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Nikon FM 35mm on Expired Kodak Gold 200 Pushed +1

I miss the days of the motels without the internal, sterilized corridors where people pass with averted eyes. Let’s step right outside the door to the room to have a smoke and catch that thick Georgia air. The cherry on top would be the sounds of kids playing chicken in the pool, while their parents make good use of that discount on the double queen room.

Places of nostalgia tend to draw me in. As a kid, I was excited to stay at one of the places during those summer trips to see family. There was always some sort of movement or activity. All I needed was a pool to break up those monotonous days in the car playing the license plate with my cousins because there was nothing else to do. If my grandfather had his way, we’d be at a Holiday Inn and I knew I’d be set with freedom…I mean pool.

Quality Trap Inn Kyle Troop Photography Blog

Nikon FM 35mm on Expired Kodak Gold 200 Pushed +1

I remember the glory days of this Quality Inn. After church on Sundays, the buffet would be packed. Over the decades, this spot has changed hands plenty of times. So it was fun to randomly stop one day and walk around with an expired roll of Kodak Gold in my camera. The place is run down and has plenty of weird characters hanging around. Kinda like 20 year old film pushed a bit more than it should be. I dipped out pretty quickly once the owner’s dog started barking and growling at me through one of the windows. It was good times.

Quality Trap Inn Kyle Troop Photography Blog

Nikon FM 35mm on Expired Kodak Gold 200 Pushed +1

I wasn’t sure how things would turn out pushing an expired roll of film that hadn’t been stored well. So I metered all the shots to be a bit on the overexposed side of things. I’m happy with having no expectations from shooting old film from eBay. Now to figure out what the other 11 expired rolls will be used for. Until then, enjoy your stay at the Quality Trap Inn.

Quality Trap Inn Kyle Troop Photography Blog

Nikon FM 35mm on Expired Kodak Gold 200 Pushed +1

Private Parking…Fuck Off Please

Private Parking Street Photography Kyle Troop

Nikon D750 with a Nikkor 35mm AIS f2.

Private parking garage street photography by Kyle Troop. Taken with a Nikon D750 on a moody cloudy day around downtown Cartersville. The storefronts of downtown are nice. But the spots out back are where to find the coolest views.

Tragic Magic Rules So Hard

Tragic Magic Rules So Hard

I did this one with some friends. We call it Tragic Magic. These songs rule so hard.

Evan and I tracked all the instrumentals at my place. And then Tim did the vocals over at Evan’s spot. I mixed it. Evan mastered it.

 

Track Happy Studios

Track Happy Studios

Here’s a fun one that I had the pleasure of working on earlier this year. Rian Dawson hit me up to design a website for his own studio, Track Happy Studios, in Nashville. I had a blast working with Rian to get this site put together in a way that looks awesome, but more importantly showcases his business, everything Track Happy can offer his potential clients, what to expect when you work with him, and most importantly making it easy for new clients to get in touch. Rian is also in a rad band called All Time Low. I have a few of their records because I really like Rian’s work. I’m stoked that he now has one of my websites. Thanks for letting me do some work for you, Rian!

Let’s take a look at how the website turned out…

Astro Studios Atlanta

Astro Studios Atlanta

This spring Astro Studios and I worked together on getting their website designed and ready to help bring in new business to the studio. Astro Studios is a fantastic place to make music. On top of getting to work on a fun website, the entire Astro Studios crew are really great people that want to provide a handful of great spaces for artists, musicians, and producers to create with access to so much great gear. So of course, I’m way stoked that I was able to design something rad for them!

The focus of the website is to showcase the facilities and make it easy for clients to book any of the studios. We really made sure that the vibe of each room is presented in a way that gives the potential client an accurate feel for what the room can offer. With the various types of projects happening, Astro Studios really has everything covered from podcast and vocal sessions all the way to full record production and in depth mixing.

The Heretics Record

The Heretics Record

Wrapping a record is always an interesting thing. Something I’m so focused on and spending all my spare time with is now finished. But getting to look back at how the entire process went is fun. Working and hanging out with my friends, playing and recording with rad gear, and creating a work of 10 songs that we’re all damn proud of is exactly how it should be. I’m very excited about this record.

We dug into some cool tones using a few combinations of gear. On the recording side, a mix of Daking, HHB, API, and Rupert Neve pres and DBX, ART, and Lindell compressors were used on the way into an Apollo 16. The mic selection was kept simple. Various Audix dynamic mics, some SM57’s, Nuemann TLM103, a pair of Audio-Technica AT4040’s, and a few others did most of the work. Once it hit the computer, I used some of the UA and FabFilter plugins. But I kept that light. The tones were the way we wanted them on the way in. No need to get in the way of the rock & roll.

Drums. Everyone loves drums. And everyone loves Jake Dwiggins. Jake can play the hell out of a drum kit. His meter and controlled chaos makes everything else come together in just the right way. We used an SJC Drums 60’s kit. After checking out a handful of different snares from Ludwig, Pork Pie, OCDP, and SJC, we landed on an SJC 7×14, 6 ply maple snare drum. It had the blend of body and cut that the songs needed. We were left with some really awesome sounding drum tracks to build the record from.

Bass next. Tiffany throws down her unique playing style into the rhythm of the song giving it a texture that locks in, but stands out on it’s own. We used Tiffany’s Japanese Jazz Bass into an Orange AD200 and then onto an Ampeg 6×10. The tone was kept fairly dirty with a fuzz pedal handy to push it over the top, when needed. These fuzzed bass sounds put with the punch and thud of the drums really set the foundation up right.

Then comes my guitars. With drums being my primary instrument, I really love playing rhythm guitar. My setup with pretty straight forward. I used my Gibson Les Paul Jr and Mario Guitar Jazzmaster on just about every song. The Orange A30 combo and Rocker 30 amps handled all of my guitar tones perfectly. The Oler Audio Boost and Yellowcake Furry Burrito pedals were used here and there. These are some of my favorite guitar tones ever.

Time for face melting leads. Dean is the coolest of the cool. His thought for structure, harmonies and texture ideas for expanding the vibe of a song absolutely blows my mind.  A Gibson Les Paul Goldtop is the weapon of choice here. He pulled out the Dr. Z Carmen Ghia and a Fender Pro Jr to get a nice range of sonics. The Teletronix Mullholland Drive and Ibanez TS808 were used to sculpt tone and get way nasty, when needed.

For vocals, I set up a Neumann TLM103 and threw some blankets over mic stands to create a controlled area within a larger room. My vocals aren’t crisp or precise. Pretty much yelling. So I end up running them through a compressor or two and that’s all I care to do, for this record. Dean’s vocals were done the same way. Any doubled vocals were tracked twice. It all feels and sounds real.

This record came together perfectly. It packs a punch and I can’t wait for everyone to hear it.

Quality Trap Inn

Quality Trap Inn

I miss the days of the motels without the internal, sterilized corridors where people pass with averted eyes. Let's step right outside the door to the room to have a smoke and catch that thick Georgia air. The cherry on top would be the sounds of kids playing chicken...

Private Parking…Fuck Off Please

Private Parking…Fuck Off Please

Private parking garage street photography by Kyle Troop. Taken with a Nikon D750 on a moody cloudy day around downtown Cartersville. The storefronts of downtown are nice. But the spots out back are where to find the coolest views.

Tragic Magic Rules So Hard

Tragic Magic Rules So Hard

I did this one with some friends. We call it Tragic Magic. These songs rule so hard. Evan and I tracked all the instrumentals at my place. And then Tim did the vocals over at Evan's spot. I mixed it. Evan mastered it.  

Track Happy Studios

Track Happy Studios

Here’s a fun one that I had the pleasure of working on earlier this year. Rian Dawson hit me up to design a website for his own studio, Track Happy Studios, in Nashville. I had a blast working with Rian to get this site put together in a way that looks awesome, but...

Astro Studios Atlanta

Astro Studios Atlanta

This spring Astro Studios and I worked together on getting their website designed and ready to help bring in new business to the studio. Astro Studios is a fantastic place to make music. On top of getting to work on a fun website, the entire Astro Studios crew are...

The Heretics Record

The Heretics Record

Wrapping a record is always an interesting thing. Something I'm so focused on and spending all my spare time with is now finished. But getting to look back at how the entire process went is fun. Working and hanging out with my friends, playing and recording with rad...