July 4, 1999; Bend, Oregon
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
AND DONATED TIME TURN CLASS PROJECT INTO INDIE LABEL RELEASE. Historic
Recording Equipment and The Latest In MP3 Distribution Combine To
Create Unique Blend of Old and New Technology.
years after Steve Miller recorded Fly Like an Eagle in a Seattle studio,
the Rhythm Beans, a Northwest-based folk and rock band dust off some of
the same equipment as part of a project for the Art institute of Seattle.
The result is "Ocean in the Air," a ten-song album of original material
by the Rhythm Beans, released in MP3 format by the fledgling Bond Street
Records. The album, released June, 1999, is the Rhythm Beans' first studio
recording and the second by the band's guitarist and singer Mark Ransom.
"Ocean In The Air" began as donated time for a three-song educational
project for the Art Institute of Seattle. In addition to their coursework,
recording engineer students at AIS log several hours in the studio creating
a portfolio required for graduation. Most students utilize bands from
the prolific Seattle club scene to produce about three songs that show
the student's proficiency in studio techniques and provide the band with
a demo tape.
Linken Olsen, the AIS student working with the Rhythm Beans, an established
Northwest band, convinced the band to stay in the studio long enough to
record about a dozen songs. "I had access to a full studio, and a band
with considerable recording experience willing to absorb the extra costs
not covered by the school," said Olsen. "It was a once-in-a-lifetime chance
for a student to be in that position. I really wanted to take advantage
"Our original intention was to donate our time in exchange for a chance
to work out some song arrangements in the studio," said Mark Ransom of
the Rhythm Beans. "But once we started, we were blown away by Linken's
talent and with the sound we got out of the old, two-inch analog set-up.
The fact that Steve Miller recorded "Fly Like an Eagle" on the same machine
added some nostalgia to the project too."
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