Well hello there, loyal and steadfast Project Atma backer!
It's been 3 months since our last large-scale kickstarter update, and for that I heartily apologize. There have of course been the near-daily updates on the Project Atma blog, but I still think those of you who aren't into the whole "blog" scene deserve regular updates, and so I'm here to report that we're in the home stretch with this recording process, and things are coming out AWESOMELY this second time around. I don't mean that in the colloquial sense either, I mean that I'm literally filled with awe at how well this process is going.
We started pre-production tracking in January and have been in the actual studio itself since February (Rax Trax in Chicago with complete badass Noam Wallenberg at the controls). Every step of the way, this process has felt RIGHT in a way that I can honestly say I've never fully experienced in the studio before. Usually being in the studio for me is a heady mix of excitement and dread, as I start to second-guess and doubt and think about where we could be doing things differently, but this time the whole band knows exactly where we want to go with this, we've done the homework, we've put in the hours before we even stepped foot back in the studio, and Noam has been a huge asset, diving right in with us 100%.
I remember the first day when we were importing scratch/demo tracks and talking about songs, and I told Noam about "Jimmy and Sally," the 7-part 6.5-minute-long song that ends the whole album, and I confessed that I had no idea of the best way to attack it recording-wise. He just smiled and we got to work, and it's been 6 weeks of complete recording joy since then.
We're almost done with tracking, just a few more guitars, a few more vocal tracks, and some finishing touches left to get in there, and then we'll be mixing (all backers at the $50 level and above make sure you look at yesterday's update to submit your vocal tracks!).
We should still be on schedule to have the final masters done by the end of April, meaning that we'll have the June or July physical release that we've been aiming for (we may get you backers the digital version a bit earlier, cuz, you know, you've been pretty damn amazing over this past year).
Also, just for funzies, I've been bringing my camera into the studio and getting some footage of the whole process, which I'll probably cut into a 10 or 20-minute-long giant videoblog once the recording process is done. For now I'll leave you with some clips of how it's been going, as well as some chiptune sneak peek videos!
PS - for those of you that might have missed any of the other pretty huge announcements these past few months, a reminder that we will be playing the entire Vans Warped Tour this summer, and that Bill has decided to pursue his solo project Will Post full time, having just released his debut album "Panthenon" (which is awesome, if you haven't heard it go pick up a copy right now, and attend his live webcast show tonight on StageIt).
And now, videos!
Packy Ripping a Solo:
Brian pounding out some rhythm guitar:
Hari Stealing Packy's Chocolate:
Chiptune Sneak Peek video:
Chiptune Sneak Peek video #2:
Chiptune Sneak Peek video #3: