Mixing, Recording /

Fanatical to open at The Playground Theatre on 14th November

“Fanatical – a sci-fi convention musical” is due to open this month at The Playground.

Over the last few years I’ve worked at various stages of this musical, which was developed by The Stable (of which I’m a board member).  – most recently recording a newly-cast Sophie Powles.

It’s a great show. Good luck to it!

You can get tickets here!

 

 

Mastering, Mixing, Recording /

“Imaginary” is released on SimG Records

SimG have released “Imaginary” a live concert recording of the NYMT’s 2017 production, which I’ve edited, mixed and mastered during the first half of 2018.

Imaginary is a moving, funny and inspiring new musical about the wonder of childhood, and the struggle to hold on to that wonder as you grow up. Chaotic, open-hearted and imaginative Milo is Sam’s only friend. They do everything together. But as Sam’s first day at secondary school approaches, his mum is worried that the mischievous Milo is holding her son back, stopping him from growing up. School turns out to be full of surprises – and secrets. Can Sam and Milo’s friendship survive in this new world, where a painful revelation threatens to change their lives forever?

 

With book & lyrics by

Timothy Knapman

and music & lyrics by

Stuart Matthew Price, Imaginary

was commissioned, produced and performed by the National Youth Music Theatre at The Other Palace, London, in August 2017. Direction was by

Shaun Kerrison,

choreography by

Anthony Whiteman

and musical direction / orchestrations by

Charlie Ingles.

 

Since 1976 the award-winning National Youth Music Theatre has represented the very best in work with young people in musical theatre, leading Andrew Lloyd Webber to describe it as “the best youth music theatre in the world”.

 

The NYMT is a small arts charity (registered educational charity number 281159) with no core funding and relies upon participants’ fees, ticket sales from productions and income generated through fundraising. Profits from the sale of

Imaginary

will go directly to them in order to continue providing opportunities for future stars for years to come.

TRACK LISTING

 

  • Overture
    Band
  • Imaginary
    Tom Price, Josh Gottlieb, Haroun Al Jeddal & Full Company
  • The Last Day Of Summer
    Jade Oswald & Josh Gottlieb
  • The Best
    Chloe Twigg, Arran Ryder, Haroun Al Jeddal, Rhiannon Bailey, Luke Hogan, Bill Stanley, Dominic Bryant, Zoe Troy & Isabella Li-Yan-Hui
  • Upgrade Time
    Robin Franklin, Elsa Waterfield, Billy Nevers, Ella Thomas, Ciaran O’Brien & Full Company
  • The Headmaster’s Office
    Full Company
  • She Played Guitar
    Lizzie Wells & Robin Simoes Da Silva
  • The Adventurers’ Code
    Josh Gottlieb & Lizzie Wells
  • It’s Your Time
    Toby Turpin & Aya Benyahya, Sadie Hurst, Phoebe Poulter-Kerry
  • Entr’acte/ Imaginary Land
    Toby Turpin & Full Company
  • Those Were The Days
    Billy Nevers, Elsa Waterfield, Ella Thomas & Ciaran O’Brien
  • All The Fun You Had
    Oliver Adams, Jade Oswald, Tom Price & Josh Gottlieb
  • The Headmaster’s Soliloquy
    Robin Franklin, Ben Pulford, Freya Alexander & Company
  • Oogie Boogie Woogie
    Oliver Adams, Toby Turpin & Full Company
  • The Final Upgrade
    Robin Franklin, Elsa Waterfield, Josh Gottlieb, Tom Price & Toby Turpin
  • You’ll Find Me There
    Tom Price, Josh Gottlieb, Lizzie Wells & Full Company
  • Playout
    Band

Released 1st October 2018 – Catalogue No: SimGR-CD034

Brilliant Outsiders to be released on Cargo Records

Brilliant Outsiders, the album of duets which Sulo and I created in 2016, is having another lease of life after its disastrous initial release by Universal. Cargo records is releasing it as part of a two-album package with Nightshift, Sulo’s latest album.

Brilliant Outsiders features duets with Bellamy Brothers, Chris Spedding, Clare Teal, Idde Schultz, Janis Ian, Kikki Danielsson, Linda Gail Lewis, Los Pacaminos, Maria McKee, Paul Brady, Paul Young, Rissi Palmer, Sam Gleaves, and Terry Reid.

Los Pacaminos was the house-band for the album. It was co-written, arranged, produced, mixed and mastered by me, and I contributed a lot of playing on various instruments, as well as some backing vocals. It’s a great album, and deserves better luck than it has had.

Sulo is performing at Camden’s Dublin Castle on 21st November to promote the album.

Mastering, Mixing, Production /

Los Pacaminos – Viva! is released

Los Pacaminos have released their live album, Viva!, on Recado Records. I edited, mixed and mastered the album, which was recorded in Harrogate in 2017. We were very keen to make sure that the energy of the performances made it onto the album, and it’s gratifying to see that the early reviews all mention this aspect.

Available from all the usual suspects.

 

Mastering /

Dulcie May Moreno

I’m very happy to have mastered the Dulcie May Quintet album, which was recorded and mixed at Anchor Baby Recordings. Dulcie and the band have delivered some tremendous performances on this.

The New Deal – Life On The Island. Press release.

After the buzz of Canning Town Beach, Sulo, Jeff and I spent a great couple of days recording the next New Deal song, Life on the Island, with Ian at Emeline Studio in Whitstable on the 18th & 19th July. We followed this up with a day out in Dymchurch, where we enjoyed the beach, bumper cars, the ghost train, & filmed some footage for the video.

Jacob Lewis made easy work of the violin and viola parts, while Canterbury music legend Richard Navarro added some excellent trumpet. Apart from Sulo’s acoustic guitar, the rest of the instruments were handled by me, and I also made the video. I’m not sure it’s something I want to do again. There will be a physical release through Misty Records.

Performance, Production, Recording /

Forget The Down – tracking for new album & EP

Following last year’s EPs, Circles, and the Procrastinator EP, I’ve been working with Simon Millar from veteran indie band Forget The Down on new material for 2018 release. I realise that I’ve been working with them since 2003.

We’ve been tracking drums and vocals at Emeline Studio, Whitstable, with Ian Sadler; strings at Baker Street with Danny Monk, bass in Canterbury, and we’re due to track electric guitars and to mix at Baker Street over the next month.

 

 

Mastering, Mixing /

Riches

 

Over the last few months I’ve mixed three tracks for Canterbury artists Riches, featuring Richard Navarro and Nicholas Thurston.

The first single, For The Moment, was released in late April, and is currently receiving good radio play.

Two more, Winner and Let Them Fall, are scheduled for release over the next few months

 

 

Mixing /

Larz Kristerz – Det Gå Bra Nu

Thanks to Sulo Karlsson, who recommended me for the job, I’ve had a huge amount of fun spending the end of February and much of March mixing this great album by Swedish band Larz Kristerz.

Recorded by Sven Lindvall at Strawberry Studios and Otto Welton at Kingside Studio in Sweden, it’s all killer & no filler.

The first single, Som en pilsner i juni, is due for release on 1st June.

Production, Recording /

Emerald Sabbath

A very entertaining day yesterday. I went over to Gospel Oak Studio in Warwickshire, run by the splendid Baz Bayliss, to meet Mad Mike 666, and hear about the progress of his Emerald sabbath project. The album is a re-working of various Sabbath songs, with a rich line-up consisting of various ex-Sabbath members, and input from Sabbath designers, producers, engineers, etc. Back in 2016 I worked on the track Supertzar, with Terry Chimes drumming at Emeline Studios, Whitstable.

Here’s me with Neil Murray, Mike Exeter, Mad Mike 666 and Bev Bevan.

 

Mastering, Mixing, Performance, Production, Recording /

Tony Van Frater

I’m really pleased to have finished mixing the album that Tony Van Frater was working on when he tragically died last year.

Locating and collating all the files, and finishing off the last few bits of tracking has been done piecemeal over the last few months. Thanks to Micky Geggus, who’s been the driving-force behind getting this project finished, which now stands as a testament to Tony.

Mastering, Mixing, Recording /

Imaginary – Live Cast Album

Imaginary is a new musical by Stuart Matthew Price and Timothy Knapman, commissioned by National Youth Music Theatre and premiered at The Other Palace in August 2017.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1853276504999856/

I’ve been editing and mixing the live recordings made by Danny Monk for the Live Cast Album. Release TBA.

 

http://www.jonathanbaz.com/2017/08/imaginary-review.html

Mixing, Recording /

Stiles and Drewe – Soap Dish

A real treat to spend a great few days recording and mixing new versions of songs for Stiles and Drewe’s Soap Dish, which is set to have its premiere in London in 2018. The recordings were made in London and in New York.

Lovely to be working with two of my favourite people again.

Sulo’s Full English

Sulo has released an album of new material “Sulo’s Full English” on Cargo Records. Packed full of excellent songs, it sounds like a slice of early/mid-seventies English rock.

The drums, bass, acoustic guitar and lead vocals were recorded in Sweden, and keys, electric guitars, lap- and pedal-steel, brass, BVs etc etc were arranged and added by me at various places in the UK over the course of 2017. Electric guitars by Chris Parks, Jamie Moses, Guy Bailey and Chris Spedding. Keys, violin and sax by Matheson Bayley, BVs by Rachael Willment. Lap- and pedal-steel by Melvin Duffy. I’ve also played electric guitar, percussion, keys, mandolin and sung BVs.

Reviews have been excellent:

 

http://www.hallowed.se/english/music/reviews/2017/sulo-full_english.html

etc etc

Mastering, Mixing /

Adam Wilson Hunter – new releases

Adam Wilson Hunter has released three EPs simultaneously, representing three distinct projects.

Always a unique pleasure to work with Adam, I recorded, mixed and mastered much of this material back in February.

 

Professional /

Aston Microphones

Last year I took part in a series of blind listening tests for Aston Microphones, which led to the development of their new Starlight small-diaphragm condenser microphone.

I’m very proud to be part of the development panel – “the top audio professionals in the industry”. If only all manufacturers consulted a pool of their potential end-users during the R&D process, we’d get better audio…

Mastering, Mixing, Recording /

Wigmaker

I’m on the Advisory Board of The Stable, an organisation that commissions, develops and produces original musical theatre.

We’ve just spent a couple of days reading Wigmaker, a new musical in development by Douglas Hodge and Bryony Lavery at Jerwood Space. The second day included a reading to potential partners. The cast was truly A-List, and it was fascinating to see what they brought to the text. I was recording a few songs, and operating a bit of playback.

I first worked on some of this material over three years ago, and it’s already attracted a certain amount of press:

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b082vz6l

 

Professional /

Cartscon 2017

I’m an Industry Discussion Panel member for this year’s Cartscon. The theme was “How Can Art Change Society?” An informed and lively discussion.

The New Deal

The New Deal is a new project: Sulo, Jeff Turner (Cockney Rejects) are writing and singing: I’m producing, arranging & playing instruments. We’ve just had a very good couple of days in Emeline Studios in Whitstable, with Ian behind the desk.

This will feature all of us as you’ve never heard us before. As you’d expect with Sulo’s involvement, there are some great songs.

Watch this space.

Remix /

Solar Flare Remix

Last year I mixed and mastered Kirsten Morrison’s album Prosperine’s Gold for Micro Spiral.

I’ve just done a remix of one of the album’s standout tracks, Solar Flare, for an upcoming album of remixes. Release date TBC.

 

Mastering, Mixing, Production /

Dave Castell – Piano Album

It’s been a long time coming – we first recorded this material in 2014 – but I’ve finally mixed and mastered Dave Castell’s Piano Album, and it’s been released on Furlongs Media. Some beautiful songs on this – just piano and vocals. I’m very happy with the material, and with my input.

Mastering, Mixing /

Shag Nasty

Rob Godfrey has turned detective and found some unreleased Shag Nasty material on 2″ tape. He’s had a transfer done, and I’ve managed to mix and master a single out of it!

Mixing, Recording /

Bumblescratch – Live!

The Gala Performance of Robert J Sherman’s Bumblescratch took place on 4th September, with a great cast. I recorded the show & mixed and mastered the recordings in stereo and 5:1 for video, which was shot by Advision TV.

 

Mixing /

Wind In The Willows

I’ve been mixing a couple of tracks for publicity on Wind In The Willows. The show, by Stiles and Drewe and Julian Fellowes is scheduled for the London Palladium this summer.

I’ve been a minor cog in the Wind In The Willows machine from the beginning, having recorded various versions of songs, and read-throughs, at Berry Street and on location. The current recordings are from Angel Studios .