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Last week we finished the mix of another album. This one is called “Into” (Noorden) by Frankfurt-based artist Jogging House and you could get it on tape and iTunes as of Thursday, March the 20th, this year. It’s electronic and rather mellow so maybe we’ll have a remix by Christian to make up for this (and get it on the dance floor). Mixing was done in analogue summing fashion trying out 88200 kHz via Apogee’s Rosetta 200 to get it back in the box. Looking forward to the public’s response (like this and like that).

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concert

In March we keep the studio rebuilding process going and meanwhile we still do mixing and recording for us and others. We’re far away from playing live but we’d like to keep that mood in our minds so we stay motivated while creating music. And we like concerts (not associated with the picture above). See you in May in Berlin!

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As the studio is ready to mix again we updated our SoundCloud playlist and references. We’d like to mention particularly the guys above (to be watched in an older live video), a music project called “Aktion X”. Coming all the way from Leipzig they visited our studio to record vocals and some additional takes. The instrumental mixes were already done elsewhere so Christian just had to fit in the new stuff. The results you can listen to when you get to the Cloud and via the player on this website’s right side.

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Regie_Neu_3

The desk is practically back in action waiting only for the studio computer to run again. Our next step is the placement of all accoustic elements we need and some additional wiring especially in the recording room. Winter is coming in the meantime I suppose, all the while we are restructuring the whole building around us, so that takes time too. Nevertheless we enjoy ourselves doing all this and new music from the block will arrive this year yet.

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lost_view

Our busy friend from “The Cold View” had another review in the Chronicles of Chaos. He also spread word about blockstudio talking with the Decibel Magazin in his distinctive metal-gentleman-like manner. Much appreciated. We also like to thank Thorbjorn Sigberg for willingly but unknowingly licensing the somewhat kitschy picture above.

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turningknobs

For a bigger recording room we sell some space

And our control room will also get bigger.  This includes the inevitable positioning of our listening monitors along the roll axis in hope for a better listening situation (than before). In the main recording room we will lay some wooden laminate on the floor. We will also take some more care in terms of the overall look and feel of the room, maybe we will  even do some painting. All in all the rebuilding will take some weeks if not month so stay tuned until we’ll return (back to recording business – because creating and mixing will never stop).

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Re-Release of D-SO classic, some links, some plans

Those who followed the development of our references so far might have noticed the mentioning of a project called Deutsch-SüdOst, or D-SO. Its one and only release “Heimatherz” was remastered in-house around 2010. But you couldn’t actually listen to these praised versions and now you can. We uploaded all the tracks to our Bandcamp site and made them available for free (though donations are welcomed). Composer, creator and producer of “LFO” as of “Heimatherz” is our dear Christian and no other. You might find some of his older friends using the project name for social networking purposes but this re-release is about the music only.

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Kosheen on stage

Cover version of Kosheen’s “Pride”, unofficial remix of Gotye’s “Somebody”

We uploaded two more tracks under the CNHN-imprint which are somehow special. So we have a stomping, guitar- and breaks-heavy version of Kosheen’s song “Pride” which used to be widely known more than a decade ago (the original that is). The new basic track had a life of it’s own before turning into cover version – it just sounded alike in the end and so the vocal lines were consequently put on top.

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CNHN - Shame

New track “Shame”, a little networking, and some gear

During the past days we abused “LFO” as in a field experiment on publishing music. For that we entered some more networks and uploaded our stuff. And we went to Last.fm but we’re not quite sure if we really like it (or is it just the advertise-heavy look).

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Reviews, ongoing recordings, electronic jams

Jacob’s album (see last post) received positive reviews all the way through – for those check Uncanny Valley’s homepage and Mr. Korn’s own. Nearly as well (but remaining totally off-mainstream): Reviews on The Cold View’s “Weeping Winter” you’ll find here, here and there and on their homepage as well. There’s even an interview on a blog called DarkUndergroundMusicZine – I wish all those blogs would have specific names like that (which they actually do). So far for the past …

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