SPRING 2008 EDITION
Tentatively Happy Spring! I
am writing this on April 10th. Hopefully, we are done
with snowstorms for a while!
PLANET taps JOAN OSBORNE, NOAH EMMERICH
April finds us hard at work
on the music beds for My
Changing Planet. This children's CD is designed
to inform and raise awareness of environmental issues.
It is being done by mychangingplanet.com
in conjunction with The
Nature Conservancy, which will receive all net profit
from the CD. The principal songwriters are Jennifer
Marks and Jessica Hoffman, with additional spoken
word pieces by Maya Churi. I am functioning as arranger,
sound designer, multi-instrumentalist and producer/engineer.
Various celebrities are being
invited to perform the songs. We were thrilled to have
Osborne take time from her busy schedule to come
in and record a vocal. Also, actor Noah
Emmerich delivered a memorable performance in one
of the spoken pieces.
Sheri Turnbow (TNC), Maya Churi, Jennifer Marks (MCP),
Joan Osborne, Jessica Hoffmann (MCP),
Julie Insogna (Oxygen), and JG. Session for My Changing
Singer extraordinaire Catherine
Russell came in with her producer's hat on, and
her multi-talented mother, Carline Ray, in tow, accompanied
by guitarist Greg
Skaff. We are recording Carline for an as yet unnamed
Barnett is putting the final touches on the master
for singer/songwriter Allison
Scola's upcoming CD, "A Braver Kind".
We were very pleased to have
ur-guitar wiz Jon
Herington (Steely Dan, etc) come in to record some
tracks for JGMP regular Ronnie
Lawson. In addition to Herington, Ronnie regularly
brings in his stellar "wrecking crew" of singers and
musicians, notably Elaine
Bremner, Larry Saltzman, John
Snitzer and Aaron
I would also like to take a
moment to plug one of my favorite singer/songwriters,
Mirsky. Eytan has a knack for placing his songs
in films (Happiness, American Splendor, Palindromes,
and The Tao of Steve, to name a few). I first
met him by way of mastering his second CD; "Get Ready
for Eytan". That relationship blossomed into recording,
playing and assuming various production roles on his
subsequent two CD's "Was it Something I Said?" and "Everyone's
Having Fun Tonight". He has a keen sense of humor and
irony that permeates his writing. Well worth checking
Recently we heard from Michelangelo
Sosnowitz, leader of the group Rabbits
Against Magic. The Rabbits' first CD "Daylight"
was mixed, produced, mastered, and partially recorded
here. It contains some great songs and truly ferocious
performances. Mike reports the following: "Since completing
the 'Daylight' CD, we have signed a management deal
with Nightlife Productions, a National distribution
deal with C.E.D. Entertainment, and FREEPLAY Music has
signed five of the songs off the album for publishing,
as well as a publishing deal with Pump Audio."
Lennard's upcoming CD, largely recorded here, is
now being mastered at Sterling Sound, by Greg Calbi.
Joachim reports that his CD "Songville" is starting
to receive local airplay. "Songville," recorded
and mixed here, features Marco's luminous singing and
playing, some well-placed banjo and fiddle from Pete
Schwimmer, and a lot of my own playing as well.
Our recent upgrade to Pro Tools 7.4 is definitely earning
it's keep! The "elastic time" feature, digispeak for
extremely enhanced timestretching capabilities, is proving
very handy indeed. We are also adding Celemony Melodyne
and B.I.A.S. Peak Pro 6.0 to our software toolkit. Peak
Pro, a mastering tool, is notable for its ability to
verify audio CD burns and deliver DDP file sets. Melodyne
is a pitch correction program that offers some very
interesting and complementary features to our old standby
Antares Autotune. We are also standardizing around "Green
Tunes" special mastering CD-R media for duplicating
masters. Since doing so, certain master reliability
issues have virtually gone away.
We are always interested in new recording projects!
We can provide a wide range of music production related
services, both creative and technical, and can tailor
our approach to your needs. Studio tours, consultations,
budget estimates, etc. are available free, on request.
Hope to see you soon!
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