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Oct 12, 2005


by admin — last modified Oct 12, 2005 10:00 PM

So - I went out this morning and came back with the master listening copy of my album. The mastering was done by Fridtjof A. Lindeman at Lydmuren in Oslo.

Last weeks we've been busy mixing. I'll listen to the results this weekend, but I can already say that this album is everything I hoped it would be and more. However many copies I'll sell, it's something I'm proud of.

As soon as the producer and I have passed the master I'll put out some previews for you to listen to. Keep watching this space!

Sep 27, 2005

Cover art

by admin — last modified Sep 27, 2005 10:00 PM

I do virtually everything on this release myself, including cover art. My lovely wife Elin has taken the pictures. I'll be setting up a discography with previews of the album soon - including lyrics.

Sep 24, 2005

The saga continues

by admin — last modified Sep 24, 2005 10:00 PM

We're well into the mixing now. We'll have a finished master in a couple of weeks - in the meantime I'm busy setting up the cover (yes, I'm doing virtually everything on this release) and doing all the other stuff needed like arranging promotion and distribution and what have you.

Sep 04, 2005

Starting to mix

by admin — last modified Sep 04, 2005 10:00 PM

The mixing is starting now. We set up the first 4 songs today (1 is already done; "Take Two ..."), and will set up more tomorrow. Tor Øyvind Quille is doing the sound, levels, eq and the "real mixing", but I've layed out some leads to follow.

We both use the same brand of software; I use Steinberg Cubase SX 3 and he uses Nuendo 3, so the projects have already gone forth and back on my 40G iPod. Good thing I have that - the whole record is pushing 9 gig now - lots of unused files, though - but I've kept it all. You never know when you need it, and diskspace is cheap.

Aug 31, 2005

Music as a dayjob

by admin — last modified Aug 31, 2005 10:00 PM

So - I'm a full time musician now. Feels good - and maybe those 14 hours days will be history (one can hope). I'm taking it easy now the first couple of days - there's still guitar and backing vocals to be recorded and some drum-programming.

Aug 25, 2005

Strictly speaking

by admin — last modified Aug 25, 2005 10:00 PM

I've upgraded the web, and it's now conforming to the xhtml-strict standards. For you who don't know what this is: it's a good thing(tm). Only thing is: the blog editor I use isn't churning out xhtml-strict so this page won't validate. Please bear over with me :)

You might also have noticed my Google ads. I'm testing it out now before I release the album.

Talking of the album: there are still sungs to be sung and guitars to record - but all in all we're very close to a wrap-up of the recording now. Mixing on some songs will start next week, September 1st. The new single will then be out in a couple of weeks.

Aug 17, 2005

Last weeks at dayjob

by admin — last modified Aug 17, 2005 10:00 PM

So - I'm soon to be a full-time musician. Very exciting :) ... This week we also filmed the last shots for the "Take Two..." video. Some colliding cars. So in addition to recording the album finished, I'm now finalizing the video too - busy,busy - and the blog suffers, I'm afraid.

Anyway - from 1st of September I'll be doing this full time - which will leave more time for writing in my blog and fixing up my website.

Aug 10, 2005

Singing marathon

by admin — last modified Aug 10, 2005 10:00 PM

So - 3 days, 9 songs. All the main voice for the album is in now. I'll take a planning pause for a couple of days now, before we start with the final run for the release. There's heaps of stuff to be done: more recording, radio promotion, band gathering and rehersals, marketing planning, PR planning (I'm planning to get a firm to help me here), cover photo and design, budgeting and accounting, deciding on a distributor and more ...

Aug 03, 2005

Back to work

by admin — last modified Aug 03, 2005 10:00 PM

So - started my dayjob again - there will be 4 more weeks and then I'm off for 4 months of leave of abcense to do my album. Looking forward to it!

I've set up some more radios - go have a look. Some pictures will also come soon, but for now I'm busy in the evenings recording everything so it's ready for the studio sessions I'm having next week. I'll be back with more info on those.

Aug 01, 2005

Back from vacation

by admin — last modified Aug 01, 2005 10:00 PM

So, I'm back from vacation again. Wow - 2 weeks certainly fly by fast. Anyway, recording the rest of the album now, and progress is good. I'll be back with more info when I have time.

Jul 13, 2005

Away for two weeks

by admin — last modified Jul 13, 2005 10:00 PM

I'll be going away now for 2 weeks. Some R&R and some arranging and recording.

I'll be back.

Jul 12, 2005

New hardware - New webpages

by admin — last modified Jul 12, 2005 10:00 PM

First, I gotta tell you about the cool new monitors and soundcard I bought yesterday. Soundcard: M-Audio Firewire 410. Monitors: Samson Resolve 65a. I'm very happy with both.

Secondly, a new page is up. It's a radio page showing the radio stations you can hear me on. Hopefully it will grow a bit soon - radio promotion is hard work.

Jul 11, 2005

Added some ads

by admin — last modified Jul 11, 2005 10:00 PM

To generate more traffic I have joined a link network called LinkShare and there will be some - hopefully unobtrusive - ads displayed at the bottom of my pages.

Jul 10, 2005

Bandgathering and Radiopromo

by admin — last modified Jul 10, 2005 10:00 PM

Two things happening at the moment. Firstly: get a band together. I put out a couple of ads and got a good response. So good, actually - that I'm at a choice for some of the positions. So that's going well.

Then there's the radio promotion. Not going so well - there are a lot of people on vacation and/or at different festivals and hard to get to. Also I have a limited time during the day in which to make phonecalls, since I have a dayjob to look after too. But anyway: it's only a bit over a week since I sent it out - guess I'm expecting too much too soon.

I'll set up a page when I get some confirmed radio stations playlisting the single.

Jul 07, 2005

Single up on iTunes

by admin — last modified Jul 07, 2005 10:00 PM

Yippee - my single is now available of sale on iTunes. Go buy it - it's only EUR 0,99 - tell all your friends.

Jul 06, 2005

Love me or not

by admin — last modified Jul 06, 2005 10:00 PM

Vocals on my second single "Love Me or Not" is in. This is a several years old song I did with SimpelTen. 2-3 hours work nailed them good.

Jul 01, 2005

Last video shoot

by admin — last modified Jul 01, 2005 10:00 PM

We did some more shoots for the Take Two and Call Me in the Morning video today. Lots of smoke, guitars and a grand piano. Looks great.

Jun 30, 2005


by admin — last modified Jun 30, 2005 10:00 PM

So - we packed roughly 140 envelopes with promo CDs of "Take Two and Call Me in the Morning" and went to the postoffice thinking it would be a simple task to get them sent. But no - Norwegian Postal Services don't provide such service as actually get the envelopes stamped. We had to buy stamps and put them on ourselves.

Funny thing is: this is exactly what Take Two and Call Me in the Morning is about - how the drive for profit results in poorer service. Only it's more dramatic with hospitals.

Jun 29, 2005

Busy days

by admin — last modified Jun 29, 2005 10:00 PM

Some of you might have picked up on the Qt 4 Release Song I put together. There's a video too, which I have no credit for apart from appearing in it (I am the first one to run in from the right in the "group dance" :)

I also got the promo CDs yesterday and they will be sent out to Norwegian radio stations during this and next week (we pack it all ourselves, so it will take some time).

The single is uploaded to iTunes, and will be available within a couple of weeks.

Jun 26, 2005

iTunes sells Finn Arild Music

by admin — last modified Jun 26, 2005 10:00 PM

My music will shortly be available on iTunes - the first song being available for sale is my radio single: "Take Two and Call Me in the Morning". Later this year my album "Serendipity" will also be available, both on iTunes and on CD. As soon as I get time, I will come back with more info around the single release.