Grand Theft Lumber: Early Chronicles of the GTA Adventure Community


“Probably a Tree” – a song about the trials and tribulations of easy to miss but hard to avoid trees in the game “GTA V”.

I had been responsible for coercing many of our clan’s players to deliberately crash their aircraft in the game for the cause. Composing the music, performing the instruments and singing all of the vocals in the song turned this into a fairly major project for me.

Video footage included several coordinated scenes with direction and effort made by many crew members. This was a LOT of fun during our nightly sessions.

The song and video then went semi-viral around the Reddit GTA community and also reposted by Rockstar Games’s own social club.

I believe the limiting factor in the video’s spread via Rockstar themselves was probably due to the R-rated single F-bomb in the lyrics, although since the topic of the video is about trees, the word was actually fir-kin. I guess a major screw-up on my part for thinking I’d get away with that. 😝

Instruments physically performed in this piece include: the Chinese Erhu, a traditional bowed instrument. The melodica, a wind instrument similar to combining a keyboard with a harmonica, and a regular hand played Concertina. The remainder of the instrumentation was then put together in the digital audio workstation: Renoise.

RedHeat Productions

The original logo was also one of my original contributions to the crew that has apparently stood the test of time. The crew emblem/logo can be put on cars and clothing in-game and is still in use on the GTAX/GTAA Crew (Clan) subreddit.

A few scraps of video of the Rockstar emblem creator used to put together a replica of the Reddit Snoo plus some crew-appropriate attire:

Legendary status accomplished!

Shenanigans afoot

The game Grand Theft Auto V is now multiplatform cross-play on newer consoles and so the two crews merged from the same subreddit- The GTAX Adventure crew for Xbox 360 with the GTA Adventure Crew for Playstation.

There have been other productions created from various crew events- here’s a couple of them for the sake of nostalgia! 😃

Please note that the quality of the video here is absurdly poor as I did not have video capture ability for my Xbox until much later, so these were shot by pointing a HD handy-cam video camera directly at my television screen! 😯🤣

Here are a few more- mostly for the memories.

When we could load North Yankton into multiplayer!
GTAA Does Top Gear Challenge including interviews
Creating a ring of Titan planes to use as a bike track

The Dam Busters was our first real accomplished video coordination effort, following the theme of the original movie including the long title sequence, as was common in that era.

Main Feature Film

Probably a Tree

Keep your eyes peeled- The track is included on the Not Safe for Life compilation coming out (by request of Commissioner Zdah) on April 1st 2022 on all streaming platforms. If you want a preview of the entire compilation, look no further:

Cover Art

Thanks for dropping by, these days while I do now have an Xbox Series S I haven’t really felt the pull of GTAV since I arrived very late to the platform, however I do still game and have spent quite a bit of time in No Man’s Sky.

If you would like to add me on Xbox, my tag is ”redheat” 😃

Meow Meow Meow Man’s Sky

I don’t usually get wonderful stuff so early in the morning but a twitter friend CaptainHarpo has just posted their visit to my No Man’s Sky build on a planet in the Euclid galaxy, a game that has stolen my heart because it is such a beautifully crafted procedurally generated universe that has some of the most innovative use of code I have seen since the demoscene ate my nightbacon.

Both myself (Xbox: redheat) and my wife Ilona-Ruby (Xbox: LaKittyPitty) have spend hardcore hours together exploring this work of art with all of the special expeditions completed too.

No Man’s Sky is a living, breathing thirteen gigabyte demo that just keeps getting better and better with each new update. Hello Games produces these updates at no additional expense and there are no micro transactions whatsoever in the game, it is amazing.

I have had a bash with the “Bytebeat” chiptune in-game synthesizer though I find it hard to work with such a small number of notes. In this base build, I used three groups of synths, two configured for C-major and the other for F-minor. This allowed me to make at least half of the Meow Meow Meow kitty song main melody. The Bytebeat song is actually long enough to recite the whole main verse but I had to make a choice between phrase complexity versus timbre, and I opted to make it sound awesome with layered timbre.

I have been told that automatically power cycling the animal farming equipment (the milkers) for drums was brilliant.

I look forward to seeing what is still yet to come as Hello Games surely has something very very special here.