Gabe Koch, the head of Merck Records, gave me the opportunity to supply the final release for the label, MERCK 047. The catch was, it was October, and he wanted to be done by the end of the year. I decided to accept the challenge.
In addition to this, I scheduled a show for mid-December, which Gabe came to see, so I had little less than two months to complete the album.
In addition to this, I had never used hardware on an album, and had only recently gotten an MPC1000 and Yamaha MU-80.
In addition to this, I decided to use Samplitude, a DAW I was quite unfamiliar with.
A week before the show I realized all of the tracks I recorded with gear were out of sync with each other and I had to manually re-align them all by hand: every single song.
At the time I considered the album a disaster.
I "completed" it the day of the show, rushed some automation so I could do something interactive, and drank a few martinis.
I had about a week to do the mastering, and at the very last minute I changed a single setting that changed the tone of the album. That is what was pressed. I was mortified.
The album was released in January and I had a nervous breakdown in February. As it turned out, I have bipolar disorder type II.
It was impossible for me to listen to this album for a very long time, it is incredibly emotionally charged, but two years later I can finally say it's pretty fucking good.
released January 16, 2007
Written, produced, and mastered by Joseph Misra.
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