December saw me swing away from music and back into audio post production for film in a big way. I took on Sound Design for a feature length drama called Candiland with a deadline in mid January. The film is a dark drama based on an Elizabeth Engstrom novel and features powerful performances from Gary Busey, James Clayton, and Chelah Horsdal. It was a long term passion project for the director Rusty Nixon, so it was really exciting to be involved with something where everyone was so enthusiastic and supportive. The release date has not been announced yet, but if you get a chance I’d really recommend checking it out. Continue reading “Pulled back to Post”
Check out the cover art for my album! It was recently finished by the beautiful and talented Tania Clarke of Side B Design Studio (side-b.ca) who also happens to be my wife. She took some gorgeous photos during our trip to Cuba. If you’d like to have a look please visit http://www.flickr.com/photos/sidebdesign
In other news, my show at Sequential Circus 11 on August 18th was a lot of fun! I was pretty nervous leading up to (and during) my set. I’ve never sweat so much while playing and my slick lips had a hard time hitting my higher range. I was feeling pretty sloppy with my trumpet playing, and not feeling too good about my performance until after I finished. I received a good round of applause and was given a lot of congratulations on my set so I guess it wasn’t as bad as I thought! The rest of the evening was fantastic.
Phonotactic had a great journey of a set using Ableton and a Kaosspad. He went from mellow funky dubby music to thumping floor fillers. Then Tarekith took the stage with his Elektron duo (Octatrack and Machinedrum). His set was smooth, cool, and full of slick production. Next, Dark Arps emerged with gut throbbing basslines and tech funk delights. My friend dubbed him the Techno-borg as he was wearing a Sci-Fi suit that glowed and flashed to the music. It was hot enough there in shorts and a T-shirt so I imagine he was baking in his Borg suit. Muxx followed him with a high energy techno set that reminded me of fun times in early raves. His “One night in East Van” had the whole crowd chanting along with him. Lastly Vincent Parker switched things up with psychedelic synth washed dubby beats. Good times indeed!
The Sequential Circus crew should be posting the sets on their website soon if you’d like to hear them for yourself. I’ll post a link once they emerge. Meanwhile, I’m working on sound design for one of the rooms at this year’s Dunbar Haunted House. It’s turning into a fun creative project making the atmosphere for a Daycare of Doom. I’ve even done some voice-acting. Just one song left to complete for Sonidos de Cuba. This one’s called Ascensor (for now) and features a recording of the elevator in our apartment in Vedado. It would only go up to the 7th floor, but our Casa Particulaire was on the 9th so we’d have to hoof the last two floors. Working elevators are something I never realized I took for granted in Canada until then. Once that one is finished I’ll spend some time mastering the album and then I’ll be able to finally unleash it on the world!
I’ve made a collage of the recordings I made with my H4N during my honeymoon in Japan and Thailand. There was no compression applied, but there was a high-pass filter used on a couple recordings to eliminate wind rumble. I also used a Rode NTG3 Shotgun mic on some recordings.
The Japanese collage features trains, cicadas, temples, pachinko parlours, and a taste of Harajuku.
The Thai collage has long-tail boats, tuk-tuks, bats, frogs, gibbons, and a jewellery factory.
Sublime Sound just finished working on another documentary by Orca Productions. “The Spirit Has No Colour” is a feature-length documentary made as a police training video to educate officers on First Nations issues and history. Too many Canadians know too little about the Residential Schools, and the film has many poignant moments so Sublime Sound was really honoured to be a part of the project.
You can learn more about the film here: thespirithasnocolour.ca
Sublime Sound is extremely pleased to announce that we have been selected to create in-vehicle audio for the upcoming Chevrolet Volt from General Motors.