WINTER 2007/2008 EDITION
Hope you have been enjoying
the holiday season! I am writing this during the week
between Christmas and New Year's Eve, when the world
seems to slow down, and there is a moment to reflect
before plunging into the new year.
2007 has been a year of growth
for us. We've been starting to use our neighboring studio,
Island Sound, for tracking drums and rhythm sections
on projects, an arrangement that has been working out
very well indeed. Steve Addabbo and his staff can always
be relied on to get great sounds. Singer/songwriter
Scola's upcoming CD, "A Braver Kind" is our flagship
effort in this regard. We are almost done mixing and
should be mastering shortly. Allison, and producer Janie
Barnett have been a joy to work with throughout
NEW IN THE NEW STUDIO
We recently upgraded our Pro
Tools system to version 7.4, which has some great features,
including greatly enhanced time stretching. We are expecting
to do an overhaul of our Pro Tools system within the
next year or so, at the same time that we install a
PT mixing/editing suite at our upstate residence.
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." Way to
At this writing, Amy
Lennard's new CD, largely recorded here, is taking
shape at The Lodge, where it is being mastered by Emily
Flather's new CD "Passages" has been finalized with
one brand new song in the lineup, and has just been
remastered and sent to duplicating.
We recently received a production
copy of "Songville" by Marco
Joachim. This charming CD, 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. The music is a mixed
bag, some of it bearing a more than passing resemblance
to the Traveling Wilburys. I had a lot of fun working
on this one!
Earlier in the year, I had
the pleasure of recording and developing arrangements
Marks and Jessica Hoffman, for an eco-friendly project
currently under development: My
Lately we've had the pleasure
of working with some exciting new artists, notably Athena
Rodriguez, and Ellen
Woloshin, who is working on her new CD.
Other sessions of note in 2007
include: The incomparable Ada Dyer recorded a riveting
vocal for "If You Still See Me" for songwriter Belle
Elliott and Page Wood mastered their posthumous
Klaus Nomi CD "Za
Bakdaz". Composer Ronnie Lawson has been a regular
here for his industrial pre-records. Vivien Wolsk recorded
a number of her songs, including a deliciously creepy
version of "Separate Umbrellas". Composer Luce Amen
came in to record songs for her show "The
Amazing Journey of Juan Diego". Composer Dan
Martin mastered songs from his show "HuMan Being".
We also played host to those bon vivants George
Sanders and Shawn Curran, working on their various,
always madcap, projects. Caleb Jacobs and XBanders recorded
a new song with the able assistance of local drummer
Benelli. Tenor Micheal Castaldo's multilingual CD
Dolce Vita 'NAmerica" continues to make sales
inroads and glean press in the international market.
Also my old friend Barry "Kip" Kaplan, primarily an
ADR recordist now, is dusting off his artist credentials
and dropped by to record guitar overdubs on a new project.
Sadly, we must take a moment
to note the passing of Norman Mershon, not only a great
singer and songwriter, but a great spirit and personality
in the New York music scene. Norman and I worked together,
starting in the late '70's, in the band Tycoon, which
made 2 albums for Arista, and scored a top 30 hit with
"Such a Woman". Norman will be greatly missed by all
who knew him.
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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