Up to what?

… had a couple of weeks off and went camping, but took my old Macbook with me to start some pre production and programming for Hannah Brine… .. it’s going a bit French Pop so far.

Other stuff.. nearly done the One Cure For Man EP and am on track 3 of the Shortwave Fade stuff…. mixing stuff recorded by Jamie Ward (excellent engineer) to slot into the tracks I recorded with them.

About to start on the Free Control mixes: I popped in to see them record the stuff at Seamus Wong this week. Sounds lovely .. looking forwards to getting started.

Mastered some other bits and bobs including a school play and an EP for Peter Wyeth, which sounds dead nice.

Garage to Studio conversion : Council accepted plans as accurate.. just waiting objections from neighbours.

John R and I had a track we wrote for the WAA album but didn’t include picked up by a publisher for TV/Library music, too.

Busy as a bee.

Ooh, I came across some nice free AU’s via this blog. Trying them out on current mixes. Some nice ones. Will blog about them when time.

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New WAA video

I did this video a couple of months back. I found the footage and it seemed to fit like a glove with the song. The track’s from the WAA album out in a couple of weeks and I really love this song.

Everything’s live and ‘real’ (though separately recorded): the piano was recorded on a Macbook internal mic only at a school and it sounds ace. I did my best Emerson Lake and Palmer on wobbly synth and my best Mark King (with no fingers) on bass. JR did some really nice guitar,too. I really loved doing the ‘aah vocals’ There’s some mellotron (a sample but played live) and an old Casio keyboard I got for 50 p. When I mixed it, it felt like it needed to sound like it was done to tape: squishy and warm and ’70’s dull’.

No idea what JR’s verse and chorus is about, and I’m sure he feels the same about mine. Doesn’t matter, though, coz the end result’s pretty special.

This is Hopeless

A sneaky peek at the WAA single we’re plugging pre album launch.

The track holds a special place in my heart. It was the first track we wrote together, and actually the only one John and I wrote in the same room. The main parts of this started around 7 years ago. John came round to my studio and we, ahem, ‘jammed’ to a beat with glockenspiel, twinkly piano, bass and Mattel drum machine.

Initially we mixed it as an instrumental, but when we started the WAA project we dusted it off and John wrote some words. It’s perhaps the strongest song in the traditional sense we’ve written, and I love the warmth it emits.

I’m not entirely sure what John’s singing about, but I like the general feeling it gives me. I’m proud as anything to have been involved in it.

John did the video for this, too.

We are officially start pushing this next monday, I think, but for now, enjoy.

There’s a remix, too, which I knocked a video up for. The remix is super sexy. John did this as his sprlnr alter-ego. I did a little mixing and mastering on it as well as some BVs. This will be the second track of the free download version of ‘Hopeless’. Really hope you like them both.

The new year ahead and toodelloo 2010

Happy New Year all.

2010 felt like the busiest yet. Mixed and mastered a few dozen tracks/albums/remixes, recorded some nice people, went to Munich, helped write an Iphone App for Apple, cobbled some music videos together, finally completed the We Are Altered album (out soon!), did some remixes (one of em won a prize!) and my TV music was used internationally on Masterchef, Gadget Show, Fifth Gear, Greys Anatomy and loads of mid afternoon shows I’d love to watch if I were on the dole. The day job became a little less stressful, but it signalled the end of something and the start of something new. I technically have 6 months left in that position before I go back to being a lecturer solely, so for the last few months (actually the last few years) I’ve been looking at other plans. More of which later in 2011.

So.. what now? The We Are Altered album is very much central to January/february. We have to chose card, make up flipping loads of sleeves, chose a release date and mail to press. There’s some remixes to put out as a teaser, a single. It’ll trickle out to the world looking lovely, but no live dates to boost the profile traditionally, so we’ll have to see how the bloggers and press can help us.

I’ll still be doing remixes, but I need to promise myself that any stuff  I do for free needs to generate material for TV music: all the remixes I do have ideas that don’t fit.. I need to organise them into fully formed compositions for media music. Maybe I could use the RPM challenge to force myself into some structured writing… as ever, it depends on the day job, though.

So, Music and family at the heart of a new year.

Can’t wait.

1 11 10 Mastering Jamie Says, some remix action and One Cure for Man demos

Lots of marking tonight and before the ears went to sleep I mastered the Jamie Says remix. Mailed to Kyle.

Worked a little on the Local Natives remix. Got a structure and enough basic ideas really…next comes the moulding.

As I type this am listening to some One Cure For Man demos James sent me… really ace. There’s a slow build track called ‘Not a Word’ which is really really great.

John R has sorted the stickers out for the WAA album…. we trickle on!