Daily Thumbprint Collection, The Hum, is going to be a two album release.Â
While Vol 1 and 2 are electronic music albums that feature live drums; The HumÂ features all live instrumentation.
I liked the sounds I could produce electronically, but I found myself oftenÂ trying to mimicÂ the sounds of live instruments. That’s kind of the nature with MIDI, but it can only go so far before it sounds canned. I decided it was time to write something that was meant for live instruments, and then collect recordings ofÂ my peers performing the parts.
I set out to accomplish this and began intentionally writing the music for Vol 3, The HumÂ almost immediately after releasing the first DTC album. It took me about 1 year to write the material, and about another 6 months to refine it. I felt the writing was really strong,Â but it definitely turned out to be a much bigger project than I thought when I began planning toÂ recording it.
The final music included parts for about 25-30 instruments, and would require at least 20 musicians.Â I had an idea of the players I wanted toÂ record, but they were spread around the country. Financially, getting all of these players in the same place at the same time would have been way beyond my means…. so I did the opposite. I cranked my credit cards, built a mobile recording rig, and started traveling to record everyone in their own cities.
It took 3 years to finishÂ tracking thisÂ record and it was a lot of work, but I ended upÂ recording with some of the best musicians I’ve met throughout my career as a drummer, and it sounds amazing.
I ended up driving thousands of miles with recording gear, and somehow convinced all these incredible musicians to record for a few hours in exchangeÂ for either beers, a little cash, rides to the airport, orÂ sometimes even web developmentÂ favors. We recorded parts in local studios, personal living rooms, bedrooms, temporary storage units, classrooms, and even setup once late at night in a woodworking warehouse. Â TheÂ album alsoÂ survived a tragic car accident; I was driving to LA to record and had allÂ my drums, all my sensitive recording equipment including microphones and interfaces, laptop, and all the session backup hard drives,Â when suddenly a vehicle fromÂ the opposite side of a freeway lost control and crossed over Â into my lane to collide full speed into the front of my 4runner. TheÂ combined speed ofÂ ~140Â MPH completely destroyed my car. Tragically, the other driver didn’t make it…. somehow, I walkedÂ out thatÂ all of my gear and album data still intact, and thanks to help from friends was able to make it to LA and complete the recording sessions. That’s the kind of journey it’s beenÂ to get thisÂ music recorded, and I am sOOOOOO glad that part of the process is done. (whew!)
Since all of theÂ tracking was done separately, edits and mixing has become an extensive undertaking.Â I honestly needed to take a few years away from the project to decompress, pay off debt, and create the mental space to re-approach it withÂ a renewed sense ofÂ creativity. I’ve resumed production, and have enlisted the help of my long time friend Sam Minaie to help me completeÂ the project.
Daily Thumbprint Collection Volumes 3 & 4 (The Hum) includesÂ performances by the following musicians:
Musicians Recorded in San Francisco & Bay Area (recorded fall 2009)
Kati Dayner: Violin & Viola
Charith Premawardhana:Â Viola
Dorothy Wu: Flute
Adam Theis:Â Tuba & Trombone
Musicians Recorded in Reno (multipleÂ recordings between 2009 through 2011)
Charles Tagart:Â Cello
Ryan Hall: Electric Guitar & Acoustic Guitar
ZacharyÂ Teran:Â Upright Bass
Peter Epstein: Alto Saxophone
James Hoover: Alto & Tenor Saxophone w/Â Effects
Garret Grow:Â Acoustic Piano
Marina Roznitovsky:Â Harp
Tristan Selzler: Accordion
Musicians Recorded in Los Angeles (multipleÂ recordings between 2009-2011)
Drew Jorgensen:Â Vibraphones
Brian Walsh: Clarinet & Bass Clarinet:Â
Daniel Rosenboom: Trumpets
Gavin Templeton: Alto Sax
Adam Benjamin: Fender Rhodes w/Â Effects
Alex Noice: Electric Guitar
KarinaÂ Kallas: Vocals
Musicians Recorded in Nashville (fall 2009)
Adam Agati:Â Electric Guitar
Charlie Pate: Mandolin
Musicians Recorded in New York (summer 2011)
Perry Smith: Electric Guitar
Sam Minaie: Electric Bass