Wednesday, May 12, 2010

We Freaking Won

I've been following Steve Guttenburg's blog on CNET, the Audiophiliac, for about a year. In March, I saw something about a contest he was running for excellence in recorded sound. Apparently he kept hearing that anyone with a microphone and a laptop could make a great recording, and he wanted people to prove it. Funny, that's exactly what we've been doing...

It was pretty good timing to send in something we'd been working on. Indeed, I had taken a few of Mr. Guttenburg's blog comments to heart while doing my mixing. So, on a bit of a whim, I sent in three recordings, listed below in the order in which I expected them to be competitive.

1. Don't Lose Your Head - Alternate
2. All Coming Together
3. Move On

About a week later, I get an email saying Magnet South is one of the winners in the "Audiophillie Music Awards for Excellence in Recorded Sound". We ended up being in the top three "1st place" winners. Just awesome. For which song? Move On.

Steve gave me a call and did a short interview to understand what we were all about. They listened to the songs and talked about the contest on CNET's The 404 podcast. We're played about 13 minutes into the program.

Steve did a write up on his blog about all the winners.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

New batch demos

Matthew and I have been putting some finishing touches on the first set of songs. Are they perfect? No. But we've been obsessing over them. There are things I'd do differently if we were starting them over. I guess that's what the next batch of songs is for...

Here are a couple of demos of the songs we'll be working on for the full length album. We did not have access to the wonderful mics from before (though I hope to get them for the actual recording). This was all done with the AKG Perception 200 and a SM57.

"The Lies"

"These Days"

The guitar part and vocals are to a metronome. I decided to I need to push myself a little more on the drums. This represents a desire to add more energy to the songs, if a bit less on tempo.