Thursday, April 17, 2014

One year later…


Life is a funny journey.  I started this blog and podcast back in January 2013.  It was a really interesting experience for the ensuing four months until a devastating personal tragedy derailed my intended publishing schedule.  At first, I thought I’d be back to it within a month or so.  A month turned into months, which now has officially turned into 1 year and 2 days. 

Of course, the funny thing about life is that even in the face of tragedy, time marches on.  Work needs to be done.  Bills need to be paid.  Housework needs doing.  Friends and family need you.  And pains that once seem to engulf your soul begin to dull and fade.  And once you pass the first anniversary of a tragedy, it starts to become a part of your history and you start putting one foot in front of the other and begin to remember who you were before the tragedy.  That’s where I am now.

To be honest, this is the first time I’ve felt like writing since I stopped a year ago.  And I’ve had a number of interesting recording and musical experiences in that time.  There's lots of interesting material just from that.  And there will also be future podcasts and posts to come. 

I’ve done some multitrack remotes.  I had a professional ruin an important 48 track MADI multitrack concert recording for one of my bands due to internal signal routing.  I managed to save the same recording through a combination of mixing the television broadcast feed and a Zoom H1 that I placed on stage with me in front of the drum set.  I’ve used that same H1 on other gigs and done some A/B tests with it and my AKG 451s and DR-680.  I’ll save you the details, but my opinion is that things sound like what they sound like.  And until someone re-invents the laws of physics, a Zoom will sound like a Zoom.  A DPA mic will sound like a DPA.  48 tracks (when they work) are better than 24 are better than 16, 8, 6, 4, and 2.  They’re all good in their own ways.  But ultimately, things sound like what they are, don’t they?

I will continue to talk tech when I feel like I can post something that someone may find useful in their own life.  Ultimately, my goal in that regard is to help people make better-sounding recordings.  And I will post other writings, too.  I’m going to go easy on myself for the time being and not commit to a schedule yet.  I doubt it will be weekly again for a while yet.  But hopefully, eventually I’ll get back up to speed with it.  One step at a time.  Putting one foot in front of the other…

Be well and thanks for reading along. 

Alex

Monday, April 15, 2013

A Short Pause

Hi all,

Due to some unforeseen personal circumstances, I unfortunately have had to cancel a wonderful podcast recording for April and have not had time to do any other posts over the past few weeks. 

I will be back writing at the blog come May and/or June and will resume my regular publishing schedule and podcasts at that time. 

Thank you for your understanding, thanks for stopping by, and I hope to see you around then!

-Alex

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Upcoming albums: Stacey Y, Set The Water Straight


There's something funky happening in Toronto lately.  Actually, there's been a lot funky happening in Toronto, which is awesome.  There's been a whole Nu-Funk/Neo-Soul thing happening on the ground here for a while.  It's been quietly bubbling away for years, but I believe there is a bona fide funk scene on the verge of exploding in a serious way in this town.   There are more clubs around that feature this music, a lot of younger musicians have rediscovered the organic groove and feel of the genre, and funky jam sessions keep cropping up all over town. 

And I think it's great.  It's great because it makes people dance.  It's great because to play it, musicians have to know how to play well both as individuals and as a unit.  It's great because it's uplifting, energizing and celebratory.  And it's great because as much as I love the ubiquitous Canadian singer-songwriter, let's face it, that genre is incredibly tired.  The Canadian music public could use a good, funky kick in the pants. 

A bright light among all the Nu-Funk/R&B/Neo-Soul artists playing around town is Stacey Y. 
She's a multi-instrumentalist.  She's a Royal Conservatory and Humber College schooled-musician.  She's performed and recorded in Nashville, New Orleans, Memphis, Austin, and Havana.  And clearly, the musical energies of these locales have left an impression on her music.

Stacey is currently in the finishing stages of putting together her upcoming full-length album called Set the Water Straight, set to release June 2013.  The album is currently available as a preorder here.  She has released an amazing single from the upcoming album called Save the Future.  Please click here to listen to it.   It's your loss if you don't.  Seriously.  It's great.

Take a look at the video below where she talks about the production a bit.  



This looks like it's going to be an amazing album, so I think if you dig the track, you should definitely do the preorder and reserve your copy today.  Stacey is also offering some other neat packages at higher prices which you should consider, too.   This looks like a very promising album by a very talented local musician and singer.  I'm definitely looking forward to checking it out and am hoping to record Stacey and her band for a future podcast at some point. 

Stacey is playing at Cherry Cola's at 200 Bathurst St. in Toronto on Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013.

Her CD release is on June 20th, 2013 at C'est What. 

For more info about her, go to her website or her facebook page.

Thanks for stopping by!

-Alex

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Up and Coming Artists: Coronado (Interview)



Summary: Really tight, well-produced, melodic synth pop.  And a FREE downloadable 6-song EP “Remain Calm”, released February, 2013 – get it while it’s still free!

***Also: Coronado is playing at The Piston (937 Bloor St. W, Toronto) on April 17th along with Most People and Paradise Animals.***