The media and examples on this site are from the end of 2011 onwards, providing the latest news from Wavefields
Gone by the MA (2013) - Demo
4 hours, 2 Microphones and Rock’n’Roll
More rock from the Lille based boys in a one off rehearsal studio session close to the Belgian border.
This session was an opportunity to capture a new idea in raw form and help shape its the future arrangement and development.
The limited timeframe to record all elements of this track stepped up the intensity of the recording.
Logistical limitations allowed for creative recording to be a necessity.
Only 2 mics/channels were available simultaneously for the recording, meaning that production decisions were needed quickly to maximise the amount and quality of the recording.
Working backwards from a pre-made click track Guitars, Bass then vocals were laid down using standard recording techniques.
Then the drums were recording using an old school mic’ing technique developed in the early days of electronic recording.
All elements of the track were then taken back to West London where the main post production was completed in late 2013.
The end product was enthusiastically received, with the band praising the quality of this high quality demo, enabling them to use this as a calling card for future gigs.
Beachwalk Canvas (2013) - Pre Production / Development
Beachwalk Canvas are an Indie/Folk band from West London.
The multi-instrumentalist siblings have a unique sound, chemistry and song writing talents that look likely to propel them into the limelight over the next few years.
This was an initial step into the bigger world of recording and production, with industry movers suggesting this period of development would be a good grounding for the future success of the band.
These sessions gave the group opportunity to review the songs that were complete, in flux and in development.
It was also an opportunity to focus on the arrangements, how the songs were coming across, whilst giving a feel for the recording process, allowing for creative direction changes and breathing creativity into ideas for new tracks.
Beachwalk Canvas are currently giging around London following a summer of festival shows supporting many established artists.
Winter by Holdsworth (2012) - release
A soulful reflection on solitude during the long, cold winter.
Written by Holdsworth, this track came to life deep within a basement studio complex in North West London.
Engineered and produced by Wavefields with the aim of capturing the feel of the lyrical content by providing a wide sonic background on which the lyrics could play.
It was immediately clear that the balance between the instruments and the lyrical imagery would be critical to this songs success.
Working on creating a lush texture, the live instruments were recorded to pre-sequenced keyboard parts, creating a natural energy to the recording, with the sequenced parts re-recorded to fit the more acoustic feel of the track.
The live rough and ready sound of the drums gave direction for the rest of the recording and created the desired atmosphere. It was further reflected in the recording and mixing of the other instrumentation, with the moody lilting harmonica lifting the play-out instrumental section.
The Harmonica session was short and sweet as fellow musician Sam Banbury (now 3D visualisation guru) completed the take within 30 mins of hitting the record button.
Drums and Bass were laid down by Calum Rees and Andrew Philips, guitars by David ‘Vid’ Cousins with the Keys and vocals performed by Holdsworth
The process was finished off with professional mastering, enhancing and providing a top class finish for the project.
“Love the feel and intimacy we achieved. Through out the production there was always great care taken to capture and keep the essence of the track. The dynamic end section really lifts and soars. Great stuff” Holdsworth
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The M.A. (2012)
Full Production for the Lille based rock band.
10 track high quality demonstration recording, produced to highlight the qualities that make them one to watch.
This was a session of 2 halves.
An initial quick ‘record and go’ session, which took place in a loft space deep in the French countryside, showed great promise, enough to convince the band to take a chance on a fuller production. “It became obvious that there was something special the wasn’t quite captured in theses sessions and that a longer production period could bring out the magic that had been hinted at".
So a few months later recording was reconvened in a disused recording space under a sports hall just south west of Lille.
There was a tight timeframe of 2 days to record the kit and bass, bespoke click tracks were recorded and sent to the band for rehearsal and preparation. This produced a smoother more focused session and also allowed the band to lay down more experimental ideas.
The next sessions were based at Wavefields' production studio in West London, UK, where guitars and vocals were recorded. These were again well prepared by the band and the signature sound of each song was quickly captured. “The aim is always to capture as much of the sound and feel of the performance as possible, be it harsh and grating, light and soft or big, grungy and powerful”
The Vocal session came together quickly allowing time for experimentation, fixes and additions, providing all the elements needed for the final phase of production.
Early in Jan 2012 the final mix and sub mastering were completed, finishing off the production process.
“I took a quite aggressive approach to the final mixes as I felt this would give the songs the right energy and feel to match the bands overall concept for these tunes.”
The difference between the original sessions and the final piece were quite apparent with the latter a tighter, wider and punchier sounding performance.
“Cannot find the words to tell you how great your work is. Telling myself that Julien and I wrote these tunes and u turned them into major company tunes! You made our music a new music. Punchy, precise, hard but delicate... The hardest part will be to deliver this almost perfection live... A lot of work ahead but we now have a goal.... to sound like your work. “ The M.A.
The M.A. are Julien Grignon, Nick G and Mike Coquerell