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Monday
Jul292013

Ever One - The Kickstarter campaign

I'll just get right to the point: My new album as Yellowgold entitled Ever One is complete. I want to get it professionally mastered. You can help by going to Kickstarter and pitching in

If you have followed the writing on this blog when I was super active (factoid: I had spare time before our second daughter was born three months ago) then you might already be familiar with some of the music on the album. This project is the next phase of my production.

From day one, my goal has been to write 9-10 songs about themes in my life, people I care about, stories I wish to tell, and all along, I planned to release this album for anyone who cared enough to listen.  I didn't want to just throw together ten random tracks. I wanted cohesion in some way.

The Kickstarter page and video should answer any questions you might have about my plan for Ever One. But in case you don't make it over there:

The ultimate goal in the end is to release Ever One on Band Camp as a "free/pay what you want" album. This Kickstarter is the "pre" before the release. This is a way for you to pitch in before the album hits the web. Doing so in advance of the release would enable me to get the album professionally mastered so it sounds as good as it possibly can everywhere its played. It also means you can get it in other playable formats, score some hangable art by none other than Scott Johnson, get a second digital album full of alternate takes that illustrate my process of songwriting, and so much more. Plus, if the project is over-funded, I already have some stretch goals in mind. That means everyone benefits with even more stuff.

For those not interested in the music, take a look at some of the higher levels. I'm making myself available to you in an effort to help you improve the quality of your digital media productions, be it video for the web, podcasting, or music production. I love it all and would love to have a conversation with others trying to do the same thing.

So that's that. I hope you'll join me in bringing this project to the next stage.  

Tuesday
Feb052013

A new blog for Yellowgold, and lessons in song writing

I'm finally putting my spare Squarespace 6 blog to some use by launching a brand new project. With production of the next Yellowgold album "Ever One" well underway, I made a realization that my approach to song writing has never been stronger. As I analyzed my process, I realized that it's reasonably linear, which makes it possible for me to spell it out in detail for other musicians who might be looking for a different perspective to apply to their own work.

Hit up my new blog at yellowgoldmusic.com as I detail my approach to writing music, from conception to release. I plan on throwing a little bit of everything in there, and I've already written a good amount of content for the site which I will release rather frequently over the next few months.

Don't worry, though. I'm not abandoning this site as my generic catch-all for everything I have going on. But Yellowgold deserves its own portal. So that's basically what I've decided to give it! Along with a whole lot more.

See you at yellowgoldmusic.com!

Thursday
Jan032013

New Yellowgold in 2013

About midway last year, I realized that any hopes I had of completing another album sometime soon would mean I'd have to work extra hard to complete it by April 2013. That's the time when our second daughter will be saying hi to the world and, well, let's just say I'll be a little distracted once that happens.

I've been cranking away on new material for the past six months or so and I'm happy to see that I'm zeroing in on the final track list. I'm also very pleased at the direction of this project. With the purchase of a new acoustic guitar at the end of the summer, I found myself writing some folk-inspired tunes and surprised myself at how my playing techniques improved tremendously. A new guitar can do that, by the way. Want to get inspired to write new material? Buy a new instrument.

I've also been really happy with what I've been able to achieve vocally. I'm pushing my voice into registers that I've not tried before and pretty surprised that I can actually pull it off. I'm also employing some new techniques in layering the vocals to achieve some pretty cool results. Honestly, I never thought I could perform like this before. It's been a lot of fun.

On the production side of things, I'm getting much inspiration from the many autobiographies I've read over the past year including artists like Neil Young, Keith Richards, Pete Townsend and Bob Mould. I've integrated some of the approaches detailed in these books into my production process and it's really been nice to change my methods in different ways. I've also been knee deep in episodes of Pensados Place which is a goldmine of production techniques, delivered by industry professionals. Very inspirational. As a result, the album sounds different from most anything I've produced before, and I've learned a lot along the way.

I'm currently looking at a track count of 9, though I'm planning on writing at least one more song. Once that's all done, I plan on finalizing everything into one cohesive package for release on the Internet, in much the same way as my previous album, The Mellower. This album has become very personal for me. Most of the songs directly relate to the people I love and care about, and the lessons I've learned in time. Sounds sappy, I know. I promise it doesn't come across as too saccharine in the recordings.

I have a lot of work to do in the coming few months, no doubt about it. Stay tuned for more!

Tuesday
Sep252012

Freak in a Jar - "They Don't Call It Punk Anymore" RELEASED

After over one year of writing, tracking, mixing, and mastering, our punk rock release is FINALLY available in digital form for your downloading pleasure. Find the album on iTunes, Google Play, Amazon, Spotify and of course you can always purchase a physical CD if that's your preference. Also, a limited edition version (digital download and physical CD for $10) of the album is available. (limited to 10 copies)

Honestly, this album was a labor of love for John, Brent and myself. We recorded our individual instruments and vocals in our own isolated studios both in Idaho and California. It was a somewhat complicated (but the execution was surprisingly easy) collaboration that involved recording pieces, sending them to the next band member via Dropbox, then adding more to it, then sending to Dropbox, then wash/rinse/repeat. The entire project was equally collaborative and in the end, we reproduced many of our favorite tracks from the mid-90's heyday of Freak in a Jar's run. Not to mention, a few new songs were written in the process.

I have nothing but mad respect for John and Brent and I'm giddy at the final outcome. Also, big time props to Ben Minter for always providing Freak in a Jar with top notch original artwork. I hope you enjoy the fruits of our labor as much as we have enjoyed the process.

Monday
Jul302012

My NosillaCast interview

Last week, Allison Sheridon of NosillaCast invited me onto her show to discuss a number of things about my career in podcasting. Specifically, we discuss what it means to be a Producer of shows, the gear involved in running TWiT shows at the Brick House, my passion for audio and music technology, the fusion of Android and other operating systems in my life, what it really means to be creative. It was a blast of an interview and I was honored to take part in Allison's excellent show. Check it out and look for other interviews in her catalogue with more names you'll probably recognize.