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Making Same Time Next Life – Part 5 – A Note for the Gear Heads

I went a little nuts with the track counts on this album.  Every guitar part had its own direct line which was fed to plugins for processing (usually Native Instruments Guitar Rig or Softube Metal Amp Room) as well as three microphone channels per re-amped tone.  Some guitar tracks would receive upwards of four amp…

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Making Same Time Next Life – Part 4 – Mixing

I’ve been mixing records professionally for only a few years.  In my high school days, I wrote, recorded and mixed several of my own albums before I really ‘knew what I was doing’ so to speak.  So I’ve always had some experience in producing and mixing my own material.  However, this album would be the…

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Making Same Time Next Life – Part 3 – Writing: STNL and the Reflection pieces

The title track of the album began as a much less interestingly titled collection of loops and phrases: “138-2b”.  In May of 2010, I sent them to Markus in a zipped folder via dropbox with no arrangements or structures in place so he was free to openly experiment.  He sent several improvs back that immediately…

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Making Same Time Next Life – Part 2 – Writing: Impulse Response, Grit [digging] & Exterior of a Heart

As I sat down at the recording desk at King Crimson drummer Pat Mastelotto’s home studio loft on a stormy day and began capturing his first take in performing the song Impulse Response, a ray of sunlight broke through the clouds and made its way through a window shining directly on his drum kit. While…

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Making Same Time Next Life – Part 1 – Destructive Editing

“You have permission to be destructive.  Just as long as it doesn’t hurt you or anyone else.” This is what my therapist told me a month after I lost my daughter, Valentina, in a full-term stillbirth.  If you’re not sure what that means, then here’s a short explanation.  She was a fully formed baby who…