A couple weeks ago I posted about formatting and typesetting the upcoming children’s book Save Santa’s Home. Save Santa’s Home is a project that aims to redirect the climate change discussion from one of anger and hopelessness to one of activism and hope.
While formatting and typesetting the book, I suggested to Sean Presant and Andrew Slack, the authors, that we produce an audio/video version of the book too. They were pretty excited by the idea. I also suggested that maybe Christian Caldeira (my bandmate in The Caulden Road, and producer of my solo music) and I could write some original holiday music for the audio/video version. Everyone was excited about that.
So, Christian and I set out to score the short illustrated film with some original holiday music. We ended up with about a dozen short cues that anchored and lifted the video’s narration.
We’ve collected those short cues together (edited slightly for continuity) into A Starry Night Suite, a free download/streaming version of the Save Santa’s Home original score. You can listen to our cues now on YouTube, or download the score via Bandcamp. The download is name-your-price, meaning it is free or available at any price you choose to pay.
Christian and I didn’t have much time to put the score together (in fact, everything was written and recorded in just two 10 hour sessions, and then mixed the following week), but we’re both happy with how it all came together.
You’ll be able to hear the score in context when the illustrated Save Santa’s Home film premieres later this month.
I wrote “Faultlines” a little over four years ago, along with a few other demos, and then set it aside. Most of my music time and energy back then was invested in my band The Caulden Road. But over the years I kept humming this song to myself and decided this summer to finally get a small band together and record it. I’m happy I did as the resulting studio sessions surpassed the demo and turned out better than I could’ve imagined. I hope to work on a few more of those solo demos over the next few months, so stay tuned!
The single is backed with an unplugged version of “All I Am” (the studio version can be found on Reflexion)
This release is the second of seven new singles The Caulden Road is working on over the next year. If you’d like to help support these new releases, you can find our Patreon page here. Patreon supporters get behind the scenes updates from in the studio, early releases, and more goodies depending on their support tier.
Finally, I made lyric videos for “Shortwave, Pt. 1” which you can watch below.
The single is backed with a spoken word poetry track titled “If You Have Somewhere to Burn Them…” featuring actress Grace Gordon. You can read more about this piece here.
This release is the first of seven new singles The Caulden Road is working on over the next year. If you’d like to help support these new releases, you can find our Patreon page here. Patreon supporters get behind the scenes updates from in the studio, early releases, and more goodies depending on their support tier.
Finally, I made lyric videos for both “Erase This” and “If You Have Somewhere to Burn Them…”, which you can watch below.
Over the last few weeks The Caulden Road has been working on a new audio project with actress Grace Gordon. It’s a song/spoken word piece called “If You Have Somewhere to Burn Them…“
The song will be the b-side on our next single, “Erase This”, scheduled for release in the new year.
“If You Have Somewhere to Burn Them…” began as a poem I wrote many years ago, and was the inspiration for the “Erase This” lyrics. I contacted Grace about working together on the spoken word aspect of the project after hearing her performance on the sci-fi podcast Satellite and seeing her in the indie short film Alone with Company.
I wrote the backing music track and laid down a rough sketch, then sent that composition over to Grace. She then gave me seven different performances of the poem… one happy, one somber, one almost whispered, etc. I then comped those seven takes into one master performance.
Once I had the basic song developed, I sent the entire multitrack project over to Christian Caldeira (my producer and Caulden Road bandmate). He added a few layers of guitar, replaced my programmed synth bass with a real bass, and engineered the final mix.
Christian’s been using a lot more guitar pedals and other outboard gear in our sessions lately, relying more on capturing the right sound from the beginning and less on tinkering with plugins later.
This project is definitely the most experimental thing The Caulden Road has taken on so far, but I hope we tackle more stuff like this in the future. Pop rock songs are fun, but so is spoken word poetry!
I can’t wait to share our new songs with you in 2019! Until then, if you’d like more of these behind the scenes updates, you can support The Caulden Road over on our new Patreon page and get exclusive updates about the music we’re working on as we work on it!