No Sleep till the Promised Land

by Gabriel Thaine

No Sleep till the Promised Land by Gabriel Thaine

I am interested in constraint-based art, and I have found that I work best under pressure, so for the last two albums I released, I gave myself strict deadlines and rules to work within.

Listen to the album while reading the text.

I grew up singing. I am one of five children from a family of musicians and singers. We performed regularly at church and community events, a sort of modern take on the Von Trapp Family Singers. I learned to sing in harmony, without accompaniment, from a young age. When I was a kid, I was fascinated by people who could switch effortlessly between instruments, and now I play several myself, although the guitar is my first.

As mentioned above, I am interested in constraint-based art and prefer to work within strict deadlines and rules. The album “Promised Land,” for example, I wrote and recorded in 25 hours without a break for sleep. Every song on that album was written and recorded within that 25 hour period.

I recorded “Monster” over 48 hours, using songs I had already written, and that time I took a break for sleep in the middle.

Both albums I recorded in my basement with one microphone, a two-channel interface, and a laptop. I am going to record more albums in this way, until I run out of ideas, I suppose. I learn something new every time, and I look forward to what I’ll learn on the next one.

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Alberta, Canada
Acoustic, Alt CountryBlues, Folk, Rockabilly
basement studio, church choir, guitar, constraint-based art

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