America’s Biggest Underground Recording Artist
Americas Biggest Underground Recording Artist

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R. Stevie Moore isn’t exactly a household name, but he might just be the most prolific musician in America. With a career spanning 50 years and over 400 albums, Stevie is a pioneer of low fidelity music. His love began at a young age, writing and recording tracks out of his basement. Years later, he took home recording to the next level, producing over 4,000 songs and finding fans in bands like the Talking Heads and The B-52s. Now, he’s moving up and out of the basement, playing concerts and festivals around the world. SUBSCRIBE: This story is a part of our Human Condition series. Come along and let us connect you to some of the most peculiar, stirring, extraordinary, and distinctive people in the world. Got a story idea for us? Shoot us an email at hey [at] GreatBigStory [dot] com Follow us behind the scenes on Instagram: Make our acquaintance on Facebook: Give us a shout on Twitter: Come hang with us on Vimeo: Visit our world directly:


Darsh : He's a real musician. Doesn't seem like the type who does it for the money or fame but rather for the love of music.

Super Scared Corncutt : My favorite quote is "bad music is brilliant", it's such an important thing to understand as a musician who only seeks "perfection"

Johannes Brahms : OMG!!! My jaw dropped when I saw this in my feed, R. Stevie Moore is finally getting his great big story!!! Love him so much

Boy Aditya : Wow... He's pretty much the pioneer of bedroom musician...

Arya Respati : finally some attention for him!!

R G : *starts going through his entire discography*

Shiroshika : This guys is a national treasure. Keep on rockin', Sir!

thescowlingschnauzer : 1:59 Was that "It's a diary of sound" or "It's a diarrhea of sound"?

Surftons official : Damn, this makes me want to keep up with my indie music project.

Te Hao Boon : One of my favourite musicians of all time!!! For newcomers check out the compilation album "Meet The R Stevie Moore"!

Bearzalski : No better duo then him and Ariel Pink

Eric Coombs : DIY at its best!!

Johny T : living legend right there folks. a songwriter that has stood the test of time and will be remembered for generations to come.Go see him live when he lands in your town.

TeenTitansPokeFreak : I bet u it’s the beard

mike hutchison : OG bedroom pop

ThunderWiring : interesting person, indeed

Danar : Thank you so much Great Big Story for awesome video.

Around The Good World : He's so Rock'n'roll \m/ You're such a great inspiration for my channel. Keep it up :)

Ashley Miranda : I don't know his music but THAT'S A VOICE!!!

Bantiarna Mac Rághnaill : Fantastic!! I'm absolutely in love with this man!! Thank you for featuring him! 💕🎶

FiTZ : Amazing energy! We have a guy like that in our small retro gamedev community. He's in his 60's and making one game after another. I hope & wish to have that kind of passion at that age - or even right now. I mean, I've always been doodling or writing something, that's my idea of time well spent, but I get lost in trying to polish things, level up, do something BIG, and very often I forget to just have with it.

tired jennifer : his voice is so soothing! i bet his music is absolutely amazing :)

Andrie Alinsangao : 1:05, proof that Elvis was the first oppa! AHAHAHAHA!!!!!

SIRIOSIRIS : man this guy is soo cool

GeorgeTheRock : One of your best videos

joe corpus : I think we all are still little kids

Distilled meat : Oh wow he follows me on Instagram and comments on almost all of my posts!!! I had no idea how big he really was!!!

TheChilaxicle : Opening track is "I Like To Stay Home" for anyone curious

Thalia Isomura : This is so cute 💙 I love this video of him!

craig garwood : I'm so glad he's at least almost getting the recognition he deserves.

1phazon : Can't believe I didn't know about this guy. So cool to discover him now though. His history validates my own hermit recording tendencies. I thought maybe I was over-doing it, but maybe not. Thanks R. Stevie Moore!

MGZ : This guy is god

Dunford00 : this could of been longer, thanks never heard of him he reminds me of me when i was more creative!! awesome and inspiring

Karl Miller : Inspires me to do more recording no doubt and I need to...☮🔥

Dylan Is Stable : Cant believe they didn't run the ball........

Greg West : He never sold his sould, I reckon. :) Good on him.

AN GE LI CO : Are you and daniel johnston related?

Terry Hogan : That is one of most greatest stories I ever heard abous tell amazing

Don Pepe Ho : Damn Tech N9ne is under the impression he is #1 lol, i feel a callabo comin soon 😂

John Wayne : Tonetta is the underground king

Jason King : LET's say you're schizophrenic and tired. You: I'm so friggin tired. (You think to yourself: SO GO TO SLEEP THEN! {the brain works fast}) A SCHIZOPHRENIC MIGHT THINK ( I'm so friggin tired, BOBBY T [the character they think is in their head]: SO GO TO SLEEP THEN!) the idea that a character is your head can become more believable/intense if you give the character a unique voice that sounds different from yours. If you pay attention you'll realize that the entire thread of conversation is coming from YOU, a back and forth of thoughts made of your own biased expected responses. So if you thinks aliens are talking to you then if you ask a question YOU: what planet are you from? (and you expect or really want the answer to be Mars the person then your Gamer will purposely let you will hear your biased expectation) ALien: I'm from Mars. This is your gamer purposely letting you hear your thoughts in a way that makes you think someone's talking to you. Examples: Your thought 1: Are you an alien? (Person believes in ghosts, the brains works really fast) "Ghost": No I'm a ghost Your thought #2: Is this Nikola Tesla ( Person really wants believe it, gamer sees our thoughts and allows the response thought) "Tesla": Yes this is I, Nikola. (Often the person will imagine the voice in the way they imagine it) IF YOU PAY ATTENTION, THIS'LL HELP ALOT OF PEOPLE WHO THINK THEY'RE HEARING VOICES, YOU'LL REALIZE THAT YOU'RE POWERING THE ENTIRE CONVERSATION YOURSELF AND YOU CAN START THINKING NORMALLY BY PRACTICING THINKING IN FIRST PERSON. THINK IN FIRST PERSON AND THE 2ND VOICE WILL DISAPPEAR, BOTH VOICES ARE YOURS; IT'S ONLY YOUR MIND CREATING BIASED RESPONSES a.k.a RESPONSES THAT YOU EXPECT/DESIRE. YOUr thought 1: SHOULD I GET A DOG (YOU WANT A DOG) PLANT: YEA, GET A DOG, BUT DON'T FORGET ME. with practice talking in 1st person (lots of practice) your thoughts will streamline and you'll be able to make more conscious/complex/detailed decisions YOUR STREAMLINED thought 1: SHOULD I GET A DOG (YOU WANT A DOG), maybe, i've been taking care of my plant better, hmm, i think i'm ready to take of something more, but wait i don't really have room, maybe i could get a small dog or a,m.m. cat, maybe it's time for a move? There are no characters in your head, this is good news because it's a simple healthy psychological function of your mind that's being manipulated by our gamers. (Your mind thinking/predicting multiple responses to whatever you're thinking). All you have to do is practice realizing that both voices are yours and thinking to yourself in a more fluid way. For people who hear voices tell them to do terrible things, the answer is simply this; Pandas. If someone tells you not to think of pandas it's much more likely that you're going to think of pandas. People who hear hateful voices are suffering from of perversion of a healthy function (Your mind thinking/predicting multiple responses to whatever you're thinking) EXCEPT these people are CONSTANTLY SUFFERING THE OEDIPAL/IRONIC fate of hearing the thing they don't want to hear/trying to hear. YOU: I don't want to do drugs anymore. Oedipal thoughts responds :Do drugs do drugs! Eventually you might turn the response voice person or an alien or an evil sounding voice. Why would our gamers take a healthy, normal brain function and turn it schizophrenic. Easy; AGAIN, it's a preemptive crippling of people who they know have a higher chance of having high awareness/ being conscious/being aware of the simulation and the peculiarities that reveal we're in a simulation. At the end of the day treat schizophrenia like a trick being played on you that never ends because you're being played the fool,you're thinking and the response you Thinking/expecting is constantly relayed back to you so the conversation could practically go on forever. So people with schiz think they're having a convo with someone; Picture this you place a thought in a hole in a wall and then whatever response you were/expecting thinking comes back out the hole, you think someone's talking back too you but it'ss just the answer that your mind expect. SO there's practically a response to every query/thought. this will result in you thinking you're talking to someone. Especially if you instinctively, naturally, or as a creative person make the voice into another person. or ironically create more voice [in the sense that you're NOT trying to hear the voices and more thoughts come because you end up thinking harder about the thoughts you don't want.] a good method is to think a thought to death; suppressing/rejecting something like a powerful/important thought can force to circle through your head more harmfully and powerfully ////"/">:::::/""""""""""""">:>:::::>:>////"""""""""""""/////"/"/'/"/


Pen and Paper Operation : This man is unironically my hero.

Lost User : Aaaayyyyy love ya R. Stevie! Best guy not in the business

BigTime Ray : Great job bro 👍

TheFallOfMan : “Bad music is brillant.” I love that line

Jason King : The reason we think our world is real is because we have no idea what reality looks like. The world is a simulation/a physical zoo/we're a planet sized ant farm made by a practically unfathomably advanced civilization and we’re all essentially the property/characters for beings in a different/higher dimension than us. What we think is our reality is essentially a toy world for another civilization. We’re all controlled via what I call a Sensory Manipulation Cloud (SMC) The symptoms of schizophrenia and dissociative identity disorder THE SAME as consciously experiencing the SMC (something we're not supposed to be able to do, but can do by thinking through your actions always choosing the best/most moral action, strengthening our 5 senses, being loving, working hard and staying lighthearted). For these reasons (and luck) I’m more conscious or experiencing consciousness on a higher level than the rest of society. I meditate a lot, I don’t smoke weed or do any hallucinogens (I do smoke cigarettes). I'm guessing whatever civilization owns us, the ratio their to our existences is Human to Petri Dish or Human to Animal; meaning they're viewing us through completely different paradigm, probably like owning property. Schizophrenia and certain mental disorders are a preemptive crippling of people who they know have a higher chance of having high awareness/ being conscious/being aware of the simulation and the peculiarities that reveal we're in a simulation (Autistic Savants? Highly Empathetic Intelligent people with mental disorders?). Schizophrenia Delusions. These are false beliefs that are not based in reality. For example, you think that you're being harmed or harassed; certain gestures or comments are directed at you; you have exceptional ability or fame; another person is in love with you; or a major catastrophe is about to occur. Delusions occur in most people with schizophrenia. Hallucinations. These usually involve seeing or hearing things that don't exist. Yet for the person with schizophrenia, they have the full force and impact of a normal experience. Hallucinations can be in any of the senses, but hearing voices is the most common hallucination. Disorganized thinking (speech). Disorganized thinking is inferred from disorganized speech. Effective communication can be impaired, and answers to questions may be partially or completely unrelated. Rarely, speech may include putting together meaningless words that can't be understood, sometimes known as word salad. Extremely disorganized or abnormal motor behavior. This may show in a number of ways, from childlike silliness to unpredictable agitation. Behavior isn't focused on a goal, so it's hard to do tasks. Behavior can include resistance to instructions, inappropriate or bizarre posture, a complete lack of response, or useless and excessive movement. Negative symptoms. This refers to reduced or lack of ability to function normally. For example, the person may neglect personal hygiene or appear to lack emotion (doesn't make eye contact, doesn't change facial expressions or speaks in a monotone). Also, the person may have lose interest in everyday activities, socially withdraw or lack the ability to experience pleasure. Schizophrenia/ Dissociative - Delusion Grandeur, Seeing patterns, Highlighted Coincidence, Hearing Voices, Word Salad, Persecution, Inability to Distinguish Internal External Forces. Sudden Loss of Memory, Emotional Catatonia, Extreme Changes in Perception (like you’re in movie, looking at yourself from above) Imagining voices coming from other people or objects EXPERIENCING THE SMC CONSCIOUSLY SMC, Sensory Manipulation Cloud, [ [functions as a manipulable optical illusion, essentially you're living in a PHOTOSHOP/SPECIAL FX bubble]] – an undetectable amorphous cloud made of light, is on every human on earth. Manages our personality in two ways, a thicker membrane that’s closer to the face, and I think it thins out into a cloud further away from the body. The membrane on the face manipulates and shapes our face/emotions/lips movements. The outer cloud alters how we perceive the world. The entire cloud is invisible to all of us for some reason but I’ve started becoming aware of mine a few years ago. This cloud is adjusted by degrees smaller than a pin point to affect our perception ( make the world seem bigger, smaller, affect motor skills by toying with our visual perception, can be adjusted to make the world appear scary/moody, beautiful, cinematic/movie like/slower/faster/ more open/ more claustrophobic, make it look like you have four arms, can subtly highlight certain things to make you form certain patterns/superstitious like beliefs like noticing a certain color everywhere suddenly, make a person look bigger than you [a person looks than bigger than you if you admire or are intimidated by them], subtly/suddenly changing your perception mid-thought so you forget suddenly what you're thinking/brain fart, highlight people or thinking, subtly make the cloud denser in certain places so you don't focus on an object or information. Pay attention to when you read, you'll notice you skip over certain words [this is done to control our paradigms, and what we absorb, I'm guessing after a lifetime of being manipulated this way a person's personality can be guided ]) I’m assuming every human's SMC cloud is unique like an IP address. The SMC densities can be altered to recreate different sensations, Everyone has emotions and each of those emotions have corresponding feelings . The SMC can be fine tuned over and over to mimic feelings and their corresponding sensations, until we're controlled in a pavlovian/reward-response/manipulable way. I don't know why the SMC can't be detected by the typical eye or even scientific equipment. OUR GAMER can show us images in this cloud, usually based on what you're thinking, so it's easier for you to accept the images. You can form a conversation/theme/dialogue with someone you think is in your head but your gamer just uses something the mind naturally does . When you think a question or statement, your brain thinks of expected responses . Gamers use a self-perpetuated feedback technique based off this brain function where it seems like you're talking to someone but the responses are from YOUR GAMER JUST CONTINUALLY LETTING YOU HEAR RESPONSES THAT YOU NATURALLY EXPECT. ON TOP OF THAT THE RESPONSES YOU RECEIVE [TO YOUR THOUGHTS] ARE GOING TO BE BASED OFF YOUR PARADIGM/ MINDSET/ EMOTIONAL STATE.

Asian Filthy Frank : The lofi creator and legend

Wade Guidry : This is the true spirit of being a musician or any kind of artist. To me art is a creative expression of one's self. Art becomes diluted when it's monetized. I'm a professional visual artist and apparently a good guitarist. People always ask me why I'm not in a band. I reply that I paint/illustrate for a living and by doing so I'm at the mercy of whatever the customer wants. I play the guitar for ME.