Sounds Like A Plan

The foam is on the wall

So, I've had a busy couple of months.

The wife* and I purchased a house in mid December of last year, the culmination of months of online searching and real world touring. There were all kinds of practical reasons why we needed to do this (our now 16 month old daughter becoming self-propelled, record low interest rates, wet bars, etc.), but we all know the real reason anyone buys a house: larger, dedicated studio space!

After getting moved and settled in, I set to work on turning the back bedroom into my new recording/composing studio.
The room has a walk in closet, perfect for isolating computer noise and storing extra equipment.

A Closet, I mean "equipment room".

 

A little paint:

Before and after painting

Before And After

I went with Shadowater colors, of course.

The dimensions of the space weren't bad, acoustically speaking. There was some obvious flutter echo among other things, so I worked with Auralex Acoustics to make the room sound better and bigger than it actually is. Here's what they came up with:

Auralex analysis

We could have foam EVERYWHERE!

Two stacks of acoustic foam

No, seriously. Everywhere.

 

A couple weeks after placing the order with Sweetwater Sound, two giant boxes arrived on the door step, and with it, several days worth of physical labor (not to mention the requisite candy).

 

 

Peg Board And Foam

A more civilized solution

The standard installation method for the acoustic foam is to mount it directly to the walls with Auralex's TubeTak liquid adhesive. We plan on being in this house for the foreseeable future, but I (not to mention my wife) wasn't too excited about permanently modifying the walls of our new investment, so I watched an episode of Macgyver, then came up with the idea of gluing columns of foam to 4' X 6" strips of peg board, which could then be hung like picture frames onto the walls. For the ceiling and corner bass traps, I went with industrial strength velcro. The room sounds great, now.  Looks pretty good, too:

The foam is on the wall

Success.

 

Front of House

 

Wall of Sound

*The wife took the great pictures, too.

Current Project + A Little Improv

I'm currently working on a project I've given the working title 'Conversational Guitar'. It's a collection of instrumentals featuring electric guitar and ethnic percussion. It will either find a home with a production library or be the first release on my new publishing label, Jason Savell Music. Should be finishing up sometime in August.

In the meantime, I thought I'd share a little guitar improvisation I recorded while working out a tone for the second track of CG. It's called 'When In Doubt, Improvise'. Thanks for listening.

For Your Consideration

Old School Computer Ad

The new shadowater.com is finally here.

The redesigned site features a new WordPress powered blog, a revamped music section with advanced search and an overhauled resources page.

There's also a deeper integration with several social networks, along with a ton of behind the scenes changes and improvements.

The new set up will allow me to quickly share new music across the web and makes it much easier for you to find the music you're looking for.

Thanks to Marissa Nilson for the logo and graphic design.

Now back to the music...

New Music / Sundown at the OK Corral

I just finished a new Spanish guitar track. Pretty happy with how this one turned out.