Recording piano with Simon Quigley in Camden Studios, Dublin

Nothing Like A Steinway

Simon is a pianist and composer that I’ve been working with for years. We have recorded together several times in Windmill Lane and Camden Studios, and in June we went back in to Camden Studios, Dublin to record piano for three of his compositions. Over the course of these sessions I’ve learned a lot about recording grand pianos, which I am sharing here in the hope that the information will be useful to some folks. Continue reading

Degrees of Light

This year’s STP 2nd Year Diploma students worked their asses off recording an amazing album of uplifting songs that were selected and reimagined by some of Irelands finest, freshest talents – Farah Elle, BARQ, Wolves Of Youth, Sarah Crummy, Craig Gallagher, Josh Gray, The Shruggs and many more.

The album, Degrees of Light, is being launched this Wednesday at the Button Factory, doors @ 6.30pm.

I helped out with showing the students the ropes of the SSL 4000 G Series in Sun Studio, and I oversaw (is that a word?) the mixing, but the album is all the students’ work.

Here’s the teaser video:

Proceeds from your donation at the door (it’s free entry) and all sales go to Aware.

It’s going to be an amazing night, with all of the above gracing the stage. You are guaranteed to have your socks blown off at least once. Bring spares. Come, have your faith in the Irish music scene reignited and restored, and throw some well needed support to Aware who are there to provide much needed advice and support to us all should we find ourselves needing it.

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First track from Lisa Loughrey Mini-EP

I just finished work on two tunes with Lisa, “I’ll Let Go” and “Swallows”. Very much from the alt-country/folk stable, with a beautiful voice and a lovely way with words, here’s the first tune “I’ll Let Go”.

For a little more detail on my work with her, you can read all about it here. Enjoy.

“O Mio Babbino Caro” arrangement

Recently my friend Clare Kavanagh came to me asking if I could put together an arrangement of Puccini’s “O Mio Babbino Caro” for L’Oreal Ireland’s Colour Trophy Awards 50th anniversary show. They had very specific timing requirements so I would need to work to those constraints, extending the aria itself by adding extra sections, a new intro, and ending. Continue reading

Recording bowed guitar for the new SAND album

This is a clip of me playing some guitar for the track “Berceuse”, from the upcoming SAND album “A Sleeper, Just Awake”. It was recorded by Sam Healy (of SAND) in Whitespace on one of his visits.

Toward the beginning of work on the album, Sam and I met up both in Edinburgh and Dublin to trawl through ideas for new music. Many of Sam’s initial sketches had deliberate “Pete-shaped gaps” left in them for me to work within. This is the result of me populating one of those gaps.
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“Round Towers” guitar tracking – Darken The Distance

Here’s another short clip of Barry recording with me in Bay Studio. On the day we had set up all the amps we planned on using, and I had set up the three mics I usually use on amps. While I was getting my levels, Barry picked up a Danelectro that was lying around in the Live Room and began riffing on this song – we went down there with no intention of adding any more electric to this tune but I really liked what he was doing. Very simple, not completely following the bass line, and quietly ominous. The guitar itself is Spud’s I think, we definitely owe him a pint! Continue reading

String quartet recording in Bay

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This weekend I was down in Bay Studio to track strings for a couple of Simon Quigley‘s pieces. It’s always amazing to hear the pieces come to life. Prior to the day we walk into the studio, the string parts only exist as MIDI parts triggering samplers in Logic. While there are some particularly lovely virtual string libraries out there, there’s nothing like a group of musicians interacting with each other, vibing off each other and offering suggestions and ideas that might not have been thought of beforehand.

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