EP Recording Sessions

EP Recording Sessions

What a great weekend with Band13 and Stage2Studios. Pulling an EP together in just two days this was a fun action-packed weekend with some great musicians and tech effects. For those that haven’t been in a recording studio this is a brave new world of foam clad, deadened acoustic space, mic-ed up to expose every moment, expression and movement – gotta love it!

Starting with a raw click track through the headphones we got the drums and a fat bass layer down. Then came the keys and electric guitar – three different guitars, three different layers. And finally at the end of it all, down go the vocals. This EP starts with a Lament using ambient choral vocals and dirty electric guitar, followed by a couple of cleaner numbers, and finishing with a live-in-your-lounge-style finale.

Happy days. Stage2 caught the band’s vibe spot on and now Windfall has been laid down, mixed, and is ready to be mastered!

Thanks J, G, Jas, Sam and Becky for an awesome weekend.

Debuting a Commission

Debuting a Commission

The final 2015 performance of the Howells Voices choir was at Gloucester cathedral, where we debuted
the eight-part piece, Holy is the True Light, commissioned for the choir by composer Ian Carpenter.  To keep you on your toes, this ethereal anthem was written with a changing 4, 5 or 7 beats in a bar.
Once the service was finished we indulged ourselves in the acoustic magic of the cathedral by singing the piece again in the side chapel. An amazing experience where the sound chases around the internal structures and comes rushing back at you, giving you the sensation of simultaneously being singer and listener. Beautiful!