Writing 20 Minutes of Audio | Weekly Log 2 |25th SEPT 17 – 1st OCT 17

This second week i’d like to introduce you to the music i will be making over this project.

The Influence

For my 20 minute ep i am making exactly that, a 20 minute (approx.) medley of electronic music. The suite will consist of 6 parts each flowing from one to the other until the end.  Ladies and Gentlemen… here is an introduction to “For the Sake of Patience”

 

I got inspiration for this piece from three sources here. The first being Force Majeure by Tangerine Dream.

This piece combines elements of rock music and electronic music. With flowing rhythms and great musician ship, you are drawn into the action. Tangerine Dream are certainly an influence on me and have been for a while. There was a long 30 minute ambient piece i recorded inspired by their album “Zeit” from 1972.

The second artist who has been a big influence on this work is Jean Michel Jarre. His most recent album “Oxygene 3” and some tracks from his album “Electronica 2”.

Part 5 of the suite is highly inspired by Mike Oldfield and is even based around a sample from his “Incantations Part 2” from 10:40. I used a loop of the African percussion as a backing then build the part around that. The sampled loop will be replaced with my own drum loop which i will write based on the pattern shown here:

I did also drawn influences from Kraftwerk, Robert Miles, Pink Floyd and the Orb for this one aswell. Check out this playlist of all the inspiration tracks.

 

The Details

For the Sake of Patience (medley) (22:47)

  1. The Marsh
  2. For the Sake of Patience
  3. The Crane
  4. Tsunami
  5. Fire Dance
  6. Only as Patient as i Like to Be

Band: Klvoool                                                                                                                                  Band breakdown: Caleb Morganfield (Drums, Backing Vocal), Joseph Bagwell (Guitar, Keyboard, Bass, Vocal)

Produced by Joseph Bagwell with help from Caleb Morganfield and Callum Connah             Genre: Techno, Trance, Progressive Rock, Electronic, Ambient, Experimental, New Age.

Now For some Progress…

Over last week i managed to track vocals and re amp one of the lead guitars.

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setting up

I achieved this by setting up an amp and mikes in the voice over booth and over the dante rednet systems i recorded the re amping from Prog A. Microphones that were used were the AKG C414 condenser and Sennheiser MD441-U dynamic. Both possessing a 20hz-20khz pick up range i knew there would be no problem in getting a nice sound.

The microphones were placed together in front of the speaker cone on the guitar amp i was using, with the MD441 placed above the C414.

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Ready to record !

Sing it Loud!

Next thing i have completed is the vocals for Part 3. These were co-engineered by Callum Connah. We used the MD441 again but this time paired up with the Neumann TLM103 condenser, i chose this microphone because i knew it was very good for getting crisp clear vocal recordings.

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TLM103 and MD441 paired together in the same setup as was used for the amp microphones.

The MD441 i ran through my Presonus TubePre pre amp unit and gave a slight amount of drive and plenty of Gain. I did this to give the dynamic microphone a slight warm distortion to it.

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Presonus TubePRE pre-amp

After setting this up i decided to run the TLM103 through the Neve 8801 pre-amp / strip in the TLA control room. This was done to create a unique contrasting audio file that will be compatible with the 441 recording.

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Neve 8801

After nice vocal takes were done we decided to send the vocal tracks to a reverb to allow the vocals to have a trail rather than dead air in between lines.

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Lexicon effects unit used on vocals. 

The reverb effect will be added subtlety to the final mix.

Where from here?

Next week i hope to mix in the new vocals and guitar re amping. I also want to start just getting a basic mix overall for the piece and look into any guitar parts that may need redoing.

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Lineup was…

 

Photos by LC Photography

Part II: The Revenge!!!

I’m back for revenge!!!


Now that summer is over it’s time to get working! “Hot Air Music Presents…” will now be taking place on Tuesdays at Bar 42 as myself and Mark Knowles have something that we’re gonna be working on for Wednesdays. The first gig back is coming soon on 18th October featuring Funkzilla, Etcetera and Christelle.

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Check out the event on Facebook

Opening artist Christelle has an EP you should check out from April, thanks to the support of fans, friends, family and through crowdfunding. You can purchase the EP from iTunes here.

Funkzilla have also been busy writing with some new songs being added to the library, you can here their stuff on their Soundcloud page.


I just had to get my baby niece as she started crying. Now i have here sitting listening to Funkzilla’s Pre Jam which is awesome. Seriously check these guys out.

Anyway…

I have a few recording projects lined up. First being with Phantom of Eden. I have a few original songs for Phantom which not only we will play at the next gig but also hope to record as an EP or album. Also i hope to record my solo stuff soon as well!

In other new i have plans to start doing YouTube videos. I have been planning to re try my music review series Sound Scope of which three original episodes were recorded and were very shit. Thus i am re inventing it and hopefully it will be of interest to anyone. i may also plan some other videos to offer a better range of content.


 

FMP | Proposal

For my FMP i plan to start my own independent record label for Rock and acoustic based genres. I wish to sign at least 3 – 4 artists (2 bands and 2 solo) to the label. From this if the artist wishes to release an EP/Album/Single then i will get that recorded for them and release the material through the label. Once all profits have been recouped i plan to split the profits with the artist 20/80 in their favor.

The big thing i wish to focus on is to put on a gig with the artists i sign and record all the sets to create a big live album and call it “Hot air Music Presents…”, this will most likely be a free download from the website.

I have currently written up some basic recording contracts for the label and i am getting a logo designed by a student on the art course.

Another thing i can do for the artists is manage them slightly if they require those kind of services. I will also be marketing and promoting them along with the label


Objectives for record Label –

  • Sign 3-4 artists with a mix of bands and solo acts
  • Organise and put on an end of term gig at bar 42 with all the artists
  • Record a live compilation album of the gig
  • record/release any material the artists are working on through the label

Objectives focusing on the artists –

  • Organise/Record the album/Ep of each artist and release them through the label
  • Promote and market the artists and any material they will be releasing through the label
  • Set up social network accounts and a wordpress site for the artists
  • Take press photos of the band
  • Organise/locate gigs for your artists to perform at

Over the course of the project i plan to keep records and evidence of work i have done by keeping a weekly reflection that critically analyses my progress from the last week. I will also put the gig i plan to arrange a week or two before end of term to leave evaluation time.


Areas i need to research into for this project are:

  • Other independent record labels
  • The musical landscape and local scenes within Worthing and Brighton
  • Local music blogs/magazines for marketing and promotion
  • Artists to do artwork
  • Photographers for press photographs
  • Promoters to help promote the end of term gig
  • Venues around Brighton and Worthing which i can organise gigs at for my aritsts

 

Roles i will be undertaking with this project:

    • A&R – I will be doing this in order to search for similar bands which would work well together and compliment each other live. I will also need to find session musicians to work with any solo acts i have signed
    • Marketing and Promotion – i will need to continuously market and promote the artists, the label and any material being released through my label.
    • PR – in support of the marketing and promotion i will need to look into the local music scenes and liaise with members of the public who would be interested in the artists i will be working with
    • Events management – i will need to undertake the role of an events management team for the gig i plan to put on, this will include some of the above roles and also new ones relating to events management.

 

  • Artist manager – If required by the artists i sign i will also be taking on the role of their manager. I will not require any additional charges for this service. This means that i can book session musicians, recording sessions, liaise with artists, photographers, session musicians, media etc…

 

 

FMP | Evaluation


For my final major project i set out to create an online record label and to work with artists on releasing new material and promoting them. The main focus of the project was to help me build up my marketing and promotion skills.

I feel like i began quite strong booking three gigs in April to host three of my artists at some point. Gig aspect i feel overall have gone quite well with some good gigs, some bad but ultimately i feel that i have learned more about timing, organisation and also building up bands by organizing these events.

One thing i have picked up was a technique shared to me from Mark Knowles of Bar 42. His idea for building up bands as headliners is to get a big headliner who will bring a crowd and then two local support bands who are quite well known within worthing. You put the band you with to build upon as main support or second support. This way if you get people who are coming to the gig to see the headline and maybe the second support band whilst your band are on main support they will most likely have to listen to that band. This is good as it means that you hopefully will get people who like the band you are choosing to promote and from this you do the same again with new support and headliners and the same main support band. People who attended the previous gig may think “hey, we saw that band last time, they were really good” and may want to come again. This is a long rinse and repeat process which takes time but has worked for Mark and is something i plan to put into practice with my artists for future events.

I feel another thing i have been good at in the project is the graphical side of things with posters and websites being designed for gigs and my artists. You can check out the main Hot Air Music website here, from there you will find links to artists wordpress and Facebook pages and also evaluations for each gig along with photos and the poster. Speaking of wordpress sites i have not really used the artists sites at all since creating them which is something i should have done to post stuff to then share the posts via Facebook and other social media sites to hopefully draw traffic to the main website,

One big aspect i feel i could have improved on much more was the marketing and promoting side of things. This is something i should have researched into a lot to ensure a bigger crowd to my gigs. My planning throughout the project has not been concise or frequent as well which is something i probably could have done to help me have a focus.

To summarize i feel i have definitely improved on my event management skills but i need to focus on marketing and promotion quite a lot. I also feel that maybe i need to develop Hot Air Music not as a label but more as a promotions company which can release music through and also promote artists, this is something i feel i will work on over the next few months.


 

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