I had a busy last couple of weeks, between visiting my family in DC, setting up a new studio and rearranging my personal one, and a buttload of cool work. As soon as I got back to town, I started mixing a Reggie Watts special from his performance at Central Park last year. The program cuts between his live show and a series of alternate reality sketches, which are hilarious and add a nice dimension to the whole thing. Duncan Skiles – who edited the awesome documentary Still Life that I worked on last year – directed this for Comedy Central, which should be airing it sometime later this year.
I’ve also been working on setting up a new studio in Williamsburg with Yale Yng-Wong (who’s worked on records by Dom and Emil & Friends) and Jake Aron (of Fort Lean and Jamie Lidell’s band, working on their records, Yeasayer and Twin Shadow). We just installed a 32-channel Rupert Neve Designs 5088 board – it’s beautiful! The preamps (Neve, API, Great River, Germanium, et al), outboard (Distressors, LA-2As, 1176s, Neve & API EQs, et al), and effects (Eventide H3000, Lexcion Prime Time, AMS Delay….) are just as amazing. I’ve been testing everything out with my good friend Bob Jones (Frankie Rose’s guitarist and ex-Eternal Tapestry bassist), recording his Bob Jones & the Golden Tones EP. The studio’s coming together, with some acoustic treatment and build-out happening over the next couple of weeks, name and website should be figured out shortly. Get in touch if you want to check it out!
A couple of things I’ve worked on recently are online now to stream and purchase. Two songs from my session with Dirty Beaches – the heavy/heady drone of “Dune Walker” and mutant funk “Rhythm Ace Dub” – appeared on a German 7″, which you can check out here: http://dirtybeaches.bandcamp.com/album/dune-walker-7
And my Chicago homeboys Unmanned Ship put their new record For Whom the Bowl Tolls online. I mastered the LP, which was recorded at the awe-inspiring Electrical Audio. Check it out: http://unmannedship.bandcamp.com/album/for-whom-the-bowl-tolls
I also had a few mastering gigs in the past couple of weeks. Portugese rock transcendentalists Signs of the Silhouette had me master a single, mash-up party dudes White Panda had me master their new record, and I tested things out at the new studio mastering NT‘s new EP.
Thanks for stopping by and reading this! Please get in touch if you want to chat or come check out the new studio – jonathan[dot]schenke[at]gmail[dot]com