Stephanie Sollow: AE is "a fabulous CD"
By Dave on Wednesday, February 6th 2008 9:49 pm
Abstract Expression earns a 5 star review a ProgressiveWorld.net
This is a fabulous CD that features guitar but doesn't overstate its presence. These are fully-fleshed compositions that demonstrate a breadth of styles that flow quite naturally.
Read the whole review here.
In other news I did a little upgrade surgery on my Recording PC which should buy me another year or so before it has to be replaced. A good deal for less than 100 dollars. The really strange part is that it all went very smoothly. I'm also pondering a few other studio upgrades, I think a pair of decent studio monitors are in my future.
Composition goes well on my new piece of music. Right now I'm smoothing out the arrangement on the first 4 major chunks and I have to finish writing a final section. Should get into the tracking process on this by the end of the month. My plan is to again work with Frank Basile to track the drums and I may have found a singer to take care of the brief but important vocal sections as well. With any luck I'll have an EP ready to ship out in May or June.
Autumn Special: Abstract Expression for $6
By Dave on Thursday, October 11th 2007 11:38 pm
We are just going into peak foliage season around these parts and it occurred to me today while I was walking the dog and checking out the maple trees that it might be appropriate to have a sale to honor the occasion.
These two weeks are some of the nicest days in New England. The landscape explodes with color, the days are usually marked by cloudless skies and light jacket temperatures while the nights are cool and crisp - a well deserved break from the late summer muggies.
As I end up with an abundance of oak leaves in my yard by late October, I also have an abundance of CDs in my basement. So come take some off my hands please (the CDs that is, I'll deal with the leaves).
So from now till I have to get serious about raking I'm reducing the price on Abstract Expression to 6 bucks (down from $9.99). Still free shipping within North America. Also it seemed appropriate to offer up the track Depth of Autumn as a free mp3, so enjoy.
Nearby hiking trail on the Isinglas River.
[update 10.14.2007: added more pictures below the fold from a hike my wife, my dog, and I took today on the Isinglas]
Some new Distributors on board
By Dave on Sunday, June 3rd 2007 6:06 pm
A few distributors have decided to pick up the CD in the last week (see list in the sidebar). Most notably the progressive rock vendor/label Kinesis. Larry provides good honest (not fluff-job) reviews of the CDs he sells. Here some of what he has to say about Abstract Expression.
This album is more imaginative than most guitarist’s CDs, more richly textured and symphonic. In fact, forget it’s a guitarist’s CD and just think of it as a very enjoyable instrumental progressive rock album at an attractive price.
CD Baby and Guitar 9 both cater to independent artists like myself. So if your are picking up my CD and in the mood to go shopping take some time to browse around over there. At CD Baby I discovered a fantastic trio called the Travis Larson Band and ordered their CD Suspension on Friday.
"The Death of Hope"
By Dave on Sunday, April 22nd 2007 1:27 am
Geddy Lee has called mixdown "the death of hope" and in my past experience no truer words have been spoken. This is the time when you realize that you can't fix this or that moment of annoyance or when you find your self dithering back and forth over minutia. You mix too late into the night trying to get it just right and then realize the next day that your ears were tired the night before and what you did was all rubbish. And the worst part is you listen to the same songs so many times you become sick to death of your own music - to the point where you start to question if the whole project is even worth doing at all.
Mixing down the last Electrum CD was a nightmare. It took weeks and left scars. I remember one night while working on "A Fugue State" I actually fell asleep right in the middle of a mix.
Well I embarked on the death of hope this week for Abstract Expression. And so far...and I hate to jinx it..it is going pretty well. Right now I have 8 songs mixed in what I believe will be their final versions. I was able to do 3 songs today alone. By and large I'm very pleased with the results. It won't be the best sounding record in anyones collection - but it certainly won't be the worst. And for a guy in his basement you can't ask for much more than that.
One more to go, but this is the long one so I may be in for some pain yet. Somnium is in the roughest shape mix wise.
The artwork is also in progress and the first draft looks pretty good.
By Dave on Saturday, November 12th 2005 12:29 am
Just got in from seeing Kim and Steve. I briefly took guitar lessons from Steve back in high school before I went off to college. He was both an inspirational player and teacher and I think it is safe to say I wouldn't have the passion for music I have today if not for my time with him. Kim (who is a fantastic vocalist) and Steve did fine renditions of some classic rock pieces (Fleetwood Mac, Hendrix, Joplin). My favorite of the evening was Little Wing.
Phil (mentioned previously in this blog), Dave Mills (old friend and bandmate from High school), Steve and myself gabbed for awhile after the performance catching up and talking about everything from the new Star Wars movie to Jeff Becks picking technique. A good time was had by all.
New Echolyn Record: Yay!
By Dave on Tuesday, August 9th 2005 10:45 pm
I preordered a copy of the new Echolyn album last week. Up on their website there are some video clips of the writing session. Sounds like some good material to me. The title track takes a melody from the finale of Stravinsky's Firebird Suite. Strangely enough I ripped the same melody in a phrase of the guitar solo to "Pleiades". Then again who doesn't steal from Stravinsky a little now and then.
I also picked up Ray Weston's (Echolyn vocalist, bassist) solo album "This is my Halo". I'd been meaning to get this for awhile. Been listening to it in the car the last couple of days. There is some really great material on there. Ray has a good ear for unusual and beautiful melodies.
And to complete my Echolyn purchase I picked up the reissue of "As The World". I got the original back in the 90s but this one came with a DVD of them playing live right before the record came out so I had to get it.
In case you haven't figured it out yet, I'm a pretty big fan of Echolyn's music. In fact their last release "mei" is my favorite CD ever.