Previously unknown Hank Williams recordings have been found and I was lucky enough to be the guy to bring them back to life. The recordings came from four 16" transcription records from 1950 and were in pretty rough shape, but I did my best to make sure Hank sounds as warm, natural and analog-y as the day he recorded them. The Garden Spot Programs, 1950 are set to be released on May 20th by Omnivore Recordings on LP and CD along with a special limited edition 10" EP for Record Store Day.
So this is exciting. WABE, Atlanta's NPR station, just aired an interview with me where I explain all the intricacies of audio restoration. Follow the link below if you want to know more.
Another GRAMMY nomination! I’m happy to announce that Dust-to-Digital's Pictures Of Sound: One Thousand Years Of Educed Audio: 980–1980 has been nominated for Best Historical Album! Congratulations to Patrick Feaster and Lance Ledbetter for putting together such a groundbreaking release. I’m honored to share the nomination with these two. The award ceremony will be held at 1:00 PM, February 26, 2014 in Los Angeles, CA. Thank you Recording Academy for recognizing this project!
It’s been a busy year here at Osiris Studio! Lots of great records were mastered and are now available for you to listen to and enjoy. More music from Analog Africa including, Orchestre Poly-Rythmo Vol 3: The Skeletal Essences of Afro Funk 1969-1980, Afrobeat Airways 2: Return Flight to Ghana 1974-1983 (Osiris Studio is shown on the cover art!), Angola Soundtrack 2 - Hypnosis, Distorsions & Other Sonic Innovations 1969-1978 and a re-master of the incredible Rebita, the first LP ever issued in Angola. Dust-to-Digital put together some amazing compilations this year including, Kassidat: Raw 45s From Morocco, Sorrow Come Pass Me Around: A Survey of Rural Black Religious Music, Greek Rhapsody: Instrumental Music From Greece 1905-1956, and they capped the year off with the brilliant Longing for the Past: The 78 RPM Era In Southeast Asia.
Osiris Studio is proud to announce that mastering engineer Michael Graves has been nominated for a second GRAMMY! The Dust-to-Digital project, Opika Pende: Africa at 78 RPM has been nominated for Best Historical Album for the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards. The award ceremony will be held at 1:00 PM, February 10, 2013 in Los Angeles, CA. The nominees include Michael Graves (mastering engineer), Steven Lance Ledbetter and Jonathan Ward (album producers). Thank you Recording Academy for the recognition and nomination!
Another outstanding compilation from Analog Africa. Label owner and compilation producer Samy Ben Redjeb has collected some amazing tracks from the Benin based Orchestre Super Borgou de Parakou. The Bariba Sound presents Bariba and Dendi linguistic folklore, alongside Islamic-influenced melodies, fused with soul, Pachanga, breakbeats, rumba and afrobeat. Audio restoration and mastering by Michael Graves, Osiris Studio.
Compiled by Chris Menist for Parlortone/Dust-to-Digital, this LP features vintage oud and vocal music inspired by the qat-chewing, coffee-sipping, qambus-playing culture of Yemen. The album is a collection of rare, Yemeni vinyl singles, showcasing the little-documented, evolving local music styles in the 1960s and ‘70s. Audio restoration and mastering by Michael Graves, Osiris Studio.
Compiled by Jonathan Ward, released by Dust-to-Digital; Opika Pende: Africa at 78rpm is a 4-CD collection featuring 100 tracks taken from rare 78rpm recordings of African music (1909 to mid-1960s), none of which have ever been issued on CD until now. Pan-African in scope and wildly diverse, Opika Pende is a testament to the deep riches found in early recorded music across the continent. The packaging is a 112-page softcover book with 4 CDs in a separate portfolio – all housed in a deluxe cloth slipcase. Audio restoration and mastering by Michael Graves, Osiris Studio.