Thursday, March 31, 2022

Darkling Again

Eleven years later, Darkling is underway again. More updates will follow, but if you'd like to get an idea of what this one sounds and feels like, here's a little video I made back when I first started to work on it. It features early versions of three of the songs: From Afar, As I Am, and Darkling.

More to come... 

Friday, June 3, 2011

Editing Drums

It's been quite some time since my last post, as the Darkling project went dark for several months while I focused my attention on the Oakes and Smith project (more on that here). And while work on O&S continues—we are actually just now getting ready to record an album with a group of musicians we've been playing with for the past few months—I have some time again to devote to Darkling. So, about a week ago, I pulled out the drum tracks we recorded last summer at the Isokon and began editing them using Logic, a newly learned program for me, which has some very nice drum editing capabilities. The idea here is to get these acoustic drums mapped out perfectly to a grid, so that all the electronic beats, loops and synths will integrate seamlessly with them. Right now, I'm about halfway through this part of the process, and once it's done, I can move on to building loops, sequences, bass, guitars, etc. on top of this backbone. I like the way things are sounding, now, and I'm excited to be back at it, moving Darkling forward again. 

More soon...

Monday, August 16, 2010

Tracking for Darkling Underway

The tracking for my next album, Darkling, got underway this past week with an unexpected session at D. James Goodwin's Isokon Studio in Woodstock, NY. While I had finished the writing and demo-ing of this album back in the winter, I had no immediate plan to start recording and really didn't know when it was to begin. But a fortuitous alignment of available studio time, drummer, and resources meant it was time for me to take the plunge and get this project started. The stars and planets also aligned, literally, to provide us with a brilliant display of meteors from the Perseid meteor shower, which peaked during the same window of time we spent recording.

For a couple days, drummer Conor Meehan and I hunkered down in DJG's great
new recording retreat space on Meads Mountain just outside the town of Woodstock. There, Conor set down acoustic drum tracks for eight of the songs that will be featured on this album. This is everything I hoped to get done during this session, so I was really pleased with what we accomplished. I plan to interlace these acoustic drums with electronic beats; some songs, too, will be based entirely on electronic beats. 

So, I'm excited to have made progress and to have gotten the ball rolling here. Next, I'll do some editing of these tracks, lay in some loops, and then get to work tracking guitars and bass, all of which I can accomplish at my home studio or on location at the players' home studios.