Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Time for the Horns in the studio...

UY baby
Tonight I would have to say was pretty epic. In every sense of the word.

It was the night that we were able to start recording the horns. Adam on the Tenor, Tim on the Alto, and Me(Aaron) on the Trumpet.
Our set up

We really were able to communicate and get the correct articulations and phrasing down for "Sing to Me" and "Wailing and Gnashing." This proves to be quite the challenge because we don't write any of our music out on paper. Ideas are exchanged and we come up with the lines that you hear.

Stoke on the great sound

We have never recorded all horns at the same time so it took a little while to find what we think are the sweet spots of the room. Needless to say, when we first heard the results of our recording it literally gave us chicken skin! THIS WAS THE SOUND THAT WE HAVE BEEN SEARCHING FOR!

It's a nice raw and live sound. I think we got it this time Demitri! AURYTE! haha.

The only problem is that because the music is raw it is also revealing. We found out quickly that it's almost impossible to get 3 people to play exactly in tune with each other. But we are up to it. I think Demitri is a wizard.

This is going to be a great album. I love to see the experience that we have gained really put to work boys.

Aloha readers

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Saturday, June 14, 2008

Just a cool little story...

I was checking out my inbox the other day and came across a pretty cool email and thought I'd share it with everyone who stops by here...

"Hey man I love your pictures I went through your whole alien Bees flickr pages. I think they were all yours. But I would love to intern with you I want to get better with my photography.
I do film and want to learn more about painting with light with a still shot so I can transfer the skills learned there into motion pictures.

Check out my blog when you get a chance!"

Just so Jamar knows... Thanks man and I hope you frequent the page as I am preparing a lot of photos now so they can be up ASAP. The shoots that I have done with the Alien Bees were all advised by my good friend Joachim Guanzon(the lighting man).It was mostly all his gear. His flickr page is located here...

A lot of pro lighting there.

much Aloha to everyone who thinks what I am doing makes some kind of difference and statement... because I know without your support I would probably be still selling T-shirts and board shorts.

Here are some favorites from a couple of my recent outings :-)