It’s been severely delayed but we’re still moving. As You may recall, the plan was to (re)do 4 of the old songs, Behind the gaze, Beyond the vision, Just another role and Wings of amor.
Well, we are – The original plan was just to do them as they were. It quickly became apparent that it was not such a good idea. Let sleeping dogs lie…,-).
The only plan that made real sense was to redo everything, starting from the arrangements. Sami did just that. The songs in effect became different songs. So the lyrics needed to be redone, not all together but some of the fiery youthfulness (i.e.. naiveté) needed to be weeded out. Sami and Hannu did that. As years had taken some toll of Hannu’s higher vocal register, the melodies needed to be adjusted. Hannu did that.
We’re now halfway there; Behind the gaze and Beyond the vision are done. So 2 more to go. Hopefully we get them done soon. As the songs progress, I wanted to change a few things still. The new songs will be under “Chapter Two” moniker ;-). And there will be some guests appearing who were not in the original line-up(s). The first one being Teijo Tikkanen, who will be playing piano on “Behind the gaze” at least. Some talk of female backing vocals has also been in the air.
The studio renewals have gotten to the point where PStudio is done. I hire Niko to help me move and redo Sandbox (aka Perfect Sound Studio aka PStudio) and the new Kalevala 2. and 3. We took down and moved 80% of the stuff to Maunula where it waits for the premises to be painted etc. I took some of my home gear and put it to good use next door. And vice versa. So now, once again, I have 2 units here, one upstairs and the other upstairs next door. The home unit has an UA Apollo, Macbook Air, small Genelec 8010’s etc. The Sandbox next door has the trusty DynAudio BM6A’s, Euphonix/Avid controllers, MacMini + Magma chassis for Pro Tools HD-X, some synths and of course my Kumu in the other room that used to have the smaller PT setup.
So the plan is to have music (and some small jobs) done here and all the real work, post etc at Kalevalastudio.
At least here in Finland. I think we’ve had like 3 days of proper summer…
Well, at least I have a good excuse to stay in the studio ;-). Studio work has actually been two fold: tearing down and building them anew + recording. I’ve made arrangements to move my two units to Kalevalastudio in Maunula, Helsinki where I do the bulk of my post work. We are renovating the upstairs and rebuilding the units with my stuff. As I’ve garnered quite a bit of gear, I still have my home turf next door, now it serves more as a sort of a music playground with Pro Tools HD-X of course for recording and mixing in one room and the second room reserved for the instruments and amps, drums taking up most of the space.
Liquid Wolf 2 has taken some leaps forward as Samu managed to play the first round of basses. I’ve done basically all of the guitars, some solos need work still tho. Teijo has sung about half of the songs and played some keys as well. Especially the keys have made a huge difference! The songs are emerging slowly but surely. I’ve sent first demos to Kuoppis as well so we might be able to have the drums recorded during the fall as well…
I received the hard copies of SStB, people have seemed to like it, which is nice! Here’s the Spotify link: SStb – Blacks & Blues
Also the FlipSide ep#2, Dead Light, was digitally released a while back. We’re planning to raise the ruckus a bit later as everybody’s having their summer holidays, but it’s here if You’re interested: FlipSide – Dead Light
That’s what the new FlipSide EP is called. It’s a thematic collection of four songs based on the texts of Jani Rämö, my old colleague and friend. He’s also finalizing the cover for us as he’s more of a graphic designer than we. This guy came around to lend us his well seasoned ears:
Been running for the last few months and will continue up until xmas at least. Been really busy mixing all kinds of movies and doing some editing. Luckily I managed to escape to Berlin for a few days with the missus, what a huge place! Saw Tycho at C-Club. I’ve stolen every bit of available time and made progress with Liquid Wolf 2, Chapter One : Two and SStB are on hold, but will emerge one day :-).
Well, sorta….I’m rethinking and focusing my web presence. All the sites pertaining to me ie. perfectsound.fi and .com, liquidwolf.net, samsararecords.fi and this one are being moved under one roof. Stay tuned…
After the first real summer holiday in 10 years, settling back into work routines wasn’t that easy. I decided to do “make work” first. So in the last week of my holiday, I sat down every morning and made a song. I managed to compose 6 songs in as many days. They should serve as a nice launch pad for the next SSTB project. Speaking of which: the “blacks & blues” is ready, I just need to make the ddp compilation and off it goes. Here’s the final front cover:
Once the groove was found, real work was in order: The mixing of “Requiem” with Ville Katajala and the recording and editing of “Lomasankarit” foleys with Kimmo Vänttinen. In betweens we managed to go through the demos for Liquid Wolf 2 with Samu, I also began to take them one step further by adding and refining. We should have the skeletons of songs in a few months…