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Recording update – Part 2

Well at last I’ve come out of the studio and it was such a great 2 weeks. So starting where I finished on my last update we continued to work everyday and all the final tracks were put down. Luke did some wonderful violin work, Toby did some work on my ‘secret track’ and Jezz Moondog did some harmonica, Myles came in to do some vocals and I finished all the vocals. Finally Tony put down all the backing vocal harmonies.

I have taken video snippets of the tracks being done and for all those who aren’t aware of the recording process I’ll give you a bit of a run down of what I know about it. There are a couple of options when you decide to record a song or album. You can either do a live studio recording which is where the whole band set up and it is all recorded live and usually it takes a few takes or it could take heaps of takes. It’s a great way to do it because you can often catch the spirit of the song and the people involved in it but the down side is it can be really difficult to get a take that is perfect and you often get bleeding through the mic’s….so sound from the guitars might come through on the drum mic’s or sound from the vocals might come through on the guitar mic’s so it makes it very difficult to mix evenly.

The more standard form of recording is in the studio one track at a time. So this means putting down a guide track first to a click (metronome). The next stage depends on the producer everyone has their own way of doing it and some would say do drum track first and others would say guitar and so on. We put down the guitar tracks first, then the drums and when Tony did guitar and drums he either used my guide vocal track to get the essence of the melody and song or I just sat and sang it in front of him but of course I could only do that when he was doing the electric guitar and bass not drums and acoustic guitar. The bass and electric guitar are plugged in so we can talk and make noise when recording is happening but when the drums and acoustic guitar are being recorded we have to be super quite because a condenser mic’s is being used.

I thought I was just going to give a simple explanation but it’s got a bit lengthy so if you already know all this sorry ;o) I also have to reiterate that everyone has their own way of doing things so this is just the way we did it and I quite like this process. In the videos you can see that each person is doing their take and they have either very small ear plugs in or headphones. They can hear the guitar and vocals through the headphones so they just play along…..it always sounds a bit funny when you hear the other instruments separately but once it’s mixed it sounds awesome. I didn’t manage to get Jezz on harp unfortunately but I got everyone else.

Here’s Jezz putting down harp track and Myles doing some vocals and Luke putting a violin track down

I have put these on youtube and they are unlisted which means not open to public and only available if you click on the link here. So you should be able to access them.


The next stage of the process is for Toby to edit and mix all the tracks and then they will go for mastering. Claire has already done the artwork and Peter Caron is going to photoshop the album cover which I need to write all the words for.  Then once I get back from my Sydney tour in April I will get them cut and send out a pre release to a bunch of allocated Radio presenters.

The next exciting thing happening is my NSW tour so I’ll give you an update on that very soon.

 

The Summer Season is here!

Well the summer season is here down in the southern hemisphere and I’m getting ready for the festive season and beyond.  I’ve been very busy since Sydney organising gigs and applying to festivals and organising for my next NSW tour but this time I’m going to do a few performances in Sydney and then take a trek up to Newcastle. I’ve already got Humph Hall in Allambie booked for April 7th and Sappho Books and Cafe in Glebe for April 5th and a couple of other pencilled in venues yet to be confirmed in Gosford and Newcastle.

But let’s get back to the next few months, this Sunday I’ll be at The Earl of Spencer Historic Inn and Restaurant, Albany and on December 30th I’ll be doing a set at the South Coast Live Music Club in downtown Albany too.  Then in the new year I’ll be playing at the Denmark Arts Markets in the morning and at a House Concert at a Denmark location in the evening and it’s going to be all originals sets! Ok maybe a few of my favourite covers.  I’ve also got The Earl of Spencer Historic Inn and Restaurant booked for Feb 5th and 26th.


RECORDING
The most exciting news is that I am going to be recording my next album in February and it’s going to be all locally done here in Denmark WA with local musicians and recording engineer which is very exciting!  We will be using my music studio which my hubby Warren has done a great job of insulating to make it as sound proof as possible. A young man by the name of Toby Flockart-Walker will be producing it and Tony King will be adding his magical touch with instrumentation and I’ll also be asking some other local musicians to put down tracks too.  A local photographer will be doing the photos for the album cover too.

Well that’s all from me for now but I will definitely keep you updated on the recording progress early next year!

 

 

Light at the end of the tunnel

I haven’t made a post for while so here’s one for the record. So what’s been happening lately? … well on the surface not much I’ve had a very sore right shoulder and have had to rest it for almost four weeks now which has been way too long. I’m someone who is on the move all the time so three weeks with no guitar playing and not even being able to use the computer or ride my bike has been a real test of my very small amounts of patience.  I had to cancel two gigs which was very disappointing because they were my first opportunities to perform at these particular venues but I had no choice I just couldn’t play my guitar, especially for a 3 hour set.  I’ll be setting off to Perth Airport on Wednesday (7th Sept) which is a 5 hour drive from little old Denmark town. Then of to Sydney we go for a couple of weeks of performances, sight seeing and a couple of radio shows.  People have asked “how did you get those gigs?” and basically I just made contact with as many venues as I could find by asking friends of friends who knew the music scene in the Sydney and I then just asked.  It’s probably the most difficult thing about being a musician and performer, that is, actually asking for gigs and not only that but for payment too.  It’s easy to promote others but promoting yourself is something to become skilled at and it takes time.  So all that said  I’ll be playing at the Sutherland Acoustic Club Sutherland Acoustic Club on Thursday evening September 8th and then on Sunday 11th I’m going down to Campbelltown to have a chat with Michael Hayes at 2MCR 100.3 fm Sounds of Macarthur.  Then on Tuesday morning I’ll be having a chat with John Regan at http://northsideradio.com.au to talk about my recent Album release “Break of the Day”.  Tuesday evening I’m skating over to Glebe to play at Live & Originals @ Mr Falcon’s https://www.facebook.com/MrFalconBar/ and on Wednesday evening I have a slot at Songwriters Live at the Old Manly Boatshed https://songwriterslive.com.au/the-old-manly-boatshed/. Then finally we drive down to Wollongong where I have a slot at the Illawarra folk club.  So it’s going to be a busy time but I’m really looking forward to it. I don’t have any pics yet so here’s one of me looking for the music. Bwah bwah wah!!!!!

Looking for the music

Denmark Festival of Voice weekend

The Denmark Festival of Voice is where the whole of Denmark comes alive with song and music in the form of choirs, song writers, spoken word, poetry and so much more including many different workshops.  It starts on Friday night at the Civic Centre and continues on till late Sunday night.  There’s a festival club each night where everyone can wind down and dance and have a great time.  You can purchase tickets for the day or the whole weekend and there is so much to do each day that you end up just strolling around from one venue to the next to see what’s happening.  There are also a number of free venues for those who just want to roam around and not purchase a ticket.  I played at http://mrsjonescafe.com on Saturday at lunchtime and then at Chilli, Lime and Salt Cafe https://www.facebook.com/Chilli-Lime-Salt-Cafe-Denmark-Florist-1431642290407728/ on Sunday early evening.  Thanks to http://www.denmarkarts.com.au for putting on such a lavish weekend and to Vivienne Roberts for doing such a great job of organising, coordinating staff and booking such a great bunch of acts.  If you’re looking for something to do over the June long weekend I highly recommend a trip to Denmark Western Australia and get in amongst it.

Photo: http://www.hazelblake.com.au

Mrs Jones Cafe, Denmark Western Australia

Mrs Jones Cafe, Denmark Western Australia