Near the start of quarantine Nick Platoff contacted me and introduced himself. He is an amazing trombonist who became a member of the San Francisco Symphony before the age of 30. He said that he had a song that he wanted to mix, master and release during Covid quarantine and asked if I would be willing to teach him how to mix his own music over Zoom.
We started with general mixing concepts on one song. Then he started sharing several other tracks and ideas he had started or gotten pretty far along. The ambition of his vision was really unique. Several of the songs had over 100 tracks with parts contributed by such top-tier musicians. Not only that, Nick completely stepped out of his comfort zone with enthusiasm to learn about the intricacies of new genres, techniques and production approaches.
Over two-and-a-half years later, Nick released his album. It’s such an epic first release. It was an honor to co-produce, mix and master this.
It’s available on streaming platforms below. I hope you enjoy it!
My new album called “Simple Music for Complicated Times” is out now. This music came about when I accidentally messed up my hands earlier this year and couldn’t do much on the piano. So I decided to write really simple piano music and then use the computer to manipulate the piano sounds the way electronic music producers do.
I’m really pleased with the results. It’s 100% a piano record – all sounds on the recording are generated by the original piano performances. But the extra tools the computer gave me helped to create emotions and moods that I can’t do on the piano alone.
You can check out a video I made of the opening track called “After” here:
Here are links to all the streaming services where you can listen or buy:
I’m excited to share a new video from a recording session I did during the recording of my solo piano album, “Secular Music for Non-Secular Occasions”. This performance is of the piece called, “Song Without Words”. I hope you like it!
The last post on recording yourself with your computer covered the basics when using the built-in computer/pad/phone microphones. This post will cover what you will need to record to your computer with more high-quality microphones. This post includes a lot of images or reference. If you are receiving this via email and can’t see the images, click here.
For the next series of mid-week posts I’m going to cover how to record yourself using a computer. I feel like this is something that is essential for most performers and teachers today. I know there are a ton of tutorials out there on this right now. This is going to be very basic for people new to the process.