Songs about love, space, & symmetry.
My new albums are available now! You can download them both for free on Bandcamp.
Symmetric Geometry/Geometric Symmetry is a joint release with two separate albums, each with 10 tracks. All of the tracks on Symmetric Geometry feature vocals, while Geometric Symmetry is entirely instrumental.
After 5 long years, a project I began with Tyler Ringer & Jeremy Ray has finally been released. Recording began on May 2nd, 2010, and was completed on August 21st, 2011. In the subsequent 4 years, I spent time on and off re-programming instruments, mixing, and mastering. These are by far the largest songs I've worked on, with some songs containing as many as 94 tracks. Attempting to mix such massive songs was a bit daunting, but I'm happy with how they turned out and am excited for them to finally be released. They all feature a wide variety of unique instruments, some you've maybe never even heard of before! You can read the full credits list on Bandcamp. You can download the 32-minute album for free -- just click Buy Now on Bandcamp and enter 0 in the Name Your Price box. The album features 7 songs, all coming together to form a story, while each song seamlessly transitions from one track to the next as the journey continues. I'd recommend downloading in one of the higher quality formats, such as ALAC, to make sure the gap timing is preserved, as MP3 can add space between songs as a byproduct of its compression process. Each track also has its own artwork, each a scene from the Tapisserie de l'Apocalypse. I hope you enjoy these songs as much as we did making them!
Here are a few pictures and a listing of my current guitar rig:
Fender American Deluxe Telecaster Thinline
Vox Custom AC15 Creamback
Pedaltrain PT-2 Pedalboard
Voodoo Lab Pedal Power Mondo Power Supply
Strymon TimeLine Delay
Strymon BigSky Reverberator
Boss RV-5 Digital Reverb
Boss DD-7 Digital Delay
Electro-Harmonix POG2 Polyphonic Octave Generator
Electro-Harmonix Nano Big Muff
Paul Cochrane Timmy Overdrive
Walrus Audio Deep Six Compressor
Sonic Research Turbo Tuner ST-200
Ernie Ball MVP Volume Pedal
Original Polished Brass Rock Slide
My new CD, The Clock Project, is available now! This time I decided to do something a little different. Each song features a different time signature corresponding to its track number. The album contains 12 songs, all with time signatures ranging from 1/4 up to 12/4. For example, track 5 is written in a 5/4 time signature, 5 beats per measure. If this sounds strange to you, check out the Wikipedia page "complex time signatures" for some popular examples. The Clock Project differs from The Umbrella Project in that it is more of an alternative rock album, with a heavier emphasis on electric guitars, bass, and drums, with some electronic bits sprinkled throughout. Also, while The Umbrella Project was largely instrumental, all of the songs (save for one) on The Clock Project feature vocals. Most of these songs have been written since around 2010, and I have finally gotten around to recording and releasing them. I've always held an interest in different time signatures and I hope you enjoy the variety in these songs! The Clock Project is available to stream and order here.
It's spring break! While I'm home I decided to record a couple of demos of some new songs I've been working on lately. Hope you enjoy!
So I decided to post a little update to note the new occurrences in the fascinating life of Micah Jayne. It is now 2011! Hooray! I suppose I'm a few weeks late, but no matter. On to business!
And I believe that is all for now! Hopefully I'll start posting more frequently instead skimming over a dozen different topics like in this one. You can expect some more updates on many of these things soon!
I thought I'd give a little update on a couple of my past purchases/additions to the studio. A couple weeks ago my bass rig finally got a long-needed upgrade. I got an Ampeg SVT-610HLF Anniversary edition, which has the silver grill cloth. I got it off Craigslist and got the guy to meet me in Baltimore to pick it up. It looks amazing, and it's in great condition with barely any scratches or tears. Not to mention it sounds amazing, especially compared to my old 15" combo. It sounds so much tighter, clearer, and has more punch than drinks of the Hawaiian variety. The cabinet's been modded so that it has a switch on the back to completely bypass the tweeter. When flipped off changes the sound quite a bit but personally I like it with the tweeter on; it adds more attack and punchiness.
I also finally got some studio monitors: KRK Rokit Powered 6 Generation 2s. They are fantastically yellow. I did an AB test with my old speakers and the difference was ridiculous. They sound so much fuller and clearer. I can even hear tiny little things in songs I've never noticed before. They can get loud. They're supposed to have a relatively flat response so hopefully they'll lead to much better mixes.
Below are a few pictures of spoken-of items. The cabinet is currently at band practice so I was unable to get a better picture of it.
My new computer has been built and up and running for about 2 and half months now. I've overclocked it to 3.3GHz and it's been running great, and is quite the improvement over my previous laptop. Also, after being backordered for about a month, my new desk finally arrived last friday and I put it together. It has 8 rack spaces built into it for various musical equipment. My previous desk, made out of 2 old speakers and shelves, wasn't exactly "stable," and it's nice to have something I can rest my wrists on without it leaning forward. The new desk also looks a lot better and has a lot more work space. My new audio interface, the Echo Audiofire Pre8, just arrived today and I installed it in one of the rack spaces on my new desk. It sounds great, and even with a cheap condenser mic there's a night-and-day difference compared to my Blue Snowball. It has 8 preamps, 16 ins and outs, and 2 inputs with mic phase, impedance, pad, hi-pass, and DI switches. Guitars and basses sound great even with a direct in with the DI switch enabled running through an amp modeler like Guitar Rig 4. You'll get to hear some of my new work through the new interface soon. Below are some pictures of my new set up:
Here are 13 noteworthy albums of the year 2009 that you should check out if you have not already done so. All of the album artworks link to Spotify where you can stream the whole album. Listing them from best to not best would be far too difficult so they are just listed alphabetically.