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Inclination

Inclination album cover
artist/client: 
Vanessa Tortolano

Inclination is a collection of songs written and performed by Vanessa Tortolano with musical accompaniment by Kelly Underwood, Julia McConahay, Lucas Koehler, Andrew Rohn and Gabe Burdulis. The songs can be viewed as a call, a warning and an answer.


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New Ethan Hawke Film "Sinister" features Judgehydrogen's "A Body of Water"

artist/client: 
Judgehydrogen

Judge Hydrogen's "A Body of Water", a song from the album 'Atheistic God' (Mastered at DNA by Mark Whitcomb) is featured in the new Ethan Hawke horror film "Sinister", currently touted as the scariest movie of 2012, and in all major theaters. The film is directed by Scott Derrickson and is from the same loathsome producer as "Paranormal Activity" and "Insidious".

Click below to hear 'A Body of Water" in the "Sinister" trailer!!


http://screenrant.com/sinister-red-band-trailer/


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Hometown Sweethearts

Hometown Sweethearts
artist/client: 
Hometown Sweethearts

Hometown Sweethearts are one of the most sought after wedding bands in the country. This self-titled album is their first release full of original hip-swaying, toe-tapping dance rock. Hometown Sweethearts was recorded and mixed at DNA with Mark Whitcomb throughout 2012. The band fits in recording sessions around a rigorous live schedule which sees them playing over 200 shows a year.

 


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Wake the Conscious

Wake the Conscious
artist/client: 
Green Tea

Wake the Conscious, Green Tea's sophomore CD, was recorded, mixed and Co-Produced by Mark Whitcomb at DNA Music Labs, and was released in March of 2012.  The Wisconsin-based indie roots rock band combines world elements with jam and rock, highlighted by a Jethro Tull-esque flute and socially conscious songwriting.  They perform extensively throughout the Midwest in support of this CD and have shared the stage with Rusted Root, among other high profile bands.

The song “Run” from the album Wake the Conscious was recently selected as a Finalist for the John Lennon Songwriting Contest 2012 – Session 1. “It’s a great honor to receive this notoriety and share the songwriting stage with so many other great songwriters in this year’s contest,” mentions Trevor Roark, writer of the song’s music and lyrics. “We are so grateful for working on this album project with Mark Whitcomb at DNA Music Labs… He’s a big part of why the song “Run” moves so well.”


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Hudson River Rookie

Hudson River Rookie
artist/client: 
Jimmy Murn and the Heymakers

The latest CD from Jimmy Murn and the Heymakers, "Hudson River Rookie", was recorded, mixed and co-produced by Mark Whitcomb at DNA Music Labs this spring.  Jimmy and the Heymakers have just returned from an extensive midwest and East Coast tour supporting this high-energy power pop CD.  


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No Charge For This Advice

What is a music producer? This is a reccuring topic of discussion among music creators of different stripes.. While there is no official, set in stone, description, I can definitely say the a producer needs a diverse skill set. In my own ongoing quest to improve my production abilities I have been working to explicitly improve and expand my psychological took kit. This essay focusses on one main psychological roles a  producer needs to play: that of advice giver. In it I identify and articulate what I think makes for effective advice.

Ultimately, the producer is responsible for creating a recording that meets the needs of the client. (For this discussion I will focus on a recording artist as the client, keeping in mind that there are many other types of clients who enlist the services of a music producer.) Recording artists are people first and foremost, and are often complicated people at that. In addition to possessing the requisite technical skills, a producer needs skills of communication, empathy, intuition, and logic to bring forth a recording that powerfully communicates the musical "vision" of the artist. Read more »


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Live Mixing vs Studio Mixing: It's All Relative.

 

Anyone who has ever tried to mix recorded music knows that it can be a confusing process. You think your mix is sounding great, then the next day you play it in the car and it's totally whack. There are a lot of reasons for this, but I want to focus on one in particular that is extremely counter intuitive. 

The main task of mixing recorded music is to balance the relative volume of the sounds in your mix. We all have the ability to perceive relative volume; it is simply ascertaining whether a given sound is "louder" or "quieter" relative to another. Mixing live music is also about adjusting the relative volume of the sounds or instruments in your mix. But, among others, there is a significant difference in a live mix. A live mix is also greatly concerned with the absolute volume of the mix elements.

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Cheddar Revolution: Songs Of Uprising

This CD is the document of the protests in WI in the spring of 2011 which have led to the historic recall challenge against Governor Scott Walker. Features songs by ace local musicians and some special guests along with sound bites and music recorded on location at the protests. It really captures the spontaneous and grassroots energy unleashed by the Republican power grabs of last year. However the recall turns out, Cheddar Revolution: Songs Of Uprising documents the authentic voice of citizens excerising their free speech and rights of political expression.

Producers Sybil Augustine (Music Director of WORT) and Fred Schepartz worked with DNA's Brian Daly on assembling and mastering the CD. It's available free in many locations, find out more at:

http://www.wisconsinprotestsongs.com


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Songs And Dances Of Madisonia

artist/client: 
Reptile Palace Orchestra
label/production company: 
Reality

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