Sunday, February 28, 2010

Best Bird Face

This is the Frogmouth. Most of these are Tawny Frogmouths, I think. These birds have no idea...


Thursday, February 25, 2010

The Video from Yesteryear: Everything Everywhere

A couple years ago, Wesley, Kay and Ryan made music with the 5th and 6th graders. This song features drawings by 50 kids, animated by Ryan, recorded by Ryan and Kay. This was back when Wesley's hair was as long as a girl's!

You can find it under DJ Double Awesome on Youtube, but I wanted to put it up here as well because I'm still fond of it - vocals vocoded with a guitar, a good mono mix, and a solid beat! Why don't we make videos like this anymore??


The 60s Film Look: Topkapi (1964)

Jules Dassin's wonderful jewel heist set in Istanbul. I watched it tonight and took some snapshots along the way. It's a terrific comedy, but also has one of the most suspenseful theft scenes I've ever experienced. And look at it! Beautiful...


Tuesday, February 23, 2010

A Strange Land Discovered

"Hidden Lands" is done! The music at least. Right now I'm designing for cd....and vinyl!! More details on the release will come soon. For now I'll say it will be released in the summer.

We've been recording since last winter, but the last couple weeks have been the best part, the mixing. I'm off from work during these snowy months (I maintain hiking trails) so I've just been staying up all night mixing, listening, making notes, watching the Sean Connery Bond movies, and mixing some more. It's a good back-and-forth for the brain. Plus, the whole atmosphere of exotic 60s locations has shaped the way the album feels. To me, it looks like the way film looked in the 60s, great flat sounds like it, too, with instruments hard-panned left and right, vocals in the middle...

"In the Dream of the Sea Life" sounded very 2009, which isn't a bad thing, but "Hidden Lands" sounds a lot more timeless.

Maybe this will be a real blog?