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- Jan 15th, 2014
Watch the magic happen as the popular Canadian band, Bend Sinister, joins up with our intrepid Dubway production team to write and record a new song in just one day! Possible? You bet!
Back at the condo/recording studio at the SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas the Dubway production team is at it again. This time they’ve gently coerced the popular Canadian band, Bend Sinister, to spend an arduous day in our guerrilla condo-turned-studio to capture the songwriting experience as it happens in real time.
There are many ways to record music. In this case, our team drags mics, audio interfaces and laptops to where the action is happening and we get to sit back and watch the drama unfold! Our host (and singer-songwriter) Ben Arthur along with our engineer/production team of Mike Crehore and Al Houghton ensure that not a single note – or inspirational moment – goes undocumented. Yes, it’s a long day and, like any REAL studio situation, it has its up and down moments. But the hardworking Bend Sinister band and our intrepid production team together prevail and capture what they need to get this song well on its way!
After the session is over, the guys shoot back to their real studio, Dubway, in lower Manhattan. Here, with the help of Waves, Pro Tools and Toontracks’ incredible Superior Drummer, they add the finishing production touches. Then, after a lot of hard work, boom... we’ve got a track!
So, come along on this audio adventure and see how all the cosmic songwriting forces come together and the new song, “Another Man’s Smile” is gently brought into the world! And, as a bonus, look out for the Toontrack sponsored remix contest – with thousands of dollars in prizes – at AskAudioMag.com!
- SongCraft Presents 101: Songwriting With Sean Rowe
- SongCraft Presents 102: Songwriting With Bend Sinister
- SongCraft Presents 103: Songwriting With Ben Sollee and Erin McKeown
- SongCraft Presents 104: Songwriting with Turin Brakes
- SongCraft Presents 105: Songwriting With Butter The Children
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The whole SongCraft series is terrific for anyone involved with writing, recording and producing songs.
This version of Song Craft shines with collaboration. Perspective is a powerful tool, coupled with the pressure of time restraint and a eagle eye's perspective of mixing. Great tutorial!
I find these videos very inspirational, however this one was lacking. The most informative and intuitive part is with the engineer. He breaks down the software that he is using, how he applies it, and how he polishes the project without going into too much detail. So from a recording standpoint this would receive 5 stars, however on a songwriting point of view it is not as informative.
This was excellent. I just spent three days with a group of songwriters and was inspired by the innovation of every SongCraft SXSW sessions you've made available so far! The content is presented in a format that's short and sweet but still gives the whole picture. And it feels very raw and genuine.
Was just amazing to see this project come together then hear a finished project @ the end! Would love if the next tut in this series had a little more time for A/B listening in the mixing portion.. Good Gig MacPro!
Really great seeing a start to finish project like this one. If your interested in song writing and production you'll like this series
Some Interesting infos for the mixing. cool to see the work of putting this project together.
Very insightful look at the creative process from both the writing and engineering angle. A most impressive collaboration. Great job on this video...can't wait to see more
Sometimes is not necessary hi end studio equipment , biggest producer in the world or super great musicians to create and record very nice and lovely song. Only one things is a matter - each person must know what to do and how. After watching all songcraft tutorials, for me in that video there was no secret revealed , but was big pleasure to watching how guys developed from one phrase and one riff whole song . I recomend for any one who interested about recording. Especially in home conditions.
It's so amazing observing the various ways different artists get inspired and creative. This is an amazing set of videos on creative writing. I have definitely learnt a lot, and been inspired.
Great Course. I just intended to watch the first chapter tonight, and ended up watching the whole course. Really nice to watch the process, and some specifics of engineering as well. Great song. Informative and inspiring course.
Great peek into writing a song with Bend Sinister. Also enjoyed engineer's notes on the mix.