Updates from Springtime Argentina

It’s springtime here in Buenos Aires!

Early October I was able to release the first single made in Argentina “Biten Dün”. It was a great learning experience and an opportunity to get back at producing music. I am always amazed how I truly learn from lived experiences, once an album or a song is officially released and digitally distributed. That’s when I lose 99% of the interest in the new release, and can finally take some distance from it, and learn my lesson. Continue reading “Updates from Springtime Argentina”

Two Days to Record, Twenty Years to Release – 2/20 by Swoan

Swoan was the first serious rock-band I played in as a late teenager. We were active from the mid 90s to almost the end of that century.
I was extremely lucky to be in a band where I could make good sounding music, with best friend quality band-mates.
During the existence of the band, we were mostly active within the independent local scene of the french speaking part of Switzerland.

For the five or so years we were together, we released one album, one seven-inch, and a three song demo-tape… (yesss, a K7!!!). We were extremely lucky to open for acts like Mogwai, Royal Trux, Drugstore, The Godfathers, dEUS, and more. We were supposed to open for Arab Strap, but someone from the band broke an arm or a leg during the tour, and our show with them got canceled. It was a huge disappointment of course. I still happen to think about it once in a while, since for the past 20 years, I’ve never stopped listening to Arab Strap. Continue reading “Two Days to Record, Twenty Years to Release – 2/20 by Swoan”

“Biten Dün” Sent for Digital Distribution

I was able to finalize the first Black Sea Storm song made in Argentina called “Biten Dün”. I sent it for digital distribution yesterday. For now, the single album is only available for digital download on CD Baby. I’m hoping that the actual song will be available on all major streaming platforms in less than a week. I did a test purchase from CD Baby. They offer three different formats: mp3, mp3-320, and FLAC. I was amazed by the quality of the FLAC and the mp3-320 formats. They also allow you to download the cover art as a JPEG. Continue reading ““Biten Dün” Sent for Digital Distribution”

First Song – Made in Argentina

Newly Made in Argentina

The past three weeks or so have been quite productive for Black Sea Storm. I was able to write the first Black Sea Storm song made in Argentina. Just finished laying down all the tracks today.
Until yesterday there was no vocals, because I did not have a microphone here in Buenos Aires. Yesterday I went to Oddity Music on Sarmiento, between Avenida Callao and Montevideo. I bought an audio-technica AT2050 condenser microphone. Between yesterday and today I laid down all the vocals, I even have all the lyrics ready. What I don’t have though, are monitors to mix. I’ve been doing everything with my Beyerdynamic DT770 headphones so far, but for mixing I need speakers. If you’ve done some music recordings on your own, you probably know all the bad things that will happen to your mix, when you only mix with headphones. Continue reading “First Song – Made in Argentina”

Black Sea Storm, Buenos Aires

In a new country, being able to record again

I’ve been now living in Buenos Aires for the past six months. As far as music gear goes, I came here pretty much just with my bass guitar and bunch of cables. I’ve been playing my electric Fender Jazz Bass acoustically until I decided to purchase an audio interface. I got the Scarlett Solo by Focusrite. It was extremely refreshing to hear some amplified bass sound again. I messed around for several weeks with GarageBand. I suddenly realized that I could produce some Black Sea Storm songs without heavy gear. I decided to get a copy of Logic Pro X, and an electric guitar. Continue reading “Black Sea Storm, Buenos Aires”