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perjantai 25. syyskuuta 2009

Day 19

Yeah, all the vocals and backing vocals are now done. Today we had two female singers to sing some really cool choir parts and Jarmo finished his parts aswell. Vesa has also done almost all solos. He will send the last one's to the studio start of next week.

We will start the mixing of the album next thursday. The songs sound already extremely good and big. Now we have some time off until next thursday to cool our brains a bit so we can dig into the mixing efficiently.

torstai 24. syyskuuta 2009

Day 18

Today was a busy day. It was spent working with lots and lots of backing vocal lines and figuring out arrangement details and such. Jarmo had lots of stuff to sing. Meanwhile, preliminary mixing has also started. During the day, Arttu did some mixing work for one of the tracks before Jarmo started with his vocal recordings, so we are moving closer to the final sound of the songs. Some vocals are still left to do, and some may be postponed to next week, but the songs are almost completed now. Soon we can start to concentrate on the mixing only.

The day ended in a beautiful way as all the guys managed to fit in the booth to record some chants. Four men shouting -- very pretty.

keskiviikko 23. syyskuuta 2009

Day 17

Vocals and some more vocals. You should've heard one backing vocal part that Jarmo did today. It was maybe the highest voice a man could ever make. hehe.. Well I guess you can hear it in the final album. Extremely entertaining to listen to Jarmo scream his lungs out on those parts. :)

Vesa has also sent most of the solos to the studio now. Can't wait to hear them.

tiistai 22. syyskuuta 2009

Day 16

Hey, it's me reporting from the studio once again. How original? :D

Quite typical day. Arttu did some editing until Jarmo came after three. Jarmo has now done the backing vocals for four songs and all the lead vocals. Sounds absolutely fantastic. The arrangements are very fresh sounding and I'm thrilled. Three days to go still this week.

Vesa has also been working his ass off with the solos. Got a taster yesterday what's coming. Wow! :D


maanantai 21. syyskuuta 2009

Day 15

Back in business after the weekend. The main vocals for one song were still to be done. That one is a recent song and Jarmo basically had to learn some new melodies for it on the spot. He managed to do it really fast. The vocal lines proved to be absolutely powerful. Some of the stuff Jarmo did today is really difficult to sing -- got to respect him.

So, now it is time to start recording backing vocals and "choir" parts. That continues tomorrow.

perjantai 18. syyskuuta 2009

Day 14

Another day of some great vocals! Went to the studio after 14.00 and Tero was doing some acoustic guitars there. Had to look in to the booth where he was playing just in case Vesa would've been there. hehe. I guess Vesa was a few hundred kilometers away from that booth.

Jarmo had again a couple of intensive hours for his vocals. Only one fast and newest song lacks still the lead vocals. Jarmo has done an amazing job. Have to say that I got some very nice chills from some of the parts he did today. Next monday we will continue with the final song and we start the backing vocals recordings. Stay tuned!

torstai 17. syyskuuta 2009

Day 13

I guess I could write something again. Has been a couple of days since I last had a chance to be at the studio. A lot of cool things have happened in between. All the keyboards are recorded and the songs sound terrific! Jarmo also came at the studio a bit before 4 o´clock and did lead vocals for three songs. There will be some extremely cool arrangements on some of the songs that you've never heard on Excalion albums. Could I go to the studio now and listen to the songs over and over again? I would very much like that. hehe

Tomorrow afternoon Jarmo will continue recording the lead vocals. A few songs are still lacking the vocals. After that it's just backing vocals, adding Vesa's solos and mixing. I think Vesa will get his parts to the studio very soon aswell.


keskiviikko 16. syyskuuta 2009

Day 12

We are happy to notice that keyboard parts are almost completely done. Some of that stuff was left for tomorrow, but after that it will be just vocal recordings and editing for the rest of this week´s days.

Jarmo is taking a couple of hours each day for his singing work. His voice seems to have more and more energy each studio day.

Tomorrow the magic will continue to happen. It seems that even four of us may be hanging around in the studio that day - a new record for these sessions.

tiistai 15. syyskuuta 2009

Day 11

This day was spent doing the same stuff as yesterday. Day hours working on keyboard sounds, later afternoon vocal recordings. Everything sounds fine. Although Jarmo is critical towards his singing, it takes him a couple of studio days to warm up. Anyway, we have already managed to get some quality vocal tracks completed. Also, there was discussion on some details of final arrangements.

Quote of the day: "Hey, have you learned to play that harmonica?"

Weird.

maanantai 14. syyskuuta 2009

Day 10

Tenth day, and it is time to start working on keyboards and vocals. We have reached the stage when the songs start to sound big. Jappe worked on the keyboard parts throughout the day, picking different sounds and adding layers. Keyboards were completed for four songs today, I think. It was kind of satisfying to listen to the results. The instrument parts for those songs are "full" now, and one can finally listen to the stuff sounding much like it will sound in the end. I really liked what I heard today!

Jarmo came to the studio in later hours and started recording the vocal parts of his first song. Both guys will continue their work tomorrow.

The newest of this bunch of songs is very recent. I heard the vocal melodies for it the first time last weekend. Now the damn thing is playing in my head. Good song? No, better. Great song.

torstai 10. syyskuuta 2009

Day 9

Yesterday was the most important studio day until now. None of us were there. heh
Actually we forgot to cancel that day because we rescheduled our studio times at one point. We just forgot about that day. Well no harm done. Arttu had another editing day. Jappe had send the first keyboard parts for Arttu and now was a good time to deal with those and also I guess do some overall editing aswell.

On monday Jappe and Jarmo will start really working on their parts. Next two weeks will be mostly just singing and singing and some keyboards. Vesa will do his lead parts from Helsinki. I think we've progressed quite fast and have to say that the sounds will kick some serious ass.

keskiviikko 9. syyskuuta 2009

Day 8

Ok lets write now little bit more than yesterday. I had three days full of guitar playing and I did what I had planned. Today I recorded more guitar spices which means upper harmonies and little riffs which makes songs more lively. According to Arttu he called some stuff as Popeda, Trio Niskalaukaus and HIM. I also recorded acoustic guitars to few songs and I would say basic guitar tracks are ok now. Guitar sound is rawww and sounds very promising even in this point when sound is not mixed. Unfortunately I had limited time so I have some homework now....

tiistai 8. syyskuuta 2009

Day 7

Ok, another guitar day... I finished basic rhythm guitars and played some clean stuff. Tomorrow leads and other shit..

maanantai 7. syyskuuta 2009

Day 6

Nonii!

Guitars guitars and more guitars.. I'm full of guitars at this moment. 6 songs filled with rhythm guitars and still more to come. I think I'll finish rhythms tomorrow and then it's time to add some lead (tiluliluliii) and acoustic parts. Last night I had a terrible liskojen yö and I was little bit tired during the whole day.


tiistai 1. syyskuuta 2009

Day 5

I was wondering wether to write anything or not. Today was the only day for this week. Nothing extremely fascinating happening. Arttu boosted some drum sounds and did some other editing to the songs as well. We worked on also on some cool drum loop for one particular song. Tried out what could work and how.

Tero also made some minor changes to some bass parts. We had made some changes to the songs lately so we had to update the basslines a bit. We've also thought with Tero that maybe we just should release the next album as a drum and bass album because it sounds so damn good at this point already. hehe.

OK, Next monday the guitar parts start roaring and we'll maybe try to get some videos online as well. Over and out.