Rolo on WPTS

Category : Amazing Rolo, Music

Today I was on the radio here in Pittsburgh…I got to hang out in the WPTS 92.1 studios, play some tracks, and talk about my music. It was quite fun altogether!

You can listen to the show by clicking here. It’s a pretty big file, so be patient!

It’s full of moments of grammatical brilliance like this:

“What I try to do is make styles, that are is to make music that’s hard to describe.”

My boat.

This song isn’t finished, by any means. My brother and I are going to work on it a lot, probably add a banjo part, some more verses, and plenty of vocal harmonies. But I thought you might enjoy it!

Click to listen or download.

In other news, I’m now working on three freelance sound design projects, and a fourth may be starting up this week. It’s a great feeling, and if I get my clients’ permission I may be able to post a couple samples up on this blog.

Rolo on NPR

Category : Amazing Rolo, Music

well, sort of. The Amazing Rolo is now a featured artist on NPR’s Open Mic, a “Web-only showcase for independent, unsigned or self-produced artists”. I’m pretty excited about it, it’s fun to see my picture next to the NPR logo.

This is the Open Mic page.

And this is the Rolo page, in case the other link stops working.

Otherwise, I’ll be posting new music and stories soon!


Category : Amazing Rolo, Music

Here’s a new song for you:

The Amazing Rolo – Submission

The lyrics are mostly about submitting material to radio stations and record labels.

I’ve got a whole folder of half-finished songs on my computer, so hopefully more will follow soon. For the past week I’ve been quite busy on various projects, and soon I’ll be back in Maryland getting ready for a show in Chestertown with my brother.

Down in the willow garden

Here’s a little song I recorded yesterday morning:

Down in the willow garden.
(I didn’t write it, it’s an old traditional song, played by everyone from the Kossoy Sisters to Simon and Garfunkel).

It’s just a live take of me with my guitar in my room. Nothing fancy, but I thought it would be interesting to make such a sparse recording, since I usually add so much.

Also, Aurelia came over yesterday to build the set for our short film. It already looks really cool! It has telephone poles and a road and a sky, and the car is nearly finished. Pictures soon.

Going for a walk.

Category : Amazing Rolo, Music, Video

Here’s another music video for you! I took all the pictures the last few times I went home to the Farm…I compiled them all in After Effects and then wrote a short song that sort of matches the theme and mood.

Click to watch (16 mb quicktime movie)

Thanks to jonbro, as usual, for all the help.

And, as usual, let me know what you think!

Keep to Myself

I’m back in Pittsburgh after a pleasant trip to the Farm, where I hung out with my family, split and sold some firewood, and played a fun show in Chestertown with my brother.

Speaking of my brother, he recorded a really cool gourd banjo track for a new song I’ve been working on. I finished it up yesterday, and I think it’s pretty nice. I’m going to use it in my next sound documentary, which I hope to finish before my trip to the UK in a couple of weeks.

Click here to listen or download.

Handface Episode 1

The past few days have been spent working on the Seznec Brothers recordings, which are turning out well, a little bit of Rolo music, and my Handface documentary.

For those of you who don’t know, Handface is my band. Well, I suppose it was, since the drummer is now off in Chile for six months.

In any event, a few months ago I realized that the Handface story is compelling, funny, and in a way is an analogy for (among other thing) Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon, techies vs luddites, America vs TheRestOfTheWorld, etc etc etc

So I decided to make a documentary that would show all of these things. I finally settled on making a series of short audio-only pieces that would then be animated by my friends (and me).

Handface was composed of three people, who I will call Alberto, Jon, and Yann. Handface theorists often point out that Alberto represents the acoustic, Jon the electronic, and Yann (me) the electro-acoustic…therefore I figured that a good way to start the project would be by making short vignettes about each of the three members that somehow epitomize their characters.

All this is to say that I have finished the outline of chapter one, and you can listen to it here:
A Story About Techno

I would strongly suggest listening to it on headphones or real speakers. Laptop speakers won’t cut it for this one…

This episode is about Jon. He wrote the story, which can be found on his blog. When I read it I was struck by the stark imagery and poetic quality of the text – I found it reflected his personality quite well. I wrote the music, which is a remix of a Handface song.

It looks like my friend Aurelia will be helping me with the animation for this episode. I will probably add a lot to the soundtrack once the animation is finished, but I thought you all would be interested! Questions, comments, and suggestions are always welcome.

The bros dot com

Finally! My brother and I have a website for our music!

  • Go check it out! There’s some new music on there.

    The past few days have been spent working on the rest of the tracks that we recorded in October, so check back soon for more Seznec Brothers music.

    what I’ve been up to.

    Category : Amazing Rolo, Music

    I’ve been working on all sorts of projects lately…I’ve made a lot of test recordings of new songs, for one thing. I bought some new microphones that let me do great quality recordings of acoustic instruments, so I’ve been going wild. Here are a couple of samples for you:

    A Ray Charles song
    An original rag

    Let me know what you think!

    My First Review!

    Category : Amazing Rolo, Music

    Fredo from posted some really nice comments about my album:

    “I have recieved the cd and had a chance to listen and really loved it! It’s like a strange mix of Radiohead, Cornelius, Beta Band, Fantastic Plastic Machine and… well some strange music from a childs vivid imagination. I love the dark, romantic, Spanish influence. I love the production. Your voice is lovely to listen to. A+ !!!”

    Thanks Fredo! Check out his awesome music and videos at