Music Publishing Goes Live

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Forge Recording’s Live Events Team hit the road to record four classical pieces performed by The Bucks County Wind Ensemble. Our client, Northeastern Music Publications, is a publisher of sheet music for bands and orchestras. Forge Recording provides a multi-track recording and mixing of the musical arrangements.

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Northeastern’s most recent offerings include On the Steppes of Central Asia by Alexander Borodin, Fantasie on the traditional Chinese folk song A Beaded Purse, Golden Age by Yu Jianfang, and Swarm Theory by Gary Fagan. The works were arranged by Dr. Randy Navarre who will be traveling to China to perform some of the pieces with local middle school students.

Audio Engineer Brendan McGeehan recorded the ensemble on location, while Forge Recording Lead Engineer Ron DiSilvestro mixed and mastered the recordings in Studio A.

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Pretty Digital Releases “The More You Scratch”

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The More You Scratch The Longer It Takes To Heal is the debut album of Irish electronic artist Pretty Digital. The album includes 11 tracks produced, engineered and mixed by Forge Recording’s Brendan McGeehan.

Influenced by the late eighties and early nineties Manchester music scene, Pretty Digital’s Bobby Byrne played in bands in his home town of Dublin, Ireland, before moving to Philadelphia.

The video for Pretty Digital’s single Get Used To It (below) was filmed, edited and directed by Jay Yachetta, and produced by Brendan McGeehan. The video features some famous Philly landmarks in a hip, retro style.

 

Another track from the album is Take The Loss.  You can listen to it on YouTube.

 

Visit Pretty Digital’s website to download the entire album or individual tracks.

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Von Roz Records EP at Forge

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Soulful Blues Band Von Roz utilized both Studio A and The Academy Studio to record their latest EP. Forge Recording’s Brendan McGeehan produced and engineered the project which was written by music and life partners John von Glaubitz and Meg Rozinski.

Von Roz consists of John on guitar and vocals, Meg on keyboards and vocals, Jeff Leonard on drums and John Roberts on bass. Fans can listen to the EP on Reverb Nation here.

Check out the video “Shadow Puppets” from the EP which was filmed at Forge Recording.

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All Are Welcome At St. Vincent de Paul Church

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St. Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic Church chose Forge Recording for its latest album, All Are Welcome.

The album celebrates the diversity of their congregation and the surrounding Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia. It includes a mix of classic Christian hymns, an African-American spiritual, and original compositions. It is performed by the Music Ministry’s Gospel and Contemporary Choirs, directed by Valerie Lee-Jeter and Darin Williams.

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The album was recorded, mixed and mastered  in Studio A by Forge Recording lead engineer Ron DiSilvestro who was assisted by Brendan McGeehan. Forge then produced in-house CDs in jewel cases for quick delivery while 6-panel DigiPaks were being manufactured at the plant. Proceeds from the CD benefit St. Vincent’s Music Ministry and their Capital Campaign, which works to preserve the rich history of Catholicism in Germantown.

 

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From Concert to CD in 5 days

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December marks an annual tradition at Forge Recording–the Westminster Presbyterian Church Christmas concert recording.

Since 2008, Forge Recording’s staff has recorded West Chester’s Westminster Presbyterian Church Choir‘s annual “Christmas Joy” concerts on location. This year, the 120+ piece choir celebrated its 25th annual Christmas Joy season and sold out five shows for thousands of visitors.

Forge Recording’s Brendan McGeehan was there to record two of the performances. McGeehan recorded 28 tracks that lead engineer Ron DiSilvestro mixed and mastered in Forge Recording’s Studio A the following day. Within 5 days of the concert, Forge’s team produced 600 market-ready CDs in shrinkwrap for the church to share.

Westminster Presbyterian Church is one of many church choirs who have visited our studios and/or engaged us to record them on location. Learn more here about how we can help you record your organization’s live concert.

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On-Site Recording at Immaculata University

Though Forge Recording is based in one specific location, one of the unique services we offer is our on-site recording opportunities. Immaculata University utilized our services to record their impressive digital organ playing their Alma Mater. Brendan McGeehan, our studio manager, and one of our interns traveled to Immaculata to record and mix the session. Essentially, we brought the studio to them. Forge offers location audio recording as well as location video recording.

Do you have a live gig or session you want recorded on-site? Check out our site to find out more about what we do and what we can offer you!

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Minas Re-Releases Num Dia Azul on Vinyl and CD

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Thirty-three years after the release of their first album, Num Dia Azul, Minas are re-releasing remastered and re-mixed versions on vinyl and CD. Patricia King and Orlando Haddad make up the musical duo, whose influences come primarily from Brazilian jazz. The two recorded the album in 1981 and released it two years later. From there, the record began to gather momentum and attracted a musical cult-like following. Due to an unfortunate house fire, approximately 600 of the 1,000 copies were destroyed, leaving only a few hundred left in circulation. With this, Num Dia Azul become an international collector’s item, and for good reason. The sultry jazz sounds combined with fun and upbeat Brazilian melodies and instruments are enough to entrance any jazz lover’s attention.

The album has been out of print since 1985, leaving listeners unable to purchase physical copies as the ones in circulation are highly sought after. The band has received requests for this record from all over the world, the demands only increasing over the years. Forge Recording’s very own Brendan McGeehan has worked with Minas for years and took on the task of remastering and remixing the album, this time with two previously unreleased tracks. McGeehan engineered the album here are Forge, utilizing the top of the line equipment the studio has to offer.

Along with the re-release, there will be a live performance of the album at World Cafe Philadelphia on April 16th, which is, appropriately, Record Store Day. King and Haddad will be joined by David Licht on drums (who played on the original album), Jim Stager on bass, Dendê covering percussion, and Steve Tirpak playing the tromboneIt’s bound to be a night full of good memories and great music.

Congratulations to Minas on this immense accomplishment and milestone! Listen to the album below:

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BriaMarie Music Video “#L2LU” filmed at Forge

Respect, self-esteem, empowerment, morality and love. These are the messages of Ethical Music Entertainment recording artist BriaMarie. Forge Recording was honored to have BriaMarie and Ethical Music CEO Carvin Haggins in the studio to film a music video. The song, entitled “#L2LU” (Learn to Love You), carries a strong theme of individualism and self-respect.

 

Appearing in the video are Ron DiSilvestro on drums and Brendan McGeehan on bass—collectively known as the Forge Recording Rhythm Section.

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Carvin Haggins is a multi-platinum-selling, award-winning songwriter and producer who has worked with Will Smith, Musiq Soulchild, Jill Scott and Justin Timberlake. He endeavors to make a positive change to the message in music, and his collaboration with BriaMarie supports that mission.

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We Are Music Video Project

This past December, Forge Recording’s Brendan McGeehan premiered a film project entitled “We Are Music” which celebrates the city of Philadelphia and its musicians. The project is dedicated to the late Dante Bucci, a highly talented Philly musician who passed away in August 2014. Thanks to a spontaneous filming of Dante playing the “hang drum” during the original studio recording (photo below), Brendan was able to include Dante in the final project.

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For the project, Brendan took Dante’s original hang drum tracks and enlisted the talents of Philadelphia area musicians to perform their parts at remote locations around the city. In total, the project includes 20 musicians performing in 12 iconic locations around Philadelphia.

The premiere included a screening of the finished video and live performances from various Philadelphia musicians. “We Are Music” was originally written for Brendan’s band AlyCat by members Allison Hilley and John Glabitz. The song drives home the message of unity with its grooving melody and easy flowing beat. The original studio recording of “We Are Music” was done at Forge Recording.

You can check out an article about the project and Dante Bucci at Rock On Philly. Congratulations to Brendan and all of the collaborating artists and contributors on this inspiring look at what the Philadelphia music community is all about.

 

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Michael Meade Releases 1st Original Album

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Acoustic rock and country singer/songwriter, Michael Meade, has released his first original album. “Everyday Man,” which dropped on January 18th, was recorded here at Forge and includes Michael’s original songs that speak to life’s realities. The album features the Forge Rhythm Section with Ron DiSilvestro on drums and Brendan McGeehan on bass and keyboards. Ron also mixed and co-produced the album with Michael, and Forge Recording manufactured the CDs.  “Everyday Man” is available on iTunes and CDBaby now!

 

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