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Matthew Ebel is an American musician, voice actor, and author whose performances have kept him at the forefront of modern technology and made him Guest of Honor at geek conventions nationwide. Learn more…

A Cautionary Tail - Behind a Tiny Desk

My Tiny Desk Music Video

If you’re not familiar with NPR’s Tiny Desk concert series, it’s a little thing where they stick a band behind Bob Boilen’s diminutive credenza and music happens. That’s it, really! But the contest itself involves more than just an appearance on NPR, there’s a full-on tour involved. So I entered with THIS video (that you
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Prodo-1

Is Prodo-1 Building an Artificial Me?

Apparently my robot buddy, Prodo-1, has been asking some questions of my email list (the Robot Army). I think he might be trying to replace me with some kind of artificial intelligence (or artificial stupidity like Prodo-2). Either way, I support the experiment. At least he’s got a hobby, right? The best part, though, has
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The Time to Question

I’m never sure what I’m trying to say. I’m never sure what I’m thinking, usually. My head is always full of questions. Yours is too, I’m guessing. But that is okay. Our determined stares hold back the flood of questions, but we must let them flow. The time to question is always right now. Question
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Okay, I get it… I talk too much.

The message of many, many parent/teacher conferences was abundantly clear: Matthew Ebel talks too much. He acts out in class. He employs “attention-getting devices.” And now even Patreon is jumping on me for this… except they’re actually praising me. Go figure. But what strikes me is… wow… 95%? I’m more active than ninety-five percent of
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The Blank Page

Making a Creative Brief for a New Album

One of the challenges that comes with every new album is wrapping a complete creative package around the music. You need photos, you need album art, you need posters and shirts and little promo graphics for emails and websites and GODDAMMIT CAN’T I JUST MAKE MUSIC?!? Making a creative brief isn’t my strong suit. Some
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Announcing A New Piano Rock Album

I’ve mentioned the term cognitive dissonance in my weekly streaming concerts. It’s been my focus for the last year or so, ever since a friend mentioned it in a political context. We all suffer from it, no matter what kind of Zen master you think you are. Cognitive Dissonance: Mental stress experienced by an individual
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Fake News, Robot Learning, And Mister Spock.

Time to start educating those who were duped by fake news NOW. Before it gets exponentially harder to spot. Last night Aaron and I ended up watching some old TNG episodes… specifically “Reunification”, the two-parter with Leonard Nimoy as Spock. 20-year-old-spoiler-alert: The entire plot hinges on a holographic fake of Spock. According to the Romulans,
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How I Record Guitar Parts (Even Though I SUCK At Guitar)

I am not a guitar player, but I write a lot of guitar-heavy music. Instead of faking it on the keyboard, I try to record real guitar parts for my demos. HERE’S HOW I MAKE IT SOUND DECENT (even though I SUCK at guitar.)

The High Orbit Holiday Special

The Piano Rocker’s Gift-Giving Guide

I’ll keep this brief since it’s the first week of December and you’re probably already sick of holiday stuff. Seuss Day is just around the corner and, depending on what planet you’re from, that means it’s gift-giving season. I’ve thought up a few ways to spend your money wisely and not incur the wrath of
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Fake News Detector

How To Spot Fake News

Here is the complete list of browser extensions, either released or in development, that will alert you when you’re looking at fake news, misleading stories, or outright propaganda:

Music Video: Epic Foliage

Aaron and I aren’t usually the leaf-peeping type, but with the amount of epic foliage in New Hampshire this fall we couldn’t resist. With a single GoPro and two motorcycles we traveled the back roads from Nashua to Francestown to Bennington and back. Usually we chatter away on the radios the whole time, but on
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How NOT To Use Automation as an Indie Musician

(Or “A Guide to Managing Your Robots Responsibly”) Robots are a dangerous thing. It’s no secret that I love my robots. After all: time flows like a raging river in one direction, money is just this thing that surges in and out of your life like a tide pool. Automation is what saves me the
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How I Cut My Stage Setup Time In Half

Audio snakes are available all over the place… but what if you’ve got more than audio? Here’s how I built my own snakes for audio, pedals, USB, Firewire, video, and more. This is how I cut my setup time IN HALF at every show I play. You honestly shouldn’t NEED a step-by-step how-to for this
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A Letter to the People of Earth

So… that just happened. I am sorry, Earthlings, but we have failed you. We tried to warn you; we seeded every conceivable villain into the heads of your best writers. Not to make your entertainment better, mind you, but to prepare you for what evil looks like. There weren’t many templates to remember, but most
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Dances With Robots

This is one of the most beautiful and inspiring things I’ve seen in a while. You know of my affinity for robots- I’m the type to say “please” and “thank you” to my Amazon Echo when I ask for things. But this woman has made it her goal to teach robots how to interact with
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