We’ve been busy. Rebuilding the studio from scratch in a brand new space – we’ve redesigned the layout of the rehearsal space to create a SUPERB live room and moved the recording suite downstairs to create THE MOTHERSHIP . Let’s get to work! Contact dee@gingermusiccompany to talk recording. You won’t regret it.
Talk about step sequencing! This is it, the pinnacle of musical instrument technology that involves paper. Punch your own melody with a little notation skill – or, if you can’t be chewed, just hold fire and we’ll get the samples on here so you can play weird little melodies to your heart’s content. If you like this, you might like this history of the pianola. If you’re interested in impossible and brilliant compositions for player piano, check out Conlon Nancarrow. Mind blowing stuff. CM
Here’s an interesting little instrument that came into the studio this morning. We reckon it’s from Belarus, and called a nepeneroyka, or similar. There’s a great little blog here about tuning and playing this kind of instrument – anyone interested, check it out. We’ll be sampling this and many other crazy little harps and drums into EXS24 instruments for Logic, production fans! Keep them peeled. CM
Seriously now, this is excellent. The whole article is here! And we need more people like this in the world, methinks. Inspired by this, we’re going to be making some great sampled instruments in coming weeks – which will be available here for your enjoyment! Have fun.
Dee, Pip and Minnis were on a mission to rearrange the bridge of the GMCo Enterprise. Yes, that’s right folks, we’re putting the studio back into its most chilled aspect as we power toward the future! Visitors can expect the sounds of moving couches and lamps, plus the inevitable curses and grunts associated with reshaping the formidable arrangements of wires, plugs and racks.
As it happens we’re now finished with this process and the place looks and feels fantastic. As always there were lots of wires left over once we rewired all the racks but that’s to be expected. Something to do with wires mating or asymmetrically cloning themselves, or something. Not to worry! It’s probably something to do with this.
In other news the Logic 301 at Northern School of Sound was great – there have been some truly odd arpeggiated marimbas and 8 bit drum kits pounding out of the teaching room of late. If you’re interested in training in Logic or other music production software at an Apple Approved Training Centre for Pro Apps, visit the Northern School of Sound website.
Hello Musicianly people. Here are a few useful things to get you thinking about modern ways to promote your music! Use Facebook? Probably. Here’s a great 40 page guide on doing just that – the Musician’s Playbook! You might also benefit from this article here on Digital Music News: up to date stuff here that’ll give you an idea of the playing field, even if you’re just dipping your toe in. Ever checked out The Hype Machine?
It’s a music blog aggregator and a great way to discover new music. Moreover, it’s a measure of online buzz surrounding artists – bloggers are people you should become friendly with, musicians! Get to know some music blogs that cover music in the same ballpark as yours. Don’t spam them like! This also applies to record stations, radio personalities, and anyone else you think might like your tapes. They’re just not going to be bothered about an unsolicited email. Engage with them and give them something that they ask for! Check out this guide to getting featured on music and other blogs. This is a great way to earn some new fans. Just remember, the recording industry has changed so much that we need to really look at the shape of it nowadays! Think about it: who has the influence to recommend your music to people who, ultimately, might buy something from you? Also don’t suffer the illusion that DIY promo means doing everything yourself. It’s more like Decide it Yourself! you’re still going to need the support network and bonds with other artists that bands have always relied on, so get busy, think outside the box. And make sure you’ve got something worth listening to to start with! Top end recording facilities in Gateshead : Ginger Music Company. Our Facebook page is here. Website is here – or give us a ring on 0191 4696988! See you in the wires and faders….CM
These guys are off to Bahrain soon to commence their four month residency – but, you lucky north easters pop pickers can witness their warmup show at the Sutherlands in Windy Nook – Facebook page here! It’s been a hectic week or so at the studio since this group of musicians landed, colonised the rehearsal space, and set up their stacks. 70+ songs later, they’re ready to rock.