Sunday, April 25, 2010

Moments at The Front

Moments at The Front

1. Tweaking (part one) 08:21
2. Constipation anonymous 03:30
3. Tweaking (part two) 08:03
4. The Thinking/Feeling Ratio 23:34
5. Are you George From Andi and George Band? 04:39
6. Fellow Forms of Life 06:35

Shane Spellman – Trumpet
Andrew Fedorovitch – Alto Saxophone
Jono Lake – Drum Set
Alex Masso – Drum set

Improvised live in concert at the Front Cafe Lyneham, Canberra on April the 5th 2010

Recorded by Matt Sykes

Producing and editing by Jono Lake April 10. Masso give small editing advice on April 15 (and Jono agrees).

Mastered by Matt Sykes at his home studio in Nowra on April 23rd and 25th

Artwork concept by Jono Lake. Artwork Layout and design by Thomas Combe.

Pressed by Mad CDs April 28 to May 12. Released on Lakeside Records 13th of May 2010

Contact Jono directly for CDs to be posted out.
Write to: P.O. Box 2336 Bomaderry N.S.W. 2541

Saturday, April 17, 2010


Jono Lake
Solo Piano

Recorded by Matt Sykes April 10 in Rehearsal Room Three at the Australian National University Music School. Mixed by Matt Sykes at his home studio in Nowra April 12.

Improvised by Jono Lake on a 9ft Yamaha grand piano (out of tune).

Mastered by Oscar Genoa April 14 at Studios 301 in Sydney.

Printed by Mad CDs 15th of April to 29th of April.
Artwork concept by Jono Lake (typo). Layout and design by Thomas Combe.

Released on Lakeside Records 30th of April 2010.
Contact Jono directly for CDs to be posted out.
Write to: P.O. Box 2336 Bomaderry N.S.W. 2541

Monday, April 12, 2010

Collecting CDs


Since going back to Uni this year I have started my music collection almost completely from scratch. I left my entire CD collection (hard copy) at my mum’s house in Nowra, almost none of which are on my iTunes collection. My iTunes collection is compiled almost completely of new stuff that I have started to check out since going back to Uni. A lot of the music is of artists that have ‘trustable’ names that I haven’t really got WAY into before (but have heard a bit of). Artists like Pat Metheney, Chet Baker and Cannonball Alderley. Unfortunately these artists (and many others) were mostly disappointing. I often found myself resorting to new albums, that I haven’t heard before, of artists that I really like (as opposed to artists I know I ‘should’ like). It was either that or cling to the precious few albums that I kept in circulation that have always been favourites. Unfortunately of the completely new names that I’ve checked out relatively few have really got me tweaking and found their way into regular circulation.

I’ve put these regulations on my collection for a few reasons. One was just to force myself to expand and stop myself from getting stuck in a rut. Another one was just to change, which is pretty much the same thing. I believe in growing. I believe in searching and pushing forward no matter what the circumstance or outcome. A different group of CDs makes for a different group of sounds that are familiar, which makes for different music making. I think for me, because listening to a wide variety of music has such a big influence on my music making, changing my CD collection would be a good way to change my music. It has been changing. But such a small amount of genres, artists and bands grab me that I find myself resorting back to albums that are sacred. These are the albums that I’ve listened to for years, but not in years, and had huge musical impact on me when I first heard them. Albums like: “Broken River” by Tim O’Dwyer Trio and “Anatomy of Tongue in Cheek” by Reliant K. I guess things just start to happen when you listen to music intensely for years on end. We can’t expect to expand in the exact same manner that we are now forever. In a composition lecture I was in recently Larry Sitsky said something relative to this subject. He said that so much is available now that we have to ignore certain things. We have to choose to deal with only a certain amount of music. I think I’m getting to that point. There is still a lot more out there that I want to check out and I hope I am always a pro-multi-genre believer. But when you generalise too much it can get hard to remember the finer details of what one truly loves the most. Balance the pyramid.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Upcoming CDs

Next week my first album will be recorded, mixed, mastered and printed. It is a solo piano improvisation album recorded by Matt Sykes at the Australian National University on a 12ft Steinway. It will be mastered at Studios 301 by Oscar Ganoa and pressed by Mad CDs. I’m doing as much as I can to ensure that it all works out smoothly. There is always a bit left up to chance though. It’s hard to know how I will feel on the day of the recording and how the timing of the mastering and everything fits into place. I’m pretty sure it will be sweet though.

I’m also taking steps to release the double drummer quartet gig that was recorded live at The Front Cafe in Canberra with Alex Masso. If it all goes to plan 100 copies of that album will be available within the next month or two. I also plan to tour that album with the basic trio of Shanghai, Feda and me and then have a different drummer for each town that we visit. There are a number of venues and drummers that I have in mind. I recon about a 5 day tour in June would be something to look out for.

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