New year, new projects...
Currently, I am working on three records, one of which is my own.
The others are collaborations with two Brooklynites (and very good friends); Sophie Mae, and Yaier Zalcman.
For Sophie's record we are gathering a team of musicians to produce and contribute her music with the least interest in special effects and more with organic timbre (and I don't mean crumbling dirt in front of a microphone, even though it may be worth trying). This won't be an over produced record, but the combination of instruments will satisfy the motive of Sophie Mae's music and the sound of her voice.
You could check out her older recordings on the web.
Yaier (who I call Jerry) and I began scratch tracks for his guitar parts on a five song E.P hes been writing for. At the moment his band is separated so we're calling on my friend Walker Esner to record drums, and I or Jerry will be laying down the bass lines. This will be a heavy-hitting rock record, which fulfills my love for dirty guitars and loud, obnoxious but tasteful drums and bass. I am looking forward to finishing this E.P in the near future.
The solo material I am recording is for my first E.P. I am fully writing, and producing this record only by using whichever materials I find in my apartment worthy of placing within the tracks. My love for grit and room sounds plays a huge role for the concepts I am writing about. Each song has its own personality and by getting as much of the place I live involved, I hope it will create an overall personality for the record. And if the snow clears up soon, I will be able to record in my backyard and have my Jewish neighbors contribute with their Sunday morning car-horn orchestra practice (however, it seems they've already succeeded).
I have been discussing more collaborations with some friends such as Pete Mchugh of the band Elemeno, more currently "Rival Tribes" who of which I recorded in the past and worked on small projects with. And another collaboration with Aaron Maine for his new project "Porches"
All in all there will be an update of music soon for the minimal amount of people who visit this website and are interested in what I am doing. I assure anybody who stumbles upon this page without any knowledge of it will be APPALLED, and turned on by the music they're discovering.
Until then, I leave you on the edge of your seat.
Friday, October 22, 2010
Zona Mexicana is named after a fine mexican restaurant and consists of... Hart Seely (guitar/vocals), Zephyr Prusinski (bass/vocals), and Cameron Wisch (drums/vocals).
We recorded these two songs at one of SUNY Purchase's recording studios.
Watching them play will leave you breathless, and I'm glad I had the chance to work with them... I almost suffocated.
We began working on this record Fall 2009 and finished in the beginning of Summer 2010.
I recorded Space Ghost Cowboys previous album to Porcupine that was called The Sad Album. Each record is very different in terms of quality. The Sad Album I recorded only with my laptop and MBox in the summer of 2008 out in Pleasantville, NY. We tracked at various locations for that record, it took us over a year to finish. Porcupine was recorded in a conventional studio in Westchester, and then through the help of friend and studio owner Marc Fuller, we mixed the record in Edie Road Studios located upstate NY, June 2010.
Space Ghost Cowboys will be beginning their national tour November 4, 2010 with Ramona Cordova.
If you are interested in checking out their dates you can visit their webpage at:
Space Ghost Cowboys
Thursday, October 21, 2010
We began recording this album digitally, with low-fidelity in mind. This approach did not work as well as we expected and we needed to find a new means of tracking. There was a tape machine in nearby Westchester for use, so we decided to scratch all the old takes and start over at this new studio. This would be the first time I ever recorded anything completely analog.
The plan was to record everything as if it were a Motown record.
I created guidelines in order of pursuing this goal.
-We couldn't use more than 8-tracks
-Everything was to be tracked and mixed onto tape
-The band needed to record live
-The dual-vocal lead was to be occupied by one microphone
-We needed to use as many ribbon microphones as possible
Simple tasks, maybe not exactly how Motown did it, but were effective for the studio and the equipment provided.
I included three tracks off this album on my playlist, which are "Admit" "I Knew It" and "Get Yers"
Please have a listen, I hope you enjoy what you hear.