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SPOTLIGHT 17: Horizont
 
Artist Name:
Goran Rista
  Title:
SPOTLIGHT 17: Horizont
 
Date Posted:
January 2009
 
Genre:
Jazz
Equipment Used:

PreSonus FireStudio and DigiMax FS to track drums. Drum mics: AKG C414 and D112, Shure SM57s, RØDE NT5s, Oktava MK-012-01s, Yamaha Subkick. Guitars recorded with NT5 through Focusrite TwinTrak Pro. Not sure about saxophone, as it was engineered in NZ. JBL LSR4326P reference monitors. Mixed on Intel Quadro PC running Steinberg Cubase SX 3, using Sonnox Oxford and Wizoo W2 reverb plug-ins. Virtual instruments: Spectrasonics Atmosphere, Stylus RMX and Trilogy, IK Multimedia Miroslav Philharmonik, Native Instruments Elektrik Piano and Absynth 3, Ethno World 3, East West Quantum Leap RA.

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Production Notes & Credits:

“Horizont” is an instrumental jazzy/world tune. Goran was the mastermind, he composed, arranged, programmed, produced, mixed and mastered the track. Oh yeah, he also played the drums. Boyan Rista played the guitar, Max Farber played the Fender Rhodes and Colin Hemmingsen provided the sax performance. Goran provides us with the full details: “Composed, arranged, produced, mixed and mastered by Goran Rista. Saxophone engineered in Wellington, New Zealand by Richard Caigou, guitars engineered and performed by Boyan Rista in London, UK, drums engineered and performed by Goran Rista. All programming done by Goran. Max Farber played the rhodes, Colin Hemmingsen played the saxophone.” “With the magic of internet, I was able to collaborate with musicians on 2 different parts of the world. Saxophone was recorded in a concert auditorium. Drums were tracked at gorangrooves.com home studio. The idea behind the production was to play with different soundscapes and take the listener on a musical journey. I played with contrasts in sound spectrum, depth and dynamics. I was aiming at a warm, crisp and intimate mix, with depth and spaciousness. The result is something I would call "World Lounge" music.”

Reviewed By: Marty Peters
Rating: 5
There are several famous scenes in the movie Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid where our lovable desperadoes, unable to escape from an unidentified posse, offer up the now famous line, “who are those guys?” Well folks, that is exactly them same thing we said when we first heard “Horizant”. Who ARE those guys?

The superlatives are almost embarrassing! World class? Radio ready? Top shelf? You choose. Superior performances and tones in a beautifully composed piece of music. Oh and by the way, much of it was done with the help of the internet, as several of the players live on different continents.

So there it is, friends—the bar has just been raised. If this is the quality of work that can be accomplished by home recordists, the future of our business looks bright indeed.

Summary: What else can I say? Five Stars!

Contact: Goran Rista, goran@orcon.net.nz, www.ristaworld.com.
About: Marty Peters

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