Circuline Begins Mixing Tracks for Debut Album

Circuline’s Debut Album release date has been set for December!  This past weekend was spent with Andrew Colyer re-recording the rest of the keyboard tracks for “Geode” and mix prepping at Inner Nova Records on Saturday, September 28th.  On Sunday, mixing began with the legendary engineer Julie Last over at Coldbrook Productions in Woodstock, New York.  We’re very grateful to be working with Julie – she spent ten years at the Record Plant in New York City, and ten years in Los Angeles at major label studios.  Her credits include YES, John Lennon, Brian Eno, Joni Mitchell, Aerosmith, Talking Heads, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Peter Frampton, etc.  We started with the drum tracks, then imported some of the keyboard and guitar tracks.  There is a lot more to be done, but we’re making great progress!

Engineer Julie Last begins mixing Darin Brannon's drums at Coldbrook Productions - September 2014
Engineer Julie Last begins mixing Darin Brannon’s drums at Coldbrook Productions – September 2014

Circuline Records Final Tracks for Debut Album

Saturday, September 20th – Vinnie’s Garage – Circuline went to Emmy-award-winning jazz master Vinnie Martucci’s studio to record the final drum/guitar/keyboard tracks for the debut album!  Seven songs in one day!!  Awesome, and ridiculous!!

Sunday, September 21st – Circuline spent all day at Inner Nova Records doing guitar overdubs for the debut album.  Not quite finished yet, but good progress is being made.

Engineer Vinnie Martucci sets up the mics on Darin's drums.
Engineer Vinnie Martucci sets up the mics on Darin’s drums.
Does Bill's guitar pedal get its own isolation booth?
Does Bill’s guitar pedal get its own isolation booth?
Bill Shannon warming up before the recording starts.
Bill Shannon warming up before the recording starts.
Keys setup next to the drums - man, it's loud!
Keys setup next to the drums – man, it’s loud!
Vinnie Martucci's vintage Minimoog and Rhodes piano - from his touring days.
Vinnie Martucci’s vintage Minimoog and Rhodes piano – from his touring days.
Darin Brannon poses for the camera.  Can't you see him on the cover of Drummer Magazine?
Darin Brannon poses for the camera.  Looks like a magazine cover.
Bill Shannon, fiddling with his pedalboard.
Bill Shannon, fiddling with his pedalboard.
Darin Brannon getting the drum sound just right.
Darin Brannon checking the drum mics..
Jazz master Vinnie Martucci in the control booth.
Jazz master Vinnie Martucci in the control booth.
Pay attention when the engineer is speaking.
Pay attention when the engineer is speaking.
Ready to go!  Hit that red button!
Ready to go! Hit that red button!

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Circuline in the Studio – September 2014

In preparation for the fall debut album release of original melodic cinematic progressive rock music, Circuline  continued the epic two-day weekend rehearsal schedule, from 11 am to 10 pm on Saturdays, and 11 am to 6 pm on Sundays.  Rehearsals continue in the new remote location – “The Cave” in upstate New York, as well as at Inner Nova Records.

Sunday, August 31st / Monday, September 1st
Saturday, September 6th / Sunday, September 7th

Darin Brannon listens to the playback of the rough mix in The Cave.
Darin Brannon listens to the playback of the rough mix in The Cave.
Bill Shannon laying down rough guitar tracks in The Cave.
Bill Shannon laying down rough guitar tracks in The Cave.
Andrew Colyer lays down rough keyboard tracks in The Cave.
Andrew Colyer lays down rough keyboard tracks in The Cave.
Darin Brannon's previously famous band.
Darin Brannon’s previously famous band.
Darin loves the studio so much, he sleeps next to the gear rack.
Darin loves the studio so much, he sleeps next to the gear rack.

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Circuline in the Studio – Summer 2014

Saturday, July 26th – In preparation for the fall album release of original melodic cinematic progressive rock music, Circuline  continued the epic two-day weekend rehearsal schedule, from 11 am to 10 pm on Saturday.  Rehearsal continued in the new remote location – “The Toolshed”  in upstate New York.

Sunday, July 27th – Vinnie’s Garage – Day #1 – Circuline went to Emmy-award-winning jazz master Vinnie Martucci’s studio to record pre-production tracks.  Photos below:

Circuline picking up food on the way to the studio
Circuline picking up food on the way to the studio
Setting up the drum mics for Darin's kit
Setting up the drum mics for Darin’s kit
Keyboard rig at Vinnie's Garage - July 2014
Keyboard rig at Vinnie’s Garage – July 2014
Circuline in the studio - July 2014 - Darin Brannon (drums), Dan Aggers (bass), and Bill Shannon (guitar)
Circuline in the studio – July 2014 – Darin Brannon (drums), Dan Aggers (bass), and Bill Shannon (guitar)
Andrew Colyer at Vinnie's Garage - July 27th, 2014
Andrew Colyer at Vinnie’s Garage – July 2014
Darin Brannon loves having an engineer to work with!
Darin Brannon loves having an engineer to work with!
Vinnie Martucci's vintage Minimoog!
Vinnie Martucci’s vintage Minimoog!
Vinnie Martucci behind the control room glass - July 2014
Vinnie Martucci behind the control room glass – July 2014
Bill Shannon is so happy to in the studio!
Bill Shannon is so happy to be in the studio!

Saturday, August 9th / Sunday, August 10th
Pre-Production Recording / Arranging / Mixing at Inner Nova Records

Darin takes a picture of Andrew taking a picture of him.
Darin takes a picture of Andrew taking a picture of him.
Andrew is brain dead after engineering all weekend.
Andrew is brain dead after engineering all weekend.

Saturday, August 16th / Sunday, August 17th
Circuline moves into new writing space –  “The Cave”

Circuline's new writing space - "The Cave" - August 2014
Circuline’s new writing space – “The Cave” – August 2014 – “Before” photo
Circuline in new writing space - "The Cave" - August 2014 - "After" photo
Circuline in new writing space – “The Cave” – August 2014 – “After” photo

Saturday, August 23rd / Sunday, August 24th
Saturday – writing / arranging / recording / mixing at Inner Nova records – “I Wish”
Sunday – Darin setup and recorded his drum parts over at The Cave for “I Wish”, while Bill and Andrew Colyer worked on the structure for “Geode”

Bill Shannon works out his guitar parts in The Cave.
Bill Shannon works out his guitar parts in The Cave.
Darin Brannon works out his drum parts in The Cave.
Darin Brannon works out his drum parts in The Cave.
Andrew Colyer works out his keyboard parts in The Cave.
Andrew Colyer works out his keyboard parts in The Cave.

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Circuline Rehearsal – July 12th and 13th

In preparation for the end-of-summer EP release of original melodic cinematic progressive rock music, Circuline  resumed the epic two-day weekend rehearsal schedule, from 11 am to 10 pm on Saturdays, and 11 am to 6 pm on Sundays.  Rehearsals continue in the new remote location – “The Toolshed”  in upstate New York.

On Saturday, Andrew Colyer (keyboards, vocals), Darin Brannon (drums, percussion), Bill Shannon (guitars, vocals), Daniel Aggers (bass, bass pedals, vocals), and  lead vocalist Billy Spillane continued composing music, lyrics, melody lines, and harmonies for the song “In Through The Sun”.  On Sunday, the process continued with the song “Stereotypes”.  The band also recorded the final musical structures (they  think) of “In Through The Sun” and “Stereotypes” on Sunday.  (We’ll see about that…..)

Darin Brannon and Billy Spillane work out some drum parts.
Darin Brannon and Billy Spillane work out some drum parts.
Darin Brannon and Bill Shannon composing original music at Circuline rehearsal - July 2014.
Darin Brannon and Bill Shannon composing original music at Circuline rehearsal.
Andrew Colyer volunteers to take a picture of himself.
Andrew Colyer volunteers to take a picture of himself.

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Circuline Rehearsal – June 28th and 29th

In preparation for the end-of-summer EP release of original melodic cinematic progressive rock music, Circuline  resumed the epic two-day weekend rehearsal schedule, from 11 am to 10 pm on Saturdays, and 11 am to 6 pm on Sundays.  Rehearsals continue in the new remote location – “The Toolshed”  in upstate New York.

On Saturday,  Andrew Colyer (keyboards, vocals), Bill Shannon (guitars, vocals), and Daniel Aggers (bass, bass pedals, vocals)  worked on composing music for the upcoming EP’s third piece – “Wishing for Leander”.  On Sunday,  Darin Brannon (drums, percussion) made the trek upstate from his home in Brooklyn to continue composing music, bringing “Wishing for Leander” close to completion, and also continuing to make tweaks to the first song on the EP – “In Through The Sun”.

Bill Shannon is burning on guitar!
Bill Shannon is burning on guitar!!
Circuline bassist/composer/vocalist Daniel Aggers tweaking the effects on his rig.
Circuline bassist/composer/vocalist Daniel Aggers tweaking the effects on his rig.
Darin Brannon is so in love with his drummies and cymbals!
Darin Brannon so loves his drummies and cymbals.
Andrew Colyer with his keyboard rig at "The Toolshed".
Andrew Colyer with his keyboard rig at “The Toolshed”.

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Circuline Rehearsal – June 21st and 22nd

Circuline  welcomes new bass player, composer, and vocalist – Daniel Aggers!

In preparation for the end-of-summer EP release of original melodic cinematic progressive rock music, Circuline  resumed the epic two-day weekend rehearsal schedule, from 11 am to 10 pm on Saturdays, and 11 am to 6 pm on Sundays.  Rehearsals have moved to a new remote location – “The Toolshed”  in upstate New York.

On Saturday (happy Summer Solstice!), Andrew Colyer (keyboards, vocals), Darin Brannon (drums, percussion), Bill Shannon (guitars, vocals), Daniel Aggers (bass, bass pedals, vocals), lead vocalist Natalie Brown, and  lead vocalist Billy Spillane continued composing music, lyrics, melody lines, and harmonies for the song “In Through The Sun”.  On Sunday, the process continued with the song “Stereotypes”.

Lead singers of Circuline -  Natalie Brown and Billy Spillane
Lead singers of Circuline – Natalie Brown and Billy Spillane
Darin Brannon behind his thunderous drum kit.
Darin Brannon behind his thunderous drum kit.
Andrew Colyer with his keyboard rig at "The Toolshed".
Andrew Colyer with his keyboard rig at “The Toolshed”.
The "Silly Billies" - Bill Shannon and Billy Spillane showing off their guitars.
The “Silly Billies” – Bill Shannon and Billy Spillane showing off their guitars.
New Circuline member Daniel Aggers (bass, bass pedals, vocals), with lead vocalist Natalie Brown
New Circuline member Daniel Aggers (bass, bass pedals, vocals), with lead vocalist Natalie Brown

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Circuline Bandmates at RoSfest 2104

Circuline bandmates Andrew Colyer, Darin Brannon, and Bill Shannon attended RoSfest 2014, courtesy of concert promoters George Roldan and Rob Rutz, whom Andrew met on the 2014 Moody Blues Cruise and the 2014 YES-headlining Cruise to the Edge.

Circuline bandmates Bill Shanon, Darin Brannon, and Andrew Colyer at RosFest 2014
Circuline bandmates Bill Shanon, Darin Brannon, and Andrew Colyer at RosFest 2014

Circuline Rehearsal – March 15th and 16th

In preparation for the summer Progressive Rock Tribute tour and upcoming EP release of original music, Circuline  continued the epic two-day weekend rehearsal schedule, from 11 am to 10 pm on Saturdays, and 11 am to 6 pm on Sundays.  Rehearsals are being held at Enigma Dance Hall in upstate New York.

On Saturday, Andrew Colyer (keyboards, vocals), Darin Brannon (drums, percussion), Bill Shannon (guitars, vocals), and  lead vocalist Billy Spillane went to look at a new rehearsal/composition/multimedia space, that might become our new permanent home!  The band then continued composing original material for the upcoming EP release of original music.  The first songs closest to completion are “In Through The Sun” and “Stereotypes”.  Lead vocalist Natalie Brown will be joining rehearsals shortly.

Darin Brannon and Bill Shannon at Circuline Rehearsal
Darin Brannon and Bill Shannon at Circuline Rehearsal
The view from "Colyer's Keyboard Cockpit"  at Circuline Rehearsal
The view from “Colyer’s Keyboard Cockpit” at Circuline Rehearsal
Bill Shannon looks on while lead vocalist Billy Spillane is his usual animated self.  :-)
Bill Shannon looks on while lead vocalist Billy Spillane is his usual animated self. 🙂
Bill Shannon and Billy Spillane working on original material at Circuline rehearsal.
Bill Shannon and Billy Spillane working on original material at Circuline rehearsal.
Andrew Colyer in the "Keyboard Cockpit" at Circuline rehearsal.
Andrew Colyer in the “Keyboard Cockpit” at Circuline rehearsal.

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