Upcoming Shows and New Merchandise

It is amazing how much time I have been spending everyday doing something relating to my music business.

Several Portland, Oregon DJs have expressed interest in my Mandala at Twilight music and I have been re-mixing many of the tracks to be better suited for club play. My albums tend to be mixed vocal-heavy, and that just does not translate as well to the dance floor. I have had to retrain my ear to mix the songs so that the bass and percussion are a little higher than normal to sound corectly mixed when played in a club.

Next, I have been spending many, many back-breaking (okay, maybe back-irritating) hours making new Witherwings t-shirts.  Each is hand made and I love them. I found a really great silver fabric paint that is opaque and looks good on dark shirts. The holographic glitter has these shirts making rainbows in the sun. They are a dream.

Why the new merch? Well I have a couple of big shows coming up and I wanted to have something new for my fans. In just over a week I will be performing in Bethlehem, Pensylvania at an event called Incendio 2011. Twenty two bands confirmed over two days. It is going to be some much fun. I have seen pics of the performance space and I am really excited about it.  June 10th and 11th (I perform as Witherwings on day 2.) Here is a link with more info: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=206457176033637 I performed at this event last year and I really recommended you check it out if you can!

I am also organizing a HUGE event in Orlando scheduled for July 23rd. It is going to be a very unique night in that it will be a combined art show and rock concert. The details are almost ready to be announced, so save the date if you are anywhere near Central Florida mid-July! There will be a show in North Carolina the night before on the 22nd, and I will get you those details as soon as I have them.

Want more details about upcoming shows? Want a shirt? Want a CD or a digital download? All you can ever want to know and more can be found at: http://mandalasongs.com/index

Okay, off to clean glitter off my dog. It is everywhere.

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Setting Up a Linux-Based Recording Studio (Chapter 2)

Chapter 2: Back From the Grave

So the Layla 3G is out of the box and plugged into the computer. The MIDI cable is on its way (minor oversight.) The mini tour is behind me. The house guests had a lovely time visiting and have returned home. Time to get this studio running.

Meanwhile, across the country in Portland, OR a handful of DJs have listened to my Mandala at Twilight music (thanks to a dear friend I have who is active in the Goth scene there.) Turns out, they all really like it. Many have said they want to play select tracks in their sets.  This is the break I have been waiting for. The tracks need a little tweaking for club play – mostly boosting the bass a bit and toning down the dominant vocals. Only problem is… the tracks are on that Mac that died a few months back.  It was time to fork out some money to have the thing looked at/repaired/files extracted.

Minutes before leaving the house to go to the repair place, I thought I would plug him in and hit the power button – you know, just to amuse myself.

Wouldn’t you know it:

“Gong”

He started up.

“Hello? Hello! I am not dead yet. I heard you were replacing me and so I thought I would give it another go.”

(So what. I can make my computer talk in my story if I want to, and apparently he is British.)

So… I have spent the last 24 hours backing everything up and rendering each individual track of the songs I recorded for the Mandala at Twilight CD “The Soundtrack to Your Demise.” This has been quite tedious, but could be worse. The MaT songs seem to average 15 or 16 tracks per song whereas my Witherwings songs average double that due to all the live instruments I record on them. I have even remixed a few of the songs already (on the Mac) but will now be able to work with them on either system with all the rendered tracks.  This has been quite a little miracle for me. I am so glad that I will be able to deliver club-ready tracks in a timely manner and with out the cost of repairing the laptop.

I figure I will spend the rest of today and most of tomorrow getting what I need out of the Mac.  My MIDI cable should be here by Tuesday or Wednesday and I will be free to start playing with the new toys. I am looking forward to Chapter 3 in which I actually DO something on the aforementioned Linux-based recording studio.