Straight From The “Butcher’s Mouth”

In case you haven’t seen the And Then There Were None Dance Contest Entry our staff submitted some time ago, you may not realize that around here, we are big fans of the video game Rock Band, for what should be obvious reasons.

Now we’ve already played Underoath’s “Desperate Times, Desperate Measures” too many times to count (and witnessed the band fail out of their own song) so we thought “hey, we should try and get some of our other bands on here!”

It seemed like an easy enough objective, and now that we’re able to format and add whichever songs to the Rock Band Store we choose, one that could be accomplished in the (somewhat) near future. This was of course until we came to the realization how much work it actually takes to format a song for Rock Band.

Every detail of a song can and does need to be programmed: drum hits, spotlights, crowd movement, guitar strumming…you name it, someone (not yours truly, luckily – there’s an intern and two other trained staff members for that) needs to program it.

So of all the songs we could’ve chosen for our first venture into Rock Band Programming, which did we select?

Emery’s “The Butcher’s Mouth.”
An excellent choice in my humble opinion.

So now, after many man-hours, the song is currently in the testing phase. Needless to say, most of us have taken a crack at “auditioning” it. My first try was doing guitar on Hard and in no-fail mode. My score? 53%. Yeah, embarrassing. Tell me about it. I didn’t do so bad in Medium but nothing compared to John, who got something like an 85% on Expert. Show off.

Now we’re not exactly sure how long it’s going to take to actually get the song completely formatted and into the store, but we wanted to give our loyal readers of The Official Tooth & Nail Blog a heads up, and a sneak peek at our handiwork.