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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…

Live at the Coffee Bunker – CoHo™

Live at the Coffee Bunker – CoHo™

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Coming Back To Tennessee For The First Time in Five Years

It’s been five years and change since I moved out of the Music City and I’m finally heading back… sort of. While I’m not making a stop in Nashville any time soon, Runtt and I are playing a show in Chattanooga this January! They recently put up a blurb on their own website (tangent: what
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Would you work for free?

The short version is this: Most reality TV shows, some news programs, even a few prime-time hits play all kinds of music… without paying a dime for it. After being played (and paid) by Breaking Bad, The Sopranos, Coke, and others, Whitey’s recent Facebook post has this response to yet another successful, profit-earning TV show
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I Get To Do Cool Shit For A Living

I Get To Do Cool Shit For A Living

Phase One of the Nerf Barricade steampunk conversion is complete: Main body colors changed from “please don’t shoot me, officer, this is a toy gun” to more subtle shades. The bright yellow became a hammered bronze look (which does that right out of the can… SCIENCE!). The orange parts became a more realistic gunmetal grey,
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Anthrocon 2013 Hands Out

Live at Anthrocon – The Complete Concert

Our complete concert from Anthrocon 2013. 90 minutes of piano rock and dancing fuzzy things!

The Good Life – Live in Pittsburgh

The Good Life – Live in Pittsburgh

Don’t forget, we’re playing THE ENTIRE CONCERT tomorrow night at 7pm EDT! Tune in at www.matthewebel.com/live

Live at Anthrocon Video Event October 9

Live at Anthrocon Video Event October 9

If you missed it, you won’t have to miss out. This year’s Anthrocon performance was quite literally the best show I’ve ever played in my career. The robots were cooperative, Runtt and I didn’t miss a single cue, and the audience was badder than Leroy Brown fist-fighting with Michael Jackson in a steel cage. My
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Building a MIDI-Controlled Light Show via Arduino, Part One

2017 UPDATE: I just realized I never finished this old article… I’ll be working on it during the first week of 2017 and should have something new soon! Sign up for updates and you’ll know when it’s done… Professional stage lighting is big, heavy, expensive, and complicated. Then again, professional album creation used to be
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10 Rules for Writing Your First Draft

Re-blogged with permission (hell, even encouragement) from Copyblogger.

When Consequences Come to Drive Away

When Consequences Come to Drive Away

This is the first time we’ve ever played “When Consequences Come” before a live audience, at least that I can remember. I don’t know why it took so long… it’s a very personal song and it seems to resonate with a lot of people. I guess I was worried that I couldn’t come up with
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Matthew’s Throat vs. The Evils of Commerce

Matthew’s Throat vs. The Evils of Commerce

It’s a cruel, double-edged sword, this convention thing. On the positive side, I get to meet all kinds of cool people wearing cool outfits and wielding cool props. On the negative, every dealer’s den (or sales floor, etc.) is the same torturous shout-fest no matter which convention I go to. Anthrocon‘s aircraft-hangar-sized room is by
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The Best Days Of Our Lives

There are those for whom the best days of their lives were their teenage years- high school, summer break, all the romantic crap that John Mellencamp and Brian Adams sang about in the 80’s. Then there are the rest of us whose high school years were made a living hell, mostly by that first group
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I Can’t Solder (In Bed)

You know you do it, I do too. You end every fortune cookie with a given phrase: …in bed. …except in bed. …with animals. (My old church youth leader taught us that one, actually.) Here’s a new one for you: Yet. There’s a huge difference between “I can’t do that” and “I can’t do that
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Autotune: Spawn of Satan or Delicate Tool?

Autotune: Spawn of Satan or Delicate Tool?

It’s 2013. Autotune has happened and we all have to live with it. For some artists (Swift, Spears), it’s the only way they can do a live show without being booed off the stage. For others (Counting Crows, Dylan, Petty), autotune would have destroyed the very sound that made them unique. In the 90’s, lip-synching
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I Wish I Were – Live at FWA 2013

I Wish I Were – Live at FWA 2013

Imagine, if you can, the future as prophesied by modern action thrillers. The holy texts are movies like Demolition Man and The Matrix. Nicholas Cage is a prophet. Society, apparently, is fucked, but at least the music is still good.

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