Welcome to the website of indie electro-alternative musician Reggie Barnes. Reginator is currently in the studio recording his new album! Until the new album is complete and released please enjoy his debut album: Entomology.
Wow, I didn’t realize how long it’s been since I’ve posted on the album progress. Mixing is in full swing and it feels good to be at this stage. I feel I’ve done some of my best work on this album; good musicianship and good tone in the vocals.
A bit of a setback – I had decided on my album art and website design, but a popular band on the Elektra label beat me to it this summer. So, after some deep thought I’ve come up with a new idea for cover art and will get started on it right away…before someone beats me to the punch!
This weekend I recorded what should be the final synthesizer lines on the new album. I’ve re-listened to all of the new songs and I can officially say that the recording sessions are now complete – yay!
Now I’ll spend some time cleaning up background noises picked up by the microphones, equipment buzz/hum from the guitars and hiss from distortion pedals on the synths. Luckily, I use three of the best audio editing apps out there to make short order of this: iZotope RX5, Melodyne and Sound Forge Pro. I’ll still leave some noise in the audio files, just not so much that it distracts from the performance.
I also came up with an idea for the new website and album art. Now to find an artist to help visualize this…
Well, it’s taken quite a bit longer to make this album and I’m happy to report that all of the vocal work is complete. I still have to record the final instruments on a few songs then after that it’s on to mixing.
Still on my ‘to do’ list is to narrow down my ideas for the album artwork and locate a website designer. I’ve never worked with a designer before but I’m hoping it’ll be a fun experience.
Hopefully my next post will be on the new website!
Greetings to all! It’s been a while since my last update but I’ve been hard at creating and recording. I have some songs that are ready for mixing, some in the middle of tracking, and some yet to be recorded. All in all I’ve written around 20 songs just for this album. Recording all of them is quite a feat but the progress is good and steady.
I’m also planning a redesign of my website to usher in the albums release. So keep your eyes and ears open for the new look and the new sound.
Well… I’m deep in the groove of album creation which takes me thru one of my all time favorite things to do: bringing to life the melodies running around in my head. It’s a tedious process involving a little bit of trial and error and a whole lot of creativity, technique and patience. The reward is hearing your creations cracking to life over the studio monitors for the first time. The only other thing I can think of that could give this level of satisfaction would be going out with a supermodel – although I’ve never given this a try I hear it’s a pretty good experience.
Happy 2013 and welcome back! With the New Year I bring you the latest news: I’ve started recording new material for my next album. This is an exciting time because I get to play around with my synths and guitars to make the sounds that I’ve imagined for each song. I have to give thanks to my iPhone because of it’s handiness in letting me compose and record demos anywhere.
Prior to this I was very busy reorganizing Glade of Utopia, my personal studio, over the past few months. I replaced all of the old instrument cables and patch cables that were giving me trouble. I also built a new equipment rack and two platforms to hold my synths and controller keyboard. The platforms allow the Minimoog Voyager and Roland JP-8080 sit side by side. The newest addition to my synth arsenal is the Waldorf Microwave Mk1 Rev B and it was installed in the new rack. I also refreshed all of my guitars with new strings and did extensive modifications to the Epiphone Dot Deluxe to bring it more in line with an actual Gibson ES-335. The Fender Stratocaster was modified as well. Everything was tested, tweaked and then tested again, and now all of my gear is in tiptop condition and ready to go.
Well, time to get back to recording. Happy Chinese New Year!
Seasons greetings to everyone around globe! News of what Reginator has been up to coming your way next month. Until then I leave you with a possibly little know cover of Something by The Beatles.
I’ve spent quite some time over the last few years in Hong Kong, Beijing and Singapore. When listening to the local radio it’s surprising how much music from the West you can hear. Not just Top 40 songs but also tunes from the 90’s, 80’s and even the 70’s grace the airwaves. I remember sitting in the back seat of a taxi in Singapore hearing Ring My Bell by Anita Ward sneaking thru the dashboard radio…it gave me a smile!
I’ve also heard a lot of great music from the East. There are two artists in particular that I have in regular rotation on my iPhone: Jay Chou and Jolin Tsai. I first learned of Jay Chou while watching the movie Curse of the Golden Flower starring Yun-Fat Chow and Li Gong. Jay Chou’s character in the movie is Prince Jai who battles for his mother’s honor. The haunting song at the end of the movie, Ju Hua Tai (Chrysanthemum Flower Bed), was performed by Jay Chou. It’s a beautiful song and very delicate. This song is also on his studio album Still Fantasy.
I found Jolin Tsai while searching for music by Jay Chou. She has a lovely voice that’s very sweet and engaging. It also blends nicely with her musical production and its so infecting that I now own three of her albums of which Cheng Bao (Castle) is my favorite so far.
There are other artists and musicians from the East that I’m beginning to explore. It’s like a whole new world of music that I’ve just woken up to – exciting! If you’re interested in sticking your big toe in the waters of popular music from Asia I recommend giving Jay Chou or Jolin Tsai a listen and then go from there. I haven’t found the Alternative, Electronic or Synthpop groups yet but with time I’m sure to stumble across the Eastern equivalent to Depeche Mode!
It is always nice when someone likes what you do. I want to thank everyone tuning in to Jango internet radio and for supporting my music – 谢谢 [thank you]!
What I did not anticipate were listeners in countries other than the US and Canada. I’m fortunate to now have fans from Germany, Israel, Spain, Czech Republic, Lao, Peru, Netherlands, Ireland, France, Australia, Italy, Brazil, Korea, England, Chile, Denmark, Venezuela, Russia, and Singapore. Every day new fans are checking in and my appreciation goes out to each and every one.
Music is truly universal. Maybe one day I’ll have listeners on Mars. 😉
Entomology is now free to a good home. Tell your friends!