CRISIS in the studio

CRISIS

Brisbane covers band CRISIS recorded a couple of tracks in the studio over the weekend. It was a great opportunity for me to hang out with some fine musos, and shakedown the spanking new Cubase 6 setup at the same time. Which, unusually for a new software and hardware combination, seems to be working pretty smoothly so far. Thanks to Simon, Marty, Garry and Dan!

Here’s a snippet of “In The Midnight Hour”. Check out that first-take vocal from Marty.

[audio:http://bencraven.com/blogposts/20110323_crisis/20110328_crisis_in_the_midnight_hour_blog.mp3]

Soundscape – Golden Band

PRESENTING, the first in a series of soundscapes created by some bloke with the original multitracks and too much time on his hands.

Should be a few more on the way soon.

For those who just came in, Golden Band is a key track off my first album, Two False Idols. It sounds almost, but not completely, unlike this.

[audio:http://bencraven.com/blogposts/20110213_soundscape_golden_band/Ben_Craven_-_Golden_Band_(Soundscape).mp3]

Baritone Guitar Conversion


I’ve faked the baritone guitar sound in the past (“If You Knew”, plus a couple of upcoming tracks on the new album). I’ve even used a Variax guitar live and programmed a patch with each string detuned by a fifth. But when I stumbled across a baritone stratocaster neck on ebay at the right price, I figured it was time to try building the real thing.

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Desert Combover

Desert Comb Studio has had a makeover!

As part of a carefully orchestrated invasion of the north, another room in my residence has now been claimed in the name of live performance and breathing space. Meanwhile the control room, where I recorded my forthcoming album Great & Terrible Potions, remains as control roomy as ever.

Which means I’ll be in a position shortly to offer production and recording services to other artists and bands out there. Stay tuned for more details, or by all means give me a yell if you have a project and you’re looking for a great introductory price..

We're gonna need a montage

Before and after (so far..)

Solo gig this Friday

Just a quick note to let you know I’m playing a solo set this Friday night at the Queens Arms Hotel, Fortitude Valley (Brisbane). A few old songs, and a few new ones, transformed from my usual lush arrangements into a single guitar.
I’m supporting Nik Phillips who’ll be performing a showcase later in the evening, so it really would be the height of rudeness not to stick around afterwards for all that entertainment and the many opportunities to enjoy alcohol responsibly.
Full details here:
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Would be great to see you there!

Just a quick note to let you know I’m playing a solo set this Friday night at the Queens Arms Hotel, Fortitude Valley (Brisbane). A few old songs, and a few new ones, transformed from my usual lush arrangements into a single guitar.

I’m supporting Nik Phillips who’ll be performing a showcase later in the evening, so it really would be the height of rudeness not to stick around afterwards for all that entertainment (and the many opportunities to enjoy alcohol responsibly).

Full details here..

Would be great to see you there!

RSPCA Gratitude Program

I was recently asked by Jasmin and Chris at Media Force Productions if I’d be interested in creating some music for a corporate video they were producing.

Damn straight, I told them. So I quickly wrote a song, to spec, in between recording sessions for the new album.

It’s completely different from anything you’ll hear on ‘Great & Terrible Potions‘. It’s not multi-layered, indulgent, pompous, or completely over the top.

But it still has some redeeming features!

Let me know what you think. You can hear it opening the clip. I should probably get in there and finish it.