WIntertime is traditionally very quiet in the live business , but also a perfect time for retreating to the warm and cosy studio environment and get creative . This year I started working with my very good friend and outstanding vocalist Nikkie van Lierop on a new project called Zethrya .
It's a very experimental and theatrical project , taking you to the deepest corners of your soul and evoking stong emotions . We call it a "ritual performance" and plan to perform in churches , temples and other holy places , hopefully later this year .
is a succesful Belgian dance act , and now that they've decided to go live with a full band to celebrate their 10th anniversary , I'm in for another challenge . 10 years worth of songs , all made on different software versions of logic and sometimes obsolete plugins or hardware synths , have to be revived . For days I've been working with Wout van Dessel
in his studio , looking into old archives and trying to find the right parts again with the right sounds . It's all going better than we expected and we're moving in the right direction , but there's a lot of work still to be done before the 2 shows in the antwerp Lotto Arena on march 26/27
It's wintertime , no more live shows , no more tours ... time to get into the studio and work on some music .Mitras
is an highly original project : bizarre instrumental violin music with a heavy tango influence and lots of electronics going on .
We just finished all the rough mixes and decided on the CD order and are extremely happy with the overal vibe . We'll take a small break now to focus on the artwork and then we'll fine tune the mixes to make them sit comfortably in the playlist .more info on the mitras website
It's incredible , but I have the whole month of septembe off ! I'll be staying home with the family , and in the meantime work on my lovely girlfriend's first solo album . She's a very talented violin player and songwriter with a passion for adventurous electronica . It'll be an instrumental album with both acoustic and electric violin parts playing very melodic and catchy arrangements over a background of trippy beats and moody soundscapes ... unlike anything you've ever heard , and probably commercial suicide , but hey : we've got the luxury to do what we want to do , with the people you want to do it with ..... aren't we luckiest people on this planet ? .... :-) ....
I just installed a brand new mac pro in my home studio ... boy is this machine fast !!!
I was still working on a dual G5 2.5 before that and it really started struggling with the latest plugins like omnisphere and complete 5 .
Now I’ve got an 8 core nehalem mac pro , and these processors use hyperthreading so they actually present themselves as 16 cores to the OS , and I can tell you : every one of those single cores is way faster than a G5 core . I’ve installed 8G of memory (expandable to 32G) , 2 drives of 1TB (with still 2 empty slots to fill) , and a TC electronics powercore card .
This computer will finally enable me to make 3D renders in the background (they can take a looooong time , even on this one) , while still making music with plenty of cpu headroom .
Next project : the recording of the Mitras
I finally finished the Donquièstar
album . The recording and mixing took exactly 10 days , spread over the last few months , so we stayed perfectly within the budget and timeframe .
Dave is now very proud with his first album , and I wish him all the best with it .
The second session for the Donquièstar
album will take another 3 days . Most of the recording was done on a previous session , so now we’ll do some additional overdubs and try to get a good mix going . After this week we’ll let it rest for a while and then take one more day , maybe two , to finetune the mixes and do the mastering . It looks like we’re going to stay well within our 10 day timeframe . Nice .....
This week I’ll be recording the first part of the Donquièstar
album , a techno-punk ish band from Leuven . I’m doing this in my small home studio , based around logic , loads of plugins , a cosy and good sounding mix room with genelec speakers , and a small recording room with some basic mics . We’re on a tight budget and time , so it’s gonna be hard work , but I love deadlines : you have to focus on the essence and not waste time on unimportant details .
And it’s good to be in the studio again and be a creative producer .
Oh , and I also do the cooking , which makes a great break to give our ears some rest .... and the client apreciates the food as well ... :-) ...