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On deck: Philadelphia’s Dann Pell. I met Dann after recording a live performance of his, and was immediately struck by the ease and flow of his performance. He agreed to let me engineer and produce his upcoming EP, which we’ll start tracking next month.

In our talks leading up to the sessions, he revealed to me that his songs take on a different length and arrangement each time he plays them live. He’ll lengthen out instrumental sections and even lyrics on verses if the mood strikes him. He’ll also skip whole sections if it doesn’t feel right that particular night. I was amazed by this, and realized that this approach was that certain little something about his performance that resonated with me, even if I didn’t know what it was at the time. 

An adventurous songwriter and performer, I’m excited to work with Dann. Check out his last EP, XOXOO, recorded last year at Uniform Recording and mastered at Full Circle Mastering, both in Philadelphia.

Mr. Turtle, or Henry to those who know him, was a step outside my usual idiom as an engineer and producer. I didn’t normally do instrumental music, much less solo instrumental music. Much less a percussive, Balinese-inspired acoustic guitar album. 

Henry played keys in The Way Home with me for about a couple of years or so, and as I got to know him, I learned that he was an equally talented guitarist with a very unique style. The first time I saw him do it, I chided him for not revealing he could do it sooner. Even after the band ended, we continued to work together as producer and artist. It’s something to see, watching him play. He sways a bit back and forth as the rise and fall of his playing seems to sweep him along. HIs instrumental work is almost lyrical in its composition, and he can offer up pensive and sparse moments as well as poly-rhythmic feats of technical skill.

I love working with this guy. Even though he comes to me with fully realized songs, it always feels like a collaboration as we work out how to present these songs to the world together. We’ve recorded in some really unique spaces and had some real adventures, both musical and real life ones. This fall will see us start to work on his third record with me, and it never feels like routine. We approach each one wanting to make it unique from the previous release. It’s rewarding to work with such a talented player who is always willing to try something new.

http://getawayrecording.tumblr.com/post/95909084617/all-this-talk-about-digital-versus-analogue

getawayrecording:

"… all this talk about digital versus analogue, and in the box or out of the box, is a bit silly, because the source is everything. What matters most are a great song and a great performance. The single most important piece of equipment in a studio is not the analogue tape recorder or the DAW, but…

Couldn’t agree more.

Great shout-out about an awesome music store in my hometown of Rochester, NY.
deebeeus:

Well, it’s yet ANOTHER cold and snowy winter’s day here in Toronto.  Luckily my cousin brought back the warming sunburst of this 1966 Gibson ES-125 from his trip to Bernunzio Uptown Music in Rochester, NY!
I have been to Rochester twice in the last year and I love their guitar shops.  Other than Bernunzio, Rochester also boasts a great guitar shop called “House of Guitars”.  It’s like no other guitar shop I have ever seen anywhere ever, I can’t even describe it properly except to say that I think there was a show a long time ago called “Hoarders”?  Well, “House of Guitars” could have been featured on an episode of “Hoarders”!    
Great shout-out about an awesome music store in my hometown of Rochester, NY.
deebeeus:

Well, it’s yet ANOTHER cold and snowy winter’s day here in Toronto.  Luckily my cousin brought back the warming sunburst of this 1966 Gibson ES-125 from his trip to Bernunzio Uptown Music in Rochester, NY!
I have been to Rochester twice in the last year and I love their guitar shops.  Other than Bernunzio, Rochester also boasts a great guitar shop called “House of Guitars”.  It’s like no other guitar shop I have ever seen anywhere ever, I can’t even describe it properly except to say that I think there was a show a long time ago called “Hoarders”?  Well, “House of Guitars” could have been featured on an episode of “Hoarders”!    
Great shout-out about an awesome music store in my hometown of Rochester, NY.
deebeeus:

Well, it’s yet ANOTHER cold and snowy winter’s day here in Toronto.  Luckily my cousin brought back the warming sunburst of this 1966 Gibson ES-125 from his trip to Bernunzio Uptown Music in Rochester, NY!
I have been to Rochester twice in the last year and I love their guitar shops.  Other than Bernunzio, Rochester also boasts a great guitar shop called “House of Guitars”.  It’s like no other guitar shop I have ever seen anywhere ever, I can’t even describe it properly except to say that I think there was a show a long time ago called “Hoarders”?  Well, “House of Guitars” could have been featured on an episode of “Hoarders”!    
Great shout-out about an awesome music store in my hometown of Rochester, NY.
deebeeus:

Well, it’s yet ANOTHER cold and snowy winter’s day here in Toronto.  Luckily my cousin brought back the warming sunburst of this 1966 Gibson ES-125 from his trip to Bernunzio Uptown Music in Rochester, NY!
I have been to Rochester twice in the last year and I love their guitar shops.  Other than Bernunzio, Rochester also boasts a great guitar shop called “House of Guitars”.  It’s like no other guitar shop I have ever seen anywhere ever, I can’t even describe it properly except to say that I think there was a show a long time ago called “Hoarders”?  Well, “House of Guitars” could have been featured on an episode of “Hoarders”!    
Great shout-out about an awesome music store in my hometown of Rochester, NY.
deebeeus:

Well, it’s yet ANOTHER cold and snowy winter’s day here in Toronto.  Luckily my cousin brought back the warming sunburst of this 1966 Gibson ES-125 from his trip to Bernunzio Uptown Music in Rochester, NY!
I have been to Rochester twice in the last year and I love their guitar shops.  Other than Bernunzio, Rochester also boasts a great guitar shop called “House of Guitars”.  It’s like no other guitar shop I have ever seen anywhere ever, I can’t even describe it properly except to say that I think there was a show a long time ago called “Hoarders”?  Well, “House of Guitars” could have been featured on an episode of “Hoarders”!    
Great shout-out about an awesome music store in my hometown of Rochester, NY.
deebeeus:

Well, it’s yet ANOTHER cold and snowy winter’s day here in Toronto.  Luckily my cousin brought back the warming sunburst of this 1966 Gibson ES-125 from his trip to Bernunzio Uptown Music in Rochester, NY!
I have been to Rochester twice in the last year and I love their guitar shops.  Other than Bernunzio, Rochester also boasts a great guitar shop called “House of Guitars”.  It’s like no other guitar shop I have ever seen anywhere ever, I can’t even describe it properly except to say that I think there was a show a long time ago called “Hoarders”?  Well, “House of Guitars” could have been featured on an episode of “Hoarders”!    
Great shout-out about an awesome music store in my hometown of Rochester, NY.
deebeeus:

Well, it’s yet ANOTHER cold and snowy winter’s day here in Toronto.  Luckily my cousin brought back the warming sunburst of this 1966 Gibson ES-125 from his trip to Bernunzio Uptown Music in Rochester, NY!
I have been to Rochester twice in the last year and I love their guitar shops.  Other than Bernunzio, Rochester also boasts a great guitar shop called “House of Guitars”.  It’s like no other guitar shop I have ever seen anywhere ever, I can’t even describe it properly except to say that I think there was a show a long time ago called “Hoarders”?  Well, “House of Guitars” could have been featured on an episode of “Hoarders”!    

Great shout-out about an awesome music store in my hometown of Rochester, NY.

deebeeus:

Well, it’s yet ANOTHER cold and snowy winter’s day here in Toronto.  Luckily my cousin brought back the warming sunburst of this 1966 Gibson ES-125 from his trip to Bernunzio Uptown Music in Rochester, NY!

I have been to Rochester twice in the last year and I love their guitar shops.  Other than Bernunzio, Rochester also boasts a great guitar shop called “House of Guitars”.  It’s like no other guitar shop I have ever seen anywhere ever, I can’t even describe it properly except to say that I think there was a show a long time ago called “Hoarders”?  Well, “House of Guitars” could have been featured on an episode of “Hoarders”!    

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