Woods, Lake, Fire, Beer=Great album making

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Japhy Ryder-No Consequence

I have been fortunate to have some amazing recording experiences in my life. One that will always stay with me is the week I spent with Japhy Ryder recording their album ‘No Consequence’.

We took over an abandoned house on a lake, setup a mobile studio, and traveled by canoe/paddleboat to get to the studio most of the week. It was a long trip down the mountain from the studio to find a convenience store to supply us with enough beer, but in the end we walked away with an amazing album that we were all proud of. Not because of the final product, but more for the experience of making it happen. When you can setup by a fire in a large wood paneled room and capture musicians playing their hearts out, you walk away feeling amazing.

There is a lot to be said about going into a professional studio and making an amazing sounding record, but there is also a lot to be said for being ‘at home’ during the whole process. So I am forever seeking out ways to make albums that accomodate both. This one came out of the previous where you can end a tracking session, grab a beer, hit the docks and watch meteor showers listening to Moose calls while you reflect on a solid days work of recording. Needless to say, we all are happy with the final product but what will stick in our minds more is the actual process of putting this music down onto tape.

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