As 2016 comes to an end, I just want to thank everyone who came to a Scupanon show, and everyone who downloaded one of my songs or bought a CD. It's your support that allows me to make music.
--Rob Dec 11, 2016
I'm proud to announce that I was honored twice this month with awards.
The Colorado Music Business Organization (COMBO) chose my song "The Man in the Movies" as a winner in their annual songwriting contest. I'll be performing the song, along with the other winners, at their awards ceremony this Saturday night, Oct 29, at The Walnut Room in Denver. The program begins at 7:00pm. There will be about a dozen songwriters performing their songs.
The second honor I received this month was as the Standing "O" Project's Artist of the Week. As I mentioned in my previous posting (see below), the Standing "O" Project is creating an alternative model to the big streaming corporations. Half of their revenue goes to the artists, unlike Spotify, Google, Apple, etc who don't pay us shit. By joining the Standing "O" Project instead of using the big streaming corporations, you're sticking it to The Man.
But also, the Standing "O" Project is a great way to discover new bands and singer-songwriters. You can try it out for free. Then if you decide to subscribe, half of your monthly subscription goes directly to the Standing "O" artist of your choice. For some of you, I hope that will be me! It would be nice to be able to recoup some my my recording costs. So please check it out The Standing O Project.
And if you haven't yet read my blog which explains how big corporate streaming works, click on the Blog link at the top navigation bar.
--Rob October 27, 2016
I just posted a blog called "The Impact of the Streaming Revolution on Music Creators." Please click the Blog link at the top navigation bar and check it out. I think most of you will find the information surprising, even shocking. Due to obsolete laws, streaming companies such as Spotify, Apple and Google can get away with only paying recording artists a fraction of a penny when music lovers stream our songs. In my blog, I've posted the exact payments I've received from the streaming companies.
Now let me tell you about some people that are doing something about it. They are called the Standing "O" Project. It is an alternative streaming project that pays artists half of the revenue. What a concept!
I've become a Featured Musician at the Standing O Project, and I'm inviting you to join me in this very cool, grass roots effort to challenge the Apples, Googles and Spotifys and pay songwriters a fair cut for their work.
--Rob October 6, 2016
I just noticed that I haven't updated my website in 4 months. It's not that nothing is going on; just the opposite. I've been playing shows with my acoustic group, Scupanon, in several Colorado towns. I've been writing new songs, including two co-writes. I've been continuing my piano and music theory classes. Last weekend I attended the Durango Songwriters Expo, as part of my efforts to place my music in film and TV. I have a solo acoustic gig coming up in Portland, Oregon next week. I'm producing an EP for a wonderful singer-songwriter, Jim Broyles. I haven't cleaned my house.
--Rob October 3, 2016
Released June 7, 2016
Today I release the debut Total Flower Chaos CD, Roses, my first instrumental rock album. I began composing this music several years ago, and it was almost one year ago that we began recording. After overdubs, mixing, mastering, replication and artwork, and a crowdfunding project to help pay for it, the process is now complete, and I offer it to the world.
Please go to the Total Flower Chaos webpage under the music tab above for more info and how to listen to, download the songs, or buy the CD.
--Rob June 7, 2016
I've sent out the pre-release copies of the debut Total Flower Chaos CD "Roses" to my financial donors. I put the opening track, "Black Mountain", on the Music Player to give everyone else a sneak preview (look to the right). The public release date is June 7.
--Rob May 20, 2016
I've started sending pre-release copies [of Total Flower Chaos "Roses"] to my financial donors. Another big thanks to all of you! Next I will start sending to music reviewers, and we'll see what the critics have to say.
--Rob April 17, 2016
Playing Scupanon shows in Colorado. Sending "Word" to reviewers and radio stations. Total Flower Chaos CDs being printed, and working on tshirts. Taking Theory 2, Theory Ensemble and Piano Class 2 at Metro St. Working on new songs. Busy!
--Rob March 25, 2016
Today I release Word, my 3-song spoken word EP. It is being released for download only at my Bandcamp site. Fans can choose what to pay for each song, or the 3-song collection. With these songs I show a different side of my musical personality, going in character for political and social commentary using the spoken word format over a musical backdrop. The music is a hybrid of rock, folk and hip hop.
I wrote and recorded the three songs at my Denver home at various times over the past 9 years. In 2015, I then took them to engineer Brian Hunter to remix at Sawtelle Studio at Swallow Hill in Denver. Hunter improved upon the drum programs in the studio, a few tracks were re-recorded, and samples and effects were added.
I'm very proud of these songs and excited to release these today!
I've been busy! Last week was finals week for my music classes at Metro St. in Denver. I think I did pretty well. I took Music Theory 1, Piano Class 1 and Music Technology (music software). It was hard, but I enjoyed it. It's making me a better musician, composer, songwriter and producer.
My acoustic band, Scupanon, played shows in Denver and Boulder area in the last month to full houses, and people have come up to us after each show and saying how much they enjoyed the music. But I won't be scheduling shows during finals week next semester!
The Total Flower Chaos rock project is running 2 months behind because I took 2 extra months on guitar overdubs. But it is in the mixing stage now, and I expect that to be finished in January. Today I contracted with an artist to design the CD artwork. So things are moving forward.
Last but not least, my spoken word recording project has now been mastered. I am preparing for the online release of this 3-song EP after the holidays.
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Have a Listen
Scupanon playing at Swallow Hill in Denver
Bands and Projects
Total Flower Chaos
This is my hard rock/noise/psychedelic rock project. The debut 5-song EP, "Roses", was released in June, 2016. As of now, there is no band, but I hope to form one soon.
Scupanon is my acoustic singer-songwriter band. It is a partnership between violinist Paul Ermisch and myself. A few percussionists and upright bass players have come and gone, so we are back to playing as a duo. 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, depending on when I can find the time and funding.
I have produced my own last few recordings (Total Flower Chaos, Word, and The Other Side of Nowhere), and am currently producing an EP for Denver singer-songwriter Jim Broyles. I am looking for other singer-songwriters or bands to produce. If you would like to consider me as a producer for your recording project, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll discuss it. For more info, click on the Producer link at the top of this page.
I am also looking to license my songs for movies, as well as compose original music for film projects. If you are a film director or music director, and would like to work with me on your project, please email me at email@example.com.