Posted April 14th, 2011

Something I’ve been wanting to do with this blog for a while is to post updated mixes of older projects I have worked on. As time goes on and you look back at things with a new perspective, you see and think about things differently. I’m sure many artists must feel the same way about their past work. It’s hard to not look at something you’ve made and not think about what you would have done differently, or could have done if you’d had the knowledge and skill that you posses today.

You may call me a revisionist, but nothing posted here is meant to replace the originals. I don’t think there is anything wrong with going back and honing your skills on older material, applying the tools you have now to a work that was created a long time ago. Besides, audio engineering is a compromised art. Many times, I’ve had to sacrifice what I want to hear in favor of what the band wants. And to be fair, it’s their band, their music, they cut the check. I work for them. This is not to insinuate that I have major disagreements with any particular bands I work with, I just mean in general.

But in the case of this blog, it exists to satisfy my own auditory desires.

So here I sit, a selfish revisionist, posting the first remix in what I’m sure will be a series of many more to come. This song is by a band I worked with several years ago called Cosmonaut (not to be confused with another band called Cosmonaut). They came into Red Planet in 2006 to record 4 songs that had a limited CR-R release. I think. I never actually got a copy of it. The band broke up pretty soon after and I’ve gone on to work with some members of the band in projects they’ve done since (as recently as last week, actually) including Barlights, Stay Sharp, and Ex Rev. I enjoyed their band and it’s a shame they didn’t last very long. Also, it’s safe to say that I enjoy any music that gets posted on here, or else why would I bother to put all this work into it? I hope if anyone is listening that you enjoy it too.

Dreadlord by Cosmonaut

Posted May 4th, 2010

I’m sure you’ve never heard of my old band Alyosha, but I recently had our 2006 record {ghosts} remastered. Dave Downham at Gradwell House did it and it sounds pretty great. The remaster is available for free as a digital download in both high quality 320kbps MP3 and also lossless FLAC format (available in 2 separate zip folders), both with high resolution artwork. What does the album sound like? Well I’m never very good at describing my own bands so maybe this review excerpt from Origivation Magazine will help:

“This fast-paced, high-energy indie rock disc is totally defined by the challenging guitar melodies. Everything else is gravy. Luscious, sweet, heavy, gravy that is absolutely complimentary to the rich and thought-provoking guitar work. The songs are all broken into succinct movements – even the tracks that are mostly ambient noise are tiny journeys. As beautiful as it is exploratory, and exciting as it is experimental, {ghosts} demands and commands complete attention from the first second of track 1 to 4 hours after you’ve finished track 13.”

Click here for mp3 download

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Posted December 4th, 2009

Red Planet is now in it’s 6th year. We’ve recorded many bands in the short time we’ve been open. I’ve been toying with the idea for a while of compiling a digital download series which I would call Fear Of A Red Planet. I’ve been thinking about it for a long while, yet never really doing anything to get the project going. Well today I finally started going through our old files, listening to what we’ve done over the years, making notes and marking off key tracks I’d want to showcase, just to get the ball rolling. I’ve even contacted a few of the bands because obviously I’m not going to distribute a band’s music without their permission.

I can’t yet say what songs by which bands will be included on this first volume. What I can say is that it will be about 15 tracks. Some of the songs will be remixed from the original session files, some of the songs will be pulled straight from the albums which they originally appeared. Most of the songs will be remastered (or in many cases, mastered for the first time). One or two songs may be live versions. One or two songs may be previously unreleased (exclusive content alert). I will also say that I plan to pull from our entire catalog, even the old stuff from when we first opened that might not sound so good because we were just starting out. Also, I plan to host the compilation on the Red Planet site in a few different mp3 bitrates and also FLAC lossless.

I don’t know exactly how long this project will take to put together. Right now, I’m giving myself 6 months to do all of this. It really shouldn’t take that long, but you never know. It might. So right now I’m aiming for a July release. As it stands now I feel we have enough good usable material (that is if you take 15 songs per volume, 1 song per band, only using the best sounding recordings of the best songs from bands who will give us permission to use them…) for 3 volumes, possibly 4. My hope is that we can release one per year and by the time 2012 rolls around hopefully we have enough new material to make more, or Roland Emmerich was right and the world will end. It’ll definitely be one of those outcomes, for sure.