Excited to let y’all know Grace Gravity’s album Dream Analog, is album of the week on Vinyl Revival Radio in the UK!
The show is syndicated on 30 FM Stations and where Podcasts are heard. So happy the songs are being heard.
To listen to the podcast you can go here: www.vinylrevivalradio.com/podcast Episode #272
Mention of Band at 17:30
Album of the Week first 2 tracks = 27:00
2nd two tracks = 1:22:00
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.
—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
We had a great time mixing at Laughing Tiger Studios in San Rafael, CA just North of San Francisco.
Producer, Brian D. Hardin, was in his element mixing on a SSL console. It was great to experience it. The resulting sound, to me, is so much more alive than anything created in the box (computer). The sonic messages come through loud and clear.
On our way there we went to the Sequoias to hug some trees and feel their quiet strength. The simple beauty of nature engulfs you and gently reminds you that there is so so much more to life than striving for this or that. Reality is more than meets the eye. We must FEEL to access the higher realms.
The biggest Sequoia there is named General Sherman but we agreed to call it Mother Tree instead. While there we shot video for one of the songs on the album, Mother Earth.
We also shot video for another song, In The Center, at a river there. The river was a powerful presence that flowed all around me as I stood on some rocks. There were tons of dragonflies about. The sound of rushing water is good for the soul. I was happy I did not fall in! Ha ha ha 🙂
The album was recorded analog and now is mixed analog. Soon to be mastered for vinyl (and CDs and maybe cassettes. Ya I said cassettes people!…. ha ha ha). Dream Analog will be released April 2020.
My hope is that it will feed you and inspire you to connect within and grow, to create and share your special gifts with the world. We need you. Blessings to you all.
Sequoias photos by Brian D. Hardin. Studio shot by Erin Tadena.