Just came back from a recording session with The Sweatshop Boys. You might recall them from the Comacast
remix disc Ignorance
where they did a cover of Clearview. They needed some help with some recording, and Lail
from Comacast and I helped out. It went rather well I think. We got the drum kit miced well and got a decent drum mix, then added the bass to the multitracker. That's about where we left it off for now, and later on they'll add the guitars and vocals. The process involved in recording a live band such as them intruiges me. It's a totally different mindset from the electronic stuff. With them the recording almost becomes an afterthought to the writing process, whereas in electronic music the recording process is integral from day one. Not to say either is better, just different. I think for each genre it fits too, as there is a certain purity a live band recording generates as they record a song they've played live dozens of times. On the other hand the abstractness that electronic music can go about when using sequencing/recording from day one can attain a vibe that no live band could hope to come close to IMO. Again, neither is better, simply different. Just random some random thoughts before I forget really.
Earlier today I jammed out for a bit with a new collaborator. I'm hoping she'll be able to contribute to a few new tracks on the next gsp release, which ever it be (EP or LP). It went pretty well for the most part, and I'm excited about the prospects of working with her on some other stuff. I really like the fact that she quite frankly does things I wouldn't do musically, and that's a good thing. While we were working together I noticed a few little things from a creation standpoint that I thought to myself "that's wrong", but it really wasn't. It's nice to get a breath of fresh air blown into my work.
I'm really hoping that if I get my act together I can have a few guests/collaborators on the next release. My goal is to start laying out some skeletons in the near future then have some folks come over and add some substance. From there I'll tweak it out and add even more. I'm hoping to get very wide variety of acts/people involved, and not necessarily just electronic musicians. Dare I say the GSP could evolve into a Pigface like idea for the experimental/downtempo side of life? That's a bit bold, but none-the-less I like the concept.
Oh, and the Blog admittedly looks like shit. I just haven't had time. Current Mood: tired
So things are admittedly progressing slowly. ( Current Studio SetupCollapse )
Conceptually alot is still in planning. I've got so many ideas of what I want to do, and I think what I really need to do is stop thinking. Slanting Waves
was recording quickly with immediacy, and i think it has a certain charm because of it. I've learned alot musically and production wise since then, and perhaps forcing the same immediacy would help regain some magic, and still show an evolution sonically speaking.
I'm thinking more and more I should do a short EP just to get something out. Not a rush job, just like a 4-5 song EP so people can hear some of the newer styles I'm incorporating. Thoughts? Leave a comment
This is a web log to follow the progress of The Gaussian Surface Project, a collective based ambient/downtempo act based in Rochester NY, on Dysgenic Records.