Saturday, January 30, 2010

The PAWNS - First Line Of Defense

January 19th, the Pawns had their cd-release party at Martyr's in Chicago. Yes, the album that was recorded in less than a week (and pared down, mixed and mastered in only a year!) is finally finished. It's titled "First Line Of Defense", and if you happened to come to the show at Martyr's, you were treated to a free copy of the album: quite a special release, since the cd came in a 45-rpm-style sleeve, along with a full double-sided lyric sheet, sticker, and three buttons!

The show was a rousing success - the band managed quite well, even though there was barely enough room on stage for the multiple keyboards, acoustic and electric guitars, banjo, drumset, bass, vibraphone, cello, and a bunch of amps, let alone the handful of guest musicians!

The Pawns rocked - here's the song "Off Limits" which I recorded at the show (with the help of my binaural aide, Lamont):

And because I'm so proud of the work we did on the album (mixed and mastered here at the Moonroom!), here's a song from the album, "Howard Street":

Now, there has been talk in the band that they may make this album a digital download ONLY release. If that ends up being the case, these cd's in this special package are going to be the ONLY physical release of the album.

If you are interested in getting a copy of this special release while there are still some left, contact Mike Przygoda at (replace the # symbol with the @ symbol). I would urge you to get one while you can.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Voice Actor Mark Kettner

Mr Mark Kettner decided that it was time to get himself a job in the world of voice-overs. So we worked together on producing a demo recording which would showcase his pleasant, trustworthy voice in several different styles.

Several ads were included: humorous "gardening", hot cereal, high-class automobile, and blue-collar Christmas.

Also a few theatrical bits, and some technical medical and office paragraphs, and a couple of historical pieces on the ancient Maya and Rudolph (the Sheik) Valentino.

All in all, a very nice representation of work that seemed very well-suited to Mark's mellifluous tones.

But for the opening "grabber" track, Mark chose a mashup that we did, which included bits of most of those recordings, strung together in a humorous ping-pong stereo presentation.

Here it is:

If you have some voiceover work that needs to be done, please contact Mark at