Archive | December 2014

Recording Session-#2 Dreams EP

Well today was a fun and productive day at B Town Sound Recording Studio for our second recording session .  Between the 2 recording sessions we have done 10 hours studio time.  Today we began the day by laying down the instrumental parts for Hayden’s Journey this included piano (myself), guitar (Al Serediuk), and cello (Loretta Hale)…with a rough vocal line to help for cues. This piece is going to be gorgeous with beautiful cello lines, great imagery and instrumental painting.  From there we went on to adding in some mandolin and banjo to Liam’s Farm to make it even more of a country farm tune!

We then laid down the instrumental tracks for If I were a Wizard (piano and guitar).

From there we went back to Big Sister’s which we got the bulk of the instrumental recorded in the first session we began by recording vocal melody and harmonies multiple times to get layering and other aspects sounding really good. After Justin had enough takes of the vocals we moved on to having Al add in the mandolin to this song, which just made it sound all the better.

To make it an even more productive day, we did a few fix ups on Dreams Lullaby which the EP is named after and did a few preliminary  vocal tracks for Liam’s Farm and If I were a Wizard. Over all a productive day. Next recording session is booked for Dec 31st, super excited!! Until then I hope you all have a save and happy holiday!

Pictures below of Loretta Hale (cello) and Al Serediuk (mandolin)




Recording Dreams EP


The process of getting to the point of recording this EP has been a long one. It began back in Nov.2013 when I was sparked with the idea of writing children’s songs based of things tge young children in my family liked. Out of this 10 songs were written, five of which will be released offically on this upcoming EP. Having previously released some classical singles digitally from live performance recordings, to me the next logical step was to release music I had written myself. I began working with a co-worker on intsrumental arrangements, and began a funding campaign through to raise funds to help with the prduction of the EP. The idea to even look for outside funding came when local well known band Walk off the Earth, was using patron funding to help them continue to make videos. 
So, now that I had funding along with some of my own resources, finding a studio to record in was the next logical step. After many recommendations we went with B Town Sound, which after choosing the studio found out that was where WOTE also records. So unknowingly WOTE has had a small part to play. Actually having known the work (since I unknowingly own a bunch of albums he has worked on) of the owner Justin Koop. Who we actually got to work on this album with us. 
We had our first in studio recording session and boy was that a learning curve. Having only ever done live one shoot recordings, this was a new experience. With this EP the goal is to have 5 tracks followed by 5 bonus instrumental tracks. In thr first 5 hour recording session we got the instrumental tracks laid for 3 of 5 songs. It was a great experience and fun but a lot of work. Looking forward to the next session in 2 days.

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