SUMMER 2009 EDITION
Summer is well underway as I
write this. Up in Putnam County where I live, we've
had cool nights and warm but not overly scorching days.
Down in NYC the work goes on:
We are in the last phases of
mixing and mastering the My
Changing Planet CD. This is a collection of songs
and spoken word pieces that stimulate awareness of ecological
issues for young people. It will be released in conjunction
Nature Conservancy, which will receive all profits
from the CD.
The material is penned variously
by Jessica Hoffman, Jennifer
Marks and Maya Churi, plus a guest skit "Paper or
Plastic", by Emmy Laybourne. Many guest artists have
kindly donated their time and talent. A partial list:
Osborne, Noah Emmerich, Edie
Bradley, Martha Burn, Teddy
Ackerman and The
JGMP has been involved in the
project nearly from the beginning, and has functioned
as principal studio and engineer, as well as writing
and executing most of the musical arrangements (hats
off to the Wiyos for their own unique interpretation
of "Gas Guzzling Blues".)
We expect to complete a final
master by late summer.
Front: The Wiyos - Back:
Jennifer Marks and Jessica Hoffman of My Changing
MUSIC, KEITH CARLOCK
We were pleased to play host
once again to Hudson
Music LLC, engineer Sean McClintock and renowned
Carlock (currently touring with Steely
Dan). They were in to mix music for a forthcoming
instructional DVD. Keith is thoroughly burning throughout!
Also featured in the musical examples is some amazing
playing by guitarist Wayne
Paul Siegel (Hudson Music),
Sean McClintock, Keith Carlock
The Manhattan Valley Ramblers
is a collaboration of fiddler/guitarist Bill
Christophersen, and guitarist/mandolinist/banjoist
John Saroyan. They are strong interpreters of the old-time
and bluegrass repertoire, and are making regular appearances
at venues and salon concerts around town. JGMP has had
the pleasure of recording them over the past few months.
We are now putting the finishing touches on "Ballads
and Barnburners", the resulting CD of duets. There is
a nice balance of vocal numbers and fiddle tunes, and
as always, a scintillating selection of lesser known,
but great material!
REAMS AND THE BARNSTORMERS
James Reams and the Barnstormers tracked about a
third of their as yet untitled CD in one marathon session
Island Studios. Kentucky-born, Reams' voice has
an authoritative twang that manages to be plaintive
and drily humorous at the same time. In addition to
Jim, the band features mandolinist Mark Farrell, bassist
Nick Sullivan, banjoist Doug Nicolaisen and special
guest fiddler Kenny
Kosek. Most recently James and I did mixes from
the first session, and are in the planning stages to
come back and complete the CD.
BLUES KEVIN OSBORNE
Osborne, singer-mimic extraordinaire, recorded a
spot-on impression of Don
McLean in "Mad
Ave Blues", a light-hearted parody about the death
of the media. It has gotten over 125,000 plays on YouTube
and been reviewed by the Wall
Street Journal. The mastermind behind Mad Ave
Blues is the mysterious L. McDuff, rumored to be an
investment banker by day.
Recently we were very pleased
to have cellist Jeanne LeBlanc and violinist Antoine
Silverman in to record string parts for the upcoming
Joachim CD "Hidden Symphony".
Productions and producer Antoine Manceaux came in
to do voiceovers and a soundtrack mix for "Made In Obama",
a segment for French TV news, featuring tele-journalist
Lyonhart and producer Julie
Last are in the process of mastering Charles latest
CD "Outside Looking In".
Dinerman was by recently to drop off copies of her
new CD "Broken Cookies", which was mastered at JGMP
and recorded and produced by Steve Addabbo at Shelter
We also recently completed mastering
CDs for singer/songwriter Johnny Jake; his self-produced
and aptly titled "Everything's Jake", and for Mattie
and Deirdre Connolly, performing a lovely set of traditional
Irish music, recorded and mixed by John
Sanders and composer Bobby
Peaco were in to record music cues for an as yet
unreleased Sneaky Snake movie. To those of you not already
in the know, Sneaky
Snake has the distinction of being the most
critically acclaimed sock puppet since Lambchop.
Sneaky is the creation of Sanders and actor Shawn Curran.
The latest adventure is an elaborate romp that involves
stowing away to Canada, Celine Dion, same-sex marriage,
and of course medical marijuana.
INSTRUCTION - PRO TOOLS TROUBLESHOOTING
Increasingly, musicians, composers and producers
are creating significant parts of their work in home
studios, under sometimes less than optimal conditions.
Responding to a number of requests in this area, I am
now available to instruct and troubleshoot on a private
basis. Call or email for availability and scheduling.
Recently we installed Sibelius Pro 6.0 on our working
computers. This powerful notation software interfaces
closely with Pro Tools and can generate high quality,
printer ready scores and parts. Look for increased scoring/copying
capability as this powerful tool is integrated into
of note is Source-Live, an RTAS plug-in which allows
us to webcast our sessions live to a central server
where they can be remotely monitored via internet. It
has proved invaluable in situations where one or more
of the producers is in a remote location.
Last time I threatened to provide
my own puns if nobody submitted any. And for a very
long time, nobody did. But at the very last minute,
Boonshoft of Aguilar
Amplification told me the following joke:
Q. What was the depressed autograph
seeker doing on the set of Bonanza?
A. Looking for Lorne.
So I thought that you had been
spared one of my puns, until Dave informed me that he
had first heard the joke 20 years ago, from me.
WORD CONTESTS The End of a Nanosecond
After much soul searching, the
editorial staff has decreed that the silly word contests
are going back to the drawing board for the moment,
and For Nerds Only will resume it's original purpose
of relating actual nerdy news.
We are always interested in new recording projects!
We can provide a wide range of audio and 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.
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