A Sweet Review for Worse

Here’s a cool review of my band (Worse)’s recently released album (To Be Alive Is To Be Alone) by NoCleanSinging.

Take a peek!

http://www.nocleansinging.com/2015/03/17/worse-to-be-alive-is-to-be-alone/

Ironically, it will probably take more time to read the article than to listen to the album.

And here’s the link to our album: To Be Alive Is To Be Alone

http://worsesf.bandcamp.com/album/to-be-alive-is-to-be-alone

-Ryan C

For Better or For WORSE!

Don’t worry, nothing is wrong….yet! ๐Ÿ™‚

I do have a secret though; I’ve been playing in a band since the New Year started! And if you haven’t guessed it yet, the band’s name is WORSE. We are an SF-based band that makes sounds that might be classified as metal, grind, hardcore, powerviolence, or most importantly, Anger! I’m playing drums (and maybe vocals in the future..?) in this band with three close friends of mine. I’ve been having a lot of fun with this project and we actually just went into the recording studio (in Santa Cruz) to make a 7-songย E.P. titled “To Be Alive is To Be Alone.”

Here is the link to the album:

https://worsesf.bandcamp.com/album/to-be-alive-is-to-be-alone

You may download it for free if you’d like, or make a charitable donation. I’m happy with either one! I’d be most happy if you’d at least listen to it though ๐Ÿ˜‰

And to top it all off, we have some shows lined up and hoping to get some gnarly live pics from that! AAAAND we’re working on making a video for one of these tracks!!!! I’ll be sure to give you guys updates on that.

Here is the link to our Facebook page to stay updated for our live events:

https://www.facebook.com/worsesf

Soooย now you have some work to do. Get on it! haha

-Ryan Clark

A conclusion to the summer of 2013

Hey guys long time no talk,

Well summer’s just about at its end right now, as I go back to school at Las Positas College in 2 days. I’m excited to continue my studies, although I’d like to do a quick recap of the things I did over my summer (all of which I’ve yet to mention in previous posts) before school begins.

I’ll start my recapitulation with my musical endeavors; I played with two shows with two different musical groups. The first show was in Oakland with a metal band called Diatomic. The music was kinda tough to learn because of the fast tempos and many quick time changes. The gig itself went alright; a few flubs here and there, but it was quite solid. The other group I played with was of the progressive rock genre, which was called Orpheus. I really enjoyed learning these songs because I was allowed a sizable amount of creativity with the drumming, and there was a lot of happy, melodious grooves I got to play. I played with Orpheus in Livermore at an event called Jupiter Sunrise, which was hosted at someone’s house with quite a large gathering. There was someone taking pictures, so I’ll see if I can get some for you guys to gawk at soon haha.

On a non-musical note, I began volunteering with autistic children this summer in Dublin. The organization that I volunteer for is called Creative Autism Solutions Team, and it’s run by some of the kindest and loving people I’ve ever met. This whole experience was extremely eye-opening in too many different ways to list. I loved it so much that I’m going to continue volunteering during my school year as best I can while managing classes, homework, teaching drums, and my personal music. One of the greatest parts about this was that this was the first time I’d ever REALLY volunteered, by my own will and not because I was forced to. My main goal with volunteering was just to be productive over the summer, but as one might guess, I was affected much deeper than that. And if anyone from the Bay Area knows autistic children who need a daycare, I strongly recommend C.A.S.T.!

I’m glad to say that I thoroughly enjoyed this summer. I was able to make and write music, help kids with disabilities, see family and friends, and finally start learning guitar from my dad! Overall I’d say it was quite the positive experience.

Well that’s all for now. I hope everyone else had just as good a summer as I did!!

– Ryan Clark

Summertime! Oh Yeah!!

Hey there drummers and non-drummers,

I’m very excited to be done with my semester at Las Positas College! It was easily one of my hardest semesters yet, although I managed to get high grades. I’ve decided to take this summer off and not take any summer classes. Instead what I’ve decided to do focus on teaching drums, my musical projects, and volunteering at CAST (an daycare for kids with autism). And of course, see all my lovely friends! haha

On a musical note (lol), I will be trying to expand my teaching career. If anyone happens to read this that wants to learn to play the drums or get better, I’m available to help teach you (be sure to look around my website for more info!). I think I will be making business cards with my name and occupation on them, as well as making this site look more professional. I think I might add some of my own music to this site to show what I can do.

Speaking of music, I have just finished another two pieces (made on tuxguitar). One of them, called “Peterbutter n jam,” was made for my friend Peter, and it happens to be a jam song. The other, titled “Circular Green,” is more like my first song (“Here…Eat This Mango”), in which I wrote a pretty strange song with many odd meters and melodic melodies. All of these songs are on my soundcloud, which is named Foxshine, if you want to listen to it. But I think I’ll eventually move them to this website for easy access.

Also on my list of things to do this summer is learn how to play guitar! I’ve been wanting to do this for some time now but I just haven’t had the time. So I will now be taking lessons from my dad, who has been playing for around 40 years, so he knows what he’s talking about. If you by any chance want to learn guitar, my dad is also available to teach lessons. If you scan the top links of my website, the last one should say something about learning guitar; that link will provide you with my dad’s website and all the information about him that you need to know. So my goal with learning another instrument (guitar being much more based on melody, rather drums which are rhythm-based), is to further my understanding of music theory. This will in turn develop and enhance my teaching abilities because knowledge is power! And eventually I hope to be good enough to play my own songs that I write so I may record them with logic pro, which will be much more interesting to hear than tuxguitar sounds.

So that is the basic update with me right now. How are you guys and girls doing? Don’t be afraid to leave me a comment or two ๐Ÿ˜‰

Happy Summer Drumming!

– Ryan Clark

Check out my first song! (Tuxguitar)

Hey there people!

Well if you’ve been reading my posts, you’d know I was working on some music stuff right now. And about a couple weeks ago, I completed my first song! It’s a standard electric guitar, bass, and drums set-up, all of which I wrote, but I can (hopefully) assure you that you probably haven’t heard many songs that sound like this. Now, I swear I’m not trying to brag or anything. I’m not even sure if many people would like it because it’s quite strange (at least in some ways). It falls under the category of progressive metal, which can mean a lot of things, but it’s the closest thing I can think of for a genre.

This wasn’t the first time I’ve written any guitar parts or anything, but this was the first time I actually organized a legit song. It took quite a bit of effort to make, as you might be able to tell from the many quick changes, odd time signatures, and yes, the melodies! It was all programmed on Tuxguitar, which a cool program that you can download for free on their website (just google it). They’ve actually got an impressive amount of different sounds you can use for making songs with (piano, strings, brass, weird effects, etc.). The only downside is that, to my knowledge, you can’t effectively write music (at least drums) using standard sheet notation. Instead you have to tab out the drum hits with numbers that represent the sound. I would prefer to use regular notation for keeping up my practice of reading music, but oh well.

Anyways, my song, titled “Here…Eat This Mango”, is on my Soundcloud profile if you want to hear it. The song name is just a silly little thing that I made up. I don’t believe in always making serious music/lyrics, and hopefully you can hear the non-serious elements in my music. So, my Soundcloud name is “Foxshine”, at least right now. That’s sort of an inside joke between super smash bros players…well not really a joke but just something they would understand.

So go forth and listen! Tell me what you think! All constructive criticism is welcome, unless you disagree with me, just kidding ๐Ÿ˜€

Peace to you all!

-Ryan Clark

P.S. Please ignore the substandard rap music on my Soundcloud.

Update on what I’m doing…

Hey everybody,

I just thought I’d check in with y’all and tell you what’s going on over here. Right now I’m studying pretty hard for midterms coming up next week, and looking forward to a relaxing week off after that. I’ve been trying to make room for at least one hour-a-day practices, but I don’t always get that time. It’s unfortunate but it’s all about priorities.

In other news, I recently purchased some recording software called Logic Studio Pro for 200$ (an Apple product). The real purpose behind this buy was to slowly begin my own home studio thing (nothing fancy, just enough to make decent-sounding music) which I could then use to record my band (A Flooded Mind) and any other side projects I get into. I’ve been composing some midi songs recently, mainly in the progressive metal genre, which I might use to create my own side project unless my band wants to use it. Buying this software has also inspired me to take up guitar so that I can, eventually, play the riffs I hear in my head. Lucky for me, my dad is a guitar teacher so I get free lessons from a pro player! I’m super excited to start learning guitar, but it’ll probably have to wait till summer when I have the time. Oh, and once I start finishing some midi songs that I have in the works, I’ll put them on Soundcloud so you guys can go listen!

All in all though, school is my main focus right now! Which is great except it takes away from other fun things like DRUMMING! haha but yea, that’s what I’m doing right now.

Talk to you guys later!

-Ryan Clark