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Junkyard Symphony's Robot Rock!

           While Junkyard Symphony was officially formed in 1992, the idea began in 1988 at Jonny Olsen’s high school, Bell High School in Nepean, Ontario, were he and fellow concert band musicians put aside their flutes and tubas and instead used recycled bins and bottle shakers to create an ‘Enviro-band’ for the school’s Earth Day ceremonies. It was a hit! A few years later, Jonny was performing solo with his junk instruments on the Sparks Street Mall when an Ottawa Citizen reporter took Jonny’s picture and put it on the front page the next day, calling what he did a ‘JUNKYARD SYMPHONY’. It was then that the name was born.
           During the 80’s and early 90’s, when Junkyard Symphony was developing, a popular style of music was Synth/Rock, a style that has stuck with Junkyard Symphony over the years in their show tune choices. It was therefore an easy choice to choose Synth/Rock as the defining style on the Robot Rock album that would commemorate Junkyard Symphony’s 25th anniversary.
           The title song Robot Rock, was created for Junkyard Symphony’s 12 foot recycled robot marionette, Rumblebot to dance to. There are three versions of the song, each more complex than the other, giving the Rumblebot operators three varying degrees of choreographic challenges. Other songs on the album cover themes such as recycling, space, friendship, composting, dinosaurs, electric cars, and water. The album is suitable for all ages

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Song Information
Track 1: Robot Rock
First Released: Album: Robot Rock, 2017
Duration: 3 minutes 07 seconds
Recorded at: Johnny Hall Productions, 2017
Sound Engineering: Eric Eggleston
Mastering:Mauricio Gargel
Composer: Jonny Olsen
Lyrics: Jonny Olsen
Musicians
Jonny Olsen: Music programming, vocals, robot vocals, rumble drum, elektrik shaver, pvc didjeridu, paper towel dispenser
Nadine Nesrallah: Vocals
Alex Wickham: Vocals
Mary Gellner: Vocals
Rylan Schwarze: Junk percussion
Eric Eggleston: Elektrik guitar, junk ukelele
Special Notes
The Robot Rock was recorded so that Junkyard Symphony's 12 foot recycled Robot, Rumblebot would have a song to dance along to in their shows. It was the first song record on the album in March of 2016. Rumblebot dances, lights up, and plays his rumble drum which comprises of 200 ping pong balls in his belly that rumble when they are mixed about. He has buttons that spin about and a horn that honks. Rumblebot is a reverse marionette in that his strings come down, so small children are able to make him dance. Their are three versions of this song on the album to give the Rumblebot operators three degrees of challenges.
Click here for lyrics to this song

Track 2: Elektrik Cars on Mars
First Released: Album: Robot Rock, 2017
Duration: 2 minutes 47 seconds
Recorded at: Johnny Hall Productions, 2017
Sound Engineering: Eric Eggleston
Mastering:Mauricio Gargel
Composer: Jonny Olsen
Lyrics: Jonny Olsen
Musicians
Jonny Olsen: Music programming, vocals, robot vocals, rap vocals
Mary Gellner: Vocals
Mark Wilson: Junk percussion
Eric Eggleston: Elektrik guitar, junk ukelele, sound samples
Special Notes
Elektrik Cars of Mars was firt written as an instumental song in the style of 80's video game music, but eventually lyrics came into the song, as well as a rap, and a whole lot of weird dub step sounds. The song is intended to promote electricity a favoured propulsion system for vehiciles, not just for cars on Mars, but Earth as well.
Click here for lyrics to this song

Track 3: RuMbleDanCe
First Released: Album: Robot Rock, 2017
Duration: 3 minutes 16 seconds
Recorded at: Johnny Hall Productions, 2017
Sound Engineering: Eric Eggleston
Mastering:Mauricio Gargel
Composer: Jonny Olsen
Lyrics: Jonny Olsen
Musicians
Jonny Olsen: Music programming, vocals, robot vocals, junk percussion, didjeridu
Mary Gellner: Vocals
Alex Wickham: Junk percussion
Dave Olsen: piano
Lee Jessen: cigar box guitar
Eric Eggleston: Elektrik guitar, sound samples
Special Notes
This song was written specifcally for Junkyard Symphony's finale in their show. It has a fast tempo and lots of specific stops for audience participation and cheers.
Click here for lyrics to this song

Track 4: Don't You Lose Me
First Released: Album: Robot Rock, 2017
Duration: 4 minutes 38 seconds
Recorded at: Johnny Hall Productions, 2017
Sound Engineering: Eric Eggleston
Mastering:Mauricio Gargel
Composer: Jonny Olsen
Lyrics: Jonny Olsen
Musicians
Jonny Olsen: Music programming, vocals, robot vocals, junk percussion, didjeridu, bongos, djembe
Mary Gellner: Vocals
Nadine Nesrallah: Vocals
Dayv Luciak: Junk bass
Summer Luciak: Toddler talking
Alex Wickham: Junk percussion
Kyle Felhaver: Fiddle
Derek Debeer: Vocals, congas, shaker
Eric Eggleston: Elektrik guitar, sound samples
Special Notes
Don't you lose me is about how people often overlook the wonderful friendships that they have. It features an awesome fiddle solo as well as some zulu translations of the song title
Click here for lyrics to this song

Track 5: Composting is Crazy
First Released: Album: Robot Rock, 2017
Duration: 4 minutes 47 seconds
Recorded at: Johnny Hall Productions, 2017
Sound Engineering: Eric Eggleston
Mastering:Mauricio Gargel
Composer: Jonny Olsen
Lyrics: Jonny Olsen
Musicians
Jonny Olsen: Music programming, vocals, robot vocals, junk percussion, bongos, djembe
Mary Gellner: Vocals
Chris Zimmerman: Junk percussion
Eric Eggleston: Elektrik guitar, sound samples
Special Notes
Sometimes composting is crazy... but only when you are lazy! Jonny's son Jake loves this song, because of the cat meow at the end. People wonder why there is a cat meow at the end. It's because a racoon chitter is not very recongnizable.
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Track 6: Water
First Released: Album: Robot Rock, 2017
Duration: 4 minutes 44 seconds
Recorded at: Johnny Hall Productions, 2017
Sound Engineering: Eric Eggleston
Mastering:Mauricio Gargel
Composer: Jonny Olsen
Lyrics: Jonny Olsen
Musicians
Jonny Olsen: Music programming, vocals, robot vocals, junk percussion, water sounds, bongos, djembe
Mary Gellner: Vocals
Nadine Nesrallah: Vocals
Sacha Contant-Nagy: Junk percussion
Eric Eggleston: Elektrik guitar, sound samples
Special Notes
The idea for this song came from Mary, who thought that water would be an interesting environmental topic, and it is!
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Track 7: Do the Recycle
First Released: Album: Robot Rock, 2017
Duration: 3 minutes 29 seconds
Recorded at: Johnny Hall Productions, 2017
Sound Engineering: Eric Eggleston
Mastering:Mauricio Gargel
Composer: Jonny Olsen
Lyrics: Jonny Olsen
Musicians
Jonny Olsen: Music programming, vocals, robot vocals, junk percussion, elektrik steel drum, bongos, djembe
Mary Gellner: Vocals
Chris Zimmerman: Junk percussion
Kyle Felhaver: Fiddle
Eric Eggleston: Elektrik guitar,junk ukkelele, sound samples
Special Notes
Do the Recycle is a type of dance, but it's also a good waste diversion practice!
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Track 8: We've Been Here a Short Time
First Released: Album: Robot Rock, 2017
Duration: 3 minutes 43 seconds
Recorded at: Johnny Hall Productions, 2017
Sound Engineering: Eric Eggleston
Mastering:Mauricio Gargel
Composer: Jonny Olsen
Lyrics: Jonny Olsen
Musicians
Jonny Olsen: Music programming, vocals, robot vocals, junk percussion, bongos, djembe
Mary Gellner: Vocals
Dave Olsen: piano
Rylan Schwarze: Junk percussion
Eric Eggleston: Elektrik guitar, sound samples
Special Notes
Humans have been here on earth for a short time. Let's hope it's for a long time! Dave's brother Jonny does a fantastic jazz piano solo.
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Track 9: D-Cell
First Released: Album: Robot Rock, 2017
Duration: 5 minutes 57 seconds
Recorded at: Johnny Hall Productions, 2017
Sound Engineering: Eric Eggleston
Mastering:Mauricio Gargel
Composer: Jonny Olsen
Lyrics: Jonny Olsen
Musicians
Jonny Olsen: Music programming, robot vocals, junk percussion, bongos, djembe
Sacha Contant-Nagy: Junk percussion
Eric Eggleston: Elektrik guitar, sound samples
Special Notes
The D-Cell is is where Rumblebot's heart is found. The heart gives rhythm, and gives life. This song is in the language of robotish.
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Track 10: Lighthouse
First Released: Album: Robot Rock, 2017
Duration: 5 minutes 06 seconds
Recorded at: Johnny Hall Productions, 2017
Sound Engineering: Eric Eggleston
Mastering:Mauricio Gargel
Composer: Jonny Olsen
Lyrics: Jonny Olsen
Musicians
Mary Gellner: Vocals
Jonny Olsen: Music programming, vocals, robot vocals, junk percussion, bongos, djembe, shaker
Kyle Felhaver: Fiddle
Alex Wickham: Junk percussion
Eric Eggleston: Elektrik guitar, sound samples
Special Notes
A person who is a lighthouse is someone who helps others. Don't be a rocky shore. Be a lighthouse!
Click here for lyrics to this song

Track 11: Europa's Frozen Ocean
First Released: Album: Robot Rock, 2017
Duration: 5 minutes 24 seconds
Recorded at: Johnny Hall Productions, 2017
Sound Engineering: Eric Eggleston
Mastering:Mauricio Gargel
Composer: Jonny Olsen
Lyrics: Jonny Olsen
Musicians
Mary Gellner: Vocals
Jonny Olsen: Music programming, vocals, robot vocals, junk percussion, bongos, djembe, shaker
Dave Olsen: elektrik flute, elektrik trumpet
Mark Wilson: Junk percussion
Eric Eggleston: Elektrik guitar, sound samples
Special Notes
Hopefully there is life on Europa, a moon of Jupiter. But we just don't know.
Click here for lyrics to this song

Track 12: RuMbleDanCe Xtendamix
First Released: Album: Robot Rock, 2017
Duration: 6 minutes 00 seconds
Recorded at: Johnny Hall Productions, 2017
Sound Engineering: Eric Eggleston
Mastering:Mauricio Gargel
Composer: Jonny Olsen
Lyrics: Jonny Olsen
Musicians
Jonny Olsen: Music programming, vocals, robot vocals, junk percussion, didjeridu
Mary Gellner: Vocals
Nadine Nesrallah: Vocals
Joey Nesrallah: Vocals
Alex Wickham: Junk percussion
Dave Olsen: piano
Lee Jessen: cigar box guitar
Derek Debeer: Congas, shaker
Eric Eggleston: Elektrik guitar, sound samples
Special Notes
This song was written specifcally for Junkyard Symphony's finale in their show. It has a fast tempo and lots of specific stops for audience participation and cheers. The Extendamix version was written to include extra music for break dancers in the performance.
Click here for lyrics to this song

Track 13: Elektrik Cars on Mars Xtendamix
First Released: Album: Robot Rock, 2017
Duration: 2 minutes 47 seconds
Recorded at: Johnny Hall Productions, 2017
Sound Engineering: Eric Eggleston
Mastering:Mauricio Gargel
Composer: Jonny Olsen
Lyrics: Jonny Olsen
Musicians
Jonny Olsen: Music programming, vocals, robot vocals, rap vocals
Mary Gellner: Vocals
Mark Wilson: Junk percussion
Eric Eggleston: Elektrik guitar, junk ukelele, sound samples
Special Notes
Elektrik Cars of Mars was firt written as an instumental song in the style of 80's video game music, but eventually lyrics came into the song, as well as a rap, and a whole lot of weird dub step sounds. The song is intended to promote electricity a favoured propulsion system for vehiciles, not just for cars on Mars, but Earth as well. The extended version has a little more rap.
Click here for lyrics to this song

Track 14: Robot Rock Xtendamix
First Released: Album: Robot Rock, 2017
Duration: 4 minutes 56 seconds
Recorded at: Johnny Hall Productions, 2017
Sound Engineering: Eric Eggleston
Mastering:Mauricio Gargel
Composer: Jonny Olsen
Lyrics: Jonny Olsen
Musicians
Jonny Olsen: Music programming, vocals, robot vocals, rumble drum, elektrik shaver, pvc didjeridu, paper towel dispenser
Nadine Nesrallah: Vocals
Alex Wickham: Vocals
Mary Gellner: Vocals
Rylan Schwarze: Junk percussion
Eric Eggleston: Elektrik guitar, junk ukelele
Special Notes
The Robot Rock Exentded version was created to give the Rumblebot operators a more challenging routine to perform.
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Track 15: Little Robot Rock
First Released: Album: Robot Rock, 2017
Duration: 3 minutes 11 seconds
Recorded at: Johnny Hall Productions, 2017
Sound Engineering: Eric Eggleston
Mastering:Mauricio Gargel
Composer: Jonny Olsen
Lyrics: Jonny Olsen
Musicians
Jonny Olsen: Music programming, vocals, robot vocals, rumble drum, elektrik shaver, pvc didjeridu, paper towel dispenser
Nadine Nesrallah: Vocals
Alex Wickham: Vocals
Rylan Schwarze: Junk percussion
Eric Eggleston: Elektrik guitar
Special Notes
The Little Robot Rock was the very first song recorded on the album. It's raw groovy rhtyhms work well for the Rumblebot operators.
Click here for lyrics to this song


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