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opening and at the end that could easily be cut or extended, allowing for either a 30-second edit or 1-minute extension. At this point I didn’t have a musical blueprint, but at least I knew where I wanted to build. A good start. The muse vs. the brain I didn’t know if they wanted The XFiles type quirky and kind of dark, or the Pushing Up Daisies type quirky and kind of dark, or neither. And here’s the thing: they might not have known at that point, either! So, hoping for inspiration, I futzed around with a few ideas but nothing really held. Okay, screw inspiration, switch to the head. I knew it would be aired on the Syfy Network and that the Pushing Up Daisies sound is hot right now, so, I went in that direction. Immediately I had something— amazing what having a clear picture in your head can do. The piece was a quirky and cool little orchestral piece, it was funny and mysterious, it was heartfelt, it had energy and life, it was cool—Nino Rota meets Syfy. I worked on it for a few days, got it to sound great, and feeling quite proud I sent it off to the Haven team, confident that it would be well received. It was passed around to others involved, and the consensus came back that it was nice and would be perfect—for a different show. Bubble burst! Back to Square One. Too soon Every artist at some point gets stuck, goes deaf to the piece or blind to the painting. There are many ways out of that funk when it hits, and every artist should do what they can to find what works best for them when the need arrives. For me it’s cooking, watching news, switching instruments, taking long walks, getting friends who are pros in the business to lend a fresh ear, listening to something completely different than what I’m working on, and a whole host of other things. I had pretty much exhausted all of them, since I had worked on about seven little pieces, all failing to hit the target. The issue was that I was actually too early. The production team was busy shooting the actual series and were simply not thinking about the opening credits yet, so no one could really tell what I should be aiming for. Darts in the dark! However, as a little time went on and the producers’ thoughts crystallized, the word was that they were thinking acoustic—Americana but not countrysounding, maybe even a little Celtic and with some modern elements in there too. Yay, directions! Enter Leah Siegel.

Working with Leah Siegel Leah is a creative goddess, a dear friend and someone for whom I have ice cream loads of respect. She had already come into the studio a few times to work on ideas for Haven, which at this point was well into the shooting. So, equipped with fresh inspiration, a banjo borrowed from a friend, and Leah’s copious talents, we were off to the musical races. The first session started with Leah and I listening to a couple of acoustic pieces and talking about approach. Leah came up with the banjo riff on which the rest of the piece would be based. It was a cool little thing, a simple chord progression with a lively groove, not at all a typical banjo sound. It wasn’t “Deliverance”. It was more of an acoustic guitar line played on a banjo, which was perfect because it didn’t sound “country”. Okay, we have a backbone! Blank canvas syndrome cured!

piano and creating a hand percussion track that would end up reversed. eSession to the rescue Meanwhile, there had been some talk about the “sound” of the show, and the producers developed a consensus for including fiddle.This was early evening, NY time, afternoon California time, and I wanted to get something in by the next day. I made a few calls but was having a tough time finding a last-minute Americana/Celtic fiddle player that I could get up to my Washington Heights studio.This is where I give a shout out to eSession (www.esession.com) and my fantastic fiddle player, Bruce Hoffman. I had never used eSession but had always kept it in mind for emergency pro sessions. So, I did a quick search for fiddle players, found quite a few, heard some samples, checked out the listed gear of each, and eventually found Bruce. Bruce was able to get on

Working with Leah’s banjo riff was cake. First I did some quick edits, giving the piece an intro, a main body and an out. I put in a temp bass track and some hand percussion and an acoustic guitar track to flesh it out. Then came the melody. Often one hears the melody first or at the same time as the chords and then works out the arrangement. It starts in the head and works its way down, creating a spine and torso and eventually some feet. This piece happened backwards: it went from spine up to the head. Hey, whatever works. The melody came easily, flowing directly out of Leah’s banjo track. It was good. It was memorable, it had heart, it had hints of darkness and haunt but enough levity and liveliness that made it fun. It also told a complete, and if I may say, elegant musical story. Once I got my “sung” melody track in there I started fleshing things out a bit—including adding an electric

it the following day. I requested one track of the melody exactly as I sang it, which he nailed, one drone track on the root, which he nailed, one drone track on the 5, which he nailed, and one improv track, which he nailed. I told him the improv track should be more tasteful than busy, more Celtic than country. (I mention this because it came in very handy a bit down the line.) The tracks were not only great but also came very nicely recorded—I had requested a tight mic on the fiddle as I wanted no room tone or verb to have to deal with—and they sat right in the track when brought in.Well done, Bruce! So, at this point I had violin, banjo, acoustic guitar, my vocal which was verbed out and sitting behind the violin, my scratch bass track, a subby, almost hip-hop kick, hand percussion and an electronic sounding snare... still relatively sparse. Sent it off to be heard with the newly added violin to Adam, who in turn passed it on to co-creator Sam Ernst.
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Talkback
Recording’s 2010 Holiday Gift Guide
Theme Music for TV—A Production Report
Royer Labs R-101 Ribbon Microphone
Recording SFX—A Career Option?
Primacoustic IsoTools
Avenson Audio IsoDI
Getting Your Music Heard In Today’sCommercial Culture
Preview: Yamaha AvantGrand
It’s Your Music—Know Your Rights.Chapter 9: Trademark Basics
Sonoma Wire Works GuitarJack Model 1and FourTrack 4.0.1
Readers' Tapes
Advertiser Index
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