Sunday, October 2, 2005

They grow up so fast...

(Originally posted Oct 2nd, 2005)

We've been so busy over the last few weeks, some of our future projects that we mentioned in the last entry became completed ones. Which is almost too bad, as they've been a lot of fun to work on.

Sci Fry

First of all, we managed to finish all of the music for the Sci-Fry show. The final tally was about 10 songs, which needed a fair amount of post-production work to get them the right lengths for the scene changes and such. Two of the songs can be heard by reading the current news story at our website. The show debuted last night, and went quite well. It's sometimes odd to hear something that you wrote and recorded used as part of another performance. We definitely recommend seeing the show if you are from Chicago. It's really a lot of fun!

TV Pilot

Two weekends ago, we went to the studio and wrote the TV Pilot theme song that we mentioned in the last entry. Three BT band members took part, and it was just a great night all around. We were asked to write a 60's-style theme song, with a feel similar to Hawaii-50, The Mod Squad, and Peter Gunn. Now, when you start with an idea like that, the danger is that you use pieces of those other themes. Luckily, we managed to write something original that captured the feel just right. It centers around a guitar lick, with horn hits all over the song. After that first night, we've added drums, horns, and a bunch of other parts. The early demo got the thumbs up from the producers of the show, so it looks like we hit the mark. Certainly, the song stayed in our heads after the first session, which is always a good sign.

Comedy DVD

And finally, next weekend, one of the first parts of that comedy DVD project that we mentioned is being debuted in a private showing. While we didn't do any music for that one, we helped create the sketch, and film the piece. We also did all of the sound, which had some special voiceover work. We'll be doing music for that in the future, as it gets put together with the other sketches.

Other items

The next few weeks sees the band upgrading our studio to use more computers to prepare for the next album recording projects. We have had good luck so far using mostly an HD24 with a Ramsa DA7 mixing board, but the technology has moved firmly into computers since we've worked with that technology. Believe us, we've gotten good milage out of that equipment! Many years of recordings are on it. We're going to be keeping the HD24 and DA7 for recording, but all mixdown and post effects will be done in a computer going forward. We've certainly have a lot of work ahead of us, but our limited set of solid-state effects processors will now be dwarfed by the capabilities that the filters that we've going to have very soon.

And, with all of that, we've have one more project in the works that will be released in a week or so that we have to keep to ourselves until the release. As you can tell, we've been busy! Coming soon: We'll write a new entry here soon about the ABC deal. We promise! There was just so much that happened in the last few weeks that we had to write an article to catch up.