Better Than The Book Bass time, a special April Fool's album teaser track "MLGG", reflecting on goals / new goals for April + a heads up on some downtime!
Hello everyone and I hope you all had a fantastic Easter break whatever you got up to! It was a chill weekend for me (though I took a little time to catch up on some admin work, so it wasn't completely fun and games), but now that I'm back, it's busy and deep again into recording for the upcoming Better Than The Book album (more on that in a moment)! Some cool (and silly) stuff to share this week as well as the usual reflecting on the previous month to do, so let's get started with the latest updates from JabunAudio!
First of all, some updates on the Better Than The Book album. As you may have read last week, all the rhythm guitars (electric and acoustic) for the album are now complete and since then, I've restrung my Sterling bass with a fresh set of Ernie Ball Slinkys, serviced it, and started recording bass! As it stands while I type this, 4/10 bass tracks have been recorded, comped and sorted ready for the next layer of recording and at the pace things are going, it looks like I'll be able to get 1 or 2 tracks done for each day of full recording. Fun times! 6 tracks left to go and I'm sure the next few weeks are going to be good fun! In case you're interested too, below are pictures of my Sterling, which has been my primary bass for Better Than The Book since the One Small Step EP in 2012, as well as the outboard bass recording rig for this album. It's a little smaller than usual, but super effective at delivering my punchy bass tone (and will be greatly enhanced in Ableton and Amplitube: my digital weapons of choice!). Hope you're ready for some sonic thunder on the new record!
Next this week, I must reveal that last week's promise of a new album teaser was... only partially true! Instead though I'm super happy to finally share the abomination that is JabunAudio's first April Fool's prank (as Better than The Book & Jabun), a "vocal remix" of the 2015 instrumental track GG [Good Game]: "MLGG". With this track, you'll either get the joke or you won't but there's not much point in trying to explain it. In any case though, it seems like the whole thing was a great success and I'm super happy that people enjoyed it! To clarify though, there IS a vocal version of GG coming in the new album (just not at all like this). If you missed the prank on April Fool's Day, feel free to subject yourself to it below, though I hold no responsibility for your disgust, ripping off your headphones, general confusion, or any other negative consequences. Enjoy MLGG!
Thirdly this week, it's the beginning of another month, so let's take some time to reflect on last month's goals and set some new ones for April! For starters, here's what was on the list for March:
1) Service all the guitars ready to start recording.
2) Finish the A P O T H E O S I S Final Boss Theme.
3) Record all the main rhythm electric guitar parts for the new BTTB album.
And looking back at it, it seems like March managed to achieve all that and more! Guitars (and bass) have all been serviced now, the A P O T H E O S I S Final Boss Theme was finished and released, and all the rhythm guitars for the new BTTB album were recorded too, both electric and acoustic! Excellent! Now that we're back on track, let's set some new goals for April:
1) Finish recording bass for the new BTTB album (including comping and sorting takes)
2) Update the JabunAudio website (There are some updates I've been planning)
3) Do my yearly tax return (joy...)
4) Set up a Patreon for my music (I've been meaning to do that for quite some time)
Perhaps this will be more of a challenge than last month to complete, but let's see how we do and reflect on things as and when! Any goals you're setting for yourself this month? Feel free to leave it in the comments so we can keep each other accountable. Wish me luck!
And finally for this week's news, just a heads up on some downtime. As you may already know, April 24th is my Birthday and I'll be taking a trip back to my hometown to celebrate with friends and family as usual. As such, JabunAudio will be closed from April 20th - April 29th, and will reopen on April 30th ready to start up again for May. As such, there will be no blog post on April 26th either. Apologies for any inconvenience, hope you don't miss me too much, and I look forward to working with you again soon.
That about wraps things up for this week! It's back to bass recording for me (until it's all finished) then I have some admin work to catch up on. Exciting times! Hope you all have a great week until the next blog post and as always, thanks for supporting JabunAudio and my various projects. Until next time, take care!
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