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going behind the scenes to get you ahead of the curve by andrew greer
in the studio
ALBUM TITLE: Ocean
RELEAsE DATE: September 28, 2010
REcoRDIng sTUDIo: Recorded entirely
in home studios
PRoDUcERs: Jason Ingram, Bebo
nUMBER of songs: 11
sTUDIo sPEcs: Jason [Ingram] and I
recorded one instrument at a time at
our home studios with ProTools rigs.
I recorded several of the vocals and
acoustics at my home studio on a basic
AT4040 studio mic. My board was my
MacBook—very nice. We uploaded files
to the session players and they added
instrumentation at their home studios.
The songwriting process is hands-down my favorite part of making a record. I collect ideas over the course of a year
or two on my iPhone voice recorder, in Garage Band or by leaving voicemails for myself. As studio time nears, I weed
through the ideas, throw out plenty and keep a few. —Bebo Norman
DAy JoB: Making a record is as close as I ever come to having a 9-5 job. I put myself on a pretty disciplined weekday
schedule. If I’m writing at home, I treat it like I’m at an office and try to be diligent about keeping an eight-hour
workday. The best part is that I actually have weekends off. —B.N.
song-cEnTERED: We tracked acoustic guitar/piano and vocal first, then built the rest of the production around [those
parts] by sending the files to one musician at a time. This allowed us the freedom to add things slowly. There were still
times when we needed to take a few steps back and remove things so that the song could still speak. —B.N.
UP cLosE & PERsonAL: These songs work around the idea that God manages to stitch himself into every single fiber of
our lives. I used to think that the silence of God spoke as loudly as the moments when He feels very present. But the older I
get, the less I believe God is ever silent. Maybe the thread of this record is that the gospel is being preached into us in every
circumstance…the theme of brokenness and need constantly being intersected with grace and provision. —B.N.
bebo norman and Jason ingram
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