Sunday, June 20, 2010

Still charting the city

We were hoping to have released "Find ourselves in the neon city" by now, but there's still work to be done.  All of the songs on the album were created and recorded just in the past few weeks, barely rehearsed (except, of course, the two versions of "Neon City Nova"); I find it's always good to put what you think is a completed mix away for a while and come back to it with fresh ears a few weeks later.  Whatever song we're working on gets stuck in my head, playing out in a million different versions, and what ends up on tape wax hard drive is often radically (or just a little) different from (or is it different than? I was an English major; I should know) what we originally recorded.  Nevertheless, I'm happy with what I'm hearing; right now it's just a matter of getting a good mix of "Catatonic city," one that sounds good on its own as well as in the context of the songs around it.  I always have trouble with mixing live drums.  It takes a lot of tweaking to get them to sit right in the mix: the bass guitar ends up crowding out the bass drum; the open hi hat sizzles and hisses on top of everything. 

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