. We wrote some good songs together, and had some fun.
--Rob September 23, 2015
The fundraising campaign for my original rock music recording project, Total Flower Chaos, raised $4,304. This met the minimum goal of $4,000 that I set with kickstarter.com, which means it will get funded. This amounts covers the pre-production and basic recording costs I've already incurred. Next is a few more overdubs, and editing, followed by mixing, mastering, artwork, CD replication, and promotion, which I expect will cost $6-8,000. I will have to come up with that money somewhere else.
I want to publicly thank everyone who pledged in the campaign. I really appreciate this great show of support. It motivates me to keep working hard at my music career. This Total Flower Chaos EP will be good, I promise you.
--Rob August 8, 2015
With 24 hours to spare, the Total Flower Chaos fundraising campaign has made the goal! We have raised $4,209 in pledges towards the the minimum goal of $4,000. Hooray! The campaign ends tomorrow, Friday August 7 at 6pm EDT. Thanks to everybody who pledged!
I should point out, however, that the $4,000 was just the minimum goal; it covers the pre-production and basic recording costs. But the overall budget for this project is about $10,000. Here's what all additional pledges, or pledge raises, will pay for:
Editing, Mixing, and Mastering: $ 4,000
Artwork Replication of 300 CDs: $ 1,500
Minimal Promotion: $ 500
Maximum Promotion: $ 3,000
As you can see, every dollar I go over the minimum goal will be of great help. If you want to help, please click here and make a pledge.
--Rob August 6, 2015
The Total Flower Chaos fundraising campaign has raised $2,640 in pledges so far, which puts it at 66% of the minimum goal of $4,000. The campaign ends on August 7. Thanks to everybody who pledged, I'm feeling the love! I hope we can make it!
Click here to go to the site and learn about it.
--Rob July 27, 2015
The Total Flower Chaos fundraising campaign raised $1,655 in the first week towards the minimum goal of $4000. That puts us at 41%. That's a good start, hopefully we can keep it going. The campaign ends on August 7.
Click here to go to the site and learn about it.
--Rob July 20, 2015
The Total Flower Chaos fundraising campaign is more than a third of the way to its $4000 goal after only the first 3 days! Click the following link to see the video and read all about it!
--Rob July 17, 2015
I launched my kickstarter fundraising campaign for the Total Flower Chaos recording project. Please click here to see the video and read all about it!
--Rob July 13, 2015
It was a great week at Evergroove Studio, recording the debut Total Flower Chaos album. On Wednesday and Thursday, we recorded the basics as a live band-- Jon Cox on drums, Cameron Hays on bass, and me and Ben Waligoske on guitars. On Friday Ben added some lead guitar tracks. Saturday I added more guitar tracks. And on Sunday, Adam Bodine came in and added keyboard tracks to 3 songs. Brad Smalling engineering and co-produced with me. Cameron and Ben also helped with the arrangements. My goal was to get 5 songs recorded for an EP; we got 6 1/2 done. And they sound great. I have a few more parts to record, and then I'll consider whether I want to write lyrics for some of these, or leave them as instrumentals. Next week I launch a fundraising campaign to help pay for all this. I'm very excited about these recordings, I just know that rockers out there in the world will love it!
--Rob June 29, 2015
We begin recording Total Flower Chaos tomorrow! I'll be posting more frequent updates to the website now, stay tuned!
--Rob June 23, 2015
I go into the studio later this month to start recording the Total Flower Chaos album. I've been busy getting demos finished, and working with my co-producers to decide which and how many songs should go on the album. I've also finalized the musician lineup: Jon Cox on drums, Cameron Hays on bass, Ben Waligoske on guitar, and Adam Bodine on keyboards. Dan Tracy and Brad Smalling are co-producing, and Brad is the engineer.
Also I've been busy designing a crowdfunding campaign to raise funds to pay for the project. More on that soon. I'm very excited about this recording project. I think it's going to be a very interesting and original rock album. Stay tuned for updates.
While all this is going on, I'm still playing shows with both my acoustic band and Dorian. Check the shows page for upcoming shows.
--Rob June 3, 2015
I created a video for my song, "Apollo's Little Bastard." Click the video link at the top of this page to view it. It's a slideshow of photos from live shows over the past 7 years. I have a few other videos there as well. Please view and leave a comment.
--Rob April 10, 2015
Spoken Word Remix Project
I've been working with engineer Brian Hunter to remix three spoken word home recordings I've done over the past few years. These are "Wave the Flag and Give 'em God", "Indigenous", and "Accept, Embrace, Surrender". In addition to improved sound, we're adding some cool effects to the songs, which I think people will like. I haven't decided what format to release these-- for digital download only, a 3 song EP or part of a larger solo album project. I'll decide in the next month or two.
--Rob March 21, 2015
Let's go to the City
This is cool-- check out Brian Hunter's song on the music player to the right called "Let's go to the City." Brian co-produced and engineered my album, The Other Side of Nowhere, which includes my song, "Let's go to the Mountains." Brian was inspired to compose this instrumental variation of the song. Check it out!
--Rob Nov 30, 2014
Have a Listen
Playing with Dorian at the Larimer Lounge in Denver
Scupanon playing The Park House in Denver
Bands and Projects
Total Flower Chaos
This is my hard rock/noise/psychedelic rock project. Recording has begun at Evergroove Studio in Evergreen, Colorado (see News Updates above). As of now, there is no band, but I plan to form one soon. There is no website for this project yet, but if you're curious, I have posted a few rough demos on this Soundcloud site.
Scupanon consists of me on vocals and acoustic guitar, Paul Ermisch on violin, Paul Woods on upright bass and Uriah Espinosa on percussion. We primarily play my original acoustic songs. We play frequently along the Colorado Front Range. For the Scupanon website, click here.
Rob Roper Solo Recordings
I how have about 10-12 unrecorded songs that don't fit the above categories, and continue to write more. Eventually they will appear on another solo record. It will come down to time and funding.
I am currently busy producing my own recordings (see news at left) but am eager to start producing another band or individual's album. I think that I have a real talent for this, so if you would like to consider me as a producer for your recording project, please email me at email@example.com and we'll discuss it.
I am also looking to compose music for movies. If you are a budding movie director, and would like to work with me on your project, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.