WOOT. Big ups to Michael at Vienna People for work on 'Slipping Through These Blues'. Looks like we're done.
Except for mastering.
Ok, still a bit to go.
As the title suggests, this is one wacky collection - ranging from Colonial Folk to Reggae via Japanese pop, all with Blues Harp. Yes, as a harp player, I have been able to go places where Harmonicas Fear To Tread.
We're so mutant we should have appeared in a Dr Who episode.
Enough of that, back to the grindstone. We gotta work harder if we want to earn a nice bottle of wine, or a coal license.
Good On ya Barry! We are the Rum Corps and there ain't no doubt about it. Stand up NSW and be proud! We're the meanest, most venal, grubbiest, on-the-take, forked tongued, side-mouth talkingest, sons-of-guns in New Holland. Look upon our works Ye Mighty and Tremble. Also, a couple bucks extra will get you a good seat up the front. Anyone for more wine?
And to think it's the day after we released our video. Any connection?
Nope. We're just filled with the JOY of being a proud Sydneysider, in the Premier...er...Ex-premier state!
Chronology has gone out the window. We had a surprise gig plus a videoclip shoot so this blog had to wait.
Right. So where was I? Oh I'd better recap:
When we last left the boys they had blocked out a week or so to finish the last 4 tracks for The Curious Assembly.
Friday - Give me something I want (covered here)
Saturday Sun Shines On (read on Macduff)
Sunday - Low Low and Downward Bound.(patience, I'll get to it.)
In the week and a half or so since then, we've finished mixing everything bar 'Slipping Through These Blues'. Yep that's right, we're just about done.
And now for this episode!
Recording the Sun Shines On.
Disclaimer: I fricking love this song.
Yeah I know ya gotta be supportive of all the arts..arti...musicla endeavours of your fellows, but this song does it for me.
Mr Wizard reacted so strongly to 'Cry For You' that he tried to dismantle it by adding chords to it. I valiantly resisted, insisting that it was in fact a new song, deserving of it's own lyrics.
I'm ever so crafty.
But, in the amusing manner in which this universe works, this newly hatched mutant thing was glorious. The Sun Shines On.
It's bleakly miserable yet freakishly powerful.
One small catch though; when we tested it out in rehearsal, I opted to move the vocal up an octave.
Right into my break range.
For those who aren't up on the whole singy-thingy, bio-mechanics are very important. Classical thought divides singing up into: Chest (resonance from the body), Head (resonance from...err..the head) and Falsetto where there's a lot of Nasal stuff.
Without going into excruciating detail, lets just say that this song is harder than usual for me as one of the notes lies right on the boundary between two singing zones. I can singer Higher or Lower with ease, but to hit that note cleanly? It's terrifying!
I love it.
Even Mr Wizard kindly offered to try a key change, but somehow the fact that it was hard seemed utterly appropriate for the song and frankly, I just need to work a bit harder.
So there was some trepidation about going into the studio for this one.
With oddly pitched note rehearsal copy in hand I sought the guidance of my Yoda, Ms Vicki. She listened to the guide track and looked apprehensive. 'it's like being naked' She explained. 'Vocally', she quickly added.
She gave me an exercise to perform and a reminder to Use The Force (well, more or less the easiest way to explain it) and so I girded my loins for Battle With Doom! DOOM!
Doom it turns out, has a very nice tree just outside the studio.
To put things in perspective, this session was the Saturday morning after Give Me Something I Want session at St Rok had gone until midnight...
Nonetheless, we had to scrub up bright and shiny for our session with Richie at Free Energy Device Studios..
They have custom pillows.
And word sof wisdom from some dude with a funny hat.
Theo was kind enough to pose for The Ladies. I still get FB requests from several females asking for More Pics Of Theo.
Now once again I have used my new process and gathered together all the video from the session into one thing which I'll post at the end. In the interim, oh, shiny buttons.
And for the second time on this album, 2 inch tape.
Here's Richie, going over the wall. or cleaning the heads. One or the other.
Whilst the boys were tracking, I once again was sent on the Lunch Run. Dontcha love the love?
Still, it gave me a chance to see some old faded Sydney Art Deco glory...
As I arrived back I took a moment to enjoy the view, then went inside.
I might have been gone some time...
For further explanation, members of the jury are directed to the following video presentation of the recording session.
Big thanks to John Barr for his help.
Oh, in case you're wondering how the singing went? Turns out it's all in my head. yes it's hard, yes I have to remember to:
Relax the jaw (sounds sexy)
Correct stance (yes Sensei)
Maintain the air (visualise the column)
Not Fear to fail (holy crap am I attacking a Death Star??)
and so on.
Nett result? It took a bit of work but once I had done it successfully, I Levelled Up. It's still terrifying (what if I get it wrong, what if it's not there, what if..) but the bio mechanics are with me. When the Mind joins in, hey presto.
Right. Enough moonbeam theory. I have artwork to do and more videos to make. I'll post the next recording blog shortly.
Howdy Folks, here it is.
With thanks to Sam, Chris & Alan
We'll be back at Shady Pines Saloon for our second sunday OF CONQUEST!!!
Sunday night, as in tomorrow night, from 6pm.
Howdy Folks. Busy getting stuff ready for a new videoclip.
I still have three or so blogs worth of goodies to come from the recording process, plus some other stuff, but in the spirit of keeping things moving, here's a quick one from the recording session for Give Me Something I Want from last weekend.
I'm doing them in this edited format so it's taking me longer off line to process.
More to come, stay tuned.
And so it begins, the working out of the song order thing.
Once again, we're using our overly complex data analysis model to lead to a result that we will likely ignore in favour of partisan lobbying on behalf of songs we like.
Nonetheless it does serve up some interesting combinations.