Leaving Recording Workshop

For the past seven weeks I’ve been flexing my audio engineering muscles at the Recording Workshop in Chillicothe, Ohio. I’ve been able to work closely with audio engineers from multiple eras and genres of the music industry honing in skills of recoding techniques, mixing strategies, and mastering final products. Spending a few weeks here has allowed me to focus in more about what I enjoy about the audio industry, where I find my strengths and weaknesses, and how to elevate my skills in both of those areas.

Some of my favorite projects I’ve worked on and coordinated while at the Workshop were all the recording sessions, especially those on analogue tape! We were able to record various musicians and bands giving us real experiences with actual artists, building rapport, and recording great sounds as always. Some of the most exciting moments were those spent with my fellow classmates and future audio engineers. Having a strong team that works well together makes sessions more fun and helps them run smoothly because we know each other’s strengths and we can divide and conquer.

Since being down in Chillicothe, I’ve been preparing myself for an internship due to start in March at OmniSound Studios down in Nashville, Tennessee. This is an opportunity I have never felt more ready for! I’m looking forward to be able to travel to a new city which double’s as a music capital, work opportunity, and a new place for exploration. While I’m down there working with OmniSound, I’ll be working with session set ups and tear downs, some pitch correction and editing as well as the usual coffee runs and studio maintenance. I’m excited for everything I’ll get to do with the studios both in sessions as well as getting to explore the city getting coffee for the musicians and myself.

Here’s to an exciting semester!

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Capturing Light

Time is always passing and memories are always fleeting unless you take a moment to capture them. This is one of the biggest reasons I have such a passion for photography. Over the summer, I’ve been able to do various film photography photoshoots with some of my friends capturing moments and feelings together.
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Putting images together helps show the impact photography can have both visually and emotionally.  Film even accentuates these aspects through color saturation, grain and character, and for the simple fact that it captures the actual light waves rather than putting pixels together that are just a representation of what’s in front of the lens. Unfortunately, on this blog we can only see the latter. If you are interested in any zines or print photography, please feel free to reach out through the contact page to purchase prints.

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Musical Dynamite

Have you ever wanted to tear apart a song? Listen to the synth line all on it’s own? Really dig deep into the lyrics behind a song? Song Exploder allows you to do just that. Hrishikesh Hirway creates this series of podcasts that showcases a number of artists from a large range of genres. Hirway has really found a lot of success from features at the Sundance Film Festival, SXSW, and even being an artist-in-residence at the Sydney Opera House.

I really enjoy the editing style that Hirway uses in his podcasts. In recording, he interviews the guest artist of the week but in the final version of the podcast, you only hear the artist(s) telling you the story of the music. It makes it seem less conversational and more like a story. I find this intriguing since music can already tell a story, hearing the story directly from the artist really encompasses my attention. Since Hirway also usually speaks directly to the artist, he is able to use actual stems of the songs to really showcase exactly what is being discussed. I really enjoy this editing style because I’m getting 100% of the information I want to hear.

The last episode I listened to was about the artist by the name of Bonobo. You can find this episode of the podcast here! I have also enjoyed the episodes of Poliça, tUnE-yArDs, Sylvan Esso, and Youth Lagoon. Hirway has just posted his 100th episode on the 21st of March, there is definitely an artist, group, or even genre that fits your taste. You can check out a full list of episodes that have been posted here.

Back from bandcamp

I hope it’s no joke, but this April Fool’s day I’m going to see Lætitia Tamko, a New York artist by the name of Vagabon. Tamko sings of “ideas of home, community, and sharing space with others who don’t necessarily see eye to eye” says Kevin Lozano of Pitchfork. I was really intrigued by her sound, lyrics, and musical style and was interested in finding other artists like her. I had first heard of Vagabon on the website Bandcamp, an online music store what is great for independent artists but of course is open to anyone. There are some pretty well known artists and groups that use Bandcamp as a platform like Beach House, Sufjan Stevens, and Vulfpeck.

Bandcamp is an amazing music listening platform that really provides for the listener and for the artist especially. What I find very securing in purchasing music on Bandcamp is that the artist is receiving more than half of the revenue. Bandcamp takes 15% for every digital item sold and only 10% of any physical good sold.

 

Bandcamp’s model is based on a revenue share. It’s 15 percent on bandcamp-ceodigital, 10 percent on physical, and in that way our success is tied to the success of the artist. So we only make money if the artist makes a whole lot more money.
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Another reason I almost prefer Bandcamp to be my listening platform is because of the listener’s interface. Listeners are able to stream albums before purchasing, not just a preview that purchasing platforms like iTunes gives. Once purchased, you are even able to decide which type of audio file you would like, be it mp3, FLAC, or wav for the audiophiles out there. Again, it’s also securing knowing that at least 75¢ of each dollar go straight to the artist.

If you’re interested in using Bandcamp as your next music platform, check out their homepage! They have a live feed of each album bought as well as recommendations that scroll on their homepage. Some artist suggestions I have include Winona Forever, Porches, and Plastic Flowers.

Daisy Chain

Earlier this semester, I was able to work with local Columbus band Cherry Chrome in recording their track “Daisy Chain.” Cherry Chrome is a four piece alternative rock group with the members Xenia Hold, Amina Adesiji, Mick Martinez, and David Holm. We recorded the track in Studio E of Capital University’s Conservatory of Music. The group has recorded in this space before so they were very comfortable and relaxed in this setting which made the session a lot of fun!