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Sep 01, 2005

Music as a dayjob

by admin — last modified Sep 01, 2005 12:00 AM

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 26, 2005

Strictly speaking

by admin — last modified Aug 26, 2005 12:00 AM

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 18, 2005

Last weeks at dayjob

by admin — last modified Aug 18, 2005 12:00 AM

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 11, 2005

Singing marathon

by admin — last modified Aug 11, 2005 12:00 AM

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 04, 2005

Back to work

by admin — last modified Aug 04, 2005 12:00 AM

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 02, 2005

Back from vacation

by admin — last modified Aug 02, 2005 12:00 AM

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 14, 2005

Away for two weeks

by admin — last modified Jul 14, 2005 12:00 AM

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

I'll be back.

Jul 13, 2005

New hardware - New webpages

by admin — last modified Jul 13, 2005 12:00 AM

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 12, 2005

Added some ads

by admin — last modified Jul 12, 2005 12:00 AM

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 11, 2005

Bandgathering and Radiopromo

by admin — last modified Jul 11, 2005 12:00 AM

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 08, 2005

Single up on iTunes

by admin — last modified Jul 08, 2005 12:00 AM

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

Jul 07, 2005

Love me or not

by admin — last modified Jul 07, 2005 12:00 AM

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 02, 2005

Last video shoot

by admin — last modified Jul 02, 2005 12:00 AM

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.

Jul 01, 2005

Packing

by admin — last modified Jul 01, 2005 12:00 AM

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 30, 2005

Busy days

by admin — last modified Jun 30, 2005 12:00 AM

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 27, 2005

iTunes sells Finn Arild Music

by admin — last modified Jun 27, 2005 12:00 AM

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.

Jun 23, 2005

Final Mix - First Radio Single

by admin — last modified Jun 23, 2005 12:00 AM

So - final mix on the radio single is done. It's going in for remastering at Lydmuren and printing next Tuesday. If you live in Norway, you should hear it on the radio by the week after that. This single: "Take Two and Call Me in the Morning" has turned out just great. My producer Tor Øyvind Quillehas really put his best mark on this one.

I am still waiting for the final agreement with a leading digital music distribution company, upon which time you will be able to buy it online.

Jun 19, 2005

Video shoot done

by admin — last modified Jun 19, 2005 12:00 AM

It's been a 12 hour workday, but now all the shots for the video is wrapped. I'm too tired now to write much more about it than to say everything went beyond my (and anybody elses) expectations. Pictures will come.

Thank you Elin, Toril, Eirik, Mike, Anita, Paul, Thea, Silje, Ann Sofie, Tessi, Espen, Marius, Helen and Helen's husband (whose name I can't remember right now) for spending your Sunday unpaid for this video shoot. You were all great actors and made this a great music video.

Jun 15, 2005

First Video Shoot

by admin — last modified Jun 15, 2005 12:00 AM

Yesterday was a long day. We started off in the morning to inspect the site of the shoot Sunday. Looking very good - just like a hospital. Then I was off to get the costumes. 5 nurses and 3 doctors :) ...

In the evening we did the first video shoot. This was the "mirror scene" - a scene where the tired nurse is talking to herself in the mirror. We put black plastic in front of all windows and got a very dark room. Then we had the nurse (which turned out to be quite an actress) in a chair in front of the mirror with a spot on. The result was a very nice shot of only the nurse and the mirror.

Jun 11, 2005

Making Lists

by admin — last modified Jun 11, 2005 12:00 AM

Another time-consuming job is making lists to radio and media for sending and plugging the single when it's released. The single will be sent to around 100 radio stations in Norway, and I have to check them all for fitness before I send them anything. There's no use sending the single to an all-classical radio station, for example.

The script and plans for the video shoot are also coming along fine. The shoot will be Sunday 19. June on a training post for nurses here in Oslo. I still need extras, if you're available that day.