Today I have accomplished something pretty cool with the home studio. For Christmas I got an Amazon gift cart. So, I used it to order acoustic foam for the studio. But, when I ordered it I didn’t really have a plan on how I was going to use it.

Well, today it got put to use.

I spent the last week formulating a plan, bought the materials, made some legs at work, and waited for paint to dry. After a couple of coats the paint was dry and ready to go today.

With that, it was time to do some assembly.

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The only thing that I have actually been recording analog are vocal tracks. Because of this I felt the acoustic dampener foam would be best put to use creating a “simulated” vocal booth. It isn’t technically a vocal booth, but more of a half booth.

Here are some before and after photos of the progress for creating the booth.

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I realize that I have instruments sharing the same space as the booth. This could cause some resonance while recording, obviously. So, I plan to get a black blanket style mat to lay over the instruments while recording vocals to help dampen any resonance that may occur.

This set up may not be the best of situations, let alone “professional”. But I will say, it is bound to improve the vocal tracks immensely now that I have this new setup put together.

Here is another in process vs. completion comparison.

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I am eager to try it out and I am really happy with how it turned out, considering all I had to pay for was the lumber.

Studio updates are always exciting.

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Alright, time for a small studio update.

I finally ordered some acoustic foam for the recording space. I got the 50 pack from Amazon because I felt like it was pretty solid price for the quantity. The thing is, I’m not really sure how I am going to go about setting up any of it, because my studio space isn’t really a “studio space”. It’s more of a guest room with my gear in one corner of the room.

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But, that’s not really the issue. The place that I would want to put this stuff up is over a few windows. And, I just don’t think that’s really going to go over well with what is happening with the rest of the room. The room triples as a guest room, studio space, and painting area for my wife to create art. It’s not claustrophobic, but it is cramped. Besides, the only thing that I actually record analog in are vocals. And I already have a foam dampener around the mic. But, it isn’t enough.

Which is why I ordered the 50 pack.

You may not be able to personally tell when listening to the free EP that I recently released, From the Heart, but I can. In quite a few places on each song a lot of background noise gets caught up in with the vocal tracks. This is primarily due to the fact that I am screaming pretty loudly in a small room that has two walls that are essentially big glass windows. The bounce back is pretty high in the room.

So, I was thinking two options. One, I rearrange the room a little and foam up one corner of the room creating a permanent vocal recording space. The other option is going to be to create a collapsible vocal wall that I can store in the closet and just set up when needed. I don’t think it will help a lot. But, I think it will help enough to make a difference in comparison to the quality of what I’ve done so far.

Once I get them in and decide on a direction, I’ll post some pictures up to show how it all turned out.

I had someone request the lyrics for the new EP, From the Heart. So… I wrote them out. They can be found here on this post… as well as on the Bandcamp Album Release page for the EP.

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Before you go through the lyrics below, I just wanted to state that I personally feel that this EP isn’t lyrically written in a traditionalist song writing style. I guess that is due to the spoken word style that is sprinkled into the style of the music. But, that could just be me. I don’t know.

So… here are the lyrics for the EP.

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Fever Dreams

I had this dream once where I was standing on a mountain and I could see all the people living in the valley down below. It was like they were a rose put on top of a gravestone just waiting to be blown away. I was carried down to that great city below. It was on fire and no one could breathe. Not even me. That’s when I woke up in a hot sweat wondering why my house was a hundred degrees.

On top that mountain once again, this time no smoke and definitely no wind. Trees covered that city above the rooftops below. A memorial bouquet for that great tombstone.

It wasn’t until I woke up that I realized it meant the fire of Heaven. Just because God promised Noah doesn’t mean it wouldn’t happen again. This time the fire flames scorched the earth for the deeds it had done. And for the blasphemy of God’s only true begotten Son. It’s only a matter of time before it all goes down. Just like that great city, everything is going to come burning down. Repentance is the only cure for the fire to come. Repentance is for everyone. Not just for some.

I was carried down to that great city below. It was on fire and no one could breathe. Not even me. That’s when I woke up in a hot sweat wondering why my house was a hundred degrees.

On top that mountain once again, this time no smoke and definitely no wind. Trees covered that city above the rooftops below. A memorial bouquet for that great tombstone.

Let them Mock and Snicker

How can I pretend to know who You are when my life is saturated in the sin of presumptuous gratitude of Your saving grace? If we really cared that much we would put away our flaws and make righteousness our number one cause. But we don’t. Because, we’re too caught up in our own moral worth and the pity of thinking we’re not as bad as the people we don’t know. And yet, I’m just another nobody caught up in the crowd like everyone else.

None are worth, God. No, not one. Is there actually any light left in this world today Father, or is it just me to think that no one can see through the fog of our own denial toward the condition of this existence and the stain that we’ve caused on You’re wonderful creation, keeping us from seeing who You are?

Depart from me, for I never knew you will be the echoed cry of Christ at the multitude are passed by with their eagerness for the fleshpots of Egypt only three days after the exodus experience and the miracles seen by the naked eye. How quickly we forget. How quickly we will regret setting aside our first true love in an attempt to be satisfied in the here and now. What a shame… what a shame.

And on that Great day, if I’m not one of the lucky few, it would still be worth it just to see You if only for a moment. Just to catch that glimpse in Your eyes of eternity as the tears drop down Your cheek for having to see me leave by staying true to Your righteous judgment of justice. Others may mock me for saying I’m a fool of faith. But let them snicker. Because, all they will ever have is the here and now.

Ten Long Years

I’ve been sitting here for ten long years wondering where you’ve been and where I went wrong. If art was a canvas full of empty words plucked out at random like pretentious slurs I’d scream my lungs out for fear that you did not hear me wandering around in the darkness all alone. Save my soul… save my soul.

You said you’d be there. Even though I know that no one else seems to cares I long to see your face. Like Adam and Eve after they had to leave, I just want to come home. How much longer will I have to wait? How much longer will I have to wait? Save my soul… save my soul.

I threw my compass against the rock. Now it’s broke and I can’t get back. Like Peter when he stepped out the boat to walk on the waves. I just want to be brave. Going to trim my lamp and wait on the side of the road all alone.

Oh my God, what have I done to deserve the endless sea of epiphanies that always lead to grief? Part the seas of iniquity that I might see through a glass darkly. Spit in the mud and rub it in my eye that I might see past the lie that you weren’t enough. It’s always been about your love. Save my soul… save my soul.

Well, today I stopped by the Guitar Center to post the new promo Poster for my New Year’s release, the From the Heart EP. And obviously, while I was there I did a bit of shopping, too.

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While I work on thinking up some more places around town to post the poster, I have a new toy to play with. I am really excited about the Finder Jazz Master. I have had my eyes on this guitar for a long while. I have probably played it at the store a few times. But now, I get to play it at home. I am really excited about the rhythm lead switch that allows you to have more control over the tones that the guitar can produce. In my opinion this is an excellent choice for recording indie art rock .

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I am going to take my time with this next project. Give it more focus. Have every element of each song built with intent. As I embark on this next project, the goal is to begin working on a full length. Who knows, it might take all year to do… but I think this year is a great year for producing a full length post-hardcore indie rock album.

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This guitar is going to be epic!

To start of the New Year right, the first day of 2020 is seeing the release of a three song EP titled, From the Heart. This EP is available for free on all major platforms like Bancamp, iTunes, Spotify, Youtube, and more.

But, enough of that… Hope you enjoy the new release as much as I enjoyed creating it.

Like any release I do, this thing will be getting plastered all over town and the surrounding area at local music stores, coffee shops, and the like. With that, the promotion poster has already been created and printed. Obviously, it hasn’t gotten put up around town yet seeing as to how it’s 9-AM on the day of the release. But still, I’ve got them ready and putting them up will likely be on the agenda for this coming weekend.

This is how the poster turned out.

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As for the album artwork, credit for the cover photography goes to Lisa Fotios. Lisa was very generous for letting me use her photography for the album cover. Although I am personally no longer on Instagram, if you still use it you can see some of Lisa’s work over there by clicking here.

Thanks for listening. And here’s to hoping you have a wonderful New Year. Start the year of right. Go download this FREE EP!

Download Links

Bandcamp | iTunes | Spotify | Youtube

Other than doing a little bit of the ol’ grass roots promotion, I think the 2020 year will be a year of working on a full length indie rock, post-hardcore record. I look forward to the writing and recording sessions to come in 2020.