There’s been a bunch of great little music related things that I thought you, my dear blog reader, would get a kick out of/find useful. Here goes:
10. Dan Phelps exploring solo guitar improvisation.
I had the chance to hear Dan create some of the most subtle, beautiful solo electric guitar work I’ve ever heard this last week. Check out his video about exploring sonic landscapes above.
After listening to dozens of monitors, I made the jump this last week and bought some Focal Alpha 65 studio monitors with a KRK sub. The Focal speakers are now allowing me to hear what a crappy mix engineer I’ve been in the past, and challenging me to up my mixes in the future. If you’re in the market for speakers, I can’t recommend these enough.
8. I am now the proud owner of a 1958 Hammond M3 organ.
I made my first jump into vintage keyboards this last week and purchased a vintage organ from a friend. I’m looking for a Leslie to round out the organ sound, but I’ve been having a blast this week playing Doors covers on the new instrument in the studio. As I start to get more comfortable with the instrument, I’m sure I’ll have thoughts about it that I’ll be exploring in the near future.
Seriously, take the time to listen to this new music. The skill that they take in making just a few sounds fit perfectly blows my mind.
6. I spent some time this last weekend jamming with members of my former original pop/rock group, Watching Judas.
It’s so wonderful to explore sound with people you genuinely love, and we got to do it for about 2 hours in the studio over the weekend. If you want to see what my original writing sounds like, click here.
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It’s a vintage organ pack partially based on my experience of working with my Hammond organ. You can check it out here.
3. The recording studio is progressing well.
My brother and I built out the shell of the isolation room, and we’re in the sanding, acoustic treatment, and painting stage right now. I’ve already been recording in it, and even with bare walls it sounds great.