Saturday, February 27, 2010

Day 4+(half of)5

We spent Day 4 shaping and mixing 'Sinners', getting it video-ready for our friend Louis Minnaar. This was not the progress we were planning on for the day, but it is awesome progress none the less. I haven't stopped listening and scrutinising every detail of the mp3 since.

It is Day 5 now, and we're currently mixing 'Beware, she wears a vengeful heart'. I completed the vocals this morning, and currently I'm amusing myself by typing this blog entry. Jacob is trying to sort through the maze that is Werner's drum beats. He is doing this pretty much on his own, because Werner has an extreme head cold and is out for the count. He's going home now, and thus I have to help Mr. Israel. I guess that means:

Haasbroek, over and out.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Day 3

What a week! First, Jacob Israel tore us all a new one. Quadraphonic glitches piercing your eardrums, combined with mesmerizing live strings, makes for one tremendous show. If you are electronically inclined and you have not yet listened to him, do it now.
We had an excellent time at +27 last night. Thanks to Louis and Gerhard for the chance to play at your exhibition. The work was outstanding. Also, thanks to everyone who came out. We hope you had a good time and that you didn't mind my "dancing". Also, thanks to +27 for a lovely atmosphere.

Tomorrow, Saturday, the 20th of February 2010, we're heading into the studio again. We hope to complete a lot of the work on a song called "Beware, she wears a vengeful heart". Werner thinks it's a good idea to post the pre-production stuff that we've recorded when we're going to track them in the studio. He never gets to make any decisions, so I'm humoring him here:

Beware, she wears a vengeful heart

'Love to stay and blog about the deeper meaning of the lyrics, if any, but my lamb biryani is getting cold.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Day 2

Day 2

Everything is just a bit different than we expected: Everything is taking just a bit longer than we anticipated. Every song is sounding just a bit different in the studio than in our pre-production recordings. Jacob is just a bit more accommodating than we expected. Jacob thinks just a bit differently about our ideas than we do. Jacob is just a tad more of a genius than we expected. We know just a bit less about home-recording than we thought we did.

On Saturday we went into the studio again, committed to recording 'Cool Hero' this time. For some inexplicable reason, we started preparing the tracks for 'Tatters' instead, and before I knew it, I was knee deep in harmonies and beats. At some stage, while Werner and Jacob were arguing the merits of a certain drumbeat, compromising to-and-fro, it struck me that we were busy making an album now. Everybody just seemed so passionate about the project. What they ended up with made me happy and sad at the same time.

Here is the pre-production for the track we did then. Should be really interesting to compare this to the final product:


We are playing a show at +27 Design Cafe (Pretoria) next week Thursday (18 February 2010), to support a collaborative exhibition by Gerhard Uys and Louis Minnaar.

Also, Jacob Israel is launching his ridiculously good album in next week at Tings and Times (Pretoria), on Tuesday (16 February 2010). Expect something different from this show. From the rumours we've heard, this should be breathtaking.

Love you guys, and hope to see you at these shows!

Monday, February 1, 2010

Day 1

There were teething problems a plenty on Saturday, with us not having everything available in the formats that Mr. Israel needed them. We finally got 2 of the songs studio-ready, and I did vocals for one of them in the last hour of the day (it is sounding fantastic). Now that we have a better idea of what is required from us,
things should move much faster from here on in.

The studio has such a relaxed vibe to it, and it is fascinating to see Jacob Israel performing his magic. He ran some of our midi through his Prophet synth and the bass made the pillars in the studio vibrate. If we stop updating this blog, it is because the roof has collapsed in on us.

We're going in tonight to play around for another few hours. Damn day jobs. We'll try to take some pictures on Saturday and post them.

*Initiate vocal-warmup