8.26.2009

Progress!

Hola de los Tripticanos! This is your favorite member of Triptico, James (known from here on out as Big J), with a studio progress update! A picture, or spreadsheet in this case, says a thousand words! (This spreadsheet says decidedly less than a thousand words, but you get the point).

So as you can see, drums and bass are finished for the English CD! WOO! Alex and Gabe will be getting together all week to track the guitar for the rest of the songs, and I believe next week is vocals. So it's coming along nicely!

In other Triptico news, Gabe recently had a massively malignant tumor taken on his wrist! Actually, it was a huge and creepy (but not life-threatening) cyst. The doctor says he will be back making beautiful music in a matter off weeks, as long as he massages the area every day. So we are currently taking applicants to massage Gabe's cyst-less wrist. Don't all jump at once!

That's it for today. Thanks for reading!

-James

8.18.2009

We are recording an album!

Yup, that's right. We, the dudes of Triptico (call us Tripticans if you like) are hard at work recording our debut album! But this isn't just any album, this is a DOUBLE DISC ALBUM.

I like to think of people reading this and being all like, "What....!? They crazy!!!" Yeah, well we figured we might as well be ambitious for our first big project. Here is the coolest part about the album, and our reason for choosing a 2 disc set: One disc is in English, and the other will be in Spanish. Mind blowing? Innovative? Awesome? Well, we try. :P

Ready for another mind blowing bit of news? The WHOLE ALBUM will be available for digital download FOR FREE. Now I like to think of "Master Exploder" by Tenacious D (where they literally blow a dude's mind).

The way we see it, we are musicians ourselves, and if anyone should be spending money on purchasing CDs and supporting artists, we should be the ones doing it and advocating it. But typically, we will choose to spend money going to shows instead of buying a band's CD. Music is basically free nowadays anyway if you know the right places to look, and realistically, just about everyone does. Thus, we decided on free downloads of the entire discography.

Luckily, we have put together a nice little studio setup and have gained a good bit of knowledge and experience with recording techniques, so we can pull this off ourselves without going completely broke. That said, for those of you who decide to download the album and love it extensively for what it is (i.e., complete and utter awesomeness), we will be happy to take donations of any size. We are also considering having a limited number of CDs printed and doing something along those lines with them as well.

What was that? Did I hear someone tell me to stop trying to hype the thing and just talk about how close we are to finishing it? Well, here goes.

We've been laboring away with this project for some months. Unfortunately, we all have jobs and school and crap, so we can't spend as much time as we would like on our project (on our wittle bay-bee!).

The good news is that we are quickly nearing completion of the English CD! At the moment, I believe we have 2 more songs to track (record) on drums, but we have already established the arrangements for them. This means that we are almost done recording the drums for half the album!!!

Ok, it sounds very underwhelming when put that way. But in reality, once we have the songs finished in our heads, and have laid down the drums, the rest comes fairly quickly. In fact, the English side is about halfway finished at this point, because Alex and Gabe have been laboring away on the songs where the drums have already been recorded.

But regardless, this project is taking a long time to complete. And since it is taking so long, we have decided to go ahead and release the English CD upon its completion. I could be extra hopeful and say we'll have it done next month, but I'm going to shoot for early January 2010 instead. That should be a realistic time frame to get this thing done in.

We are quite pleased with how our album is coming together so far, and we can't wait to show everyone what we've been working on all this time. We are dusting off old songs and giving them face lifts, and they are turning out surprisingly awesomely.

That's all for this installment of James' hour-long rants! We will keep you updated more often in the future so you don't wind up having to read a novel for a blog. :P

Thanks for reading and until next time,

-James and Triptico