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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…

Top 10 Do’s And Dont’s of Patreon

I’m posting this piece today in honor of my good buddy Pepper Coyote and his shiny new Patreon. It’s about time! Are you thinking of jumping on Patreon or Bandcamp or some other straight-to-fans subscription system? Righteous. It’s exciting and fulfilling, but could also kill your career entirely. (Paying attention now? Good.) I’ve been doing
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Thank You For Supporting “Cognitive Dissonance”

It’s been a long 30 days, but we did it. Cognitive Dissonance is now in production with real drums, guitar, bass, and even a real piano this time. We’re just shy of netting 200% of our original goal, but… we’ve still got room to grow. It’s Slacker-Backer Time I’ve already heard from a few people
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Pareto’s Law of Album Creation

I recently announced on Kickstarter that I would trade my art budget for the chance to record real (not digital) piano tracks. Most people will never notice the difference, but I believe the money was absolutely well spent. The difference is subtle, but an important part of album creation. Take a listen: The first half
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Two Days in Mad Oak Studios

We just spent two full days replacing the drums and re-amping guitar/bass parts at Mad Oak Studios. Many, many thanks to Shelly, Greg, Karasu, Richard, and Earl for coming to the recording session, I hope you had a great time! As I said on the Kickstarter page, the drums sound ENORMOUS compared to the basement
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Cognitive Dissonance and the War on Critical Thinking

Cognitive dissonance is more than just inconsistency in your stated beliefs (i.e. “but her emails” vs. “Pence’s personal AOL account”). It’s a breakdown of critical thinking that allows you to believe in contradictory concepts without resolving them. Or, to put it simply, it’s a lack of questions. Or maybe just a lack of answers you’re
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Help Me Make a New Album

It’s time to bring Cognitive Dissonance to life. For the next 30 days, I’ll be asking you to help make the next album happen. We don’t need much— just $3,000. The last time you helped me release an album, it broke $9,000 in less than a month, so hopefully we can at least get over
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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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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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