Tag Archives: Recording

One music per day

My recording challenge had a difficult start (major equipment issues that took many weeks to finally resolve) and came to a premature stop thanks to running out of space on Soundcloud. I did record quite a bit by my own standards though, so here is the final playlist:

Final thoughts on the project? Things to improve: be better prepared in terms of practicalities; be more disciplined. Positive effects: learning this new, amazing rig I have; having more courage to trust where the playing takes me; reduced recording stress. Finally I really need to have my guitar receive a thorough servicing (including a new fret and probably a new bridge).

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Recording challenge

A challenge, to make myself snap out of a creative funk. It is not a novel solution but I have not tried it before, so here we go – one clip of some kind of newly recorded music to be posted every day. Here is today’s result:

– which in turn gave rise to this:

If you want to follow this, I suggest you follow me Soundcloud (or visit the page regularly if not a member) because I will probably not update here each day.

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Recording musings

We have been recording a couple of demos in my home the last two days. It is very very very draining on your mind and soul, but in the end you suddenly have something that sounds actually rather good. I am also learning-as-I-go how to mix and (possibly) master a recording, in humble though the circumstances are.

I am not sure if these recordings are something that will ever be availiable for the general public, but I hope so. We are currently looking at doing formal recording (in an actual studio this time) in early April, but nothing has been decided on yet.

I may even tell you who “we” are at some point!

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First recordings

Ok, so I have started recording! Currently it is just guitar as I do not have a microphone yet, but that could very well be taken care of before christmas. Anyway, the guitar forum I am a member of has recurring jam sessions where someone puts together a backing track and anyone who feels like it can record a solo over it and submit the recording to the forum for final mixing by Gary, one of the members. I have taken part in the last two jams (numbers four and five) and below are the links to the relevant threads.

Unofficial Warmoth Jam #4 (I was actually on a break from the forum due to some drama, but came back for the jam, mine is the last one – my forum name is “kboman”)

Unofficial Warmoth Jam #5 (my solo is third)

I have some more stuff I am fiddling with, but that is for later. Thanks for listening if you do, I really am in some excellent company.

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Studio building, pt I

Finally! I am in the process of setting up recording capabilities in my home. I now have an audio interface and over the next few months I will add things like, oh, how about some microphones? Currently I have no other monitoring than headphones which clearly will not do: that part may prove the easiest to correct – if not ideally then at least acceptably.

When I get some software issues I am having sorted out I will start posting some specs and recordings. I just wanted to give a sign of life here…!

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Report from Studio Land #3

Been recording intensively with Keyo Ghettson this week for a demo to be used for promotion and reference for future rearrangements. I can not tell you how utterly mentally draining it is to record – for two days now I have arrived home  with a pounding headache, barely able to put together coherent sentences. Only one or two more days now, and then my guitar parts are done and Keyo will do the vocals in his own time.

Another development is the possible adding of more musicians. We will be meeting with a few instrumentalists and vocalists at the end of next week to see what might happen. Updates to follow!

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Report From Studio Land #2

I have just spent two days in a recording studio in Lund with Keyo Ghettson, laying down guitar for his songs. On the first day, I did all the basic guitar tracks – nine songs in eight ours including lunch break. For those of you who have not recorded in this tempo, let me tell you it is absolutely grueling work! The best parallell I can come up with is writing an exam at and advanced level (university level) for eight hours. Constant focus on keeping to the tempo of the click track, on playing the music without any mistakes, on playing cleanly without finger nail scrapes, chair squeaks or clicking toes (!) – and so on. It is quite a challenge, but we got it all down.

On day two, we revisited a couple of the songs with a few ideas for rearranging them with proper guitar solos instead of the bass figures I play live. I did one I was especially happy with, and then Keyo realised that the tempo did not feel right. Argh. I re-did the track with a slower tempo (and yes, it was better) and the engineer actually managed to move the solo to the new tempo in ProTools. It still sounds good, but not quite like it did in its own proper tempo. Oh well!

How finished the songs are is up to Keyo, I feel we have at least two to four of them down now. The next step is probably to do final vocals on as much as we can when Keyo is ready and rested, and then maybe sprinkle some decorative guitar and effects on top. My feeling is that the core is done, but obviously the last word is Keyo’s.

Studio Bengt

Photo from the control room of Studio Bengt by Mattias, our engineer. No actual bass guitar was recorded, but there may be some on the final product.

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Living out of a suitcase

I don’t intend for this to become a diary or something (at least not yet), but… Well I just moved, again. Me and my heart throb are living out of a few suitcases and bags with the majority of our stuff in bags and boxes in a friend’s garage. Currently, we rent a second hand apartment for two months – we have no idea where we will live on September 1st.

So, stressful times all around basically. I continue to look for employment while rehearsing with Keyo for our upcoming gigs and recording sessions. We currently have four gigs during the Malmö Festival and one in Lund a week later – this should provide some very good exposure for Keyo’s music. On the 4th of August we go into Studio Bengt in Lund to record as many of the songs as we can. It will be exhausting, but with discipline and good pacing we can do it.

Exact dates and times will be added to the gig page soon. Take care.

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New Adventures In Studio Land, pt II

All right, so that did not turn out very well. Two of eight songs were not recorded for some reason. My performances are so-so and the sound is too boomy with too little high end/clarity. They also lack the additional arrangements for bridges, intros, outros etcetera that I came up with the other day.

Keyo was unhappy with the results too and has chosen not to do any vocals this time around, we plan to do proper recording in a proper studio in a few weeks instead. Before proper recording we will also have the opportunity to do at least one gig, so hopefully nerves will be a smaller factor next time.

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New Adventures in Studio Land

Yesterday, I recorded my guitar parts for an upcoming album project. We are still in the “pre-production” stage, so this is more like a preliminary recording, to be used as a reference for future rehearsal/recording/arranging and for getting gigs.

We recorded in a small one room studio in Lund. It is generally used for laying down hip hop vocals, so after trying and failing to squeeze me, a chair and a guitar into the mic booth, I moved out to the sofa and we put the microphone stand over the armrest, bringing the microphone close to the guitar. Not exactly ideal, but it worked!

Then came the realisation that since I have not yet written down the arrangements for the songs with bar counts and intro/coda etc, I had no idea what the song structures were. Most of the guitar parts are very repetitive, so this was a real problem. We tried with Keyo sitting in the vocal booth quietly singing the lyrics, but it leaked too much into the mic. So, he had to stand and give a little wave for every transition into verse, chorus, bridge etc., keeping the song going in his head.

This actually worked well and I did something like four of eight songs in first takes. After a four hour session, including lunch break, my brain was well and truly fried and I went home for a very quiet night with dr House. Tomorrow is Keyo’s turn to do the vocals. I’m very curious as to how it will all sound in the end.

We are planning to do more intense rehearsing and arranging for a couple of weeks now, with our first gig the 30th of May. We hope to do final recording at the end of May too. More to come on this!

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