Turn Heat to Low and Let Simmer for Three Months
This morning I woke to the sounds of Frank Sinatra stopping mid-recording to ask the engineer and his musical director if he was singing the melody correctly in measure 109. Normally, I would have dozed through Frank’s crooning on the Jonathan Schwartz weekend program broadcast here in NY, but I though I was dreaming when, all of the sudden, Frank says, “Hold on, hold on. What is this in 109; can we back up there? Slow it down?” [Sinatra snaps the new tempo loudly.]
The feeling of being on the inside of the recording process reminded me to let all of you know what’s going on with my album. It’s been about a month since I’ve listened to the rough mixes of the material. As you may remember, in the ten days we spent at Bell Labs, we successfully completed tracking – meaning, we were able to record all the instruments, all the parts, vocals, etc. The next part of the process is mixdown, when we take all of those recorded tracks and decide how loud they are in relation to each other (and how loud they are at different moments in the song). Also, we must decide on which effects to use when effects are needed and how to EQ the different instruments and parts.
In the past I have found it difficult to stay away from listening my own music between tracking and mixdown. But this time, I’m proud of myself for being disciplined and not listening to the music but a handful of times…and all of those times were about three weeks ago! Truthfully, I don’t really need to listen to the music at all to hear it; it is permanently etched in my brain.
I have been listening to new music – and a lot of old music that is new to me – in an attempt to develop a larger palette of ideas and considerations for mixdown. Choral singing has kicked in to high gear in the city, so naturally there is a lot of new classical and contemporary music that is getting churned up in my consciousness. I have several new projects I am working on in the interim that I will tell you more about later (they are really cool, I promise).
My flight is booked to arrive in Oklahoma November 18th. Trent and I will mix down on November 19 and 20, 22, and 23, then we will be finished and will enjoy our Thanksgiving. The album is still set to be pre-released to the backers December 21, 2011. I did not send out the survey asking for your addresses and other vital information as recently as I had planned. The fine folks at Kickstarter suggested sending the survey closer to when I am actually going to send out the rewards (in case anyone moves). So, you can expect the survey in early December.
Hopefully, I will see some of you when I get back to OKC. Enjoy your Autumn safely and irresponsibly.