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Sooooo mastering next week on the new record, which means it’s time for another project! In the land of the label-less, there are no deadlines or expectations or marketing plan, or unfortunately plan at all, so the best thing for me to do is just keep on creating.


I had a great time making a record of songs based on the idea that they were actually pieces playable by minimum 2 humans on 2 acoustic guitars. I think the next logical step for me is to take the production knowledge I’ve gained from the last record and do something bigger, more aggressive this time. Be less worried about being able to play it live or re-create in any form, and take advantage of the recorded medium. I want to experiment, I want to make something loud, and I want to be weirder.
To make music that sounds this way, I want to take some sonic cues from a big aggressive environment, which lucky me I live in, Toronto. I mentioned earlier that I got the new Zoom H4N which is a handy portable recording buddy, and I think it’s capable of capturing really great sounds. From now it’s never leaving my side, whereas with so many different kinds of people and machinery and activity, there’s an overwhelming number of sounds happening all the time that could be the seed of a really interesting composition. Twyla Tharp tells a story about a writer who met a hero of his after years of fandom, and lost his chance to get an autograph because he didn’t have a pen on him. I want to be sure to have my own form of pen at the ready.I’m not sure if any of these sounds would even end up being discernible in the end result, but you can’t see the seeds on the out of a cucumber now can you? What’s important is the start to me right now.

Anyway, S.I.T. now stands for Sounds In Toronto, and I’ll be trying to S.I.T. a lot in the next little while. Some touring coming up to, so I’ll extend the collecting to various cities across the country in case something great comes up. First off, corner of Dovercourt and Hallam, the sounds I can never escape in my studio, the bus.

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For even more Toronto sound experience, I’ll be regularly posting sound walks on Urban Sound Ecology’s website. Great project, have a look.

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