Chasing the Dragon Records' Direct-to-Disc AIR Studios Recording Session (Part 1)




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Published on Feb 21, 2017

Chasing the Dragon record producer Mike Valentine’s business is underwater but he’s not complaining. The reknowned underwater cinematographer’s work can be seen in James Bond movies like “Casino Royale” and “Skyfall” as well as in “Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace”, “The Bourne Ultimatum” and dozens of other movies, television series and music videos.

Among Valentine’s other passions are music and good sound. His Chasing the Dragon label has so far released four well-received Direct-to-Disc records, including the Grammy® nominated, “A Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald” performed by the popular British jazz singer Clare Teal.

Valentine and his wife and business partner Francoise invited AnalogPlanet editor Michael Fremer to attend the February 10th, 2017 recording at AIR Studios in London, of Chasing the Dragon’s upcoming new release “ESPAÑA- a tribute to Spain” featuring the music of Bizet, Chabrier and Rimsky-Korsakov.

This video provides a behind the scenes look at the pre-recording session preparations and a rehearsal session, the final takes of which in around six weeks will be available on 180g vinyl (Direct-to-Disc) as well as on “binaural” vinyl sourced from a double DSD master. You can already download from the company’s website (http://www.chasingthedragon.co.uk/sho...) double DSD, 24/192 and 24/192 binaural digital versions, recorded simultaneously with the D2D all-analog cut.

In the video you will “meet” Mr. Valentine and see (and hear in rehearsal) Mezzo-Soprano Rosie Middleton and the National Symphony Orchestra. Also in the video are conductor Debbie Wiseman, sound mixer Rupert Coulson and vinyl cutting engineers John Webber and Cicely Balston. Also the "Ray" referred to in the mastering suite is, of course, Ray Staff, who is now semi-retired, but who originally cut David Bowie's "Ziggy Stardust" album back in 1972 and also cut the more recent Bowie vinyl box set(s).

Shortly, on the analogplanet.com website you’ll be able to stream free of charge, a high resolution excerpt of the binaural head recording.

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