2019 Soundspace recordings release!
Available on all streaming platforms worldwide
BIG exciting news! In July 2019 the Soundspace studio unveiled THREE discs (ROCK, PAPER, SCISSORS!) created at the studio during sessions with students. Thirty-six tracks ranging from all out rockers to audio experiments and improvised songs to carefully crafted teen expressions of being alive and making music! Super proud of all of this work, and excited to share. All proceeds from these releases will go to the Sunshine Coast Arts Council to further support them in their efforts to highlight more youth oriented programs, music and art!
Thanks to the Coast Reporter for some local press HERE.
What makes the Sound unique is the opportunity to record music, sounds, and sessions along the way while learning how to become a musician. I guide individuals of any skill level based on their interests and encourage them to be themselves. I pride myself on striving to help people be authentic and original all the while learning how to make music. Many of my long time clients have moved from strictly taking lessons, to being collaborators. I am happy to share some of these songs, sounds and moments with you here. To me it's not about perfection, sounding like other bands or musicians; but capturing the moment and having fun. There is a mountain of music on my computer that was recorded here at the Sound, and this page aims to provide a glimpse.
SPāDE is my longest running ongoing student collaboration at the Soundspace. They began coming to sessions exploring music at the age of nine, and quickly progressed to playing drums, bass, trumpet and singing. For a number of years now we have been collaborators writing mostly rock music, but we've done all kinds. We pump out a song a week now, and are super tight. Here's a selection of some of our recent recordings, all co-written and performed live off the floor with drums, guitars and vocals, and then overdubs afterwards. SPāDE rocks! Such a pleasure.
Chris and I always get up to fun and creative times. This song was an idea based on a freind who told me a story about an old boyfriend who would wake up every morning and say OH....YEEEAAAHHH! We thought that was awesome, and so we made up a song, and I improvised some lyrics. Enjoy!
Young Lance came to me with scribbled lyrics on folded lined paper in hand and a passion to rap. The next week he showed up and sung me a verse of a melody he had written, and I was super impressed. I came up with a chorus on the spot and Lance goes "Oh, so you're really good at this hey?!" We wrote the lyrics together, and I produced him singing. He "doubled" his vocals which is a tough thing singing into the mic for the first time! Super catchy song with powerful lyrics, way to go Lance!
Four five second songs
This could well be a whole new genre of music! That's right, it's Five second songs! Larkin always has his mind going and here's the result this time. The beauty of these is it's literally one idea and the parameters are they have to be no longer than five seconds each! Here's four!
The 2018 Emerging Sounds event was a smash success, and the Keys to the City opened the event with the song "Homegrown." Featuring Solomon and Gretchen Hergesheimer, Hadley Laviolette and myself on the drums, we knocked it out of the park live, and decided we should record a studio version a week later. Enjoy the Homegrown vibes!
This is a song featuring a vinyl record we use a lot at the Sound. SKargo band and i put together this track, recording it live off the floor with drums, bass, guitar, vocals, turntable, sampler and ipad! Nothing like capturing a performance live! Well done, lads.
Happy accidents are lovely. The previous recording session had microphones set up on the drums, and when Shamus and I started doing a beats based improv with Ableton Live and turntable, we could hear the drum sticks left on the floor Tom were rattling. We immediately needed to record! So we kept the mics up and went for it.
In B Flat
An improvised track with myself on guitar and voice and Shamus on the website "In B Flat," a great community sourced website where individuals uploaded videos of themselves playing random sounds in B Flat. You can do your own by clicking HERE! Try it out!
This is an amped up cover of a Radiohead song from OK Computer that Kai (on drums) and myself worked up in one session and recorded it in the next. I went back and added some bits. A great live off the floor recording with lots of energy!
We are Kanye West fans here, at least in following the sometimes interesting things he does and says. For his recent release for "The Life of Pablo" he held a fashion show at Madison Square Gardens in New York, and a copy of the "rules" for models was leaked to the internet. We took the list of these very demanding and contradictory rules and made a song out of it. As we do. The mighty Sjkate! Enjoy.