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HOW A CLOSETED GAY MUSICIAN SECRETLY RECORDED HIS FIRST TRACKS IN THE STUDIO OF A FAMOUS TV PREACHER

Yeah. It's true. You can't make this stuff up. 

The story of how I got started recording begins with a formally famous (or infamous) Fundamentalist tv preacher who I will call JF  (now deceased). I could go into far more detail than you'd probably ever want to read but suffice it to say that my dad worked for the Reverend for many years and as a fringe benefit I was given a job in JF's radio production department. To keep me busy and out of trouble. In any case, I loved radio and electronics and was…

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HOW TO RECORD AN ALBUM IN YOUR BEDROOM

These days there's no reason why you can't record a full blown album in your own bathroom, if you know what you're doing. Actually, I wouldn't try it in a bathroom because there's never enough electrical outlets in there. 

Use your bedroom. 

Below is a view of SONAR's X3 sequencer---this is the software that I use pretty much all the time to make music. Yeah, I know it looks complicated but in reality if you record all the time---you get very used to it and you never really use everything that's available…

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CREATING "THE SECRET LIFE OF BOYS"

BOY SEVENTEEN 
The first thing that I wrote in January 2001 - in my new apartment in Southwest DC - was "Boy Seventeen". The music for that song came very quickly and the lyric did as well. This was unusual because most of my songs aren't hatched that easily. Of course, just because I wrote it rapidly does not mean that I finished the studio work as quickly. I didn't. I ended up carrying various mixes of that song around with me on cassette and I would hear things in those rough mixes that I didn't like. So…

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MASTERING YOUR OWN MIXES: IT'S NOT THAT HARD

Amongst all the mysteries in the business-of-recording-music there is one that strikes fear into the hearts of musicians and artists the world over to a much greater extent than just about anything else. Especially if you are a so called "indie" musician or artist. That scary monster is called "mastering". As in: what you do with a track after you've recorded it and mixed it and want to put it out. How do you get it to sound "professional" and how do you get that elusive loudness that makes it sound so cool…

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OUT WITH THE OLD, IN WITH THE NEW

The coolest thing I've done lately is upgrade my home studio gear. Out went the 10 year Dell and in came a brand new HP Z-Book Mobile Workstation and an external 20" monitor. I also stopped using the old SONAR 6 software that I had recorded on for eons and replaced that with the latest SONAR X3 program.
 

The new software is nothing short of amazing. The biggest single change for me is what they call "soft synths" which means all the synthesizers are INSIDE your computer, not sitting in a rack somewhere in…

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YOU CAN'T HANDLE THE TRUTH: THE INFAMOUS DEADMAU5 POST

A lot of Electronic Dance Music people have read the infamous Deadmau5 post which appeared on his blog a while back. It was titled WE ALL HIT PLAY. And in this little missive Joel Zimmerman (aka Deadmau5) openly let the not so "dirty little secret" out of the cheese bag---namely that big time EDM acts pretty much play back whole pre-produced sets rather than risk really trying to play live or even remix live. To quote Mr. Mouse: 

"I think given about 1 hour of instruction, anyone with minimal knowledge of…

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SIGNING WITH MONDO TUNES

After having been out of the on-line stores for a little over a month---3 of my albums (The Secret Life of Boys, Rush Push, and Remixes Demos & Bootlegs) are back in a big way.  Thanks to the fine people at Mondo Tunes.
Mondo is beyond any doubt the biggest digital distributor in the world and handle a couple of other artists you might have heard of: Lady Gaga, Rihanna and Black Eyed Peas to name a few. In addition, they handle all of Universal Music Group's artists. And now they handle me as well.

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RETROSPECTIVE ALBUMS COMING IN JANUARY

So I got the whole process of movie making a little bit out of my system by making a short film called THE MAN IN 813 which went on to screen at the 2011 DC SHORTS FILM FESTIVAL and eventually got me an award for my troubles. It's at home on the mantle. 
Film making was an adventure. And I'm sure I'm not finished with film. Still it didn't take me long to start missing the music business and my supporters and all the fun of being able to sit down on a Saturday morning and by the end of the day have a brand…
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WHY YOU SHOULD SEE THE NEW VERSION OF "THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO"

MTV has already hailed David Fincher's latest journey into darkness as the BEST FILM OF 2011. A lot of top notch publications have reviewed the movie very favorably. Some have called it "brilliant" or "electrifying" and almost everybody agrees that Rooney Mara utterly inhabits the character of Lisbeth Salander.

In general however, reviews for the American remake of THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO seem divided in to two camps. One side loves it and praises it for the excellent movie that it obviously is. The…

MAKING MOVIES

In the late summer of 2010 I decided that, after years of being a slightly successful indie music artist who made a steady stream of pocket change from the songs that I wrote and recorded, that I would like to return to making films---as I had done in my childhood.

Movies had always fascinated me---the ability to shoot something totally out of order and put it together and tell a story was endlessly interesting to me. So with that in mind I did a great deal of research on the latest camera…