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February, 2005

  1. Homer-man

    February 19, 2005 by eshan_admin

    Well, I got everything that I had set out to do done – much quicker than I anticipated I might add… practice really does make perfect 🙂 I also had some spare time leftover to just practice (without the tape running) which was nice and refreshing! The weather over here is still pretty mad… it just won’t seem to stop snowing! It is so picturesque though out here in the ‘Eifel’/Germany… here’s a snow… nay, Homerman that I managed to spot on my way home this evening… enjoy your Saturday eve and I will catch ya later….

  2. A few pix

    February 19, 2005 by eshan_admin

    Just thought I would upload a couple more pix that I took yesterday… basically a stack of CD’s that are currently serving as inspiration and a quick idea I jotted down before recording it… should be back in the studio this evening … I thought it would be a good idea to get a whole bunch of preperation done ie working out what I want to record over the next few sessions and setting up all of my software accordingly… btw the problem with Nuendo seems to have sorted itself out 🙂
    Catch you later xo

  3. Nice and Easy

    February 18, 2005 by eshan_admin

    After the initial phase of getting my act together this morning, I have managed to record 14 tracks with Hip Hop in mind. It was quite fun actually because Hip Hop drumming tends to be pretty laid back and all about the groove… I needed that kind of session this morning because I was pretty wrecked and uninspired when I got in the studio 🙂
    Slowly but surely I am getting into the full swing of things though. I have never had the luxury of spending a full month in the studio just doing whatever it is I please… the cool thing, is that I am starting to see a pattern emerge… just the order I do things in – getting the software set up so it all works as efficiently as possible… and obviously the more one practices this studio stuff the better and more efficient one gets. Already I am starting to have incredible amounts of raw audio collecting on my desk in the studio in the form of CD-r’s… I pitty the mixing engineer who is going to have to work his way through it all LOL! I am trying to be good and back all of my work up after every session (which is the last thing I feel like doing after hours of drumming)… but it makes most sense to do it that way I find, as otherwise it can be hard to keep an overview on all of the different tracks etc… so that’s exactly what I am doing right now… backing uppppppppp 🙂

  4. Hip Hop Hurray

    February 18, 2005 by eshan_admin

    Just like I imagined, before I went to bed last night I decided to work on ‘Hip Hop’ as a style today… now I know that term has become a very broad one so the inspiration for todays session will be ‘The Roots’, as I am just using my acoustic kit. They are such a refreshing Hip Hop band to me because they really do take it back to their roots with the live instrumentation and so on.
    I have to get a move on now though because I can only stay in the studio till about 14:30 this afternoon… Lets see if I can jam in ten tracks in that time…

  5. Lots of work done

    February 17, 2005 by eshan_admin

    After backing-up all of the preliminary sessions, I started on my first ‘style’ – pop. I decided to do pop first for two reasons – the first being that it’s a good style to use to get into the flow of things and secondly to get it out of the way as quickly as possible so I can move on to the more interesting stuff LOL! My goal had been to record ten tracks per session/style… today I managed to record 15 tracks for pop which is a good feeling 🙂 So the next backing-up session has already commenced!
    I haven’t decided which style I am going to be doing tomorrow yet as my head is still too full with the tracks I have just been working on… but I am sure by the end of the evening I will have made my decision…
    Catch you later 🙂

  6. Time for first backup

    February 17, 2005 by eshan_admin

    Up until now I have pretty much just recorded whatever I felt like at the time. But after my ‘drawing board’ session yesterday I have decided it is time to just backup all of the recordings I have done up until now and then to systematically record beats from various styles as described in my previous blog. Even now it feels good to get all that (old) stuff off the hard drive and to (almost) start anew 🙂
    Enough talking… time to get back to work!

  7. Time to get some sleep

    February 17, 2005 by eshan_admin

    I am absolutely exhausted now… my pen and paper sessions went very well… I spent the past few hours going through stacks of CD’s that will serve as the inspiration for the next two weeks in the studio… Billy Cobham, NERD, Tool, DJ Shadow, Tortoise, Incognito, Nine Inch Nails and The Beatles to name but a few… pretty eclectic mix, which makes the anticipation of the recording sessions even better!

    Right, time to get some sleep b4 the next day begins…. 🙂

  8. Back to the drawing board…

    February 16, 2005 by eshan_admin

    After spending the past week in the studio experimenting with all of the possibilities such an environment presents, I have decided to spend today at home with just pen and paper, mapping out how to best use the remaining two and a half weeks of studio-time available to me. I have come up with a recording schedule where I will hopefully record roughly ten tracks per session – each session will cover one particular style of music. In total I have twelve styles of music that I wish to cover… so as you can see, that pretty much has the next two weeks covered… especially when you consider that there will more than likely be a few hiccups along the way. But if all goes according to plan I will have enough raw audio to create multiple sample CD’s with different themes… a very worthwhile investment!
    Something else I would like to mention is that my blog has now been added to a very cool site called Band Weblogs which is a worldwide directory of band and music weblogs – very worthwhile checking out if you are into musician blogs. A big thanks to Jenny May for the kind emails 🙂

    Stay tuned… xo

  9. As to be expected…

    February 15, 2005 by eshan_admin

    … I have run into some computer software problems… I have been using Nuendo to record the raw drum audio which I then tweak in Live 4… unfortunatley Nuendo has been a little confused to say the least for the last two takes… oh well, nothing that won’t sort itself out I am sure…
    I have spent most of the day so far just practicing to my favorite albums and then also to a few of my custom click tracks that really help work on timing…

    The weather outside is still pretty crazy… all the more reason to keep working in the studio… xo

  10. Bright and early

    February 15, 2005 by eshan_admin

    Back in the studio again… it is snowing like crazy outside and I don’t think that will change all that quickly…

    Well, I have a whole bunch of tracks that I recorded yesterday that need editing so that will be my first task this morning… once I have warmed up a little it’s back to recording more groove ideas…….. xo