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  • Release Day and Realizations

    Well, today was supposed to be release day for (Re) Routed. A record i worked really hard making, and yeah it's not the best thing in the world, and like everything else i produce, it's not exactly designed for a huge audience, but today has been a let down. 

    When you are an obscure, unheard of artist, you rely on Bandcamp. Spotify, itunes, etc. while nice, you may as well not even exist (which you don't, at all), but Bandcamp nothing-artists like me actually stand a chance at building an audience. Today (Re) Routed was supposed to be released there, and it wasn't. I don't actually know what happened. 

    I haven't been notified of any problems. No emails have been sent to let people know about this record, none of the things you typically expect with the day of a release. I would be fine doing it myself, as I have for years, but this release is supposed to be on a label, and I'm not going to step on anyone's toes. 

    i'm prone to think of the worst possible contigencies (i blame my day job for that), and all I can think of is that they forgot. It happens, humans forget things. But, that just feels terrible. LIke I said at the beginning, i'll never be a needle mover for a label, and that this project will never be a priority for anyone (except for me), but to be forgotten? I should just be told that this isn't the kind of thing that can be marketed to people and I would be fine with that. Letting me believe that I had some support, that just sucks. 

    So, after today's humiliating failure, i think i will be scaling back my activity here. Pressing this record on vinyl, as today has shown, was a huge mistake. i have other projects that i'm not as emotionally invested as i am with this one. Maybe i'll feel differently given some time. 

  • (Re) Routed Release: October 26, 2018

    This is just an update and a central location for links regarding (Re) Routed. 

    Fluttery Records will be releasing the digital and CD versions of (Re) Routed on October 26, 2018. You can pre-order it now from here:


    It will also be available on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon etc. as well. 

    The vinyl version of (Re) Routed is being released by my own imprint (Robots with Rockets), and you can pre-order that here:


    The vinyl version will be shipping around the 2nd week of November 2018. The test pressings have been approved and the vinyl is in production now (today being October 12, 2018)

    But yes, this is the reason why the vinyl is not being made available through the Bandcamp site because the vinyl is being released independently from the CD/Digital release. Just the way it is. 

  • (Re) Routed Test Pressings Showed Up

    The test pressings for (Re) Routed showed up today. Spent the evening going over them, and they sound really good. I am getting better at this mixing/producing thing. Still a long way to go, more practice before this imposter syndrome goes away. 

    Of course the mastering was outstanding. Taylor Deupree did such an amazing job mastering this record. And recording it in amazing studio (Q Division) with a very talented engineer, James Bridges, made all the difference. 

    This record was a long time in the making. I started writing it in October of 2017 with the basic structure for about 15 songs. I then produced demos for 11 then cut it down to 10. I then spent a couple months this past winter writing the arrangements and editing, recording the guitar parts and figuring out a lot of the synth parts as well. Recording started in the spring first with tracking the string quartet for two of the songs followed shortly by a session in May where I recorded all of the drums and percussion. Then in June spent a day working on piano tracks and re-amping guitars and bass. I started mixing in July, and it took me all of July and August finally delivering the finished mixes to mastering the last week of August. Then there's the whole month of September getting everything prepared for the label, for pressing, covers getting printed, a ton of stuff.

    So, I've lived with this thing for a year and change, and getting it to this point is just a massive accomplishment for me. 

    I honestly have no idea if this record is any good, i'm actually rather indifferent as only I can be (that would make sense if you knew me), so I'm perfectly open to the idea that it isn't very good, but what I am proud of is that i got it here. And if anyone listens and enjoys it, then that will mean the world to me. 

  • (Re) Routed Vinyl Pre-Order

    (Re) Routed, the new 10-song LP is coming out on 2x12" 180 gram color vinyl. This pressing is extremely limited (only 300). 

    The pre-order is going on now, with an expected ship date the 2nd week of November 2018. The test pressing are slated to be delivered around October 2nd. 

    So if you are interested in this music, and like vinyl, this may be your thing. I know no one reads these so i'll keep it short. 


  • (Re) Routed Finished

    Finished mixing the new record. It's getting mastered. It'll be released digitally and CD on Fluttery Records. Don't have a release date yet of course. 

    Ten new songs. Will probably release a song off it prior to release. 

    This is a long time in the works, and it's the first new batch of songs in over two years. 

  • Documenting The Process

    i'm working on a new record. an LP. It's called (Re) Routed. It's a play on "Detour" (detour spelled backwards is "routed.") 

    This record is like a sequal of sorts to "Detour." It's not that i have a thing for making concept records, but i had plans for something entirely different as a follow up to Similis, but my plans fell apart and I had to scrap those and start over. 

    I figured as I started this project i'd write about it. One of my passions is music production, recording, mixing. I love the gear, i love the process, i love learning about it, love the history, so this will get a bit nerdy rather quickly. 

    To get things going first, I think a quick run down of what I'm using in my own personal studio (aka my living room. I live in a loft-style apartment on Boston's inner harbor, and a third of the space is packed with my gear. 

    My studio is based around a mac pro with 8 cores, 32 gigs of RAM, and a UAD Quad card (for DSP) running Pro Tools 12.4. I have a ton of plugins, too many, but i stick with a few common plugins that include:

    • UA 1176 blue stripe (for everything)
    • Valhalla vintage reverb
    • Valhalla Shimmer reverb
    • Waves IR reverb (the default hall IR is just about the best thing in the world)
    • UA LA 2A (love this for piano)
    • Waves DBX 160 compressor (drums)
    • UA SSL Bus compressor (for the 2-bus)
    • UA Trident A-Range EQ (love this for the 2-bus as well)
    • UA Pultec EQP-1A (drums, and 2-bus)
    • Waves Center (for the MS processing stuff)
    • Waves R-Compressor (general purpose really)
    • Waves API 550A and 550B EQ (my general purpose go-to EQ for everything)
    • DMG Audio Track Limit (the best limiter i've ever heard, kills the Waves L2)
    • Avid Sansamp (best distortion in the world)
    • Sound Toys Echoboy 
    • Sound Toys Miscroshift
    • Sound Toys Crystalizer 

    There are other things i'll use plugin wise, like a couple good guitar amp sims, and I use Superior Drummer 3 when I'm not live tracking percussion. Superior Drummer 3 makes that a lot easier though, you just have to be mindful of MIDI programming to optimize the sounds

    In terms of  hardware, i have a bunch of pedals, most notably:

    • Electro Harmonix Freeze (for drones - use a baritone guitar or a bass for amazing effect)
    • EBS Valve Drive bass DI (sounds good on literally everything)
    • Red Panda Context reverb pedal (reverb for days)
    • Electro Harmonix Cathedral reverb (more reverb)
    • Retro Mechanical distortion box (sounds amazing for re-amping things and drums)
    • Volume pedal
    • Red Panda Particle (granular synth in a guitar pedal)
    • Electro Harmonix Big Muff distortion pedal

    Along with pedals I have a few odds and ends:

    • Kurzweil K2000 Rack synth (for all your 1990's Dead Can Dance sounds you could ever want)
    • 1980's vintage Tascam 38 half-inch 8-track tape machine (to really screw up the sound)
    • Yamaha SPX 90 multi effects (the rack unit that defined the late 1980's reverbs)
    • Lynx Aurora 8-channel AD/DA converter
    • TC Electronic M300 reverb (serious character, not always good character!)
    • Vintech 573 mic pre and DI 500-series. 

    For monitoring, i use:

    • Yamaha NS10M
    • Avantone mixcubes (powered clone of the classic Auratone 5c's, the brutally honest monitor)

    For instruments i use:

    • Fender P-Bass
    • Fender telecaster baritone
    • Gibson SG Standard
    • Gibson Les Paul Standard (used for bowing)
    • Gretsch hollow body
    • Takamine 6-string acoustic

    I also have a bunch of different MIDI controllers, like an Alesis drum pad, the new Roland foot pad so I can write percussion parts naturally (not using a keyboard) and an Akai keyboard controller. I also have a Cajon, and a bunch of other percussion items. 

    For other sources of sound I use a bunch of different software tools like PaulStretch, a bunch of the Spitfire Audio Kontakt libraries, along with Soniccouture libraries as well. 

    That's pretty much the what and some of the how from a big picture perspective. What I plan to do as I go through working on this record is go into more detail how each of these things are used for each song. I also post photos, screenshots, things like that, possibly a video or two. It all depends on how much time I will have (which is in such short supply these days). 

    Feel free to ask questions as well. 

  • An Update on Things

    I haven't been paying enough attention lately. I know I posted months ago about new material and a 10" vinyl version of Similis. 

    It may be a good time to provide an update to those who care to have one. 

    New Material

    In all passion projects, like this, one makes plans, things come up that complicate those plans, or renders said plans completely meaningless. 

    That's pretty much what is happening here. I thought certain things would unfold in one way, they didn't, i underestimated other more pressing matters, and overestimated my ability to produce new material. 

    It is happening. I try to work on things in the evenings. Now the question is what is being worked on any good? It's different, that's all I can say. 

    When will something come out? This year i think. 

    Similis Vinyl

    There was a post on Facebook/Twitter alluding to a vinyl version of Similis. When that was first posted it was my intention to have it out by now (mid-July 2017) but I've fallen short on funds. I thought I would have been able to pay for this, but things didn't turn out that way. 

    I do not believe in pre-orders, I'd hate to accept people's money only to fail and then go through the process of refunding those who did take the blind leap of faith. That seems unfair to you. 

    And real talk, it's not like there's this huge audience for Sky Flying By. That makes this even riskier. 

    Which brings me to the next thing, I would never do a crowd funding effort for this either, for the same reasons. When a vinyl version does come out, and it will (I'll get to that in a minute), if i can sell 20 or 30 of these, i'll consider it a success. 

    A vinyl version will come out, simply for the fact that it's something I want to do. Like everything with this project, the only thing that drives me is that it's something I just want to do. If someone else happens to like what comes out, then that's just (extra rich awesome) icing on the cake. 

    I looked at lathe cutting, but I'm not completely sold on the final product, and the packaging is something I want to do right. Lathe cutting means much lower runs and is therefore much cheaper, but I really don't want to take that short cut. I do like the things folks like Audio Geography are doing, and perhaps something special may be done, but I do have my mind set on a full pressing (of 300 or so records)

    I'm not going to give an estimate of when this will come out, it mosly depends on money. I hate that that is the case, but it is what it is. I figure I'll just be honest. 

  • Similis: Emendation

    Just a quick update, last week a new updated version of Similis, entitled "Similis: Emendation" was released. 

    This marks the last of of the "revisiting" of releases. from here on out only new stuff. i just thought Detour and Similis could do with some polishing, abilities i didn't have when they first came out. 

    i'm still working on the whole production/mixing part of this craft, and while i'm not what anyone would consider "pro" i'm getting better.