Award Winning!

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!

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If you haven’t seen it yet, take a look (and listen)!

Asbury Park Music in Film Festival

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We at the Sun Lab are excited to be part of this weekends festivities at the Asbury Park Music in Film Festival!

Two of our films, “Transgressions”, and “Live from the Sun”, will be screened on Saturday, April 11th.

“Live from the Sun”, can be seen at the Palette Gallery at 4:15 PM, with a Q&A and performance by the films director, Jon Francis.

“Transgressions” can be seen at the Saint, 601 Main St, Asbury Park, NJ, at 11:40 PM, with a follow up performance by Karmic Juggernaut.

This is Only a Test

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.

Solar powered recording. Anything. Anywhere.

SunLab on PBS/NJTV

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!

“Trangsressions” Sun Session

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.