Rarefied Recording, a San Diego Recording Studio

Handmade Holiday – December 13th 2014, Crafts Fair and Live Show

Rarefied is proud to be a sponsor of a special holiday event this year.

Handmade Holiday is a benefit for the new San Diego downtown library, which is a beautiful addition to our fine City.

The event features tons of local crafters selling their wares for the holidays, but also will have a music component.

Curated by House Engineer, Roy Silverstein, the line-up consists of two groups that have worked at Rarefied and two that haven’t.


Roy will be running the live sound at the library’s beautiful auditorium. Come check it out this Saturday at the library, December 13th 2014, from 9:30am – 4pm (music starts at noon). More info here: http://sdfocl.org/handmadeholiday/

Shaking Through – A Recording Documentary Series

Why do people today think music should be free or nearly free? Probably because they don’t understand the hard work, heart, and soul that goes into making a record.

Shaking Through is just what this world needs to end such ignorance. If you haven’t checked out this incredibly produced documentary web series, I implore you to point your browser to http://weathervanemusic.org/shakingthrough pronto.

I initially came across Shaking Through because the first artist featured on the site was Sharon Van Etten, a singer-songwriter that once played at The Habitat (the house show venue in Golden Hill I ran from about 2006-2010). I was immediately sucked into the world that Peter English and Brian McTear created. What they’ve done is exposed to the world in a very succinct fashion, the inner workings of a recording session and the creative process an artist, engineer, and producer goes through to flush out a song into its final recorded form. Filmed at McTear’s Miner Street recording studio, the production value has gotten insanely good in the 5 years since that first episode was released on the web. Not only do you get a look at the artistic side of the session, but there is also a video dedicated to the technical side. So those interested in recording should take note, as well.

The fun doesn’t stop there, though. By donating to the cause at various levels, you can unlock other layers of interaction with the project. For instance, you can get access to raw tracks from the sessions which you can use to remix the songs. You can also get invited to recording workshops at Miner Street. Or maybe you just want a cool t-shirt! Check out how you can support this amazing project here: http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/weathervane2015

Awhile back I had the pleasure to interview Brian McTear for Tape Op. He is the real deal and an incredible Producer. It’s been really inspiring to watch him work in the Shaking Through videos. I hope you check out this project and lend some support.