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.

The Arts

by Reggie Barnes on February 7, 2011

Aside from making music I enjoy other forms of the arts. Particularly drawing, painting, and writing. I’ll admit that I haven’t devoted much time to these lately but as soon as the album is done I’ll break out the pens and brushes before recording the second album (which is nearly complete as far as writing and composition).

Here’s a pencil drawing of Cindy Crawford:

This one is an abstract watercolour of me:

And a technical pen sketch of me in Germany:

Here’s an excerpt from one of my short stories: A Night in October. If you’d like to read more I’ll post the whole thing.

The coming winter

by Reggie Barnes on December 13, 2010

Lately the temperature has been fluctuating between -1 to -3 °C. Last night it dropped to -7 °C. There’s a little creek that continually flows all year in my back yard that has started to freeze over. Not much snow has fallen but there’s an occasional mist of flurries hanging in the air.

Last week I chopped firewood to bring inside from an old fallen maple tree. The logs make a nice fire that burns for a few hours. When walking outside you can smell fires burning around the neighborhood. Everyone has the same idea: keep warm.

I’m still working on the album’s mix. It’s not easy but I’m learning more and more each time I turn a knob. Thank goodness for online forums with kind hearted mix engineers willing to share their trade secrets.

Album update # 6 – Mixing Entomology

by Reggie Barnes on November 1, 2010

The ground breaking day has come and mixing has begun! Since I’m the Producer, Composer, Performer, and Mix Engineer I have complete creative control of the final product. That being said I have to be particularly mindful not to just satisfy myself, but to make sure your listening experience enjoyable as well. In order to do that I’ve been playing music by artists and groups that have a similar vibe to Entomology; sort of listening “between the lines” to get an idea of what’s happening inside the mix and then take it a step beyond.

One of the things I could have done earlier was setup and prepare my software and outboard gear for mixing. What I thought would be only a few patch cables and mouse clicks away turns out to require more preparation than I originally believed: Patch cables too short and too few, learning a new automated fader control, CPU resources to meter out, reverb impulses to setup… You get the idea. Once everything is in place the process of mixing should go more smoothly with fewer interruptions.

…Back to work…

Album update # 5 – Audio Editing

by Reggie Barnes on September 28, 2010

Greetings and salutations! It has been a while since my last album update. Fortunately I have news worth reporting. I have completed recording the instruments and vocals for all ten songs in Entomology. This has been a labor of love as it has taken me around one year to get to this point.

Next up is the editing phase before I start mixing. This is where I’ll organize all of the audio clips and remove near-silent passages, background noises and 60Hz hum that crept in on some of the guitar and vocal tracks.

Following editing I’ll go straight into mixing. This should be a fun stage since I’ll add effects like chorus, reverb, delay and filters to bring dimension to the songs. I’m considering using Waves SSL 4000 for my mixing platform. I hear a lot of good things about the SSL sound and many swear by it as the tool for audio engineering.

Thanks for hanging in there!

Women of Electronic/Alternative Music

by Reggie Barnes on July 4, 2010

I was asked a while ago why I didn’t reference any female artists in About Me. My response was that at the beginning my musical diet consisted mainly of groups fronted by male singers. That was until I heard The Sugarcubes lead singer belting out Birthday way back around 1988. I was utterly blown away! That wonderful voice belongs to none other than Björk Guðmundsdottir, commonly know as Björk.

Another fantastic discovery was while shopping at a local music retailer around 1998. The woman in the shop knew my musical tastes and recommended I give Cibo Matto a listen. Wow! Gold was struck again! The fantastic women of that group were Miho Hatori and Yuka Honda. They’ve since made great releases of their own.

Also around 1998 I was told to pick up Dummy by Portishead. You cannot deny the lovely sound of singer Beth Gibbons over those haunting tunes!

Also, in the 80’s I listened to the Eurythmics but admittedly I’d only heard their popular songs. More recently I’ve included Goldfrapp, Emilíana Torrini and Pamelia Kurstin in my CD changer. And of course I can’t forget the Ray of Light herself: Madonna. All are powerful and inspirational artists!

Which brings me to this; does anyone have an idea what is the name of this song and who is the singer? I found this in 2004 while trying to research a song by a female singer with the word “trois” that I heard in France between 1986-87. This isn’t the song I was looking for but I like it. I don’t speak French so I’m at a loss. 😉

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Building a base of listeners

by Reggie Barnes on June 10, 2010

If you’re noticing slight redesigns to the site its in anticipation of receiving new listeners. As I’m getting closer to the mixing stage of the album I’ve realized that I need to bridge out for universal acceptance. I’ve joined some of the popular internet listening cafés and I’m also looking into niche orgs that feed far and away locations.

Other items on the to-do list are creating the album art and possibly scheduling a photo shoot. All of these things are new territories for me and exciting!

Album update # 4.5

by Reggie Barnes on June 2, 2010

I guess this is not really an update but more of what to expect musically in my debut album; Entomology. First I recognize the teaser clips are short and obscure. My goal was not to tip my hand too soon but instead give you a basic idea of the direction I’m headed. What I hope to release is a cohesive collection of songs that bind together as an album but can also stand on their own merit.

With the lyrics I’ve put careful thought into what I wanted to say and how to go about delivering the total musical vision without being too wordy.

The music itself has been the biggest hurdle. The mood can be drastically altered from changing a static synth line to one modulated by a LFO (Low Frequency Oscillator) or even using a guitar instead. You’ll hear a lot of guitar as I was able to get a more organic sound. But you’ll also hear a lot of synthesizers too! 😉

Stay tuned!

Album update # 4

by Reggie Barnes on May 25, 2010

The songs are shaping up nicely and I have eight of them in work. Here’s the current track listing:

Mantis, The Ant, Moth, Stinkbug, Caterpillar, Aphid, A Bee, Med Fly (instrumental).

It looks like Mantis with be the single I’ll release first as it’s the most complete song with all of the instrumentation in place. To finish it I’ll need to record backing vocals followed by mixing and then ship it off for mastering. The others are also very close but require just a little more work before they can be classified as done.

There’s two more songs planned but they’re currently sitting in the queue awaiting my time to give them structure, but the basic sequences are there: The Spider (instrumental) and Ladybug.

It’s been a long road but I can finally see the clearing just up ahead…

Shake The Disease

by Reggie Barnes on May 8, 2010

Without question Depeche Mode is one of the most influential electronic based groups of our generation. I first learned of their music in the late 80’s. They made their indelible mark on me while at a Parisian Disco in 1989 with my friend Jeff Lipner.  An extended version of Shake The Disease was playing although at the time I wasn’t familiar with the song, or even that it was by DM. The melody stuck in my head because it was unique compared to what I was listening to at the time. Months later and as if by magic, one of my friends was playing his collection of DM cassettes and Shake The Disease leaped out at me. I was instantly transported to that Parisian Disco with the two drink minimum and my good friend Jeff.  Give it a listen and you too can be in Paris!

BTW, that’s a lovely Parisian girl with me – not Jeff 😉

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See the video here: Shake The Disease

Album update # 3

by Reggie Barnes on March 10, 2010

Things are moving right along with the album. I’ve switched over to production on Ant even though I haven’t finished the lyrics, but I’m guessing they’ll be completed shortly. Below is a clip from the demo. Many of the elements will remain but I’ll cut back on the reverb and record proper vocals for the track. Ant will probably be a 50/50 mix of guitar and synth but we’ll see what survives when it’s time to mix.

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