A much belated update: Welcome to the JabunAudio Bamboo Forest, farewell old chair, some Jabun album updates + a new Cyberdevil collaboration and soundtrack competition piece to be released next week!
It's been a fair few weeks since the last JabunAudio update, mostly due to moving places and getting the new studio set up (more on that soon) and project progress has understandably slowed down to fit the busy times. Apologies for that, but after some hard work a lot of invested time, everything's all carefully tuned to how I like it and I'm back to my usual productive self ready to take on any audio challenge sent my way! Lots of things to say this week, and with 3 weeks since the last blog post, I'm sure you're ready to hear it! Let's get straight to it:
Firstly and probably the biggest news this week, I'd like to welcome everyone to the new JabunAudio Bamboo Forest studio in Margate! In contrast to my mobile set-up in Herne Bay, I once again have a dedicated and acoustically calibrated space to work and record (not just D.I. and headphones!). A huge thanks to my brother and dad who helped bring up my equipment from Sussex and made the move a lot less stressful, as well as my darling Eva for letting me make this spare bedroom my own space and being my amazing companion throughout this journey. The only unfortunate goodbye I had to say during this move was to my old desk chair which doesn't sound like much but has been my comfy support for over 4 years of making many many pieces of music and animations. A new chair, a new studio and a new chapter opens in the history of JabunAudio this month and I have a lot of great memories to be thankful for. I look forward to bringing you my best work so far from these four walls, and certainly even more when it comes time to move again. JabunAudio is back in business, and welcome to the Bamboo Forest!
If you're interested in why "Bamboo Forest", the answer is pretty simple! Since this is a rented place for only 6 months, I'm not allowed to make permanent alterations to the room, so instead of sticking these wonderful acoustic tiles to the walls directly, I have constructed a frame of bamboo to which I can attach them. Looks pretty cool in my opinion, and certainly it makes a HUGE difference to the sound of the room having all the panels there! Love it! And hey, look at my plushie JabunAudio mascot, Sir Pigeon, in the chair! That's very cool!
Anyway onto music news! Since even before the move, I've been hard at work on a number of musical projects:
Firstly, it's been a while since I gave an update on the in-progress (and very first) Jabun album. Needless to say the move and other things have delayed production a little bit, but as it currently stands I have 6 tracks equating to about 24 minutes of music written and recorded so far, putting the album just past the halfway mark (in terms of writing and recording) for my target length! Not really sure how to describe it musically at the moment, but I think the general vibe resembles a strange cross between the instrumental work of Pink Floyd and Gorillaz? Something like that... Needless to say, it's been a pleasure to tap into that part of my musical identity again, and I look forward to sharing it with you all in the hopefully not to distant future. Unfortunately, as things stand I don't think it'll be complete by the end of the year now as I'd have hoped, since one of the plans was to do the mixing and mastering over the Christmas break in JabunAudio Studio1, but that no longer exists! This being the case, I'm aiming for an early 2017 release and will keep you updated on progress as best I can. No album title yet, but I'll let slip some track (working) titles right now to get your attention!
Teasers will be shared before the year is over so keep an ear out!
Onto the other main musical focus this month, as of yesterday, the new "Cyberdevil's Back (2016)" collaboration with the one and only Bob Axell is complete and due for release this coming Monday 28th! It's been a fun challenge working on this short and sweet rap track, and I'm looking forward to sharing it with you all! Bob's just sorting out the artwork at the moment, then after that, it'll just be a case of uploading and sharing. Funky and heavy rock drums, big 808 bass hits and of course some sweet rhymes from Bob (+ a little cameo from me) to come this Monday, and for sure I'll be sharing it on next week's blog post too! Get ready!
Finally this week, a fleeting opportunity led me to work on yet ANOTHER short music project in just this past week. Due for release before the end of the month, it's a little 30 second track for the ADAM Audio Soundtrack Competition 2016, and I'll talk more about it soon when I share the track on next week's blog. Long story short, there's some fantastic prizes up for grabs and for just 30 seconds of composition (and a ton of inspiration) I couldn't help myself but give it a shot! All will be revealed next week so stay tuned and hope you enjoy it.
That's it for this week! With the Bamboo Forest up and running, I'll be back to taking commissions and work in again next week and more before the Christmas break, but also working on the Jabun album when I can too! Hoping to create another track by this time next week (maybe two), but we'll see where inspiration goes and how busy things get. Anyway, hope you didn't miss me too much while I was moving and be sure to tune in next week for Cyberdevil's Back 2016 and the ADAM Soundtrack Competition piece too! Hope you all have good weeks and thanks as always for support JabunAudio and my projects. Take care!
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