"The New Silence" is a collection of songs inspired by tales of traumatic experience and its aftermath. Largely influenced by stories of veterans of the post-9/11 wars, the songwriting looks at the question of what happens when the spotlight on traumatic experiences fades and the individual who endured the trauma lives with the mental wounds. For more on the story, here is a video about the project:
Directed/filmed by Tafadzwag Chiriga (www.tafchiriga.com
) with assistance from Tom Cryan.
This is a not-for-profit recording project. The songs were largely inspired by interviews I conducted and by stories that were put in the public realm, including StoryCorps recordings, newspaper articles and a variety of oral histories I found online.
If you have the means, I encourage you to buy the record. I am charging for the music with the hope of recouping at least some of what I spent to make the project. While the record was produced entirely by me (mostly in my apartment) and the overall budget was comparatively low for a full-length LP, days of studio time, mixing, mastering, cover art, etc. all added up to pretty large costs. Making back some of the money will enable me to continue recording more music!
If I can cover the costs of my own financial investment in the project, my second step will be to give some additional compensation to some of the musicians I worked with - all of whom were paid, though some only received stipends, not what I'd consider fair payments for the work they did.
If all of the above can be covered, any money will be donated to charities serving veterans and survivors of trauma.
Also, I offer immense gratitude to the Puffin Foundation for providing a grant for me to cover some of the project's expenses, and to Wildacres of North Carolina for hosting me for a 2 week residency in August 2015 during which I recorded, mixed and wrote in the beautiful solitude of western North Carolina's Pisgah National Forest.
released May 1, 2017
Alec Betterley - Upright and grand pianos, AKAI MPC, Fender Rhodes, Nord electro 2, electric guitar, acoustic guitar & other things.
Caitlin Claessens - Vocals (11)
David Dawda - Electric bass (1, 2, 5, 12)
Noa Fort - Vocal harmonies (4, 11)
Ari Friedman - Pedal steel (10), Electric guitar (2, 4)
Megan Keely - Vocals (1)
Sarah Lee - Vocals (3)
Allan Mednard - Drums (9, 12)
Gabriela Pelosi - Vocals (6, 12)
Tess Power - Drums (1, 5, 8)
Michael Riddleberger - Drums (2, 6, 7, 11)
Colin Summers - Electric guitar layering (5, 6, 12)
Shu Wang - Violin (5, 7, 8, 10, 12), Vocals (4, 11)
All songs written by Alec Betterley © 2016 BMI #550278448.
Produced and mixed by Alec Betterley with ears/assistance of Luke Hemingway Duffy, Colin Summers & Danielle Warman.
Recorded in Alec's apartments and pals' apartments in Brooklyn, NY
Drums (6, 11) and vocals (7, 8, 10) recorded by Danielle Warman at Chiller Sound, New York, NY - chillersound.com
Grand piano (1, 5, 8, 10) recorded by Rohzan Razman at RiRo Muzik, Brooklyn, NY - riromuzikstudio.com
Drums (1, 2, 5, 7, 8, 9, 12) recorded by Joe Rogers at Room 17 Brooklyn, NY - room17studio.com
Childhood upright recorded at Mom and Dad’s in Delmar, NY (7, 10, 13)
Artwork by Gregory Hedderman:www.instagram.com/gregoryhedderman/
Mastered by Josh Bonati: bonatimastering.com
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