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Art Davis Studios Official Simmer Dim Waltz EP Release Date Set

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RELEASE DATE: March 27, 2018

Art Davis Studios has set the official release date of the new Art Davis EP, Simmer Dim Waltz featuring five new original songs and instrumentals for MARCH 27, 2018.
EP will be available on Amazon, iTunes, Apple Music, Google Play, YouTube Music, Microsoft Groove, Spotify, Pandora, and several other music distribution channels.
Simmer Dim Waltz EP features new songs and instrumentals by Art Davis. The EP covers a bit of musical ground with two folk songs and three folk-jazz instrumentals.

Track List:

Simmer Dim Waltz
Song For Kathryn
You’ll Be Okay
Blues For Reynard
Tao
MARCH 27th is about four weeks away.  Watch for future announcements and a Free Giveaway MP3 to be released in the next couple of weeks.
Thank you for your continued support!!!!
Art

Tao – for Synth Choir

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New original composition. Will be featured as the closing track on the soon to be released EP, Simmer Dim Waltz to be released March 27, 2018.  This piece features a Synth Choir.

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Knowing Your Headphones and Monitors Is More Important Than Room Treatment

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If you know me you’ve heard this before. It’s not your gear it’s your ears. Or more importantly it is your ability to creatively listen, understand, and INTERPRET what you are hearing.
First let’s get out of the way the fact that I am NOT saying room treatment is worthless, or that you shouldn’t do it.  I am saying that just slapping up some foam panels around your room is not going to solve your room’s issues. It will likely change your room’s issues. It is actually pretty complicated to analyze your room and “do it right”. It can also be quite expensive.
What I am saying is this:  Don’t let lack of budget to treat your room stop you or more importantly be your excuse for not turning out great professional mixes.
Here’s the way I look at it.  No room is perfect. No set of speakers are perfect. No set of headphones are perfect.  And guess what? A very small percentage of your music will ever be listened to on $5k speakers in a professionally treated room.  That is simply not your Target Listening Environment for your mixes.
What you can do today, right now – is start to learn your monitors/room, your headphones, your iPhone Apple ear-buds, and your car stereo.
Learning your speakers and headphones by always comparing and referencing every one of your mixes in all four of those environments will give you the skill to INTERPRET what you hear out of your monitors and headphones.
I’ve gotten to where I know very accurately what my mix is going to sound like in my car and on my ear-buds.  I’ve gained that skill by repetition. I usually will make a few small adjustments.  For example: Things like reverb and delay tend to sound more present on ear-buds and headphones.   It is a balancing act to make the mix translate to all these environments. I also strongly recommend that you get a set of inexpensive “PC Speakers” as a 5th reference. These very midrange loaded speakers will highlight and exaggerate mid-range build up.
The use of reference tracks is a great equalizer.  Listening to music in the same genre as the song you are mixing that you really like and referencing your mix against that can be super helpful.  And finally, and this is really obvious, listen to the music that you love and that you admire IN YOUR STUDIO.  That way your will learn what those mixes sound like in your room on your speakers and on your headphones.
In closing mixing is an art and a science and the two must be blended together.  Trust your instincts. And if it does not sound good then it does not sound good.  Keep working on it until it sounds amazing!
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Art
Owner/Operator, Art Davis Studios

Free Gift: Bric-a-Brac Free Download

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Would like to say THANK YOU to all the folks that have liked my Art Davis Studios FB Page and Website. So here’s a free gift for you:

FREE download of an original jazz tune,  Bric-a-Brac.

Just click on Download in the upper right of the picture.

This composition uses a chord progression that I wrote years ago but never used. It was originally a Latin rhythm. I reworked the rhythm and came up with a melody that floats on top of the changes in a way I find interesting. Then I just jammed on it with a synth patch.

 

Thanks again everyone for your amazing support!!!!!

— Art

 

Two Books of Inspiration

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These are two books that I’m going to re-read. They are both fantastic books and always inspire me to write and create.

Andrea Stolpe’s Popular Lyric Writing, 10 Steps to Effective Storytelling is an amazing read. I highly recommend it to any songwriter no matter your experience level. Great info on how to use objective/destination (free form word play) as a starting point to get the creativity flowing.

Ted Kooser is absolutely my favorite poet of all time (I’m a fan).  This little short book is full of great advice about different ways to think about poetry.  He’s a Pulitzer Prize winning poet and was Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress from 2004 – 2006.

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Approach Mixing From Two Perspectives

Mixing Engineers have to know their tech as musicians have to know their scales. The tech is just the means to an end.

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I taught trumpet lessons for many years early in my career.  I used to tell students that the goal of practicing technique is so the trumpet will disappear and you will be simply “playing” music not the trumpet. Just as we are able to speak without thinking about all the complexities of physically producing the spoken word we should be able to express musical thought through our instrument without having to think about the instrument.
Same thing with mixing. Studying the technical aspects and integrating them into your thought process allows you to “mix” creatively. The DAW should disappear. At its heart mixing is an Art not a Science.  But the only way to not get bogged down in the tech is to learn it and integrate it. You hear people say, “Andrew’s got golden ears.”   What they are saying is that over thousands of hours of mixing Andrew has developed a very acute and detailed  awareness of what a mix sounds like.  The experienced mixing engineer does in fact hear things that less experienced mixers and music listeners don’t hear.  It has nothing to do with the scientific. It has to do with artful and creative listening with specific intent repeated thousands of times.
There are many different methods or blueprints for the order in which creating a good mix is performed. They all have strengths and weaknesses. The best mixers have their blueprint but always alter it to serve the song. Mixing is part improvisation – part adapting to the unique sonic situation – part recognizing what is needed to improve the sound of the song.
Anyone that has learned to paint or draw quickly realizes that what there is to learn is not really how to paint or draw. That’s not the hard part.  The hard part is learning to “see“.  You notice that a field of yellow grass is not just yellow. It has maroon, pink, brown, black, lavender.  It is in fact a very complex mix of colors.  You notice how light wraps around a tree trunk at dusk much differently than it does at noon.  You learn to see.  Mixing is very much the same after you get good at running your DAW.  There is a point where you are not fishing around for how to do this or do that, and you are hearing what is needed,  implementing it.  You have learned to “hear“. You are hearing that it isn’t the bass that is the problem it is the low end of the guitar. You are now creatively mixing. And again the only way you can get in that zone is to not be having to look up how to adjust clip-gain, or how to setup compression, or worse yet browsing through 100 different plug-ins looking for the answer.
What people pay a mixing engineer for is not their technique but their ability to recognize what is needed to improve, balance, and enhance the sound, energy, and vibe of the song.  They are paying for their creativity and their artistry.
Art Davis

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Review of Rust Belt Fields by Slaid Cleaves

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Happy New Year all!
This is the first in a new series of monthly posts. I’ll pick one of my favorite songs and write a little mini-review-analysis of the song and provide a link to a video on YouTube of the song.
Analyzing songs is a real good way to learn what makes a song tick. Taking a song that you really like (or really don’t like) and figuring out why is a fun and useful skill to have. It is also a great tool in your own songwriting. Something not quite working? This exercise helps you figure out why.
This month’s post features Rust Belt Fields by Slaid Cleaves and Rod Picott.
This song is a very well constructed song both lyrically and musically. Its imagery is very stark and the language is very simple. The thing that really impresses me about the song is how without using much metaphor it paints a very complete picture. What I mean is it tells a very complete story with just a few lines.
Example: The opening two lines = what the whole song is about. Also the first verse tells the bigger picture of those blue collar jobs in middle America just drying up out from under thousands of people who had generations of steel and auto workers. The language “we were banging out Buicks and Oldsmobiles” is brilliant. Again not many words painting a very complete picture with simple language. All because the business found a more competitive labor market outside the USA. The workers were surprised. The line “But I learned a little something. About how things are.” Really shows how all those people came to the realization how fragile their lives were with regards to the effect a corporation’s decision causing their lives to go into a tailspin.
I also really like the music. Very simple harmony and melody but a very concise harmonic language and driving rhythm.

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Art Davis Studios – Free Offer

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Free offer from Art Davis Studios

Mix/Master one song 100% FREE

Offer good through 3/31/2018

Do you have recordings of your music that sound OK but not all that spectacular? A really good professional mix/master of your song can make all the difference between OK and amazing.

I’m launching a new business in Q2 of 2018. Art Davis Studios will offer mixing and mastering services.  I need to build up my portfolio. If you want to hear what a professional mix/master will sound like of your recording this is your chance. 100% FREE until 3/31/2018.

My only ask is your permission to use the mix in my portfolio. You help me and I give you a pro mix of your song. You get full credit for your work. I will include your bio and link to your band page on my portfolio page.

How it works:

Send me your raw multi-track STEMS and I’ll give you a professional mix of your song as a 24bit WAV file. Can also work with guitar/vocal demos.

Contact Info: ArtDavisStudios@outlook.com
Check out http://artdavisstudios.com for bio and examples of my work.

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