A month and a half ago I began interning at Audio Recording Studio in Chagrin Falls, OH. I did a little write-up about my experiences over on their website a couple weeks ago, but I wanted to take some time to expand on that and let you all know what I was up to.
Owner Bruce Gigax has been the Audio Supervisor for The Cleveland Orchestra since 1986, and ARS has been working with the Orchestra’s broadcast service ever since its inception in the 1950′s. Classical and ensemble recording has always been an interest of mine, especially after working with the Chordsmen at Capital University. This was one of many reasons that I reached out to Bruce for an opportunity after moving back to NE Ohio.
Variety of Styles
What I never expected was the diverse array of opportunities I would have interning at ARS. The first session I was a part of was a “Super Session” featuring Jamey Haddad (drummer for Paul Simon), guitarist Todd Sharp, and many other Ohio music legends. The project was produced by Ron Silverman (Original member of the James Gang) and engineered by Dale Peters, also from the James Gang. The session was a great combination of jazz, folk and rock n’ roll and I can’t wait for you all to hear it. I’ve also had the opportunity to sit in during a Cleveland Orchestra recording (and install new equipment at Severance Hall) as well as remote gigs at St. Vincent de Paul’s Church (recording Harpsichord) and the Beachland Ballroom. I’ve also witnessed the intense editing that goes into creating the Health Journeys guided imagery CD’s and Healthy Discussion interviews.
I’m very excited to see what my future at Audio Recording Studio has in store, and I hope to have some exciting new projects to share very soon.
I’m excited to announce the release of one of my most favorite projects to date, the first CD of the Capital University Chordsmen under the direction of Craig Courtney.
Performing and Engineering
This was a particularly exciting project for me as I not only engineered the recording session, I also performed in the ensemble. We pulled multitrack recordings from several live concerts (thanks to Albert Macre and Justin Riley for capturing those) as well as a full recording session in Mees hall at Capital University. We used a variety of microphones on stage and in the hall to capture the full sound of the ensemble. I mixed the CD under direction of Mr. Courtney at Capital in May, and I created the master later in June.
Here’s my favorite track off of the CD “Father of Light” arr. by Craig Courtney, text by Susan Bentall Boersma.
For more information about the Chordsmen, please find them on Facebook. To purchase a copy of “The Chordsmen” please call Stanton’s Music at 614-224-4257.
Sorry for the lack of posts/tweets/facebook/instagram ect. lately. Not to say I haven’t been busy! Since my last real update lots has been happening.
It still hasn’t completely hit me yet that I am no longer a college student, but on May 4th (Happy Star Wars Day) I graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Technology from Capital University. I’d like to thank my family, friends and the wonderful people of Capital for all of their support these last 4 years.
Leading up to graduation I was finishing up my senior project for Music for Media. The project was to take a clip from a movie and completely redo all of the sound for it. I chose a scene from Moneyball and you can watch it below. Big thanks to Paul Talbot for writing the score and to everyone who helped with voices, sound effects and being in my cheering crowd!
I am also excited to announce that I am now the Production Coordinator for Christian Howes Strings! I was an intern for Christian this past semester doing a combination of production and marketing work, and I am now taking the lead role in handling all production projects. Let me know if you need live strings on your tracks!
I’m still working on the last touches on the Chris Bosca EP as well as some new material with the Skashank Redemption. Stay tuned for that to drop soon! Dominique De Biasio and Marneé Richardson both have unreleased material that I had a hand in that should be coming out sometime in the near future as well.
At the end of May, I will be moving back to the Massillon/Canton area. As many of you know, I am marrying my lovely fiancé Kristina Kandel in August of this year. Krissy will be attending the University of Akron for Law School, and we will be living in Canton while she is there. That means if you are looking for audio/video work in North East Ohio make sure to hit me up! I’d also love to get back into playing a little more, so if you are in need of a drummer or a bassist I’d love to start gigging again. Let’s make some music!
It is time or Nick and I to part ways with our beloved (if underused) TEAC A6300 reel to reel machine. The motors on the machine work fine and playback is fine. The only issue is somewhere in the record circuit, either the heads are bad or the bias is way off. With Nick and I graduating and him moving to Nashville, we felt that the easiest thing to do was to sell it.
We are asking $150 for the tape machine, around 40 reels of tape, a head de magnetizer and a tape eraser. Shoot me an email at email@example.com, or hit me up on any of my social media sites for more information.
One of my closest friends Dominique De Biasio has released her debut self-titled EP. I had the pleasure of doing the tracking on the song “Valleys” before the project was turned over to my friend Adam Miller at JSR Studios. I’m super pleased with the outcome of the album, and I’m so excited that I was able to be a part of it. You can buy the album at http://dominiquedebiasio.bandcamp.com/album/dominique-de-biasio.
Also I worked on a super-secret bonus track with Dominique that is going to be released sometime in the near-future so stay tuned for that one!
And lastly, Dominique gave her senior recital today at Capital University (which was totally amazing). And myself, Joey Pasternak and Nick Lane all worked to provide sound reinforcement as well as capture a multi-track recording. I’m not sure when it will be released, but be sure to keep an eye out for it!
On April 6th Capital University will be hosting it’s first annual Student Music Tech Workshop in conjunction with TI:ME and the AES Capital University Student Section! There will be a wide variety of lectures, presentations, and hands on workshops. Topics range from studio recording to live sound to sound for picture. Highlighting the event will be a series of presentations by Grammy Award Winning producer and engineer Luke Wooten. Luke is a producer and engineer working in Nashville and will be giving a presentation on working in the industry, as well as an in-depth presentation on using Melodyne. I will be presenting a mic shootout presentation/workshop where we will discuss the process of doing a mic shootout, and then comparing the sounds of several common vocal microphones.
I’m straying away from my usual type of post, but I wanted to talk about a cool time management app I came across yesterday. It’s called Eisenpower, and is basically a task list that divides your task list into 4 different lists based on priority. It also allows you to schedule reminders through the iCloud reminders app, so reminders show up on your iPhone, iPod, iPad, and/or computer always keeping you on top of what you need to get done. Currently it is only available on the Mac App store for OSX 10.8 and up. (sorry Nick Lane and the other Snow Leopard die-hards out there). There is supposedly an iOS version coming out soon, which would make this even more appealing. Best of all, it is FREE for the rest of TODAY (3-17-13) and can be found here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/eisenpower/id571070676?mt=12 …
I’ve made Eisenpower projects for several different projects that I’m working on, and I like that I can change the name of each list to fit the project (although I am a fan of the “really?!” tab for those stupid tasks you have to do). Here is how I’ve put it in action to help me organize my Music for Media project:
Eisenpower in Action
As I continue to dig into it and figure out my best way of organizing things I’ll add to this post!
This past week/weekend I had the pleasure of making a very special video. Along with the help of Xavier McAllister and Darita Seth, I filmed the Capital University Chapel Choir singing Eric Whitacre’s “Animal Crackers Vol. II”. We added a slight twist however, bringing in some extra “singers” into the project. I did all of the editing on the project (in Final Cut Pro X), under the direction of Dr. Lynda Hasseler and the assistance of two choir students: John McClain and Nancy de Leon. To top it all off, the video was sent to Eric Whitacre and he loved it! Enjoy!
I’m excited to announce that Joshua Parker has released his “Lack of Better Things” EP. The EP was produced by Nathan Drury, and I had the pleasure of tracking the Vocals and Violin overdubs. Check it out here! http://joshuaparker.bandcamp.com/