Day 7 - Edit day 4

Today I got another email from Leif, our rep at Inside Out Music, our label, and he asked if we had any bonus tracks. In the past I have thought many times that we should have recorded some bonus tracks, but because of everyones schedules it just never happened. Well, here comes the label asking if we have any. And I see the benefits of it, so I emailed Daniel to record some acoustic tracks. He immediately dove into his home studio and recorded New Jerusalem and Harmagedon, both in an alternate, shorter version. He sang both songs himself (he got a great voice as well), and it sounds great!
Listening through them I had an idea of adding the orchestra to Harmagedon, since he played it in the same key & tempo as the original, album version. With a bit of Pro Tools magic I flew in some of the orchestra tracks, and it really worked well. Great stuff! Maybe later this week I have a change to lay down some percussion tracks, if I can find any instruments. Hopefully Rich can get his hands on a Cajon or something, that would be killer!
The rest of the day was filled with more of the same like yesterday and the day before. Lots of editing, tweaking, aligning, listening, re-tweaking and enjoying life in the Mouse House. Did not see a lot of the outside world, but hey, at home I can do that every day. But I’m not everyday in the Mouse House mixing Affector with Rich Mouser 😉

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I am drummer of the Dutch post-prog band Dilemma ( and drummer and founder of the progressive rock/metal band Affector ( a musician I made a name in the progressive rock scene as drummer, bandleader and tour manager of the progressive rock legend Neal Morse (Transatlantic / Flying Colors / ex-Spock’s Beard). With him and a lot of other acts, I toured the world and recorded many best-selling CD's. I own a music studio and label, where I record, produce and release my own music and other bands & artists.Next to being a musician, I am an entrepreneur since the age of 19. I started 4 businesses. My main company is Novae Popschool ( A modern music school with multiple locations throughout The Netherlands.As musician, producer, teacher, author and entrepreneur I work with a mission: "I help musicians create and develop their own musical singularity, through which they will have a more successful and more fulfilling life. It is my mission to contribute to a more socially, loving and caring society through the power of music and modern music education.Rock on!
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