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DIGITAL CHEMISTRY / Blog

The end is just the beginning....

Almost done!!! Whew... Digital Chemistry - "Just Add Water" All 13 tracks are recorded and mastered to the best of our combined abilities, and we are so pleased with the results...Artwork is all but in the bag, now comes the planning for our release. This project has taken roughly 4 and a half months to complete, and has taken some left turns into heartache along the way...but now completed, we can look back it as both learning curve, in how we perform, and communicate, and in that kind of "sound" we are crafting for ourselves. Every great band has an identifiable "sound" and we wanted one as well... We decided to self produce, record, mix and master...in this day and age that's not unusual, and we were very DIY conscious about the approaches to recording all the instruments, mixing and mastering this CD. Several kudos go to SOS, EQ, Guitar Player... and "The Handbook for the Recording Engineer"...too much math in that one, but the info is invaluable to the budding engineer who really want to perfect his craft... Dozens of websites and e-boards contributed to decreasing the learning curve, and with the purchase of a really pro DAW in Studio One, we feel we were able to bridge the gap between "good hobbyists" and "1000 dollar a day studio". As Rob would say, "gone are the days my toes would curl when I was frantically tearing my hair out trying to solve a problem with the software, Studio One rocks, period"... Gear listings and studio tools for those who like this sort of thing... Guitars: PRS SE Custom/ G&L "Tribute" Strat/ 84' Japanese Strat/ Jackson Soloist/ Shecter Custom 5 bass/ Robelli 6 string bass Amps: Guitar - Line 6 PodXT Pro/ Rocktron Chameleon into a Tubeworks 965 poweramp with 2 LOPO custom 2x12 cabinets. Bass - Line 6 Pod XT Pro Bass direct to the board. Drums: DW Custom EX maple drums, and Sabian cymbals. Recording Hardware: Intel platform Dual Core 2.8 processor/ 1335 buss, with 4g of matched Corsair ram/ Firewire 400 fed by 2 original Presonus Firepods (running at 24 bit/ 4 ms of latency), Behringer Xenyx 502 mixer for preamps and recording foldback... mics by Octava, Shure, Audio Technica, and Senhieser....lots of borrowed cords and stands...Software: Presonus Studio One Producer, Acid 7 Pro, Cubase SX 4 (r.i.p.), and plugins by PSP, Waves, Voxengo, etc... Monitors: Mackie PS5's into a 2 way stereo x-over with a matched pair of 12's providing the thump - headphones: Sony studio series: for mix testing we used JBL 4406, JBL 2050, M-Audio BX4, a ratty car stereo, and a decent pair of Skull Candy earbuds... ------------------------------------------------------ The cd is in the midst of being prepared for release, and will be available as both download, and hard copy cd...Download versions will also be accompanied with down-loadable lyric sheets as well. Stay tuned as further developments are in the works for the release and possible touring locally, and abroad... DC

cds...diwnloads...apps...oh my!

June of 2012 we started working on this cd.. When we started we were "warned" rhat it had to be "world class"....is that possible in todays world of homginized (an old reference to be sure) sameness? We dud everything we were sopposed to...mics in the right place, 24 bit, hit record...right? But things are not as they seem...after 2 weekend sessions, one of which included a tech glitch, we managed to to get all the basic tracks done....then the fun began...more hardwre failures put us back almost a month, but we are self producing...no expensive studio for us...diy all the way...after recovering the project, we made sime first attempts, even rebuilding the studio to more accureately reflect real world listening...after 4 months...we are done...1 song to fly vocals into, and some checking in headphones for stereo field...whew...now to mastering for that "final touch"...art and cover demos a re done...then what?

CD tiles: list one...

Why Pluto? Early Echoes The Boy From Beggar's Canyon Rob's Garage Edgewood Nights Attempted Murder of a Mockingbird Concierge Guided Missals A Stranger's Eyes A Hand in Kindness Revolving Doors The Moment of Contact Siryns Firemares to the Iron Desert The Gremlin's Lament Pointed Sticks, Fresh Fruit, and a Tiger That Which Doesn't Kill You... One Knight in Bankok Edgewood Nights The Moment of Contact

What about: We are one We are what we are We are therefore we Rock Musical consortium One night in Sumner The Southend Maturity Fire in the South Below the belt Sinister antagonism Life Abbreviated Life Crimson wash Breaking Limits Alternative ways Life Progression Seamless Transitions Universal Black hole experience

Robs Garage...

ahh..the horror... sorry bout the Apocalypse Now reference :) after many trials and tribulations, we are so very close...first try was an utter disaster on many levels, but it taught us something...and we have learned from it...the 2nd try was marred only after when we had system crash... but the tracking was intact and we were able to bring us another system to more than adequately replace it with...the program we were using seemed fine, but now that we've scaled back our options, it actually helped...then new mixes are big slabs of tone...groovy, and huge.... people are going to like this...we like it already. guitars are next...easy...the arrangements are done, and creating is the fun part.... DC can't wait to give this to the world....

First 14 months in...

As Digital Chemistry has completed it's first 14 months of existence, it's time to reflect on everything we've accomplished in such a short span. From it's beginnings as "2nd Nature" and "Cruciform Soul" (2 band names with good intentions), the band has shed it's skin several times, and has finally found a stable line-up in Rob Fowler, Glenn Strom, and Cliff Peddicord. Thanks to former members Randy George, Arny Bailey, Dan Lile, Ron Turner, and Mike Conley for their contributions, advice, and wisdom in the building of this concept that is Digital Chemistry.

Thanks to all the bands we've played with over the last 14 months for giving us a healthy perspective of the local scene, and the chance to rock out with: Degree of Disorder, Union Slough, Liquiddrive, BND, Cardiac Kids, Jack of all Trades, Atomic Outlaws, Road 20, Yours, Soul Curve, Luna Sphere, Skablins, Skarate Kids, Pesky Humans, Party Box, Charlie Drown, Sickamore, ODark30, BlackBeatBlue, Regarding Silence, Above Ground, Urban Collapse, Stereo Sons, Encourager, Circle of Willis, Dies Drear, The Bismark, Insiege, Paradign, Electric Whiskey, Rick Beatty (and band), The Chopps, Juda's Wake, and Randy Hansen. It's been a pleasure to experience your music first hand.

We'd like to thank the venues who have taken a chance on progressive hard rock in these hard economic times: Louie G's, The 2 Bit, The Mirkwood, The Motor, The Shanty, The Blue Moon, The Central Ave Pub, Flights, The High Dive, The Skylark, Tulalip Casino, Uncle Sams, The Jet.

And thank you to the promoters and friends who have given us a chance to give our music to the world...it goes up from here... EAA, LRG, Refertech, Shorty...you're all family...

Digital Chemistry's next stage of evolution is here as we get ready to complete our first full length cd for commercial release, and look to present it to you, the progressive rock/ hard rock fan.

This next 12 months looks to be an exiting time for Digital Chemistry as we dig in for the long tail...and continue as Seattle's only truly progressive hard rock trio.

How to Succeed in Seattle as a Prog band...

#1: tell all your detractors to go to hell #2: believe 100% in what your doing #3: play your heart out every show #4: be very, very, good at what you do #5: play as much as possible, where ever you can #6: when in doubt... rule #1............

Picture a little bar in the suburbs....concrete facade, fading paint, cold in the winter, hot in the summer, homey, and just a little bit dingy...some would say, "lived in"...the stage, a faded plot of carpet in the back of the room with a brass rail dividing the "stage" from the audience...threadbare, faded carpet...too small drum riser...bad lighting...decent PA...big American flag on the wall telling the world this is "THE USA... and we LOVE it"... a BFB -biker friendly bar where respect goes an infinite way, regardless of your "affiliation", and disrespect, a solid ass-kicking.... the kind of place the regulars call home. These are the heart of every bands' show schedules...not the rooms in the big city where getting a good show is as much about politics as it is about your band... not the casino's, where gambling is the draw... These are the bread and butter gigs you do to more than half empty rooms, where fans come in dribbles, and usually leave when "their" favorite is done...The gigs you do as you hone the band into a smooth running machine, the gigs you do for you own confidence, and , the gigs you do to slowly build your true fans. Not your virtual social network fans...they don't count, and only 1% of those will see you on any given day. But enough of that... now "officially" 6 months into the creation of Digital Chemistry's long term line up, (the band is officially 14 months old) we are playing "those" gigs on a regular basis...and we are so happy for those gig, because for every 3 gigs you have where you ask yourself WTF? you get one like last night... The fans came to see "US"!!! ...not as the 3rd bill on a 5 band line up. Not as a replacement for a hand picked band that failed to show up...they came to see us...they understood us...they loved us...the validation engendered there is a feeling indescribable to the non-performer... it tells you, "everything you are doing is on the right track, keep it up!"...it dispels the 2nd guessing, and the feeling that maybe your detractors are right... while we would say that we didn't have a "perfect" show.. and what is a "perfect show"?... it was a perfect show in that the feeling in the room between audience and performer was "right"... they bought into the vibe the band brought to the stage, they felt like they were part of the show, not just witnessing a performance...Digital Chemistry is honing it's craft by dedication and hard work...and last night was an affirmation that all that hard work is paying off...Myself (Rob) and Cliff are developing a personal interaction on stage that is just downright "cool"...serious, funny, comic, and spiritual...with Glenn laying down the groove, the band is starting to gel in a way that only a distinctly few bands do... And band members know it's all about that camaraderie, that friendship that becomes family. and we know our audience sees that bond we have...we know we're not the youngest or the cutest...but we are the most believable... that's how you make it as a prog band in Seattle... As Family..because we are all, Family... peace to you and yours, everywhere... Rob/ Digital Chemistry

A Years worth of Chemistry...

Well...our schedule is completed and the Talley are in...all in all we've had a wonderful year. A new outlook, name, band members, and long term goals, and a realistic timetable has been so beneficial to the growth of this project...we will be announcing some cool shows we have on the books for next year soon, and some other events we will be participating in as well...

A lament...

A lament: Years ago... before there such things as internet video, text messages, and facebook, there were "gatekeepers"...those people who's job it was to "moderate" and "filter" what was to be released for public consumption... they produced, promoted, and tried to "see into the mind" of the consumer, in an attempt to bring them content that was meaningful and had artistry... there were detractors, who said that they were controlling what was, and what wasn't aired, and, in a lot of ways, they were right... but...be careful what you wished for... because now, there are NO gate keepers...only the din of billions of souls who now clamor to be heard by the mob...regardless of quality, artistry, or talent...call it bitter sweet, but now you truly get what you pay for...you pay next to nothing for the content from the net, and it gives you nothing in return....everybody gets their 5 minutes of fame... and 5 minutes is all it is...to the expense of "real" artists everywhere...what a shallow world we live in... what a shame...this is why there will never be another Rush, Zepplin, Santana, Beatles, Stones, Genesis, Yes, Kansas, Aerosmith, Kiss, Springsteen, REM, Police...the list goes on and on... they may now be called old, or washed up, or "out of step", not hip, or cool...but at least they had soul, and superior talent.... today... there is no soul, and very little talent... only fashion and style over substance and artistry.... I mourn for our young generation never having the chance to experience bands of their quality, when they were in their prime.... I hope that some day, there will be a return of the moderators, unfortunately, due to laws passed in this land that allow very few entities to own almost all of the mainstream media outlets, the moderators have also become the robber barons of the past, starving the poor to feed the rich... go figure...our complacency and ignorance have given us what we deserved...

How to be a great band....!!!!!!

So...how to be a great band? And where do you want to be after you are? Number ONE rule: practice!!!!! and then practice RIGHT!!!! after the band has learned/ written the song...then dig inside the song, decide what is fluff, and what is content...do you need that 20 minute guitar solo? is that great drum break sound muddled, or rushed? Can the singer actually hit that note? Is the bassist playing with the drummer, or is he lost? How do you elevate the song from "ho hum" to OMG! ? We're in that process...after 3 months of rehearsing and gigging, we're getting the nuances down, learning how the band wants to play the songs, what feels good, and what feels forced...nailing the breaks, and inventing new ones to reinvent the songs in OUR OWN IMAGE....it's one thing to write a great song, it's another to perform it at the level we all want... great musicians practice, and practice a lot!!!! IMO: a metronome is an absolute must! you must be able to execute your parts in time, and in METER...what is meter? it's not time, but what you play in that time, where the notes go, and what feel you imply by playing those particular notes.... most times it's true..."it's not what you play, but how you play it"...and the companion sidebar: "it's all about space...the space between the notes is just as important as the notes themselves"... good bands know how to take advantage of the spaces between the lines, not just the lines.... listen to great jazz players... their solos breath like spoken words...

Wow what work to do....

the "indie bible" says, you've got to be responsible to your duties as an artist....absolutely right... who checks venues, top draw bands, connects with the peeps, practices the set, writes more music, organizes bookings, does promo, sells swag and cd's, contacts pics and videos, etc... YOU DO!!!! think anyone else will, think you'll be signed soon, and life is hunky dory? SORRY... wrongo!!!!!!! it only gets harder... as we dive deeper into being a full fledged original act with real aspirations, and the possibility of creating our own work, the task list keeps getting bigger and bigger... from researching remote markets, and mini-tour venues to organizing everything we need to get the message out there, it just get harder... so much to do and so few hours in the day....as a relatively unknown commodity, with a new original vision, in a sea of rock sameness, we realize the uphill battle is ON baby!!!!!! Never let go...never allow "if only"......