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coldEar & Algo Así... Buy Buy Barcelona

Recording an album of 7 tracks about Barcelona, with a band consisting of; drums, bass, violin, guitar, vocals, congas, bongos y accordion. Mixing the album and printing CDs.

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coldEar

I'm an English musician living in Spain since 2010. I'm looking for help with my first professionally recorded album.

As I'm in Spain and will be leaving soon, I'm recording original compositions in Spanish, Catalán and el Espanglish! The songs are all inspired by the city of Barcelona, its culture, history, and the progressive struggles of its citizens. I've been heavily influence by the mestizo and rumba music I've heard here and, over the years, also by indie-reggae-folk y more recently hip-hop.

The album will be called; Buy Buy Barcelona, inspired by my work here as a tour guide and the documentary Bye Bye Barcelona.

I couldn't have found a better band to record with. We're called Algo Así... , or Something Like That... cos of our punky attitude to decision making.

Algo Así...

From the other side of the world, we've got Pat Brenan bringing the swing on the drums. Pat's a Kiwi brother and also produces electronic music under the name: Russian Bass Program.

Adding a touch of class with the violín, we've got Zuzanna Nasidlak. Zuzanna is from Polond and trained classically before leaving for an orchestra tour of the US. You can hear her classic work here.

On the low tones we've got Martyn Lewis from, Weymouth. Lately Martyn's been digging afro-beat and soul. He's always got groove and you can hear his funky bass lines in our ex-grup It Sound Bang.

On some of the tunes our Madrileña friend, Lucía Olalla Gil, will be adding some awesome accordion, and on some the fantastic Joel Feeney will be laying down guitar licks.

Last but not least, our Guatemalteco amigo, El Chori, will be bringing percussion (Bongos y Congas). If you're in BCN you'll find El Chori all over the place, playing with different groups with a giant smile!

What are we gonna do with your money?

Most of the money is to pay for a professional quality studio. If you don't get a good recording, later there's nothing you can do in post-production to fix the project... you cannae polish a turd as they say!

We're going to La Atlántida Studio in the old industrial zone of Poble Nou (Once known as Nou-Manchester for it's cotton production!). A lot of fantastic local bands like; La Pegatina and Ocellot have recorded there. They've got great equipment and the engineer, Mario Patiño, is un puto crack (He's awesome)!

After recording the next biggest cost is mixing the tracks.

We're gonna get help from friends (I hope) to design the sleeves of the CDs and record some music videos for the tunes. We need to cover their costs.

For those who want CDs we need to pay to print them.

Mailing the CDs by post is a surprisingly large cost too.

We'll be organising an album release concert in Barcelona (and maybe London). Anyone who has supported the project will get free entrance. If you ordered a CD version of the album we'll present them then (along with the beers and bracelets if you gave a big donation!).

Schedule

We're looking at the end of May or early June to record.

Mixing will take at least a couple of weeks more, and then a few more weeks to get the CDs printed.

I hope to have everything finished by July and then have a big party with y'all :)

+ Info

We record every rehearsal on a Zoom recorder and every week I stick these up on my Soundcloud page, please follow us and make comments/suggestions on there.

I've also got some solo guitar and vx recordings on my youtube channel.

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#08 / #This is the end....


¡Hello wonderful pledgers, hope you're all fantástico!

It's been a long time since the last post and apologies for that, things have rather slowed down with Pat's return to New Zealand. He finally finished the mixes and getting everything in the correct format at the end of last week. The tracks are now with Mario at la Atlántida Studios for mastering and he promised me the final mastered tracks by tomorrow :)

From there I still have to assign each one a unique digital fingerprint and get the disk and CD boxes printed up and delivered.

Yesterday I became a member of the PPL which, as far as I can tell allows me to issue my own digital fingerprints for any song I own the recording of... Some of you will know I've always considered Cold Ear Records a great name... perhaps I'm one step closer! But at the moment I'm lost if a world of copyright law, acronyms, and brain-ache.

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#07 / Radio Silence


Hi All,

Apologies for the radio silence, we have been working on this but nothing major to report recently.

Our mix master extraordinaire, Pat, i-pad, Brennan is off back to hobbit land on Bastille Day so he's furiously twiddling knobs for the last weeks trying to get the mixes and some surprises finished. Mario at la Atlántida Studios has offered advice and Pat is trying to incorporate that before handing them all over the Mario for the Mastering.

Luke Watson who was designing our sleeve art has had a major set-back in his eye operation as has had to put the CD project on hold. My friend Cryssi who is a graphic designer and now exhibiting artist too, has very kindly stepped up and is getting involved. We still hope to use Luke's designs as he'd put so much effort into the project but this could delay the release date, although as yet I have no idea when that will be.

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#06 / #Planeando sorpresas!

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Me imagino que tenéis tod@s ganas de escuchar el disco, pero aún esperamos los último toques de mago Pat (o i-pad, como le llama elChori... quien el técnico de la grabación le llamaba Jordi... A veces ser multi-kulti esta difícil!). Os juro que suenan muy buenas y trabajamos mucho para terminar este proyecto pronto.

Mientras esperas, os adjunto un video clip de Zuzanna grabando su parte para Bagdad en el estudio. Hay que esperar hasta la mitad del clip para la parte mas bonita. Cuando lo grababa eso me emocionó mucho, espero que a vosotros escuchándolo también!

Por mi parte estoy hablando con empresas de impresión para precios y formatos para hacer los discos. Aprendo muchas cosas, como necesito registrar las canciones con el ISRC para publicar los en el mundo digital.

Visité a Luke nuestro diseñador del arte por la funda del disco. Sus maquetas son muy chulas, y tengo ganas de ver los terminados también.

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#05 / #Mezclando....

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Buenos tardes, ahora empieza el juego de esperar.... y esperar... y esperar...

Pat tiene los "stems", los archivos de audio, de cada toma de cada instrumento. Para cada canción hay mas que 50. Tiene que revisar todos, cortar los, mover los, equalizar los, añadir compresión, reverb, efectos... Es un montón de trabajo, mas que fue en grabar los temas.

Es su primer intento a mezclar un grupo de instrumentos acústicos y estamos muy felices en dale la oportunidad de hacer lo. A veces una persona que viene de otro mundo, en este caso Pat viene del mundo de música electronica, puede dar un toque muy fresco a un proyecto.... como vosotr@s tenemos muchas ganas de escuchar lo, pero queda por lo menos un par de semanas para nosotros, y luego hay el mastering, la impresión de discos y el arte, etc antes de que vosotr@s podéis escuchar los...

Mientras tanto no estamos descansando tocando las pelotas!

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#04 / #La Grabación

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Que buen finde hemos pasado... dos días y media para grabar siete temas. El técnico nunca ha grabado tantas canciones en tan poco tiempo, pero lo hicimos a tope y al final salimos de la primera parte del proyecto felices.

Al final hubo dos técnicos por la mayor parte de los sesiones, Mario y también Edgar, los dos muy majos y muy profesionales. Como es mi primer experiencia de un estudio profesional, aprendí muchas cosas de Mario. Nos explicaba el proceso de grabar con la metáfora de una fabrica de coches. Los músicos son los diseñadores del coche, la grabación es la fabricación de las piezas, la mezcla es la fabrica que junta las piezas para que el coche va, y luego hay mastering que es como pintan el coche.

Gracias a vuestros colaboraciones hemos fabricado las piezas de nuestro coche con el mejor equipo disponible. Por ejemplo unos micros que cuestan miles y miles de €uros. Puedes ver uno en la foto de abajo.

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#03 / #Semana 3

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Fantástico!!!! Increíble!!! Hemos conseguido la meta de 800€ en solo dos semanas! Agradezco a tod@s, sois la ostia :)

Ahora tengo sueños un poco mas ambiciosos y tenemos una meta nueva de 1200€ (400€+). Con eso podemos pagar el técnico de La Atlántida estudios para hacer una mezcla profesional.

Para ayudar con esa nueva meta, voy a ofrecer pronto la oportunidad de comprar una camiseta con el arte del disco también....

Mil gracias a tod@s otra vez!

Esta semana los ensayos han sido interrumpido por pequeños enfermedades, pero vamos bien. Hemos concentrado mucho en tocar con el claque, o metrónomo. El claque es super importante para asegurar que todos los músicos están tocando juntos con el compás. Durante de los ensayos de esta semana hemos decidido la velocidad de cada tema, y ensayamos para estar cómodos a esa velocidad.

Pueden escuchar los ensayos con el claque en el soundcloud.

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#02 / Semana dos...

(¡Para empezar: Una foto de Pat con cara de unachimpancé hacienda álgebra!)
(For starters here's a nice photo of Pat looking like a chimp doing algebra!)

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...realmente es semana 1040 desde que cogí mi primera guitarra, aprendí 3 acordes y formaba un grupo. Atreves de cientos de historias Spinal Tap (Si esa peli no esta famosa por hispanohablantes debe que ser!) llego aquí. La segunda semana de mi proyecto "crowd-funding".

Los ensayos fueron divertidos esta semana. Podéis escuchar los aquí.

Hemos mejorado mucho el "break" en Que Volen Aquesta Gent. Si no la conoces, es una canción super bonita y triste de Maria del Mar Bonet que fue prohibido por ser en Català y tb por la historia que habla de un estudiante tirado de una ventana en madrid. Mi versión habla de un Senegalés que pasaba algo parecido en Salou hace poco. Espero que a Maria del Mar Bonet, no le molesta. Supongo que mi música no va cambiar nada pero debe justicia justo y transparente.

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#01 / ¡Ahora con Chori!

This week we added el Chori on percusión. Es un crack y estamos super animados Pueden escuchar los ensayos aquí:
https://soundcloud.com/coldear

Tenemos que limpiar el 'break' en nuestro versión de Que Volen Aquesta Gent, y La Rambla hemos intentado mas hip-hop pero suena un poco cutre. Vamos probando cosas.

Tenemos el estudio fichado, ahora solo necesitamos conseguir nuestro total en Verkami!

Pasaba la noche ayer con un amiga (la Marina) ayudándome mejorar mi gramática y pronunciación de la letra!

hahaha just noticed I started in English and switched... eSpanglish total

Chori is great and we're all really happy with him. You can hear the rehearsals here

We need to clean up the break in our cover of Que Volen Aquesta Gent and the Rambla song sounds a bit cheesy. We tried it more hip-hop and we're still trying out ideas on that one.

I confirmed the studio, now we just need to achieve our total on Verkami and vamos!

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Mp3 copy of the first three songs on the EP.
+ Entrance to the EP release celebration gig

10€
14 backers

MP3's of all tracks on the album
+ Entrance to the album release celebration gig

15€
6 backers

Full album on CD
+ Entrance to the album release celebration gig

25€
9 backers

Full album on CD with case and original album art
+ Entrance to album release celebration gig

40€
14 backers

Full album on CD with case original album art, and your name on the sleeve
+ Bottle of unique craft beer made by the bassist to celebrate the album
+ Unique bracelet/wrist-band hand-made from our recycled guitar strings!
+ Entrance to album release celebration gig

*ONLY AVAILABLE TO UK and BARCELONA PLEDGERS

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