The new album is finished, released, and available for download. Here’s a little promo I recorded. Oh ya. I’m taking this seriously.

;) Alright, so that one’s just for fun. Here’s the thing. I’m pretty stoked to finally collect all my songs in one place and have something to show my future grandkids whilst saying, ‘See? That’s why grandpappy (which is what I will call myself) says ‘tubes’ and ‘Matchless’ so often.’ I think it’ll be a cool release, and hopefully will bring some enjoyment and maybe more to some folks. But did Steve Jordan produce it? No. Is the next Midnight Train on it? No. Are there better ambient guitarists out there? Yes. Probably all of them. So, as I’m promoting something I’m excited about, I also want to make sure to keep a healthy dose of reality.

But the album really is released, and here’s all the info. I never know who comes to this blog for what, so hopefully with all this info, there will be something useful to someone, even if you couldn’t care less about ambient music.

Availability

In order to preserve the true sonic quality of the moving airwaves as they exist in nature, I recorded this completely analogue, and it is only available on hand-etched vinyl records from Switzerland. Just kidding.

http://karlverkade.bandcamp.com

and

http://karlverkade.com (which pretty much just links to Bandcamp)

It will, someday, be released on iTunes, but I think they are having trouble with one of the, uh, shall we say ‘longer’ tracks; and the more I looked into Bandcamp, the more I liked their independent feel. So, Bandcamp for now.

Dual Album

The Morning We Wake. 14 tracks, 80 minutes, with all tracks available individually. With the purchase of the full album, you also get a second album; it’s the entire first album on one track, with extra compositions that modulate each song into the next for 80 minutes of non-stop music.

Recording

I’ve been experimenting over the last year with extremely simple recording techniques. Just getting the best source sound possible, and then keeping the recording out of the way. So there are no post-effects, no compression…just the sound that came out of the amp. It’s kind of a vintage way to do things, but folks are always talking about getting the ‘live’ sound of vintage recordings, and I figured I’d try to do it by recording, well, live. Instead of using the ‘White Album’ plugin.

Gear

There’s a lot of different gear spread out on this collection. The newer recordings, overdubs, and modulation tracks are all the newer, cheaper gear that came after that fateful October hailstorm. Recorded, there is a difference. Both in noise floor, and in overall tone. So, as much as I’m an advocate of finding cheaper gear that works for you, there is always some truth to the moniker ‘You get what you pay for.’ Not all the truth, but definitely a good portion of truth.

The Actual Promo Vid (This is so you can hear a song, remember it, and go, ‘Hey, I liked that. I thought he was just demo’ing a delay pedal.’ And then buy the song so that I can buy another delay pedal. ;) )

New Song (Only the last portion of this is actually on the record. But I get asked a lot about some of the subtle layering in songs, so I figured I’d show it all. And yes, that is coming through the Matchless. There is no guitar that amp doesn’t like. I may actually switch to a washboard pretty soon here to save money.)

So there ya go. This post may be completely worthless to some of you, which is totally understandable. But I would welcome any support. If for no other reason than to encourage me in this strange new world of actually writing and playing music, rather than surfing the internet all day looking for gear to buy with which to write music that will never be written because I’m too busy surfing the internet looking for gear with which to write it. Again, this blog will stay as it always has, with certain updates on my ambient project, as it pertains to ‘Guitar’ and ‘Worship’ as a whole. The majority of subsequent composition projects info and such will be relayed via:

http://karlverkade.com

(I hesitated to have my name be a dot com, but in the end, that sounded a whole lot less cheesey than any ‘band name’ I could come up with. All the good ones are taken. Thanks, Passengers. So for now, I’m just me.)

And I know that this post was self-promotion, but I’ve learned over the last few years that unfortunately, barring accidentally planning a trip to Britain to eat lunch at the cafe Gwyneth Paltrow likes so you can slip a cd into her purse marked ‘Give to Chris’, it is sometimes the only way to get stuff done. But I truly hope that this album will inspire you a bit through its sounds, thoughts, and heart. And for those of you who don’t like the sounds, I hope at least that it can inspire you to continue to write and make music, so we can all create sounds just a little bit more, and buy gear just a little bit less.

Ah, who am I kidding? What’s the coolest reverb pedal this week on Gear Page? I’m getting one.

Splendid.
Karl.