Topslakr October 13th, 2008
It’s been pretty quiet around here on the blog lately which, as always, is an illustration of the inverse in my life. Work is busy, life is busy, plus it’s fall here so I’m spending as much time looking for foliage and visiting fairs as I can. That being said, I’ve been finding some more time as of late to listen to new music in all of my travels.
Back in the day I used to listen to Tonic, a rock band. I was never a huge fan but some of the unreleased tracks on their albums were really excellent. For instance, I really like the song ‘Soldiers Daughter’ on the ‘Lemon Parade‘ album. With that being said I was somewhat hesitant when I first saw Emerson Hart, the lead singer and frontman for Tonic, had released a solo album, entitled ‘Cigarettes and Gasoline. I ended up buying the album though as it kept coming up as a recommendation based on a lot of the music I listen to. Overall I am glad I did. The album is really great in a sort of old school kind of way. My tastes these days are toward honest music that isn’t overly ‘hard’ in terms of instrumentation. I enjoy bands like Disturbed and that ilk but generally speaking I’m usually in the mood for a more calm approach and would rather be pulled in to the lyrics of a song and not the guitar tracks. That is not to say that this album doesn’t have some pretty heavy rock tracks but I would be lieing if I said the album isn’t a bit more on the ‘pop’ side of the spectrum. Read more... (1479 words, estimated 5:55 mins reading time)
Topslakr October 10th, 2007
When a band first approaches me to record an album the first thing they mention is how they want to record the band playing all at once. It takes everything I have to not roll my eyes. Don’t get me wrong, I’d love to record the album like that, there are a lot of benefits. It will absolutely give you a better performance over all and a lot more energy, it really does add to the vibe of the record. The problems these days is that bands are much too unrehearsed to actually pull this off.
In order for you to be able to record the album like that the you need to know the songs, perfectly. You need to already know where the bridge is, how long the chorus is ect ect. It’s not easy to memorize a dozen songs and be able to play them perfectly on cue, it takes a lot of effort and work. Just getting the song mapped out and written down is quite a challenge. I’m not in any way trying to belittle the efforts of these bands, I’ve been there. Hell, I am there. Read more... (1146 words, estimated 4:35 mins reading time)
Topslakr March 6th, 2007
Well, it has finally happened and though I have never mentioned anything about it on the Blog, my mixing board has died. While I do enjoy servers and photography my first love is audio. I am in the process of building a recording studio and was using a older mixing board made by an English company called ‘Soundtracs’. I had the 16 channel version of the Solo series. It was a very basic board lacking any kind of automation or other advanced features but it had a rich punchy sound that I just loved.
I bought it I would say about a year ago on Ebay for something like $300 USD and had no idea what to expect from it. I had read a lot of information about the board and it came very highly reviewed by almost everyone I could find that had used one but I hadn’t heard of it until it was recommended to me. The seller, being in Canada, started the shipping process. It took ages. I thought the jokes about Canadians being slow were just jokes….Truth be told it was US Customs that held it up. A ton of paperwork had to filled out and faxed to all corners of the galaxy and then signed by George W himself in order to get the thing moving. Read more... (580 words, estimated 2:19 mins reading time)