Right then...I've begun the 3rd album (the follow-up to 'Speak For Yourself'). I'm going to write a more frequent blog as I did with the last one so you can keep an eye on me and make sure I'm not slacking! I wonder how it's gonna turn out? How exciting! You're very welcome to comment but please don't ask me questions on here or i'll never get any work done. You can email me with any questions you have and every month we'll pick 20 from the virtual 'hat' and post them. Send your questions to: igrill@imogenheap.com

Much much more to come! Love, fluv x i x Wheeeeee!!!


Click here and here to see 360s of my cosy studio in London where I wrote and recorded the last album "Speak for Yourself" xxx

Monday, September 03, 2007

vBlog #4

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posted by James  # 12:00 PM
Hello Imogen. I’m so excited for you the more I hear about the construction of your house/studio. I’m sure it’s been stressful at points, but before you know it, it will be done. Your new sound board looks killer, and I laughed when you made the faders dance.

I’m excited about the potential of you releasing the entire I Megaphone show, with all of the restarts, etc. For those of us that don’t live on the coasts in America, or in England for that matter, it would be cool to hear the show in its entirety.

Thank you for letting us know what you are listening to on MSN. I’ve currently listened to the James Figurine and Barbara Morgenstern disc the most. Not that I haven’t liked the other ones, just that I haven’t had the time too fully given them a listen. My favorite songs on the Figurine disc are Pretend It’s A Race And I’m On Your Side, You Again, and One More Regret. On the Morgenstern disc, I like Die Japanische Schranke, Polar, and Mailand. These are my first reactions, so I’m sure they might change. They are both two good discs to listen to.

Today is Labor Day in America, in which the majority of workers get the day off, unless you work at a gas station, supermarket, or anything retail for that matter. I doubt I will really just lounge around the whole day, when there is always some bit of work to do. I hope you enjoy your day, and watch out for the jumping mice.
Hi Immi,

I work for Digidesign and if I'm not mistaken, you're sitting in front of a beautiful new D-Control!

You're willingness to share your process with your fans is extremely cool. Thank you. I'm a new fan, but wow - may I say that your music and your production skills are completely inspiring - I am so excited to have found your music. It has me really excited about my next batch of tunes.

Would you have any interest in sharing more info about your production techniques and tools with your musician/producer fans? In addition to being a wonderful songwriter, you also happen to be an inspiringly gifted producer/engineer and I for one would be thrilled to know more about the technical side of what you do. Specifically, I'm thinking of things like:

favorite plug ins

where you find your fantastic samples (especially strings - I'm guessing you track live Cello no?)

how much of your arrangements are developed through trial and error and how much of it is mapped out before you start tracking

do you develop a sound palette before you start recording or do you spend rediculous hours listening to and making your own samples?

how do you know when a track is done and how do you deal with getting bogged down in sound design and trickery

Mixing tips and tricks

Anyway, not sure which of your web presences would be the best forum for that sort of thing - but it's just an idea.

Can't wait to hear more and to see a show next time you roll through San Francisco....best of luck with the new studio - looking forward to seeing it when it's done and I hope the Icon empowers you to do all kinds of crazy fun things with Pro Tools.
the vblogs are growing on me. thank you :).
Immi, you crack me up. This vblog was hilarious! "love the way he talks" ...Lol! I loved the bit where you got Lucy and Cindy confused. Mostly because while I was listening I was like "Wait, Lucy was pawing at a mouse...?" and then when you realized... Hehe! funny stuff. =3

I like the idea of the bottom of the house being the earthy base/body, too. My basement is um.. cement. Kind-of like a prison cell or something. Yours sounds waaaay better. x_o That's so exciting! Your house is going to be so awesome.

Much love,
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