It’s been over a week after we wrapped recording the final guitars for our album. So this means that we’re now gearing up for release with increasing speed. Mikael is concentrating on the final mixing and mastering of the tracks while I’m trying to bang together all the visual aspects of the release (and some of the logistics). Somehow I seem to enjoy this part of the process almost equally as much as I enjoyed writing and recording the album. It’s surprising that even after full day’s work I have energy to go home and start coding our new website or designing the covers or even planning the marketing strategy. Maybe it’s because this is all new and uncharted territory for me (well obviously for both of us also) which makes this so damn exciting.
In other news we filmed two videos last weekend. One is a live performance of an acoustic version of a new song called “anything but hopeless”. The other video is a short scripted thing we’ll use for promotion of the album when that time comes. I’ll blog more about the videos later when we release them but for now here’s some pictures.
Recording and filming gear
View from the "stage"
Kai setting up the mics
The lone microphone
The (blurry) recording unit
Getting ready for the take
Well, that’s all for now. New video is just behind the corner.
We have been planning this kind of video for a long time and yesterday it finally became a reality. The tune was quickly written about an hour before we took the boat to the submerged island where we shot the video. The song is called ‘welcome life’ and it might get a proper release in the future (but it won’t appear on the EP).
Here’s a little performance video we made last weekend. Personally, there’s lot of things I don’t like about it(playing, editing etc.) but I hope that our next audio-visual endeavor will look magnificent compared to this
It’s kind of semi-improvised version of a song we’re currently writing for the EP. The final version is likely to have more instruments and completely different structure. On this video we’re still in the experimenting phase where we try to find out what we can do with the original idea and what directions it can be taken to. There are still going to be a couple of improvisational jamming sessions before we start pulling things together and making this a proper song.
Lots of work, lots of work… gotta go, see you later!
Performed by Rendezvous Park
Audio by Mikael Nousiainen
Video by Teemu Nousiainen and Kai Kousa(additional material and editing)
Sound recorded with four mics (two shotgun mics as overheads for the drums, one dynamic mic for the bass drum and one condenser-mic for the guitar amp). Recorded with Garage Band(as seen on the video) and mixed in Cubase.
Video recorded with Canon HG10 and edited in Premiere Elements 7.