The recording for “Alleingeburt” began in December 2017… 9 months ago. Hannes, the sound engineer, had had a baby in July, and we had ours in October. It’s been a busy time. A good time. Nevertheless, things have taken their time, and what began as an idea, a wish to record songs, became a process which developed gradually. A big learning process.

I got a message the other day from a friend telling me to “go for it” in the recordings. To lose all my inhibitions. The funny thing is, only now, after recording the 10 songs, do I understand what that means. These 10 s0ngs are not the songs which consttantly display the core of my being, the last droplet of my soul as I channel each moment into the strings of my guitar and my voice. But now I know that the next one will be.

These songs mark a watershed in our lives. They are beautifully recorded, with special moments, and several glimpses of the harmony we try to achieve in our daily lives together. The songs reflect the story of our past 8 years, and are songs which we knew we could record together (me and Kilya) despite our family situation, and lack of certainty about how we would – at all – manage to get into the studio. The songs are a huge achievement for two people who live together, love together and work together, To be honest – I might have mentioned this before – this recording was supposed to mark the end of our singing together. In the end, though, we became absorbed by the work, and it became the start of our next journey.

Recording in separate tracks can be a tough thing. It’s difficult to create the same urgency and feeling compared to when you simply pick up the guitar and sing. On the other hand, it gave us the chance to structure the work over many months and take the chances we had, to record. We kind of had one shot at it – or so we thought back then – and that’s why we had to play it safe. However, the recordings are good. The sound is very pure. And where we needed it, we abandoned our principles and re-recorded certain parts, but together – at least the voices.

I think this recording is going to be something which is worth listening to. It will touch the people who listen to it. We did our best,and we can be proud of it. It’s human. It sounds real. However, it was also a huge learning process. And in the time it took to record it, I’ve changed a great deal. I read a story this week in Springsteens’s biography (which I’m still reading) and after months and months of recording the album Born To Run, in countless tortuous studio sessions, Springsteen throws the master acetate into the pool at the hotel. He’s completely frusrated. All he hears is everything he would do differently. In the end he calms down and just says: “Let it run!”. He realises that this will always be the case when you are recording over many months. You just have to get the album published, get it out there, let the people decide, and trust that there will be a next time, and next time you will improve. Born To Run susequently became a huge album. His breakthrough album.

So what next? In November I get the Atkin guitar back from Atkin Guitars in England, where it’s being repaired. I go into the studio for three days and I sing and sing and play and play…and we record live the many, many songs which have been created in the past 12 months. This method makes sense for us. For our time and our budget…but most importantly for our desire to create the deepest of experiences. To transmit that into the music. “Alleingeburt” will have its special place in my heart. It was very important for us to set this marker. There are songs on there which I don’t want to to even think of changing. It’s all been worth it – which is really not always the case when recording!!  Above all, though, the sound is something unique.

But, after the recording, is always before the recording and the next recordings will be dominated by the motto: “Go for it without compromise. Lose all you inhibitions”.

 

Thanks for reading,

 

Ben

 

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