Blockdammweg 60-64, 10318 Berlin is the area where we are located for more than 6 years now. That era will come to an end in April when all buildings will be prepared for the final teardown. Which means we have to move. It seems that we found just the right place already and everybody who want’s to join us and rent working space over there please don’t hesitate to contact us. Everybody else who knows an even better place but cannot afford it because it’s too big please contact us as well just for backup. We have multiple ads up and running by now so check them out for further information. Back to the music (right below)!
This awesome video teasers a future album release by Apollo Static called “Flowers of Despair” (so this will be the title track then) via his label Ketzerpop from Leipzig / Germany. You can preorder the album via the artist’s homepage. We mastered the video edit version using plug-ins from independent developers like Klanghelm, TDR, Fielding DSP and Sknote. There is really no reason to go for dongle-secured big package software which used to dominate the professional market for so long. We even consider to leave Cubase behind and go Reaper because it’s so streamlined and fast.
That’s the look from our studio’s window before sunset. Inside it’s more like drums and guitars and microphones but moody vibes as well. All we need and all we got is some time to develop our style. The rest will be history?
Der Krieg würde nicht müde werden, sich als Friede zu verkleiden.
War never tires of disguising itself as peace.
On a quote by Stephan Hermlin: Some 25 years ago it was a commonplace that war on a global scale would be a realistic thread to everybody everywhere. Curiously the more concrete and immediate certain events evoke bloody scenes – like terror and regional conflicts – the mistier and further away the real thing would seem. But our problems aren’t terror and minor battlefields for they are only distractions from a consciousness, an awareness for the man next door, your very neighbor. Will he go to battle or will he refuse?
Austrian bike manufacturer Simplon released some promotional video clips lately. We were doing audio post-production and sound design for it while using and remixing pre produced music in the process. The next step would be to fit in our own music as well. So the work continues. And with the help of a recently acquired Tascam DM-3200 we are doing recordings in more than one room simultaneously now.
The Cold View releases his first Split-EP so far called “Songs Of Deepest Skies” the partner act being the Abysmal Growls Of Despair from France. The single song by The Cold View nevertheless takes its space on this split with more than half an hour playing time. So it’s a massive piece of music in any way. Mixing was done at the blockstudio on analog gear right out from and back into the DAW.
Our new Ludwig Maple Set paired with K Custom Hybrid HiHats and a Gretsch Maple Snare aimed at by Sennheiser’s MD 441. We are trying out clear Aquarian heads for this set as well as Pearl P-1002 double pedals. Sounding really good so far. Now we are looking to catch that sound on tape (HD) and then record the drum tracks for the musical material we are working on this year. All is laid out pretty much ready for action – a new studio PC, new instruments, new songs, new web networks. All we need is time!
Leaving the north from time to time Stralsund-based singer-songwriter Georg Laass was visiting our studio for some days during the last four years. Whenever he showed up we recorded a new song or another version of older attempts. By late 2014 we had assembled four tracks for today’s release “Songs from an open field” (EP) which is now available via Bandcamp as usual. The willing listener will find a rock band sound as well as accoustic folk on this EP and it might be a hint of things yet to come (another more band like approach for instance). The artwork was created by Georg himself with a little support from his brother Johannes who also mixed and mastered these songs.
In order to keep you updated: We have some mixing jobs in the pipeline, among them new material from Jacob Korn, Jogging House, The Cold View and even more projects produced by ourselves. The latter including in-house recordings of all kind – hopefully on new drums and different guitars which we ‘d like to acquire during the next months. Having a better sound to put in something better most often comes out of it, that’s why.
One of those moments when all the efforts finally pay off – The Cold View releases the two of his albums at once via different labels as Digipack-CDs. Endless Winter takes care of the newest strike “Wires of Woe, Ways of Waste” while GS Productions re-releases the “Weeping Winter” including a bonus track which left our mixing facility some weeks ago. Although pretty anachronistic in terms of distribution discs are a perfect supplement for download sales. It makes a difference you can grab by hand. The physical presence nevertheless works in a mere symbolic way, a CD cannot sound better or even different. So what it does is looking good. If that’s all you need then come and get it. Any help with the decision? Just read this review here and here …