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Featured Artist: Builder of the House

ElliotThis month we have been working with the Portland-based Folk Pop duo, Builder of the House on their new record to be released in 2016 on sonaBLAST! Records out of Louisville Kentucky. Builder of the House has been racking up recognition recently, and is currently nominated for “Best in the State” at the New England Music Awards (happening April 9th). Their single There Is No Hourglass, Only Sand is also a semi-finalist for BEST AAA (Adult Album Alternative) Song and Best Music Video in the International Songwriting Competition.

We set the bar high from the last EP, but for me this record is less about a traditional band approach– Elliot is playing more guitar, they’re blending organic and electronic instrumentation, and using electronic sounds not just as effects, but to create a signature sound that is the foundation of this album. Since the EP they’ve been doing a lot of live shows and touring as a two-piece and they’ve re-invented how they pull off such a rich sound with just two people: it has changed their approach to how they’re writing these new songs. I’m also seeing more varied material in this album. It’s darker, poppier, and more adventurous (my favorite track so far is When No One is Here).

The album reflects a kind of evolution in our live sound. We used to be a pretty straightforward rootsy indie band, with Rob on guitar and vocals, me on drums and percussion, and other musicians filling in on bass, vocals, guitar, synth, horns, and other instruments. Because of the difficulty in maintaining a large band, we scaled back to three of us, then just the two of us (Rob and myself). We started to consider what changes we could make to maximize our sound as two musicians, which led to me switching to electric guitar and using live electronic percussion loops. Rob already utilized a vocal pedal for effects, so adding other electronic sounds was a fairly natural step, and it allowed us to have a fuller sound with fewer people. The change in instrumentation allowed us to play our existing material in a new way and changed our approach to writing new songs. I began co-writing songs, and we quickly had enough material to think about a full-length album. -Elliot Heeschen, Builder of The House

It has been fun to work with Elliot and Rob to follow suit sonically with the lush, thick recording style from the EP but with a more open ended approach– they’re delivering some refreshing performances in the studio and I’m looking forward to mixing the album. In the meantime, you can listen to the first EP that we did in 2015 at Acadia:

Preacher’s Fire – March Issue

This month’s Preacher’s Fire is out, so be sure to pick up a copy from around town and go listen to some local music. To submit your event(s) for the next edition, email your listings to preachersfire@gmail.com by Sunday 3/27. Cover art by Reuben J. Little (check out more of his stuff on his instagram account: @reubenjlittle)

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Fujiya Corder Model EX311

I’ve had this Japanese Fujiya Corder Model EX-311 all tube 1/4″ home recorder lying around the studio for a few years… Fujiya Corder Not a ton of info online about this mini reel-to-reel model except for service manuals (thank god for radiomuseum.org)! It was made in the late 50’s early 60’s and is the rarer of the two models that Fujiya made because of the two seamlessly variable tape speeds: 3.75ips and 7.5ips. For the tube-a-philes playing along at home there are 4 tubes in total 12AV6 12BA6 30A5 35W4. It’s a super cool retro piece that has that “Je Ne C’est Quoi.” I wonder sometimes what it would have been like to be back in that time period when the idea of an affordable portable tape recorder was new, fresh, and inspiring to the masses.  As you can see from the photo it has the stock Crystal Mic that terminates in an 1/8th mono jack which goes straight into the unit.  It looks like a tiny little CB radio mic, and sounds great through its built in speaker! This is the stock tape that it had when I bought it and it has some priceless organ or pump organ pieces on it. Truly this is a small piece of mobile recording/archiving history that has brought us to where we are in today’s modern recording technology.  So from all of us down here at Acadia Recording Co. we say thank you Fujiya! Take a listen below: