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Recording Projects

In addition to rehearsing their repertoire for performance and developing their skills as musicians, the members of the funk band learn studio recording as well. The song links on this page are to studio recordings on which various funk band members have performed. Some songs are completed, while some are still in progress. If they are in progress, they represent the current working mix for review. To hear the song or working mix, click on the links provided.

March, 2010 - The Chill Sessions

Over the week of spring break, a few of us got together to finish up some things we started on last year but never quite completed. One of these songs has been in the works for several years and we've finally got enough to finish it - it's a fun arrangement of a traditional song for the elementary students, and it was fun to finally put it all together. We spent a couple of very laid back sessions reviewing and then putting on the finishing touches. As the songs get mixed we'll post them here, so just click on the links below.

Pick a Bale of Cotton

March, 2009 - The Chilla Sessions

Over the week-end of the 7th and 8th, the funk band set up their recording studio with some ambitious goals - to focus on their musicianship for the entire week-end and to record no less than 13 songs! While we didn't quite finish everything we hoped we would, despite several band members braving sore throats and other illness, we were able to record most of what we originally planned. Claire Gordon was the band's chief engineer for the week-end with occasional help from Micah Ganiron. Former funk band member and recording engineer Will Pascua stopped by on Sunday night to lend his ear as well as his vocals. As usual, there were ono grinds the entire week-end, from homemade brownies and salads to Zippy's fare and yes, of course - pizza. The band worked on their current repertoire as well as songs for the Lab School elementary music curriculum. We'll eventually post them all as each song gets mixed and completed.

For more insight into the chilla sessions, you can read band member perspectives at our blog site, Visionary Funk.

To listen or download .mp3s of the recordings, click on the links below:

Spirits in the Material World
Beautiful Day
Kouman Sa T'a Ye
Waiting on the World to Change
All Along the Watchtower (Live at Wembley Stadium)
Play That Funky Music

Pura Samine
Earth Am I
En Lak Esh
The Earth the Air

February, 2008 - The Ono Grinds Sessions

On February 2, 2008 the funk band set up their recording studio again and laid down some tracks. The band worked on four diffferent songs in their current repertoire and every player was able to record parts for the songs. Senior Will Pascua and sophomore Claire Gordon were chief engineers for the day, with everyone contributing to the major ono grinds, including homemade brownies and cookies, chicken katsu, malasadas, chili (from Zippy's, of course) and the ubiquitous funk band favorite - pizza. To see a few pictures from the day, click here.

To listen to .mp3s of these recordings, click below:

Walkin' on the Sun
Sittin' on the Curb
I'm Yours
Good Lovin'

Spring 2007 - Elementary Music Curriculum

Funk Band members Whitni Weber ('07) and Will Pascua ('08) have helped record vocal parts for songs being developed for the Lab School elementary music curriculum. They sang on and helped engineer three different songs during the year. Zomina mina is a song from West Africa while Soca Tamba is based on Congolese Afro-pop guitar styles. Merry Meet is an ancient Celtic blessing and ended up with two different arrangements. The one linked to here is a pop/folk style.

Zomina mina
Soca Tamba
Merry Meet


February 2007 - Kaleidoscope Sessions

On February 24, 2007 the funk band set up their recording/rehearsal studio in the band room and started laying down tracks. Every player was able to record parts to one or more songs in the group's repertoire. There were ono grinds all day including pizza and brownies delivered by Sarah K in the nick of time. The long day ended with a 2 1/2 hour jam session/rehearsal. To see a few pictures from the day, click here.

To listen to .mp3s of these recordings, click below:

Learn to Fly
The World is New