Category : Hasse's Blog

photo by Claes Jansson

This week reminded me of why I love music so much. Tracking keys with Kjellvete is always an adventure and this time even more so. On our previous recordings the plan was to not overdo the production but since this is the fourth studio album we're working on, I decided we need a new strategy. This means no thinking about tomorrow, no thinking about future gigs. This time it's a whole new ball game as we're going all in or maybe I should say beyond all in, now that we're doing the keys.

The level of ambition and creativity at Kjells Angels Studios has just as I said, frankly been very high for the last three days, resulting in a much more detailed soundscape. At the end of the day this will of course require a more detailed mix than before and that is something I look forward to immensely. Hmmm...guess there's still along way to go before it's time for that but hey, when you have this tingeling feeling of inspiration inside of you, you want to tell the whole world about it.

From one thing to another. This photo with Kjell in the "centre" for the sake of unusuality, was taken by Claes Jansson at de Boerderij in Zoetermeer in The Netherlands. Guess it's just Rock`n´Roll or maybe I should say music after all.

今週は、どうして自分がこんなにも音楽を愛しているのかを思い出させてくれたよ。Kjell (Haraldsson)とキーボードパートを録音することは、いつもワクワクするような体験だし、今回はいつも以上にそうだった。僕たちの以前のレコーディングでは、あまりプロダクションをやり過ぎないという計画だったけど、僕たちが取り組んでいるこれは、4枚目のスタジオアルバムなので、新しい戦略が必要だと確信した。つまり、明日について考えないとか、将来のギグについて考えない、ということだ。今回は僕たちが全力投球している程の、いやそれ以上と言ってもいい程の新しい事態なんだ。こうやって今キーボード録りをしているんだからね。

Kjells Angelsスタジオでの野心と創造性のレベルは、さっき話したけど、ここ3日間は正直とても高いレベルに行っていて、より複雑多岐な音風景をもたらしたよ。その日の終わりには、もちろん、これにはもっと綿密なmixが必要だろうけど、とってもすごく楽しみなシロモノになった。んー、その時が来るまでまだ道は途中だけれど、でもさ、君の中のインスピレーションがピリピリとうずいてる時、それについてあちこちに話したくなるよね。

話は変わるけど。その異才ゆえにKjellが中心にいるこの写真は、オランダはZoetermeerにあるDe Boerderijで、Claes Janssonによって撮影されたものだ。それがロックンロールだと思うし、結局のところ、音楽なんだと言うべきかな。

Thanks to Izumi and T-Max

New songs

Category : Hasse's Blog
photo by Claes Jansson

New music on a Live DVD/Album...why not? On No Place Like Home - The Concert, we have two brand new songs. The first one is an almost ambient sounding tune called Valleys and Fields and was recorded on the spot at Reginateatern on the night we recorded the concert. The second one is called Chasing a Dream and quite frankly, what I'm telling you at the show is nothing but a lie. As I announce it on the show I'm informing you guys it's a part of a big epic (which is true) but I'm afraid it won't end up on our next album. This means this is the only chance you can hear the song in this very version. Who knows, maybe we'll record the whole song for a future album?

We recorded Chasing a Dream at Studio Kjellaren in Uppsala, which is (was) a brand new studio together with sound engineer Kjell Sandberg. The reason is that he came up with an offer we couldn't refuse. Normally you put a "bonus track" after the actual show but why do something in a "normal way"? We placed the song where it was on the setlist and imho it works just fine. I think it comes as a pleasant change in the middle of the concert and I don't think it feels weird at all (but then again that's just me).

To make the recording of Chasing a Dream work since it's a Live DVD/Album, we decided to keep the feeling of a live recording as much as possible. What you hear is the five of us singing and playing. No layers of sound, no subtle themes, no counter melodies or cool sound effects. It's just the band rocking out in the studio. It's very straight forward (even though the complexity of the song) raw and powerful and I like it...a lot!

You can order No Place Like Home - The Concert at:
Or why not buy it at our Release Party at Happy Duck in Uppsala on friday the 1st of September. The event starts at around 6 pm.

expect the unexpected!

Category : Hasse's Blog
photo by momodisson

Always expect the unexpected! I have to say I'm happy with our performance on our upcoming Live DVD/Album called No Place Like Home but obviously the gig wasn't free from hassle. All of a sudden I could hear weird noises from my guitar rig which of course was frustrating with the recording and cameras and all. If you think of the fact that I had my Gold Top tuned and overhauled two weeks prior to the show it's no wonder I blame the sudden noises on my pedalboard in the dressing room after the concert (as you can see on the DVD). However I was wrong. I had my darling sent to an electrician to measure the electricity. He managed to find the problem and solve it.

When I'm on stage I want to reach the point where I don't think, I just do. It's like you have a force inside you that you need to get out and the less obstacles there is, the more power it gets. When I watch and listen to the DVD I think I was able to handle this technichal issue in a professional way as I'm able to keep my focus throughout the show. What can you learn from this? Probably nothing except for that it doesn't matter how well prepared you are. Always expect the unexpected!

No Place Like Home - The Concert
comes in a beautiful Digipack cover and includes 1 DVD, 2 CD:s, a 12-page booklet and is available in both PAL and NTSC format.

いつも予想外なことを予想するんだ!これから発売される「No Place Like Home」というライブDVD/アルバムの、僕たちのパフォーマンスについてはとてもハッピーなんだけれど、明らかにライブは面倒なことから逃れられなかったよ。まったく突然、僕のギターの機材から妙なノイズが聞こえてきて、それは勿論レコーディングやカメラや、すべてにとってイライラさせるものだった。僕のGold Top(ギター)はショウの2週間前に調整・整備されたという事実を考えたら、僕がコンサート後の楽屋で、ペダルボードに突然のノイズの責任を負わせたのは無理もない(DVDで見られるようにね)。でも僕は間違っていたんだ。電気の対策をするために、僕の愛しいギターを電気技師に送った。彼は問題を見つけて、それを解決することができたんだよ。





Category : Hasse's Blog

How come you forget so fast? Gone are the sleepless nights, the stress, the not working bounces, the missed deadlines etc. This has indeed been an ambitious project and now all that is left is how fun we've had making this DVD/Album and the memories are now in bright colours. Strange but I guess that's how we work (as human beings that is).

What makes a good live recording? Apart from the obvious, like playing and singing the right notes in the right rythm and you put some feeling into it...I'd say chemistry. Considering we're just about to release our Live DVD/Album called No Place Like Home, I can inform you there's lots of psychology going on between the bandmembers during a concert. We do not only feed on each others sounds, we also feed on everyones energy regardless we're aware of it or not. By now I've been playing in lots of bands and I can honestly say when it comes to HFMC, the energy we mediate on stage is 100% natural thanks to the chemistry in the band. We love to get up there and when I look and listen to No Place Like Home it's quite obvious, we really like to play music together.

No Place Like Home comes in a beautiful Digipack cover and includes 1DVD, 2CD:s and a 12-page booklet.


何がよいライブレコーディングを作るのか?明らかなもの、正確なリズムの中で演奏や歌がちゃんとした音を出し、その中に何かフィーリングを込める、といったこと以外に・・・ケミストリーだと思うんだ。「No Place Like Home」というライブDVDをリリースしようとしているのを考えると、たくさんの心理的なことがコンサートの間中、バンドメンバーの間で行き来していた、と言うことができる。お互いの音を補い合っただけではなく、僕たちはメンバー一人一人のエネルギーも補強し合っていたんだ、それに気付いていたかどうかは関係なくね。今までたくさんのバンドでプレイしてきて、HFMCについて正直に言えば、ステージ上で生まれてやりとりしたエネルギーは、バンド内のケミストリーのおかげで100%ナチュラルなものだよ。僕らはステージに上がるのが大好きだし、「No Place Like Home」を視聴すると一目瞭然で、僕たちは本当に一緒に演奏するのが好きなんだ。

「No Place Like Home」は美しいデジパックで、1DVDと2CD、そして12ページのブックレットが付いてるよ。

thanks to TFK FC Japan


The Concert

Category : Hasse's Blog
Photo by Calle Lindh

It took about 300 hours to mix the audio recording of our upcoming Live DVD/albums No Place Like Home. I'm afraid that ain't much compared to the time Kicki Holmén put in editing the visuals for the DVD or Thomas Schons work as a technichal advisor. When I look at it I can only state that Kicki probably knows the songs better than we do, as I find the editing very musical. From the bottom of my heart, thank you very much Kicki and Thomas for joining us on this long and crazy ride and for delivering the work that you've done!

I'm not sure I want to namedrop old Live albums but here we go. No comparisons otherwise but the level of energy on No Place Like Home has more in common with Live albums like, let's say Yes Songs or The Ramones It's Alive, than for instance the more slick sounding Seconds Out by Genesis or Peter Frampton Comes Alive. All of them nice Live recordings in their own right of course but I just thought I'd give you a hint. In my book this sounds like HFMC Live and it should work just fine for Flower Kings fans as well as old Spellbound fans so now you know.

No Place Like Home - The Concert
Comes in a nice Digipack cover that includes 1 DVD, 2 CD:s and a 12-page booklet.
Release date: 1/9 2017
Preorders: 28/7 2017
First 100 orders at our soon to be ready webshop at will get a signed copy by all HFMC members. Stay tuned!

これからリリースするライブDVD/アルバム「No Place Like Home」のオーディオミックスに300時間かかったんだ。恐れながら、Kicki HolménがDVDの映像面を編集をほどこした時間、あるいはThomas Schonが技術アドバイザーとして働いた時間に比べたら、たいしたことではないんだ。僕が(DVDを)見るとき、Kickiはおそらく、僕たちよりも曲をよく知っているんだ、としか言えないね、僕はその編集がとても音楽的だと感じたから。心の底から、KickiとThomasには、この長くてクレイジーな道のりに参加してくれたことと、彼らが成し遂げた仕事ぶりに感謝するよ!

自分が古いライブアルバムを上げて自慢したいのか分からないけど、やってみよう。他の点では比べものにならないけれど、エネルギーレベルでは、「No Place Like Home」はこんなライブアルバム、例えるならば、Genesis / Seconds OutやPeter Frampton / Frampton Comes Aliveのような、より洗練された音よりは、Yes / Yessongsか、The Ramones / It’s Aliveのようだよ。これらすべては彼らの正しい方針の内にある素晴らしいレコーディングだけど、君たちにヒントをあげようと思うんだ。僕の意見では、これ(DVD)はまさしくHFMCのライブそのもので、TFKのファンや古いSpelllboundのファンも気に入るはずさ、聞けば納得するよ。


The latest update

Category : Hasse's Blog

I wanted it to sound like live Livealbums did when I grew up as I'm not that big fan of those dry and studio sounding Livealbums that seems to be the fashion of today. Wait a second maybe I should say want it, as we're still mixing the audio recording to our upcoming Live DVD "No Place Like Home”. In case you're wondering why it's taking so long? The only answer I can give you is life, as in families, jobs, newly bought summerhouses etc (not particulary mine though). There's so many people involved in this project and believe me, everyone are doing their best to make it happen.

The previous week I went back to start mixing one of the bonustracks, which by the way is called "Chasing a Dream" at Studio Kjellaren together with Kjell Sandberg. As I hadn't heard it in a LOOONG time, the first thing that strucked me was how powerful we sound in this track (and I really mean powerful - Holy Mother of Christ!!!). If we'll be able to tame the wild horses just a tiny little bit, it will turn out an awesome tune. The studio is really good and Kjell is getting into the game more and more each day and I'm confident we'll have something extra here that will be a great contribution to the whole product.
Mixing the concert (approximately 105 minutes) has proven to be an extensive work and a tough test of my patience.

Right now we're moving at lightning speed though and it can't be that many hours before we're ready. I have to say I'm really grateful to have Petrus Königsson onboard since he always immediately knows what I'm looking for and by now he also has the knowledge of what the band is about, which is of huge help as we're making a document of this phase in the bands history.

When it comes to the visuals I have no news for now except for that Kicki Holmén and Thomas Schon has "completed the work" on the actual gig. Now they're focusing on extramaterial such as interviews and a documentary and of course they have to make a video for "Chasing a Dream" as soon as they have a suitable mix to work on. I told you it was a big project didn't I. There you have it...the latest update. To be continued.

僕は、自分が育ってきた時の、生のライブアルバムが鳴らしたようなものにしたかったんだ、というのは今日流行っているらしい、あのドライでスタジオレコーディングのようなライブアルバムはあまり好きではないから。ちょっと待って、僕は「したい」というべきだったかも、まだ僕たちはこれから出る予定のライブDVD「No Place Like Home」の音声をミキシングしているところだからね。念のため、君たちはどうしてこんなに時間がかかっているんだと不思議に思っているだろう?僕が与えられる唯一の答えは、生活、例えば家族や仕事や、新しく購入したサマーハウスとか(特に僕のではないけど)。たくさんの人達がこのプロジェクトに関わっていて、信じて欲しいのは、みんな事を実現させるためにベストを尽くしてるところなんだ。

先週からボーナストラックのひとつをミックスし始めるために戻ったんだ、ところでそれは”Chasing a Dream”と呼ばれているものなんだけど、Studio Kjellarenで、Kjell Sandbergと一緒にやっているんだ。その曲をしばらーーーく聴いてなかったので、初めに印象に残った事は、このトラックの演奏はなんてパワフルに鳴っているんだろう、だったね(それは本当に力強いって意味だよ---なんてこった!!!)。もし僕たちがこの荒馬をちょっとばかり手なずけられたら、素晴らしい曲になるだろうね。スタジオは本当に良くて、Kjellは日に日にこのゲームにのめり込んでるし、僕はここに、作品全体に大きな貢献するであろう、特別な何かをもたらすと確信してるよ。

コンサート(だいたい105分)のミキシングは膨大な作業、かつ僕の忍耐力に対するするきついテストになると証明されたね。ただ今、僕たちは電光石火の早さで進んでいて、僕らの準備が整うまでにそう長い時間はかからないよ。僕はPetrus Königssonを迎え入れていることを本当に感謝していると言わざるを得ない、というのは彼はいつもすぐに僕が探しているものをすぐ分かってくれるし、今では彼はこのバンドについての知識も持っている、それは大きな助けになんだ、僕たちはバンドの歴史の中で、この時期のドキュメントを作っているのだからね。

視覚面については、Kicki HolmenとThomas Schonが実際のギグについては「作業は完了した」というニュース以外には情報はないんだ。今彼らはインタビューやドキュメンタリーのような追加素材に集中していて、それから勿論、適切なミックスがなされたらすぐに”Chasing a Dream”のビデオを作らないといけないね。大きなプロジェクトだと言ったよね。これで・・・最新情報はいいかな。続きはまた。

(no title)

Category : Hasse's Blog
It's really nothing to write home about but how is it possible? How can music still be this fun? In the middle of trying to complete the No Place Like Home live DVD we started to work on the new material yesterday. Enthusiasm, focus and inspiration are some of the words that comes to my mind when I'm thinking about the session. And by the way, the guys seemed to like the new music and that makes everything a lot easier. A fabulous and sunny monday to you all!




にほんブログ村 音楽ブログ プログレッシブへ

にほんブログ村 音楽ブログ HR/HMへ