We took a ride through our favorite county park to find a secluded spot to record some HAPI drum! This was also a nice test for our new solar backpack from Voltaic Systems, which did a great job keeping the Zoom H6 powered up for recording.
Last weekend at the Asbury Park Music in Film Festival was a great time! Not only did we get to see some great films, our video, “Live from the Sun”, directed by Jon Francis, won the award for Best NJ Documentary!
If you haven’t seen it yet, take a look (and listen)!
Kevin and Jon spent the day troubleshooting the gear for the upcoming “season”. What better a time to experiment with some strange sounds?
Kevin’s drum set includes: a 55 gallon plastic winder washer fluid bass drum, a 30 gallon plastic garbage can bass drum, a 30 gallon plastic kerosene container floor tom, and a 5 gallon plastic bucket tom tom; as well as a few decommissioned kitchen items. This is all run through a Yamaha MG16fx mixer, with a few outboard pedals (such as the Boss DD-3 delay), into a small PA mounted on the side doors of the van.
Jon’s rig is a Thorium Bowed Keyboard, made by American Keyworks, run through the FLUX:FX iPad app, made by Adrian Belew & noii.se, into a Pignose HOG 30 battery powered amp. ”
The end of the video features the HAPI drum through FLUX:FX into the Pignose HOG 30.
SunLab Studio was recently featured on PBS/NJTV’s Driving Jersey program with the creators’ progressive rock outfit Karmic Juggernaut. The band played a completely solar-powered set on the rooftop of Langosta Lounge in Asbury Park, NJ to bewildered, yet excited beachgoers. The 30-minute television special features interviews with the band and others detailing the inception and process of using the power of the sun to make music and documenting it. Check it out below!
Karmic Juggernaut, Sun Lab Studio, and Telefunken Elektroakustik bring you a brand new Sun Session recorded using the Sun Lab solar-powered mobile recording studio. What you see is what you hear.
The composition was recorded using exclusively Telefunken microphones and a pair of Metric Halo ULN-8’s.
Everything you see was tracked in Monmouth County, New Jersey. Production began in Summer ’12 but was interrupted due to Hurricane Sandy. The percussion tracks in the snow were recorded after the snowstorm following Sandy, when we all still had no power – but we still could record with the Sun Lab! Filming/tracking was wrapped in Summer ’13.
Music and lyrics by Karmic Juggernaut. Engineered, mixed, and produced by Kevin Grossman & James McCaffrey. Mastering by Tom Ruff of Asbury Media.
Primary filming by JR Skola of Dawn of Man Productions. Editing by James McCaffrey and color-correction by Alex Peacock.
All microphones were provided by Telefunken Elektroakustik. Stands provided by ProRockGear.
Thomas Wesley Stern takes the Sun Lab out yet again, this time to Lakewood Park, NJ, to record their second official Sun Session. We recorded the guys playing 3 new songs, enough to fill out their brand new EP, “Full Moon Songs”, recorded entirely by the Sun Lab in the great outdoors!
What better way to launch the Sun Lab Studio blog than with this epic project we produced for Karmic Juggernaut’s “Oo Wah Hoo”. We toured around the beautiful state of New Jersey, overdubbing each instrument with the solar rig at some of our favorite locations. We think you’ll enjoy the result.