The Secret Origin of Batman’s Theme Song!

Here’s a little project from the archives that I recently edited and remixed. A few years ago, Hudson and I used to pretend play Batman and Robin all the time, so I taught him the classic 1960’s Batman TV theme song on the piano. Eventually, I decided to cover the song with Hudson and make a video. It was our 2nd big project together and he worked on it with me like a champ! He was just 4 years old at the time.

For the music production, I only had a couple of synths back then. We mainly featured Hudson’s Casio MT-68, a classic mini keyboard from the 1980’s that I had originally purchased when I was a kid. We also used a MicroKorg for vocoding and the other synth sounds including bass. The music production software was Ableton Live and I cut the video with Final Cut Pro X.

Fun details:

  • We paid tribute to the legendary Amen Break during Hudson’s battle-dance at :52.
  • When Robin suggests going to the Bat Studio to make a theme song, Batman is out of the chair before Robin even finishes speaking. lol!
  • What classic record is in some of the shots?
  • Why does Robin have a tag on his cape? haha!

As our skills improve, our latest productions have a little more attention to detail but for me, this video preserves some very special playtimes for us. It makes me happy and I hope you enjoy—The Secret Origin of Batman’s Theme Song!

Father-Son Cover of The Robots by Kraftwerk

My 2016 winter project with Hudson is finished! Here are some notes about the production process.

Backstory: I discovered Kraftwerk when I was around 11 years old and became a huge fan. They inspired my love of electronic music–which I now enjoy sharing with my son. When a friend suggested that we should cover a Kraftwerk song, I knew The Robots would be fun to work on…

In addition to teaching my son about the production process and having fun with synths, I wanted to learn more about how Kraftwerk crafted their arrangements. It was also a great opportunity to study sound design and learn how to use some of my new synthesizers.

Almost all of the synths used to make the track were in the video: a Moog Mother-32 for bass, Roland JU-06 for chordal parts, Korg Arp Odyssey for various synth parts and a PO-12 Pocket Operator–a tiny drum machine by Teenage Engineering. Off-screen, we used a Novation MiniNova for Vocoding and I also layered a custom kick and clap to boost the PO-12 beat.

We loosely based our video off of the 1970s original from Kraftwerk. I made our neckties by soldering an led light kit. I used Ableton Live 9 for music production and Final Cut Pro X to edit the video. And, I had a little help with color correction from Hudson’s Mom, Scarlet–an awesome graphic designer. Also, Hudson insisted on having the counter on his head (at :23) so Scarlet helped photoshop his photo.

We hope you enjoy…The Robots!

First, check out the original version by Kraftwerk if you haven’t already seen and heard it:

And here is our cover:

Hudson and Andrew cover Voyager by Daft Punk

I had my first music collaboration with my son when he was 3. We both loved Daft Punk so I thought it might be fun to cover Voyager, from the legendary Discovery album. Voyager has a deep, soulful chord progression and I wanted to produce the song with just samples from toys and instruments in my son’s room. I did, however, bring in my electric bass and fretted the notes while Hudson picked and plucked the strings.

It turned out to be a really fun project. Hudson was a great sport and we had a lot of fun recording everything that made a sound in his room. We’ve continued our tradition of making music and videos together and I look forward to sharing more of our work here soon.

We hope you enjoy our ‘Playtime’ cover of Voyager: