Greetings from my sunny porch in the Dundee neighborhood of Omaha, Nebraska.
Yesterday, Screaming Plastic recorded over two hours worth of improvisations for our album as part of our New Music USA project grant. I think we all collectively feel optimistic about getting a great-quality end product from these recordings. We exhausted our minds, bodies, and our collective bag of tricks in trying to pull out every unique sound we possibly could from our instruments.
Working with Ben Brodin at ARC Studio in Omaha was an absolute pleasure, and I couldn’t recommend him more to anyone looking to record. The microphone and amplifier selection alone makes it well-worth the effort, and the speed at which everything was set up and configured was excellent. For example, Hannah’s cello was recorded with a combination of a live mic, direct-input from her cello pickup, as well as running through a Fender Silverface Twin Reverb before I even got done setting all of my stuff up. Naughty.
Of course, we would like to thank New Music USA for the grant to help us with this recording. The next step is getting a board mix from Brodin of the session (a two hour-plus audio file) for each of us to listen to. From this, we will decide which parts work best, what we liked the most, etc. for individual album tracks. After that, we will send the recordings off to be mixed and then mastered.
Other than that, we are excited to play the Lincoln Calling music festival tonight in Lincoln, Nebraska. I’m pretty sure Phill and I are going to teach everyone some tricks for Karaoke Underground afterward.
Thanks for reading, and keep it weird. Love from Omaha,
Ben Eisenberger and (hopefully speaking for) the rest of Screaming Plastic