Update on the Album

 

The new album is coming along really well, with a large portion of the songs either completely mixed or getting very, very close. Unfortunately, my original estimate of a mid-October release may need to be pushed back ever so slightly, but for good reason. I’ve actually decided to track a few more songs that have been on the back burner, ones that I think very much deserve to get their shot on this album. I’m hoping for sometime in November.

Despite the delay, I’m still really excited to get this collection of songs out there. In many ways I think it will serve as a recap of where I’ve been musically in the ten years since I recorded my last solo effort, Trap Door. My jazz, rock and blues influences, as prominently displayed on my work with Eighth Whale, will downplayed the most, I think. They may still show themselves from time to time on a few tracks. In their place will be a renewed interest in stoner, post-rock, psychedelic, world music, and even some metal-esc undertones. Of course there will still be quite a few drone, experimental and soundscape tracks, many of which are being filtered through the lens of analog synths and electronic drum machines.

Confused by that description? Basically, all you need to do is mix burning off impurities era Grails with a sun that never sets era Neurosis, throw on some pre-80’s King Crimson and Pink Floyd’s live at Pompeii, pile on some Boards of Canada and Nine Inch Nail’s Ghosts I-IV,  and finally blend in some Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Om, Sleep, and Swans for a little flavor.  Should be interesting!

Cheap Gear? Never Fear!

Okay, my gear isn’t really all that cheap, but still very much in the realm of D.I.Y.  I figured It might be fun to share some pictures of my recording setup. Sorry about a few blurry pictures, maybe I should lay off the caffeine a little bit.

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Say what you will about the Presonus Tube Pre. Combined with the MXR d.i. + it sounds great on electric bass.
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50 watt tube amp cranked in a small closet with the door closed, The sennheiser e906 sounds great on it.
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Cables from the pedalboard stationed in the mixing room lead into the bedroom containing the closeted amp. Isolation is key!
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When recording alone, use a loop pedal to help with guitar amp mic placement. The looper will play the guitar while you concentrate on getting the best tone.
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drums before being mic’ed up. Bonus points if you can spot all the hidden Latin percussion.
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Sure beta 52 on the kick.
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the e906 sounds great on the snare too.
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AKG perception 170’s as overheads. A nice collection of low-mid level mics for recording drums.
Three keyboards and a guitar all in the same selfie. Awesome.
Three keyboards and a guitar all in the same selfie. Awesome.
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