Wednesday, September 16, 2009

video Hi All,
It has been a very productive day also super long and busy. The record was officially announced
and the info can found at www.smashingpumpkins.com

We started recording congas and bass today. I'm playing the congas and Mark Tulin is playing the bass on this first track. It is sounding super psychedelic in an old pumpkins meets the future kinda way. I am really excited about it!

I must keep this blog short because I was tracking all day and I am falling asleep at the computer, but I made a promise to you to blog everyday and I am going to keep it. Even when I'm super tired. No excuses.

We shot a little video of Mike warming up in the studio this morning. Kevin Dippold brought in still camera today that has a video feature. The quality is low-fi but its still fun to watch Mike warming up...

I am looking into getting a small, easy to use, and not very expense hi-def video camera to use for these blogs. If anyone has ideas as to what that camera might be please let me know.

After the day at studio was done Billy and I had a great time talking with Dave Navarro and crew on his radio show. It's called "Dark Matter" and it is a MUST LISTEN for all who enjoy good music and lots of laughs. The show can be found at http://www.indie1031.com/ every Wednesday night from 10-12pm Pacific time.

I gotta hit the pillow. Talk to all tomorrow.
Love, K.B.

36 comments:

bodhisattva-sp said...
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Chris said...

he certainly uses a minimalist kit, doesn't he!

Satur999 said...

thanks for the vid... cant wait to see more of them...excited about the keliedyscope or whatever...yay

brendo_91 said...

Well at least there's one person involved with this project who makes promises and then intends to keep them.

Metro DVD anyone?

norma said...

Thanks Kerry. It's such a treat that you are able to share this truly magical experience with us music lovers. I anticipate this album will be another powerful addition! Get your rest and give Billy and the rest of the beautiful spirits my love!!! God Bless.

studiodog said...

Hi Chris, the kit size all depends on what the song calls for.
KB

Charles said...

Kerry Brown, the Flip MinoHD/UltraHD look nice and are ~$200.

Thanks for doing this blog, it's really exciting! ...and I don't say that very often.

studiodog said...

charles thanks I'll check them out in the morning.
Best K.B.

Michael said...

hey brendo, stop being a dick

Benas said...

Jeff, Ginger, Lisa. Will they join the recording some day?
P.S. Billy said, that he'll give the album for free. Like he did with MACHINA II. So it'd be great, that the songs would be not shitty mp3, but in a Lossless format, then it would be kinda the same quality like from CD.

Ennis said...

Thanks Kerry - I've been looking forward to your posts each day.

You might also consider the Creative Labs Vado HD pocket camcorder. It's hard to beat for ~$100.

http://www.amazon.com/Creative-Labs-Camcorder-Storage-Digital/dp/B001LK8P14

Benas said...

and thanks for you hard work :). this whole blog idea is pretty good.

brendo_91 said...

Hey Michael, grow a sense of humour.

I just thought it was hilarious that Kerry had to point out that he intends to see this blog through to its completion.

Kerry - suggestion for next Techie Tuesday, could we find out why the Portaflex and the Sound City amps were chosen, plus your mic techniques there?

Also, what kind of rig will Jeff be playing through? And what about Mr. Navarro? :P

brendo_91 said...

Oh, also, Kerry, take a look at the Kodak Zi 6 as well:

http://www.wired.com/video/flip-hd-and-kodak-zi-6-sample-video/5030107001

Menrad said...

Thanks Kerry for this update, that's very kind of you to deliver us our daily fix of Pumpkins news, even when you're so tired ! Nice video clip by the way !

Mischa said...

Howdy! great blog, thought i'd put in my thoughts on a camera you could use for it too.

I have and use a Panasonic Lumix LX-1. Which while a little more pricey than the others listed here, it has the added advantage of being able to shot indoors without a flash, as the lens is super awesome. Oh, and it shoots some good hi def 720p video too into mpeg4. which happily goes into something like iMovie (if you're rocking the mac vibe ;-) or loads of windows software i'm sure too.

Amazon Link:
http://www.amazon.com/Panasonic-DMC-LX3K-Digital-Stabilized-Black/dp/B001CCLBSA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=photo&qid=1253188271&sr=1-1

Sample movie of the quality:
http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/panasonicDMCLX3/Samples/Movies/P1020802.MOV

DP Review of it:
http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/panasonicdmclx3/

Anyway, i'm sure whatever you choose, i'll be excited about this blog and your upcoming updates! rock hard! :-D

estar said...

Thanks for the update!!! :)

MonteLDS said...

so you're looking for an HD cam eh? I assume you are going do point and click and put it online. if that is the case almost any of them will do. Just get a hard drive based one so transfers are easy.
I would sell you my small Sony one but it looks like my friend wants to start helping me do multi cam at the upcoming Smashing Pumpkin shows

Cody said...

Kerry,
I also recommend the Flip MinoHD/UltraHD. We use this camera at my the university I work at and is super easy to shoot, edit and post to the web all in one. I think this would work well for what you want to do, especially since you don't have a lot of free time on your hands:) Rawk on man!

Dark Side of the Arch said...

Kerry, what a joy it is to see/hear/read news from the "front lines" every day. I, and I know others, deeply enjoy these updates. Thank you to you, Billy, Mark, Mike and whoever else is involved! I have been a fan since Gish and it is exciting to see new and creative projects. Enjoy and have fun!

Ariel said...

Thanks Kerry, it means a lot that you're putting this extra time in to keep us feeling like we're in the loop.

TylerOwenLott said...

hey Kerry - DO NOT get/use one of those Flip video recorders. Even the "HD" models suck big time. Kodak makes something comparable that takes much better video.

Oh and thanks for the updates, you rock!!

Allison said...

It's fun to see video! Thanks Kerry, much love to all of you guys in the studio. xoxo

Ryan said...

Hi Kerry. Thanks for doing this blog. I'm really excited to see where this record takes you guys. As for the camera I would recommend this point and shoot cause it's easy to upload and has lots of cool features for the price(Like slo-mo video).

http://www.jr.com/casio/pe/CAS_EX_hy_FC100BK/

JP said...

Hi Kerry!

I've just stumbled across your blog and I'll be keeping a close eye on it. Thanks for posting all the tech info about mics and guitars up.. I love that stuff! I look forward to watching/listening to the products of these exciting sessions.

All the best & keep your wits about you!

JP

Luke said...

mike is kicking some serious ass on those drums! thanks for all the updates....all of the geeky mic talk is much appreciated, i'm learning a lot!

S├ębastien said...

Thanks for this blog !

Time passes over me, but I still with the sun! and the Smashing Pumpkins!

Dane Deasy said...

Where are you guys recording this album? What studio? It looks nice.

stylesclash20 said...

Awesome stuff Kerry! Keep on posting updates! This new albums going to be incredible! History making!

Chris said...

hi kb,

is there a reason to not setup his full kit right off the bat? constantly changing his setup means messing with micing and levels all the time, doesn't it?

thanks for doing this, getting glimpses into a professional recording process is intriguing!

Kuri said...

Hello, I think you should to avoid cheap hd, them sucks about to handle that video files on most of informatic systems.

if you would keep cheap , pick up a pair of Canon mv890 , I did some semi professional job with them and are really compact.

Chris Wazoo

studiodog said...

Chris,
We are going for a different drum kits/sounds for each song. When you have a lot of toms up that are not being used you can run into odd overtones that mess with the overall drum sound... hope this helps
KB

brendo_91 said...

Kerry, do you not find that the sympathetic tom ring from the unused drums provides 'glue' that sort of holds the drumkit sound together in the mix? I hardly ever gate toms for exactly that reason... maybe light expansion to bring it down a bit.

studiodog said...

brendo_91 It all depends really... we are going for different drums sounds and using different kits for each song. so, if there are say three toms that are not being used for a song we are not setting them up. It makes it easier to mic the kit and we don't have to worry about as many phase issues not to mention overtone or tuning oddness. but of course there is no right or wrong it all about what vibe and tone you are going for to best support the song.
best KB

brendo_91 said...

Fair enough! The Trip sounds like Kick, Ride and Snare the whole way through anyway, mostly?