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Latest Release

Posted in Uncategorized on April 13, 2014 by Wade Baynham

Through Death Into Life  Songs for Lent-Easter

I had a really enjoyable experience recording these five songs for my latest EP. I also am happy to discuss gear and techniques with any of you who are interested to chat about the project, and what went into making it. I am looking to write some posts in the near future describing the process in a bit more depth.

New Heaven New Earth record out today

Posted in Uncategorized on November 1, 2013 by Wade Baynham

New Heaven New Earth Cover.inddWe are releasing a new record that features 13 covers and original art by Amy Keenan-Amago.  I hope to tell some more about the recording process here in the next few weeks.  You can check it out at wadebaynham.bandcamp.com, and the music should also be on itunes and amazon and spotify and many others in a couple of weeks.

Working on Arrangements

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on May 12, 2011 by Wade Baynham

I was working on stuff for the new Emmaus Way project… a follow up to Rite 7, and was thinking about how I’ve refined my work on arrangements over the years.  I’ve been recording since my college days, and in those 20-plus years, I’ve kind of found a rhythm of working on things that I’ve needed to arrange when I haven’t had a band or other players handy.  When I started recording multiple parts myself, I felt like I needed to come up with the most ripping parts for everything before I could began; and I would be really frustrated.  I am almost never the guy with the ripping parts.

But, I ran across and interview with Brian Eno where he mentioned that he would rather make a record with good musicians, who were barely able to play the instruments they were recording with–rather than their instrument of greatest skill, because they were more prone to play the simplest thing they could play that also worked on the song.

It got me thinking, and I realized, while listening to a lot of arrangements of the folk/rock/pop music that I liked, that this was a window into how these great records were arranged.  And many times the simplest arrangements were the most brilliant– it was only later that I learned how hard it can be to create a brilliant arrangement with the most simple parts : )

I’m certainly not discounting a great performance or solo, but for the bulk of what’s in a song, the meat and potatoes really is more what you need, and ‘simpler’ stays out of the way of other parts more easily.  Your ear can only take in so much at one time, and a solid, simple part  gives the spotlight a chance to make it’s way around the arrangement, and it makes mixing a whole lot easier.

So today, I worked on bass, guitar, dobro, mando, violin and vocals; and every time I started to feel bad about not having some killer idea, I tried to remember Mr. Eno and his very helpful advice.

working on podcasts

Posted in Uncategorized on April 26, 2011 by Wade Baynham

I’ve just had the pleasure of uploading a podcast from easter at Emmaus Way, where the music included Dale Baker, Tim Carless, Sarah Busman and Mike Garrigan, along with me for the service. The recording was done in Cubase off of a small 8 channel board and a stereo rode mic in the room. You can check it out at emmausway.net under podcasts for April 24th. I did the editing and mastering here at the Second Story, and was really happy with how it came out. These folks are a pleasure to hear play!

Mark Williams

Posted in Uncategorized on January 12, 2011 by Wade Baynham

Also played a bass part for the upcoming record from Mark Williams… don’t know if it will make the cut 🙂 but you all will like it!

Recording with Shannon Baynham Geiger

Posted in Uncategorized on January 12, 2011 by Wade Baynham

I had the pleasure to work on a version of ‘by way of sorrows’ by julie miller with my sister last week… guitars, upright bass, and mando along with vocals. lots of fun!

Kris Hixson and Chiefs of Staff

Posted in Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 by Wade Baynham

had a really good week of working on mastering for the new kris hixson record.  kris is an executive producer with i-40 films, and has been working on these songs for several years; he is really looking forward to getting these songs shined up and out in the world.  i’m really happy to have been a part of this project along with mark williams, dale baker, mike garrigan, jamie mcfarland and others.

also, had a chance to get the chiefs of staff back into the studio again, working on their release for 2011.  east chapel hill high school has some talented folks who do a capella music and put out their own releases every year.  you can look for their’s and the alley cat’s in the spring!