he timing of this gig was hilarious. Allergy season. My roommate and I were driving through Redhook a day or so before the job was going to start, and the air was filled with tufts of white blooms floating along in pleasant magic. The world had just let loose the largest amount of pollen it would all year. And I’ve got hayfever (allergic rhinitis) like nobody’s business. It’s bad. And once it hits, it lingers. Everything from the neck up pulses congested and the inside of my face itches. I like to say: “I’m not allergic to dogs, I’m just allergic to earth.” So I’m a wreck the first day I head into my booth to do this. Sneezy, nasally, hitting m’s with my entire head. In order to do this project, I came up with a daily regimen of Benadryl, sudafed and neo-synephrine. I’m also no stranger to the put-your-face-in-front-of-a-steaming-kettle technique. Neo-synephrine is actually a tool I’m going to keep on hand all the time. It’s a nasal spray that instantly and effectively clears up congestion. It’s a perfect solution if you’re heading into the booth and are little stuffed up and sounding nasally. But use it sparingly. If …
ad a great session last week at Nutmeg Post. The session was a pick up for a spot that I recorded two summers ago. It’s an internal video for YouTube that’s running on the Google campus. So I’ve never been able to actually see it. Some of the info in the spot has changed in the past 1.5 years, so I went in to re record some of the lines that changed. It was my first session in NYC and was awesome to be back in the studio. Such a good feeling. So much fun. Laying it down and jiving with the client. This one was through ISDN: Integrated Services Digital Network, which is a technological infrastructure that lets you transmit voice and data at once. So that the client and talent can be on opposite sides of the country, and the client can hear what the talent sounds like through the mic and communicate with them in real time. So I get set up by John, the engineer at Nutmeg – cool guy, works on making mash ups in his spare time, like Depeche Mode vs Nine Inch Nails – and then get connected with everyone else over in …
am excited to announce that I voice the IVR system for the new Beats Music App. The app officially launches on January 21st, and is getting a lot of good press right now. It’s a new music streaming service aiming to compete with the likes of Spotify and Rhapsody, but with playlists curated by folks in the music business. Helmed by Dr. Dre, Jimmy lovine and Trent Reznor (I’m a big Trent Reznor fan), I’ve got a good feeling about it. And they’ve got me on the back end of their IVR system, so if you ever call their 800-number, that’s me. I had a blast at the recording session with Mikael Johnston, a billboard top ten charting producer, having worked on tracks from The Crystal Method, Lily Allen and Enrique Iglesias. You can check out the IVR by calling the Beats Support Center at 1-800-442-4000. When prompted by the first dude, press “2”
oicing this spot was so much fun. First off, Sonic Zen Records, where we recorded 2 of the 3 sessions, is super laid back and Charlie Wilson, the engineer and owner, is super chill. Even when he has to catch a plane to Seattle right after a session, he’s on point. The direction from Jane Morgan and Aaron Barry from Studio B Films was incredible. They rocked. They’re the reason this spot is where it is. Which is to say: they’re why it’s dope. This one spanned 3 separate sessions. So there was a lot of time to refine. By the third session, I was in the pocket before I got in the booth.
hanks to virtuous players who recorded themselves playing the Crooked Man and the Crooked Cat, I’ve got a montage here of my work in the game. Parn, the Crooked Cat, is the Crooked Man’s devout ne’er-do-well, Humpty Dumpty is a glutinous evil demon who eats children. Watching the gameplay footage to put this together, I have to say, I would dig this game. From Blue Tea Games, Cursery: The Crooked Man and the Crooked Cat. If you wanna check it out, you can grab it here.
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