Nick Drake cover album

January 22, 2015

There is something magical about Nick Drake’s music. About 8 years ago I started producing an album of cover versions with talented friends of mine. I am extremely happy with how it is coming along. I anticipate a vinyl and digital release in 2015. The first two tracks are posted on my soundcloud page. Feel free to listen and comment. Check back regularly as I will post as tracks are completed.

 

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Happy New Year!

January 12, 2015

I have been doing quite a bit of mastering from stems lately. It gives an extra layer of flexibility, allowing stems to be addressed individually during the mastering process. Give a shout if you want to learn more. Upgraded to Seqouia 13 recently and enjoying the power of the new Spectral Cleaner. It is even more effective at removing clicks and pops seamlessly. I am still working away at Web developement projects as well. You can check out my portfolio page at https://taraspetryk.herokuapp.com/. Go to the inprogress section to see a project I have been working with Casey Sokol on. It took over six months to complete and involves over a hundred and fifty piano pieces from Casey.

Stay warm and feel free to contact me for any audio or web needs.

Web Development

March 27, 2014

After 16 years of work in the music industry, I felt it was time for a new challenge.
Looking for another avenue for utilizing my skills and talents I came across Bitmaker Labs. It is a coding school offering a nine-week boot camp teaching web development. I find new technologies and problem solving exciting, and the creative side of coding intrigued me. I dove in head first and worked hard. It was a crazy intense course. It was taught by knowledgeable instructors covering Ruby, Rails framework, AJAX, JavaScript, JQuery, HTML5, CSS and more. I’m still reeling. I find it difficult to believe that I could absorb that much information in such a short period of a time.
I was also pleasantly surprised to find that the coding community is so supportive. Recently going to a Rails pub night, I met many people who were willing to give advice and offer their wisdom for a newbie like me on how to get work in the industry. It was a great experience all round.
What now? A week and a bit after the end of the course I am still learning at a fevered pace. I have a desire to absorb more coding languages, and refine my understanding of the ones I know. I am concentrating mostly on my JavaScript right now. I am also working on my portfolio, my typing, and taking the app I created in the course to the next level. The important thing is to keep coding every day.
I am still working in the studio and I am mastering a few projects right now. For Noah Zacharin I am mixing and mastering an album, and it looks like a Zen Monastery track will be used in a dance performance in Japan.
I’m hoping to find work in development to help solidify the skills I have learned, while I continue the work I love in the studio.

Mastering

March 5, 2014

Here is some good advice on what to do before you bring your project in for mastering. I think these points are good, and the key is preparation. Don’t stress about it. If you don’t understand a part of the process, just ask.
http://www.pro-tools-expert.com/home-page/author/protoolsexpert

October

October 4, 2013

Some exciting news for Jaffa Road. They have been nominated for “World Group of the Year” by the Canadian Folk Awards. Their singer “Aviva Chernick” who released a solo album I also mastered this year, has been nominated for “World Solo Artist of the Year”. Both albums, produced by Chris Gartner, are beautiful and deserve a listen. Congrats to them!
In the near future, a concert I recorded at Gallery 345 with John Heward and Dana Reason will be released on Mode Records out of New York. This was a fabulous improvised performance and I am glad to see it will be made available.

Happy Spring !!!

March 25, 2013

Our friends at Jaffa Road have been nominated again for a Juno! Their first album “Sunplace” was nominated in 2010. Both albums were mixed here and the latest, “Where the Light Gets In“ was also mastered here. The Juno’s will be on April 21st this year. Their new album is also in the World Beat category at the Independent Music Awards.

Speaking of the Independent Music Awards, Christine Leakey’s song Gloom Chime from her albumTapping Trees in a Trinket Box of Treasure“ (that was mastered here), has been nominated for Best Eclectic Recording .

I wish them luck and am grateful to all the talented artists I work with.

Phase

January 16, 2013

Here is a great article on phase by Ben Lindell.

http://www.benlindell.com/2013/01/phase-alignment-manifesto/

I recently did some upgrades to my computer. I installed a new quiet CPU fan, a fan-less video card, and overclocked my system from 2.67Ghz to 3.2Ghz. Pretty geeky right? But there was a very important reason for these tweaks. In the last 5 or so years, my recording practices have changed in a significant way. I am usually in the same room as the artist, within a couple of feet, so my studio has to be silent.

Being so close, yet remaining invisible. This is the vibe here. There is something special about lending your attention to an artist’s performance. The artist feels this, like when they are performing to a room of people that are sitting quietly and listening. Regardless of the style or volume of music, something can be perceived. These can become those “magical” moments, where the artist creates something unexpected. This can become a new hook or focus of the song. They contain energy. They bring us to the present moment. This is why I love recording. Searching for silence amidst the sound.

 

 


Summer

July 18, 2011

The good weather is here! Christine Leakey’s album is all done. She is looking for advance sales to help the production cost. You can listen to a couple tracks here and please buy and support. It is an amazing album.
http://www.myspace.com/christineleakey/blog/543353872
SerpentONE has proudly acquired a Prism Orpheus (http://www.prismsound.com/music_recording/products_subs/orpheus/orpheus_home.php), for studio and mobile recording. It really sounds awesome. Message if you would like to come by and hear the difference. Everyone that has been by can’t believe how good it sounds.
The AC is on and SerpentONE is offering summer specials on recording, mixing, and mastering. Message me for details.

February

February 12, 2011

Greetings Friends,

It’s February and although it is cold, it is the shortest month of the year. The studio has been busy in pre-production for the upcoming Mass Assembly album. Check out Tranquilizer records at http://www.tranquilizerrecords.com/ to see what’s going on and upcoming shows.

Near the end of last year, a very talented pianist friend of mine, Mark Bond and I started recording improvised jams. They usually involve 3 synths, one or two mics, a rack of effects, various toys and a bottle of El Dorado rum. With a little editing after the fact, we have over an albums worth of recordings. But who releases albums these days? The project is Zen Monastery and they are available for your listening pleasure at http://soundcloud.com/serpentone . I would love to hear your feedback.

If you are thinking of embarking on a recording project and need advice, or would like to come down to check out the studio, please feel free to send me a message.

 

Cheers,

Taras