Rarefied Recording, a San Diego Recording Studio

Artist Spotlight – The Killer Hz

The very first band to record at Rarefied was San Diego garage rock outfit, The Killer Hz.

House engineer, Roy Silverstein, was on duty. Drums, scratch guitar, and scratch vocals were recorded to the 2″ MCI tape machine. Overdubs were later added in ProTools and the 4 songs were mixed by Roy on the Toft. Being the first thing recorded at the studio there were a lot of lessons learned about working in the rooms, but overall it came out great. The band recently got a website up and running which you can check out here: http://www.thekillerhz.com . It includes a music player streaming all four songs we recorded. Enjoy!


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.

Thanks!

Roy