VT here: So, you were intrigued enough to make it this far? Well, if you're looking for some fun music that shows how dangerous it can be when gaming geeks learn to play musical instruments, you're in the right place. As I'm sure Yukon will no doubt comment on the nature of the lyrics and his vocal performances (psychoci?) from the album, I'll take a few lines to talk about the music. Yes, it's true, all the instrumentation on Vortikon was composed and performed by yours truly. Regarding the composition, I started with a basic concept: To base each track on a unique musical style/genre. With this in mind, I selected chords, progressions, performance styles, tempos and hooks that I feel represent to a certain extent some of the fundamental elements present in the selected genres. I know that might sound a bit formulaic, but the concept was very much a basic starting point; one I quickly found myself deviating from as I combined various elements (often drawn from outside the core genre) to craft music that I hope you will find accessible in the short term and intriguing in the long run. Regarding the performances themselves, I had an odd idea in my mind that I couldn't shake throughout the recording process for this album. I wanted to make sure that all the instrumentation would be easy and fun to duplicate in a live setting. Given the content and theme of the album, this seems strange even to me, but I can't get this vision of Yukon and myself belting out an acoustic version of 'Granny Got Game' from the corner of some seedy Silicon Valley nightspot out of my head. Of course I'd have to invest in some bongos for Yukon to slap around to get the full effect, but you see where I'm going, don't you? Well, that's enough from me. Time to turn it over to the mic daddy. Hail, fellow gaming aficionado - I am Yukon, prince of podcasting and vocalist extraordinaire. My exceptional talents for wit, lyrical stylings, and l337 skillz are matched only by my modesty. But enough about me. What you really care about is the songs. Why else would you be reading this? Each song was inspired by real experiences. Whether they were mine or not is irrelevant. They happened, OK? Somewhere. I think. Maybe. Granny Got Game - I actually wrote this down before I ever learned of 'Old Grandma Hardcore.' Ever since, I have been ducking and strafing for fear that she will take offense at the song and hunt me down with a rocket launcher. Respect your elders, especially when they're packing heat. Party on the LAN - This song is an amalgamation of just about everything that ever happened or went wrong at a LAN party that VT or I have been to, all strung together in a single cataclysmic event. The original title was 'Trying to Game on Friday the 13th During a Full Moon After Satan Possesses Your Computer,' but VT said it wouldn't fit on the album. Gaming Goddess - I wrote this back in college in an unsuccessful attempt to woo a very special lady. After she finished laughing, she told me that if I ever went near her again, she'd press charges for stalking. 1942 Overtures - I hate World War II games. This is largely due to the fact that I suck at them. Rather horribly. After staring at the respawn counter for about the hundredth time, I decided to catalogue my confusion in verse. As to how I got my voice to sound like that? Umm... let's just say that eating scrap metal to solve an iron deficiency is a bad idea.... Farewell to an Avatar - After my unsuccessful attempts at dating, I found a new love in MMORPG's. Unfortunately, such games have a nasty attrition rate, particularly when you get up into the high levels. It broke my heart when my avatar told me I'd need twelve million experience points to level up again. So I left for another game. But I'll never forget you, avatar, never in a million years.... Girlfriend Aggro - I can't tell you how many of my gaming buddies have issues with their wife and/or girlfriend telling them to get off the computer and do something in real life. That, combined with the rising level of video game addiction, was the inspiration to write this song. Now if only all couples could resolve their issues the way that these two do. Waiting for Release Day - The title says it all. Publishers going under, bugs, delays, and ridiculous amounts of media hype that make you want a game so bad that you can taste it, but then you can't have it. I don't like waiting. Waiting makes me unhappy. Don't make me unhappy. She Took All My Games - True story! A friend of mine was going through a rough divorce, largely due to the fact that he spent more time with his games than he did with his wife. She ended up getting not only his games, but the car, the dog, and their oceanside house in Tennessee. Afterward, he went to work as a goldfarmer to restore his lost fortune. I haven't heard from him since.