Not a scene, Not a sound…

This is a workspace.  I realize it sounds a bit vanilla in an landscape where we are constantly trying to distance ourselves from the bland.  But it’s just the truth- vanilla, mint chocolate chip, or otherwise.  The significance of this place is that is provides a controlled environment for you- and I – to be […]

Nostalgia is for the Week.

I am not a nostalgic person.  Call me an optimist, unsentimental, whatever.  I just prefer to look forward. But this is the one week of year where I catch myself looking back at where I have been, the people who have come through here, the noises we have made, the relationships I have, how I […]

What the f— happens in a Pre-production discussion?

Pre-production discussions are some of my favorite conversations. Aside from easing general anxiety (and proving that we exist beyond email addresses), they allow us to have a pressure-less conversation about the specifics of your project.  Here is a hit list of things that generally get covered in a Handwritten preproduction discussion. Tour of the Space. […]

I Belong to The Shuffle Generation.

Anyone that has worked with me is aware of how little I am concerned with the genre or style of music I’m working on, listening to, etc.  I don’t believe that good or bad music is tied to any specific genre, style, song structure, recording scenario, or format.  I believe in the effectiveness of communicating […]

In Other(s) Words.

“As a songwriter and someone who values certain recording aesthetics, I really appreciate working with Rick at Handwritten Recording:  he is not just an engineer (though he’s a really good one!), he is a collaborator and a resource.  Rick knows music and he is interested in what works best for the song rather than putting […]

50 Things I Have Learned in 10 Years.

Yesterday marked the 10th anniversary of the first recording session here.  To commemorate that achievement, here are 50 things I have learned along the way. No two recording sessions present the same opportunities / challenges / snack options / inside jokes. Everyone loves talking about food. Most people don’t give a shit about compression thresholds, […]