A night to remember in Marseille with Etienne Tremblay @ 'La Machine à Mixer'

Last week Etienne Tremblay, a producer and audio engineer from Montreal, best known for his excellent educative blog and youtube channel 'La Machine à Mixer' (which is in french, and thus rare enough to mention it) was in Marseille for a day and a night...Etienne and Trombone player extraordinaire Blaise Maragall were in France for a series of masterclasses and well, I had the pleasure to spend a few hours drinking IPA, eating tapas, drinking red wine, listening to a charming italian woman singing traditional songs, drinking more wine and finally paying a visit to Pure Sound Studio and a bit of geeking out, drooling on some of the nice DIY pieces of gear Leonard Raiteri, the owner and operator of the place, built beautifully and skilfully...

If you happen to speak or understand french and don't know (yet) 'La Machine à Mixer' check the links below...DO IT! ;) 

Happy Holidays and Keep On Rocking in the Free World (while we still can)! Peace ;) W

http://www.lamachineamixer.com

 

 

Adrian Younge in “New Soul Rebel” by Malik Hassan Sayeed and Arthur Jafa

Adrian Younge in “New Soul Rebel” by Malik Hassan Sayeed and Arthur Jafa

although this is already a couple of years old, it's well worth watching...i love it. great vibes, awesome studio, incredible sound, really cool music...if you (still) don't know who adrian younge is...hurry up and watch this.

IF YOU DON'T KNOW THESE PODCASTS...YOU SHOULD.

Here's food for your ears and your brain...These are but a few of the really cool podcasts I enjoy listening to at the moment...in no particular order.

 

 

Radiotopia's WAYS OF HEARING 

 

Ways of Hearing from is a six-part series, originally heard on Showcase, hosted by musician Damon Krukowski (Galaxie 500, Damon & Naomi), exploring the nature of listening in our digital world. Each episode looks at a different way that the switch from analog to digital audio is influencing our perceptions, changing our ideas of Time, Space, Love, Money, Power and Noise. This is about sound, and the ways we are using it to share information in the world right now. Our voices carry further than they ever did before, thanks to digital media. But how are they being heard?

 

NPR's MICROPHONE CHECK

 

Microphone Check is a conversation with and led by hip-hop culture.

Its hosts are Ali Shaheed Muhammad, legendary producer, songwriter and member of groups A Tribe Called Quest, Lucy Pearl and The Ummah, and Frannie Kelley, a journalist. The duo began their collaboration as a podcast distributed by NPR in 2013 and have since evolved into an independent production that conducts interviews in studio, for at-home, on-demand listening, and in public, for in-person, real life exchange.

 

SONG EXPLODER
 

Song Exploder is a podcast where musicians take apart their songs, and piece by piece, tell the story of how they were made. Each episode is produced and edited by host and creator Hrishikesh Hirway in Los Angeles. Using the isolated, individual tracks from a recording, Hrishikesh asks artists to delve into the specific decisions that went into creating their work.

“A brilliant idea, fantastically executed…Invariably fascinating, each episode manages to squeeze heart and soul from its subject, not to mention you, the listener.” — i-D

 

A HISTORY OF ELECTRONIC MUSIC
 

A History of Electronic Music is a podcast started by Paul Sheeky of Triptree Productions. Chad Wilson has been hosting since 2014 while Paul is on hiatus. We cover the origins of electronic music back in the 1930s and are currently up to the 1980s. 

 

RECORDING DURING THE HEATWAVE WITH ROZIE GYEMS AND A COUPLE OF COOL PROJECTS I WILL BE WORKING ON THIS FALL...

This summer was very, very, very hot down in sunbathed Marseille...Nevertheless, in between beach sessions, I have managed to sweat some music out of my system...UK singer and producer Rozie Gyems came all the way from London to record & collab on a few things in the Lab with me...it was very cool to have her here, and the music is going to be killer...but hush for now...

CHECK ROZIE'S MUSIC HERE

Next up is the production of an EP for french independant artist Meursvult...What I have heard so far sounds pretty rad and I can't wait to start working on this thing with him...that'll be in a few days time.

Also worth mentionning is a project by south of France based hip hop / drums band 'Sonateen' for which I will be mixing a couple of tracks this autumn...

Enjoy the last days of summer holidays and be kind to one another...if you want to book me as a programmer / producer or mixing engineer for your upcoming project please do so by clicking HERE

Bisous Bisous ;-) W

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Some production and mixing work I've done for french independent 'chanson française' songwriter Daniel Jumeau.

A few months ago I've worked on an album by french singer-songwriter Daniel Jumeau. When he contacted me asking me to produce, arrange and mix the record I felt it would be a real challenge because I had never worked with a 'chanson française' artist. Very different from what I usually produce. Worlds apart to be honest. But I knew it would be an interesting experience, one I would learn from. On the record I played pretty much all of the instruments with a few exceptions, I re-arranged the songs completely, programmed beats, engineered and mixed the 10 track album. What I've tried to do is to enhance what was already there, keep the music close to the lyrical content and bring something old and new at the same time sonically while respecting Daniel's own musical universe.  In the end it was fun to do and Daniel is a very honest writer and performer with a style of his own. Recently he got a publishing deal with David Sechan's 'Encore Merci Editions'. I wish him the best for what's ahead. 

Here's the single!

 

Soundbreaking: Stories from the Cutting Edge of Recorded Music

Featuring more than 160 original interviews with some of the most celebrated recording artists, producers, and music industry pioneers of all time, Soundbreaking charts a century’s worth of innovation and experimentation, and offers a behind-the-scenes look at the birth of brand new sounds. From the Beatles’ groundbreaking use of multi-track technology to the synthesized stylings of Stevie Wonder, from disco-era drum machines to the modern art of sampling, the series highlights the dynamic tension between the artificial and the natural––between the man-made and the god-given––and explores the way in which that tension has continuously redefined not only what we listen to and how we listen to it, but our very sense of what music is and can be. In the end, Soundbreaking makes us hear the songs we love in a whole new way, and illuminates the sonic alchemy by which the music we listen to becomes a fundamental part of who we are.
— http://soundbreaking.com/about-the-series

A MUST WATCH ! Really, really cool show...If you still have not watched any of it , here's the link :

 

http://soundbreaking.com/episodes