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Beat It

It’s the end of the year, time again for student projects. This was done by my Production Techniques class. Everything you hear, all of the instruments, the recording, the mix, everything was done by our students. It was arranged and produced by Sean Beck.


Beat It

This is what we do!

Stepping It Up

I teach a studio recording class at APU. The students produce an EP, I oversee (hang out and drink coffee). Every semester I push the students to go get real players to play the session. Go get the best people you can find, and ask them to help you out. If you’re not getting told “No” at least a couple of times, you’re not asking players at the right level.

This year, one of the teams took that to heart. They pulled together the following players for rhythm section tracking:

Oskar Cartaya (bass)
Chad Wright (drums)
Darrell Crooks (guitar)

This might be the most fun I’ve had in the class.

New Music Tuesday

For a diversion while we are all waiting patiently for Chad to finish up The Dailies project, I have a little something to share with the Roadhouse… my band has been holed up in a studio for the last 6 months or so (if you count pre-production) working on our latest project. We just finished final mixes on Sunday, and we have the first mastered tunes in-hand (they’re going back of course, not perfect yet). But I couldn’t wait to share it with you guys…

Salient - Dawn Follows Dark

I’m looking forward to getting back on a normal sleep schedule – we did most of the recording between 9pm-3am. There was a night last week that we were working on mixes and I got home as the sun was coming up… I didn’t bother going to bed. I did feel myself falling asleep at work and realized as it was happening there was nothing I could do to stop it. I don’t recommend it… remember – we’re professionals! I’m about 80% done with the album artwork too… the plan was to farm it out but nobody was ecstatic about the preliminary comps so I got elected.

A short sampler of the songs is available at salientband.com. All y’all’s expert feedback is highly anticipated! Come check us out this weekend if you happen to be in Iowa or Wisconsin!

15 Hymns: Divinum Mysterium

(ed: title corrected based on new info from the comments)

From Rod Lewis:

Hi Michael,
I’m Rod Lewis, a lurker at Addison Road, but have commented a time or two. I’ve attached a submission in answer to your 15 hymns call. I’ve really enjoyed what everyone has contributed so far, and realize that this is nothing like any of the rest, and maybe you’re looking only for vocal music. Thought I’d send this anyway, you can listen, post, laugh, delete – whatever suits your fancy (as they say here in the south).

I’m a prof at a small bible college in Columbia, SC. I teach music theory, applied guitar, and contemporary worship. I also side gig as worship leader at a local church. Married with 3 kids…

The piece I’m sending you is a guitar arrangement of “O Magnum Mysterium”.
So… there it is.


Rod, this is exactly the kind of thing I was hoping for – music from people who love music. Fantastic playing, by the way. Can I ask where you teach?

divinmu mysterioum