Studio Session, Sunday, May 28th,

Had a great session at Top Cat Studios today. A long one – 7 ½ hours! I managed to cover a lot of ground, and we’re really nearing the mixing stage, which is very exciting! I started by adding a low strings sound to beef up the bass in the song, and by singing a couple of stereo backing vocal lines for Sword in the Stone which answer the main melody. These additions have been really effective and have brought the song to a ready-to-be-mixed stage.

2012 - A good start to the year.

Monday 6 February

Had a great session with Al Park today. Introduced him to another two songs and discussed the best approach for one of them. We then looked at adding another couple of synth lines to one of my earlier songs - In the Beginning. Unfortunately we ran out of time before we could complete the midi files. Will return to work further on this material with Al in a couple of weeks.

Session with Brad at Topcat Studios

Monday 13 February

Booked in for a session with Brad at Topcat today. We worked on two songs, The Sword in the Stone and Sweet Lady Life.

For The Sword in the Stone I added some vocal harmonies as well as a number of additional guitar lines in the harmonic bed underneath the two verses. These are intended to combine with the vocals and vocal harmonies using very medieval sounding perfect 4ths and 5th's. The result is a Celtic sounding piece which gives weight to the lyric. Here's a quick excerpt:

More work with Al Park

Last Wed, 7th December, I did the trip to Byron Bay again to work some more with Al Park. We got stuck into the song Lucky, a seven-minute song with a hint of prog rock about it.

Our First Ever Gig!

Awesome Voices has just had it's first public performance as part of a Byron Bay poetry reading called Dangerously Poetic, held on Saturday 03 December, 2011 at the Byron Bay Community Centre.

There were about 30 - 40 people in the audience and they gave us a tremendous response. We sang five songs, in two brackets. We opened the show with an African number, Masithi Amen, and followed it up with Your Children, the Sweet Honey in the Rock adaption of Kahlil Gibrahn's The Prophet. 

When two worlds collide!

So on Wednesday, 14 November, 2011, I arranged to meet Al Park at Top Cat Studios so we could add the various midi tracks to the orignal studio-created songs. This was an important occasion, bringing the worlds of Al Park's keys and midi work into my tracks, because once they're all in the studio system I'll have a really good idea of how the pieces are to sound together and I'll be able to add or redo any other vocal or guitar parts etc.

Another great session with Al Park,

This last Wednesday I made the trip to Byron Bay for another session with AL. I was running late as I had to drop three of my instruments into local luthier, Stuart Newman's, workshop where he is going to weave his musical magic.

Home Recording Session

Got to know my Cakewalk Sonar program a little better tonight and put down an excellent French Horn couple of harmonised midi tracks for Starlight.

A Brand new Choir

Awesome Voices is a brand new choir that I've just started up in my local town of Alstonville. We've had one term so far and the general feeling is that it's awesome! Numbers for the choir have been between 20 - 35 singers, people of all ages! My nine year old daughter Jessica and her friend Harry are regulars, and I've even had my five year old son Ewan singing along as well! The general repertoire I'm working with is a number of community choir style A Cappella arrangements as well as some Gospel style stuff plus one or two of my own arrangements.

Another great sesson with Al Park

Yesterday I had another great sesson with Al Park. We sat down to his PC music station and worked on tightening up the midi string sounds for my song "Sweet Lady Life". After my last session with Al, I had thought that we'd completed this one already, but I got home and discovered that the midi strings were not adequately aligned rhythmically to the original audio file of the song.

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