We recieved two trainees of “Ljud och Musikproduktionsprogrammet vid Högskolan i Dalarna” (The Sound and Music Production Program at a Swedish University). Samuel Frisk and Ida Benjaminsdotter finalized their 3rd and last year of their studies in our studio by participating for 10 weeks in different productions of radio, TV and musicproductions. They were not only trainees but also skillful resource with many new and creative inputs to our productions.
During springtime 2017 we recorded, edited, mixed and mastered an App for Norea Sverige (an international radio production organisation) with 20 programs in Farsi (Persian). We also made the music to the app. The name of the App is “Välkommen Till Sverige” (“Welcome To Sweden”) and is targeted people arriving from Iran to live in Sweden. The app/programs will be released during late summer or fall 2017.
April 2017 we were in Israel recording (audio) 8 TV-programs for Keren Kajemat – an Israeli organisation planted every tree that grow in Israel (250 million),water, research and all the environment that needs to get the dessert to blossom. The programs will be broadcasted this fall.
In March it was time again to go to one of our favourite places on earth – Uganda. At a ceremony in Kampala we were honoured, as well as surprised, to receive a reward from Aflame Gospel Assembly as we have been a part of their music production team since 2013. As “Analog Prophet” (our artist name when making electronic ambient music with an ethnic vibe) we performed at the ceremony.
The main purpose for the trip was a CD release for a CD we produced with our friends in Kampala: See His Glory. The vocals were recorded in a hotel room, transformed to a studio with mattresses and recording equipment. Eventually we worked with the music arrangements, mixing and mastering in Sweden before we now went back to Kampala for the CD release.
We visited Hong Kong for the 4th time in December-January. As before it was supposed to be concerts but due to the internal serious problems the host in HK had the concerts were cancelled. The organisation in HK has now sadly been discontinued. But friends from all over the world remains. As the flight tickets as well as hotel rooms were paid for we decided to go anyhow. First time ever we went for playing on concerts without playing on concerts. Instead we met many friends, including some musicians from Hungary that were supposed to be a part of the band and some vocalists. Music is important – friendship is more important!
We continually run TV sound at Kanal10 Sweden and Kanal10 Asia – sometimes frequently and some times less frequently. The programs are live TV shows with many different music artists and guests as well as recording of morning shows. We also have educational program for the staff of the TV station and make the music for some TV shows.
In November we were to Old Barn Drum Studio to record with the Swedish grammy awarded artist James Hollingworth. Most famous for his epic children songs James is a great artist with a warm personality. As the studio owner/drummer/sound engineer Anders Köllerfors has a large collection of Ehrlund Microphones (more than 25 of them) we suggested to try a new thing: Put a pair of Ehrlund Microphones at the top of the Fender Rhodes electric piano to capture some of the mechanic. It turned out great 🙂
With a small portable studio for composing we went to the beautiful and historic city of Williamsburg VA in October-November and wrote songs together with Eleonora Lahti. It turned out to everything between small ideas to complete songs in a pace of two songs per day. Will continue to develop the songs eventually as a base for an upcoming album with Eleonora Lahti.