Autumn Ashley’s new EP BATTLEGROUNDS is out now!
Sometime last year, my friend Autumn Ashley asked if Iâ€™d help her complete her next EP. She ran a Kickstarter to raise funds and anyone who contributed got the album early. On Friday, Autumn Ashleyâ€™s BATTLEGROUNDS album was finally made available for everyone.
BATTLEGROUNDS by Autumn Ashley
When Autumn first contacted me about BATTLEGROUNDS, she had all the songs written, rough demos recorded, and a handful of local arrangers putting together the individual song scores. She asked if Iâ€™d help engineer the recording sessions. As we got into it she asked if Iâ€™d also play some instruments and design the artwork.
A few months later, I headed out to Autumnâ€™s place in Connecticut for a week of turning demos and scores into album-ready recorded audio. We tracked friends new and old playing a variety of orchestral instruments in a few different locations.
Our string quartet (L to R): Jessica Buchanan â€” Violin, Nicole Stacy â€” Violin, Caty Dalton â€” Viola, Jeff Chen â€” Cello
It was fun.
It was hectic.
Pianist Tim Lillis performing nocturnally, on a piano I tuned with a drum key
It was a great learning experience.
Autumn and Scott at the helm while Nate Brown, arranger for the title track â€œBattlegrounds,â€ confirms proper execution of his score
Iâ€™d do it again in a heartbeat. And thatâ€™s why I really appreciate the people that pre-ordered the album and the people that are about to buy the album on iTunes. For a few bucks, youâ€™ll get 5 bloodsweatandtears songs plus youâ€™ll be supporting indie music and local (if you live in Connecticut) artists!
Setting up microphones for recording Autumn Ashley playing acoustic guitar
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The Problem Today, I had a problem emptying the trash on my MacBook Pro. The trash would begin to empty, but would hang shortly after starting the deletion process. I made several attempts to empty the trash (all ending in a force quit of the Finder) before deciding to pull all the files out and […]
Today, I had a problem emptying the trash on my MacBook Pro. The trash would begin to empty, but would hang shortly after starting the deletion process. I made several attempts to empty the trash (all ending in a force quit of the Finder) before deciding to pull all the files out and move them back into the trash one by one to delete them. After several rounds of trashing, I was able to eliminate all but the single offending file, a partial dmg from a failed download of Adobeâ€™s CS5 Design Premium. Holding â€˜Optionâ€™ while clicking Empty Trash didnâ€™t work. Renaming the file and then deleting didnâ€™t work either. No matter what I did, just I couldnâ€™t trash the file. So I began an online search.
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