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Recording Showcase 2020

“In The Transylvanian Forest”

Brady Jones

Brady Jones

Senior, Music Industry

Introduction

My classmate and best friend in the music industry program, Ryan Thomas, and I created the album “Evanescent Winter” because we were inspired by many heavy metal bands that are out there recording albums, doing shows, and becoming successful. We went in the gothic direction with this album because I, myself, identify within the gothic community and I am a fan of vampires, the Victorian Era, Medieval times, and Romantic Era composers such as Robert Schumann, Brahms, and Chopin. Influences of this album include Emperor, Behemoth, Arch Enemy, Bloodbath, Theatres Des Vampires, Converge, Dir En Grey, Theatre of Tragedy, The Gathering, Draconian, Suffocation, The Cure, Christian Death, and Cradle of Filth.

About the producer 

My interest in heavy music started in middle school/high school and I always wanted to make that type of music, whether it be black metal, death metal, punk, thrash, doom metal, or industrial/gothic. Back then, I usually leaned more toward the deathcore/metalcore side of things in high school, but I always like a good Immortal, Behemoth, Lacuna Coil, Cradle of Filth, and Emperor track. I started going in the heavier than deathcore/metalcore direction in my music taste toward the end of high school. When I started college at UWO, I always wanted to make a heavy metal record of some sort. In 2017, I made a 9 minute long track with one of my classmates and best friends in Recording Practicum. Three years later, we made an album under the band name Foreshadowing Death. The album is called “Evanescent Winter.” My goals for my career are to create more music, develop my marketing skills, and perfect my mixing/mastering skills.

About The Process

The production process was interesting. We were using Ryan’s drumkit, my Ibanez 7-string guitar in A# standard, Drop G#, Drop C#/G#, and Drop G. Most of the record is in the A# standard tuning. For some reason, Ryan and I really love the key of Bb minor. We recorded all of the drums in just a few sessions and all of my guitar tracks in a few sessions as well. I did all my vocals when I had time. Vocally, this was the first time I was able to do an inhaled high pitched scream/shriek (from the track, “Zombie Christ”), and now I can do them all the time. Ryan also did some backing vocals (“In the Transylvanian Forest”) and co-lead vocals (“Zombie Christ”). I also achieved a high Bb on the track “The Craving” for clean vocals. The mixing part was the most difficult process, especially for the track, “The Craving” because there is a lot happening in the mix. However, we were able to turn it into a rather decent-sounding mix. On the side, there were industrial/electronic and darkwave-ish interludes created to set the tone of the record. Ryan also created the intro track for the album called, “Nosferatu…Prelude to Transylvania in Eb Minor.” Overall, I really would like to make an album like this in the near future with my Ryan.

Credits

Brady Jones (Brady Shady) – Vocals, Guitars, Bass Programming, Mixing, Mastering, Production, Lyrics

Ryan Thomas – Drums, Percussion, Electronic Drums, MIDI, Composition, Lyrics, Backing Vocals (track 5), Vocals (track 8)

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1 Comment

  1. Alison Shaw

    This is fantastic ya’ll. For me, one of the things that I listen for in this genre is the clarity of all parts and the effective layering of timbres, sound effects, vocal colors and of course – the drumming. For lack of a better term – orchestration. 🙂 Even though I don’t listen to metal as one of my “life soundtracks” I do very much appreciate good art in any form. Dream, hope and conquer. You got this.

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