Traditional Irish Music
Hi there again trad fans. Just back from the recording studio at Kilcock, Co. Kildare, Ireland with John Byrne from Mullingar, Co. Westmeath on guitar with Rob Laird once again the Recording Engineer for the 'Síocháin na Tuaithe' album. Recording is really taking shape now so much so that recording is finished with the editing, mixing and mastering stage up next in the new year. I'm gonna leave this until the new year so that I can have a good listen to all the tracks over the Christmas period. Listening is such a vital part of a musicians life too.
I recorded two whistle tracks today and got the takes first time. Woo! John was calling me first take Seery in the studio! John Byrne has really worked hard on this album too. Some really intricate guitar playing so fair play John, a very talented musician. We actually finished the session early because the takes were so good. Professionals at work!
I thought I would write a little about what goes on after the recording stage and there is a lot, believe me. As an independent artist like a lot of traditional Irish musicians, I will have to do most of the preparation and work. So what's up next? Well as I said, earlier, listening and more listening. I like to listen to the early edits of the tracks on the car stereo when driving.
After that, myself and Rob will work on the mixing and mastering sometime in January or February. This involves getting the right balance between instruments and sounds on all tracks, basically ensuring that we get the best out of all tracks. Optimum volume quality has to reached so as to have all tracks at a reasonably equal level. Before the editing stage I will have decided (and I have) the track listing as outlined on the previous blog.
After this stage comes the design of the CD and album cover along with the sleeve notes which I am currently working on. This takes time as it is important that everything looks well apart from the musicianship on offer for listeners. I like to tell the story behind tunes, especially my own compositions. I like to acknowledge the other composers of the tunes also. This all is tedious but enjoyable at the same time.
A lot of work also has to put into the launch(es) of course and I will go into more detail about this in the new year. I hope to have a mini tour of launches for this album. I can't wait. Performing means everything to me especially performing new tunes and getting the reaction of the audience and listeners.
Ok that's all for now. Back to the listening! More blogs in 2013.
All the best,
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