2011 has been pretty busy around here so far.. I have been working with Paulie Lipman recording a new album entitled “The Obscene Gravity of Silence”. It’s a mix of spoken word and backing music; I’ve been helping Paulie on the production and recording aspects of the album at my studio. He is going to wrap up final musical composition and mixing on his new mobile rig.
Royal Dead are back in the studio recording songs with their new lineup. I spent the past weekend laying down tracks with them. We’re going to have some more recording sessions in February and have the release come out on Kheperi Global Media sometime in 2011.
Some photos from this past weekend’s session:
I’m also continuing work with Mad Wax from Vocode Records/Vocode Project on an eclectic electronic music project. We’ve discussed possibily pressing vinyl for this release. My wife Jolene has been sitting in on sessions and learning the ins and outs of the studio. We’re discussing opening up the studio to the public sometime later this year.
Finally got around to uploading some photos of the studio. Most of the summer was spent doing the construction. There are still some items left like sound treatment and equipment upgrades. For those in the know, the Mackie board does not touch the recording signal path, it’s strictly there for live and composition. Recording all goes through some nicer pre-amps.
On the recommendation of a co-work J. and I watched a Bosnian movie called Fuse on Thursday. I thought it was very well done especially if you are familiar with the conflict over there. J. thought it was a little slow.
Went out to Vinyl on Saturday with my buddy Wax to check out DJ Sneak from Chicago. It was fun to get out and do something different than the norm.
Laid down some tracks for an upcoming Royal Dead recording last night. May possibly be one of the last sessions in my temporary area before moving into the new studio. Our final building inspection should happen on Thursday and I’ll spend all Friday hauling equipment into the new space and hooking things up. The construction and planning has been going on for so long now, since the end of April…I’m stoked that I will finally be able to move in.
On Wednesday Royal Dead came over to the studio for final mixing tweaks to their album, “Enough Noise to Wake the Dead”. Once the artwork comes in we’ll have a final listen to and then I’ll get the pre-press finalized to send off to the manufacturing plant. We’re currently shooting for a November release.
The past year’s worth of music writing goes off to the pressing plant tomorrow.
Divine Reich’s An American Tragedy.
This album features….
40+ different guitar tones.
99.999999999999% analog synths.
1 Linn LM-1 on 3 tracks.
ZERO vocal pitch correction.
Recorded entirely in my home studio.
One song that is a reinterpretation of a song I originally recorded with the first band Kristian and I were in together. It’s very different from the original.
Lyrical content that’s incendiary, meaningful, relatable. Some of it will piss people off.
Lots of experimentation in performance and recording techniques.
One instrument that’s older than anyone in the band.
One song that contains guest contributions by Chris Randall (Sister Machine Gun/Micronaut) and Eddie Suicide (Royal Dead).
The last song recorded was done in an unsual way to increase the isolation implied by the lyrics (You’ll have to ask [K] about it).
All music written by me.
Did I mention this album is guitar heavy? And very glitchy.
One thing we’ve been told from people who’ve heard it is “It’s not easy classified in a genre, there’s nothing out there right now like it”. This is definitely a ROCK album with influences from anything from glitch, sunset strip rock, 1980’s Prince, drum n bass, electroclash to 1970’s David Bowie.
I’m excited and a bit nervous. It’s been awhile since music of my own has been released to the public…let’s review some history.
2003 Deviant’s debut release Absenta, some compilation CD appearances
2004 One promotional release by Deviant and some remix work. Had some music appear in film and tv. Deviant broken up, Divine Reich forms in it’s first incarnation and garners attention from labels. Breaks up. I spend a lot of time drinking and hating music.
2005 – 2006 Deviant reforms, spent a year writing and recording a Deviant album that got scrapped. One Deviant track surfaced to appear on compilation stuff. Worked on Royal Dead’s 1st EP. Band that I worked on since 2002 broke up.
2006 – 2007 Divine Reich reformed. Producing Royal Dead’s full length album and writing/producing Divine Reich’s full length. Formed a record label with my wife/manager/partner Jolene.
I’m sure a lot of people will love it. I’m sure some people will hate it. I’m sure I’ll get some hate mail. But art isn’t safe, art is dangerous.
It’s been a long road but this album is truely an effort that I’m proud to have worked on.
The Divine Reich album “An American Tragedy” is finished with mixing and mastering. I had a marathon session yesterday and got the last of it done, I just got to listen to it in Jolene’s car for the final verdict on the mastering and then it should be ready for the plant. We also have a jewel of a cover song that we’ll be doing something with, won’t be going on the album but it’ll turn up somewhere.
The band has been practicing for our record release show, going to have some sort of a set put together. Probably not a full set but at least a few songs.
I’ll announce more once dates are solidified and the label does it’s magic.
Last night [K] and I worked on a reinvisioning of a song I song I originally wrote in 2004, now known as “Last Man on Earth”. I’ll probably rerecord the guitar tracks but I haven’t decided if I want to redo the drum and synth parts. My drum programming has grown since I originally wrote the song but the original drums for this piece seem to fit well with the rest of the layers.
The album is nearly halfway done, the writing has been moving pretty quickly. As the album gets closer to being complete we’ll probably whittle off a few tracks to keep only the strongest and then work on the album art. As soon as our bass player signs his contracts we’re going to have a nice little initation for him that we’re going to tape for his future torment.
My other music projects have slowed, I still want to complete them but I’ve been focused on “the new band” and the record label so I haven’t had much time. Pending some legal issues we may be signing an artist within the next couple of weeks and putting that album out shortly afterward. Right now it’s in the hands of the lawyers…