12-Song Album from Doug Osborne - Acoustic Rock, Americana, and More!
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"The melody is the individual; the harmony is family and community; and the rhythm is work" —Abdullah (Dollar Brand) Ibrahim
Nights Like These
New 12-Song Album from Doug Osborne.
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Americana , Acoustic Rock, and Singer-Songwriter Balladry
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“(Nights Like These is) such a wonderful song!" Guy Towe, Relevant Music and Muse, LATalkRadio.com
“Lots of new releases in my pile...Doug Osborne - veteran singer and songwriter with fine melodic sense who is comfortable with a variety of styles while maintaining a consistent sound. A lot of songs on (Take a Look) would slip in nicely between Tom Petty and Ryan Adams on your local AAA station. Good stuff.” -Michael Bennet https://www.facebook.com/michael.bennett.mrhonorama CHIRPRadio.org
“(Nights Like These is) quite a find! I love how you draw from older styles as well as what's current“ -Joe Mullinex, Chords and Vines, LATalkRadio.com
“...(Take a Look is) a great balance between alternative, psych-pop, and even folk/county -- I’m hearing hints of My Morning Jacket, Drive-By Truckers, Springsteen, and many classic-rock staples.” -Mike Mineo, Founder/Editor, Obscure Sound
Doug has played on stages all across America, from The Paradise, Bunrattys and The Rat in Boston, to The Whiskey, roubadour and Club Lingerie in Los Angeles, with shows in theaters and to festival crowds of more than 10,000.
His recordings have been played on radio from WBCN, WERS and WFNX in Boston to KCRW, KXLU, ChirpRadio.org in Chicago and LA Talk Radio in Los Angeles.
What is a BitTorrent Bundle? https://bundles.bittorrent.com/
BitTorrent is a technology that allows files to be traded across the internet. It's not uploading a file to a server and letting someone download the file - it's a link to a file that is split into bits, thrown around the internet, and this file can be downloaded using various torrent programs. The more people down- and up-loading these bits, the faster the file can be acquired.
Torrents are used by government agencies - NASA, etc. - to share large files with the public, Linux distributions are shared via torrents, and it is an elegant alternative to things like Dropbox. Torrents can have passwords so that even when downloaded, the file can't be accessed without the password.
Bundles are new. They allow a Pay Gate as well as a password. A file can have a pay gate that will unlock the password when a downloader has paid (through PayPal). The amount is set by the bundle uploader, the bundle can include free as well as paid content, and any file - audio, video, text, etc. - can be included in the bundle. All payment (minus whatever fee PayPal charges) goes directly to the artist - no middleman. They also allow for you to pay anything you want above the minimum set by the artist, so this can help fund future projects.
I have included all songs from Take a Look in this bundle in two formats: high quality MP3 and 24 bit 96 kHz .WAV. Since this project was recorded and mixed in 24/96, you hear these recordings exactly as I intended, with no data compression (CD is 16 bit 44.1 kHz, as are commercially distributed MP3.) I could have included FLAC files of the 24/96 songs instead of .WAV, which would have significantly shrunk the file with no loss of sound quality, but with a torrent bundle, you'd only save a little time downloading (and some hard drive space...).
Take a Look is among the first releases in this alpha program from BitTorrent. If you like high resolution audio, or just want to support more music being made, please download and send a payment!
I've attended NAMM shows in each of the last six decades! Quite an evolution for me and the show.
I've attended as a musician, guest of my brother (who owned a music store at one time), and a marketing director running a booth. This year, it was just for meeting with friends old and new, seeing some fun toys (two days wasn't enough) and attending a few great talks.
January 18, 2015. Cambridge Nights, No Valentine Today, and Take a Look.
Great advice from The Recording Revolution.
There are an infinite number of paths to achieve a good mix, but I completely agree with mixing without plugins (until later in the process).
A quick list of my process:
Monitor in Mono until further notice!
1. Assemble the tracks. Edit each for time, tuning, level (per section, phrase, or even note).
Balance the tracks with one another using a gain control, not the channel fader. This is the same whether mixing in the box or on a console (it's usually called input trim on a console). If your software doesn't have a gain control as the first think in a channel strip, add one as your first plugin. SONAR has had this smart feature for a long, long time.
2. Solo the vocals. Set them to average about -20 to -15 on the master output, depending on how many tracks are playing in the mix. More tracks mean that the vocals should start lower, to allow for headroom in the final mix.
3.Balance the drums against the main vocal. Start with the snare, bring up the kick, hat (there's never too little high hat in a mix...) toms, overheads, room mics, etc. until the drums complement the vocals.
Pan the instruments even as you monitor in mono. Trust me on this.
4. Balance the bass with the vocal and drums.
5. Add background and double vocals, guitars, keyboards, etc. Again, balance the mix with gain controls and pan while monitoring in mono. I tend to use mono tracks for everything, except for truly stereo things like drum overheads, and to hard pan Left, Center or Right - anything else decreases spaciousness and puts the stereo image of the mix in a box.
6. Bounce a mix in mono. Listen on various speakers and headphones. Right now is when you can start making decisions on further tracking, track editing, and balance.
7. Make a bus for each instrument group, assigning vocals to the vocal bus, drums to the drum bus, etc., and a bus for each reverb, delay, etc., that you want to tracks. Depending on the style, bring in a little room sound (I use Reverberate to host IRs of appropriate rooms) and reverb (often UAD EMT-140) on all tracks to taste. A little bit of tape delay on a bus, can make important tracks shine.
7. Apply appropriate compression per track or bus to tame tracks or groups of instruments. Which one you use and how hard you push it depends on the style of music, etc.
8. Add specialty effects per bus, track, section, or note.
9. Bounce a mix in stereo. Make panning and level adjustments and bounce another.
I guarantee that at this point (and this process minus the editing, depending on the number of tracks, shouldn't take more than 10-20 minutes) the mix will be most of the way done. if you paid attention to balancing the tracks, the master fader should average at around -9 to -6, with peaks getting nowhere near 0. You can add a compressor to taste on the master bus, but be careful. Check the mix with a limiter plugin to see how the mix survives rough limiting, but never print this to send to mastering (rough mixes for artists and labels might need this, but again, be careful).
Music is not free, but If streaming dies, the music industry will look up to see another nail being pounded in its coffin.
When I was a kid in the '60s, growing up in the greatest era pop music has ever known, I collected maybe 10 LPs and fewer singles (my brother got more new ones, and my Dad had some old ones, to be fair).
Radio, from the pre-Beatles WCFL and WLS in Chicago, to t FM from college radio like WFMT to commercial underground WLS-FM and the start of WXRT as a few hours on an Armenian station at night, I heard dozens of songs a day, hundreds over a week, and thousands over a year.
Yet, I ended the decade with about ten records (mowing lawns didn't make me rich).
I got my music, for free, on the radio.
I know I paid for it through increased costs in consumer goods and services, that went without saying. Copyright holders (who were and are not necessarily the artist) got some compensation, and unlike the rest of the civilized world, performers got no royalty from this But I GOT IT FREE FROM THE RADIO.
This is not a fine line or a slippery slope, most music we ever listened to was not directly paid for. Physical sales are still profitable (apart from the always was and always will be theft by major labels), terrestrial radio is still important, downloads will be a thing of the past, satellite radio will be a thing of the past.
Streaming is the future. It is not robbery, and it is not free. We certainly need to hope the business grows, and gets serviced and maintained enough so that artists can actually make money from it. It is the only, only only bulwark against actual piracy and infringing file trading. Taylor Swift can laugh it off because she's one of the few artists who has achieved physical product mega-sales recently, but the majority of musicians, whether they know it or not, can't wait until the streaming part of the music industry matures.
If streaming dies, the music industry will look up to see another nail being pounded in its coffin.
"Sometimes, a musician takes the stage and sets a very high bar " -Gary Mandell, Boulevard Music owner and host.
I had a great time playing for a great crowd at Boulevard Music. This is the first of three songs.
875 "Written music will destroy music!"
1473 "Printed sheet music will destroy hand written music!"
1877 "Cylinder recording will destroy sheet music!"
1896 "The Player Piano will destroy cylinder recording!"
1909 "Radio will destroy the Player Piano!"
1910 "Disc recording will destroy Cylinder Recording!"
1924 "Electrical recording will destroy Acoustic Recording!"
1948 "Tape Recording will destroy Disc Recording!"
Stereo, 45s, LPs, 8-tracks, cassettes, home recording, digital recording, CDs...........................................................................THE INTERNET!
Every new technology that has come along has struck fear into the heart of the music business that existed in the infinitesimal point in time. Yet, with minor bumps and dips, the music industry continued to grow over the last century.
"...appearing to be elitist and Luddite is not a good way to win over today’s music fans to one’s cause..." -Dave Alvin
December 7, 1999 was the day the music died, for a generation.
When BMG filed their suit against Napster, it showed that they were willing to keep fighting the long, hard, slog with the same Generals, soldiers, weapons, and ammunition that they had been using since the era of World War 1.
Byrne and Yorke - great artists, I love their music - are each experiencing life as an already successful musician, with a certain audience, a revenue stream, and marketing that is fairly easy since the hard work was done decades ago. Alvin, similarly experienced, but never on the same level as Talking Heads or Radiohead.
The other 10,000,000 musicians in the world putting music out there, live a different existence.
There is more music being created by more people than at any time in history (good? the same percentage of good to bad as there has ever been) and we now, have for the first time, a means to distribute one-to-all. In the past, distribution was few-to-many.
The filters that existed were many: technology limited recording and distribution to the few, individuals or corporate, with enough money to have the equipment, make the distributable media, and to get that to consumers. Record stores and radio stations couldn't possibly play everything, so they filtered by what they could get, what they liked, what sold toothpaste, what they were bribed to play...Teh media couldn't write or talk about all music, so they filtered by what would sell magazines, etc.,
Yet, through all the filters, what came out was, in many but not all cases, the cream rising to the top.
As the interned grew from a few defense department messages to the post-Compuserve wild west it was in the '90s, files of all sorts were trades as they could be, dependent on bandwidth limitations. Alta Vista was my favorite search engine at one time, and it had Audio and Video search, where you could find snippets of things people were sharing. Did this violate copyright? Even though law, like the DMCA, has been passed, it is still a gray area. Our copyright law is very liberal and very protective of creative artists, and does need to be upgraded from time to time, but Congress has shown their ignorance to art and technology while handing exclusive copyright protection to distant heirs and gigantic corporations - the exact opposite of what our Founding Fathers envisioned with their masterful take on copyright, one of the few rights enumerated in the original Constitution.
Kids trading song files on the internet did not profit from this trading - only the magnificent industry giants who supplied the bandwidth did. These kids might have deprived record companies and artists of some revenue, but this is the glaring example of where the entrenched industry did not recognize a change in technology and, fat and happy with their '70s and '80s success that surely would never go away, refused to embrace and monetize for themselves and their artists.
Instead, the industry plowed along as if physical media was the only media, replaced LPs and Cassettes with CDs, and forgot that once the audio was digital, they themselves had opened the barn doors wide.
The dream I have had, echoed by many technologists and artists, is to have every work of audio or video in what we now call a Cloud. These would be protected by copyright law, and as such their trading would be monetized as allowed by law. Things would be allowed to fall into the Commons as our Founding Fathers intended, to encourage more art to be made. Don't tell me you can't compete with free, unless you have never bought air, water, dirt, a bible...
The RIAA owns a technology called BigChampagne.com. It tracks audio files being traded. It shows consistently that the files that are traded most are the songs that are purchased most. Does this argue that without file trading they would be purchased more or that with file trading they are marketed better? Let's discuss that for the next few lifetimes.
I can tell you, David Byrne and Thom Yorke, that while Spotify might pay you a pittance, it's actually more per-listen that radio pays you per-listener. We need to collect and distribute a Performance Royalty in the US the way the rest of the civilized world does, but that's another discussion. I can tell you that, as hard as you worked in the beginning of your career, you had a record label that didn't want a 360Deal from you, that would have dropped you before Psycho Chicken and Creep caught on - today's reality.
We, who are not yet household names, have always had like you a few independent radio stations to take a risk on playing new music, but basically, opportunity is unavailable in 2013 that was available in 1976. What we have is a much cheaper way to distribute physical media - I did that independently in 1984 and it was much more expensive for studio time, disc pressing, etc. than replicating CDs is today - and a nearly limitless, though fragmented, way to reach anyone with a computer, tablet or mobile phone.
Bob Lefsetz may be right, the tail may be shrinking, but it's our tail. We need to generate our own success stories, and not rely, as with established artists, on a failed business model that only supports the 1% of artists who can immediately enrich the existing industry.
I have ten albums of songs I want to release before I'm the age Paul McCartney is today.
My pics page was screwy, so I deleted all photos and re-uploaded. Much nicer!
Next task (after walking the dogs, cuppa coffee....) CD cover work for the Serious Fun EP.
Two songs from Serious Fun: Pasted on Pout, and Arrest My Heart.