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Dr. Doug Larche Releases “Angels in the Snow”

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To visit the official website of Angels in the Snow, please click the link below.

Click HERE to listen to the music

Euphonic Masters First Stage Musical

Dr. Doug Larche brought in another first for Euphonic Studio.  This was the first stage musical where I have ever worked with a composer in the creative process and processed, mixed, and mastered a work of that scope.  It was terrific!

The musical, Angels in the Snow, is a beautifully conceived work with ideas that are contemporary over a background that is timeless.

From the website:

Framed by the American-Mexican Border Fence conflict and the Israeli-Palestinian Wall, Angels in the Snow! tells the
passionate inter-generational story of three couples separated by the Berlin Wall, and the bloody crises they face as they try to
reach each other and survive. East German Communist Leader Erich Honecker, soldiers, fierce dogs, infidelity, torture, eco-
terrorism, and The Wall stand between them for 28 years. Angels is romance, unrequited love, desperation, death and ultimate
triumph and reunion; but it is also laced with sweetness, joy, laughter, nostalgia and hope. Woven upon a tapestry of non-
violence, environmentalism and the search for peace, Angels also offers grace notes to the Holiday season.
We are at the cusp of a new day in America. Especially in these times, when walls and bans are physical reflections of
fear and deep prejudice and hatred, we are desperately searching for something that speaks to our own lives, experiences
and historical contexts – something that actually happened during our own lives; something that is real, not just built of
fantasy and special effects; something that resonates with power and truth and that helps us believe in right, good, decency,
family and in ourselves; something that reassures us that we can still feel, hurt, love, cry and save the world – and that
reminds of times like the holidays and the heroes we all can be; something that restores our faith that there are angels
among us, of us – those who have gone before, but also the angels we all can be.

At the heart of every great film is a great and enduring story that shares something important about the human condition
and that is about people we can really care about. A great movie musical has all of that, but is enhanced by a soaring score
and songs that stay with you forever.

Angels in the Snow! aspires to be that film, told through the lens of a brutal, angry Wall, and the non-violent but powerful
ways that people finally tore it down.



Written by Mr. Bill

February 13th, 2018 at 6:47 pm

CD Projects

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It’s been quite a while since I’ve updated the blog. A lot has happened since the last update, including my successful run for City Council here in Mt. Vernon. Serving our city in this capacity has been very time consuming, and at the same time very rewarding.

So here’s an update on recording activities….

I’m also working on arranging/mixing a set of songs from singer/songwriter Mark Randolph of Cedar Rapids. Mark’s music takes an unflinching look at life from a very unique point of view. These are taking some time due to overdubs bus so far I’m happy with the results.

The two African groups took most of the winter off, but will be returning to the studio shortly. The Glory Singers (Quad Cities) will be back in the studio the second week of March. The Amen Choir will be returning in April. With groups of that size, and the awful weather we’ve been suffering this winter, it’s been difficult to arrange recording time. Further, some members have just returned from Africa to our crummy midwestern winter.

I have a group of 12 songs recorded by Brandon Douglas awaiting mix. These range from Schubert art songs (accompanied by pianist Alex Doser) to show tunes with backing tracks. Brandon is a wonderful singer and is a voice student at Simpson College.

I’ve been getting some lyrics for collaboration from a gent in Illinois. If you are a lyricist looking for someone to work with on your project, drop me a few lines! We’ll talk.

As far as equipment changes, there haven’t been a lot. I built some active splitter boxes that function as no-load direct boxes. This allows me to get a dry signal from the electronic instrument as well as micing up the amp. I find this useful for re-amping once in a while.

I have been doing a bunch of mixing through my A&H board to the Otari half track. I really love mixing this way as opposed to mixing “in the box”. The results are startlingly better. There is a natural tape compression that happens. Some people mistakenly believe that digital recording is more accurate than tape… not so, not in the least. It’s a CONVENIENT way to record, but not more accurate. In fact, every digital recording is an approximation of the original sound. By mixing through analog equipment, you can reclaim some of the lost depth and stereo image. The results will make you smile, I think. I always do.

As busy as things are, I can still fit in your project. If you’re looking for a great place to record your demo, CD, or specialty product, give us a call at 319.895.8002!

Written by Mr. Bill

February 24th, 2014 at 11:15 am