We shot a bunch of video and photos during the process of making this all analog record. It was 4 years in the making all and all. I’ve been editing a short documentary about the process of making Dream Analog.
Recording Analog is quite different from the process of digital recording. I think it’s important to preserve analog recording processes for future generations. I hope more musicians will get to hear their music recorded analog and realize the “extra” benefits of recording this way.
Editing this is a high jump for me (to say the least) but I’m slowly putting it together. It will be released later this year.
Wishing you all the best in these strange and revealing times. Take good care of yourself. Lift yourself up through the chaos to a better perspective, a happier, more at peace state of being. That’s where you belong.
Executed with sincerity,
emotion and plenty of universal beauty.
A record largely influenced by some of the most notable songwriters of the ’70s, Grace Gravity’s Dream Analog was captured live in a small home studio and recorded, mixed, and mastered analog. Later on, overdubs of horns, keys, percussion, and backing vocals were added with much meticulousness, giving the album a very warm, crisp feeling.
The cautious listen leads with the soft acoustic strumming and sweet vocals from Teri Hitt on “It’s Coming On,” which lays the foundation for the remainder of the album. “Go Ahead And Shine” then follows with a soothing, soft-rock quality as Hitt lets her strong pipes shine. “In The Center” continues with harmonizing backing vocals highlighting the folk rock approach.
The middle of the record offers some of the best tunes, including the reflective “The Long Road,” where brass and piano work together in soulful ways, while “Who U R” picks up the pace with a punchy rock ‘n’ roll feel. “Something New Can Grow,” a standout track, then finds a pretty place to reside as cosmic moments mix with the slow burning introspection.
Deeper in the listen, “Sunny Side Of The Road” moves with light melodies and a breezy formula that’s as timeless as it is memorable, and “Mother Earth” finishes out the listen with some of Hitt’s best vocals, as a dreamy quality enters the very sophisticated landscape.
A record that definitely brings us back to simpler times, Dream Analog and Grace Gravity herself reminds us of all the things we find appealing about Joni Mitchell, Linda Ronstadt, or Heart.
During these hectic, often heated times, an album like Dream Analog is the perfect antidote to the chaos with its serene, almost meditative quality that would have been as relevant in the ’60s as it likely will be 20 years from now.
This album is a collection of songs about waking up to yourself and what happens after you step into a new series of perceptions that change your life forever. Many of us have been realizing for sometime that the mundane physical reality is not all there is. There is much much more to the picture here on Earth. There are multi-dimensional aspects to life that can’t always be put into words. I hope that these songs will assist you on your own path of self discovery through these very strange times.
There is a certain essence that is retained in recording analog (to tape). It feels and sounds more earthy to me, more holistic. Even the digital files that were created after the music was mixed on analog equipment still sound better to me than if the music was initially recorded digitally. There’s just more there.
I hope you will get a chance to hear the record and feel it.
By staying in the center you can weather this crazy situation in the best possible way. Remember you are a source of strength for yourself and others. Keep your frequency up and out of the lower level chaos as best you can. This time of isolation can be a good thing. A time to reconnect fully with ourselves in a very deep way and remember who we are. And even more than that, a time to evolve like the caterpillar into a butterfly. A time of internal revolution/evolution.
Our new record, Dream Analog, will be released later this month. It was Recorded, Mixed and Mastered Analog to relay the utmost feeling possible.
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Whatcha Gonna Do?
What happens when the sad part or a struggle in our life is over and sunlight starts streaming in? How do you switch gears? What are you going to do when everything o.k.? It’s easy to get used to things being bad and going wrong and in a way that feeling can become a habit and perpetuate that experience. We can get used to things going good or right too! We can get into that stream.
Who U R This song came out of a real knowing that if we all can be our true, full Selves, then the world will be a better place. Everyone is special. Everyone is an individual. Everyone is unique. It’s a wonder we can communicate with each other at all but we do. Our diversity is our strength. Everyone is a shining star. It’s Who U R.
—As luck would have it we found a time machine and over the next year created an Analog Recording Studio in our home. All my previous albums were recorded digitally.When I finally heard my voice played back on tape for the first time, I got tears in my eyes. It was significantly better. I had never heard my voice recorded in a way that could reflect it back so thoroughly. Until then I didn’t know what was missing in the sound. I knew I was on the right track.
Recorded Analog + Mixed Analog + Mastered Analog for 180 Gram Vinyl
Analog recording allows the messages in the songs to be more completely and clearly delivered. It has natural harmonic overtones and a warm tonal resonance. This resonance is missing in digital recordings as the recording process is to take samples and string them together. The space in-between the samples is missing. This creates square waves instead of sine waves leaving out dimensions you might want to feel and know about.
Over the next two years we carefully recorded these beautiful songs to analog tape.
The final lead vocals, acoustic guitar, bass, and drums were recorded live on a 1″ 16 track tape machine using tube and solid state gear. As we recorded live we were able to deeply connect as we played and magic happened. We later added overdubs of keyboard, horns, percussion, and background vocals.
This album is recorded at A=432 Hz tuning instead of the “standard” A=440 Hz. 432 Hz tuning is known as Pythagorean tuning. It is based on perfect 5th ratios. This tuning is in harmony with Nature. To me it feels better.
In September 2019 we headed to Northern California to mix at Laughing Tiger Studio. The following month, mastering legend Bernie Grundman completed the process by adding his mystical final touches.
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Teri Hitt – vocals, acoustic guitar June Kato – bass James Whelan – hammond, piano, rhodes Brian David Hardin – drums, percussion, cloud sounds Rebecca Stout – background vocals James – background vocals + Mike Cordone and Jesse McGinty – horns, sax, flute • Matt Crocco – additional piano ** Paula Montondo – additional drums on Whatcha Gonna Do?
1 It’s Coming On 2:23
2 Go Ahead and Shine 2:57
3 In The Center 4:12
4 Song of the Satellite+ 2:56
5 Whatcha Gonna Do?** 3:06
6 The Long Road+ 3:06
1 Who U R 3:11
2 Nothing To Break That Fall+• 2:46
3 Something New Can Grow 3:36
4 Real Clouds 2:44
5 Sunny Side of the Road 3:50
6 Keep it Together+ 3:23
7 Mother Earth 2:39