Handmade now on sale worldwide - June 16, 2015
I still feel like a teenager in this line of work sometimes. There is so much yet to learn.
What makes me different?
No matter how great I may become, constant improvement is the goal, and sense of humble gratitude and love for my audience is ever present.
I'm grateful for the success I have enjoyed and the lessons learned. It is taking a lot of hard work to live up to my own ideals, but I am determined to do just that, and prove worthy of my talents. Over 30 years ago, when I went pro in this business , I must admit, my only goal was to make a living working full-time as a musician. My goals have expanded and my commitment to making a positive contribution and serving my muse only gets stronger every day. To me, that means networking with other positive people, learning what I can and working daily on my own self-improvement.
In my 25 years as a performer and businessman in Japan I have built a solid reputation for honesty, integrity and reliability. My schedule here usually ran 6-7 days a week, but lately I've been taking more days off, in order to put health and family first, and hone new skills….to keep growing and carrying the ethic of personal responsibility, and drive for perfection into every endeavor.
........Walter Clark, Founder of Clark Enterprises.
My interest in CD recording took off around the turn if the 21st century when it became possible to record a CD without going to a major studio. The results appear below.
Most recent release of Handmade - Live CD. A collection of songs recorded live, mostly favorite requests from customers at the time of the performances. Recorded using only handheld recorders. No overdubs. Songs of Billy Joel, Nat King Cole, Sting, Carpenters, Tom Jones, and others.
(This album was recorded in 2013 and released in spring of 2015.)
In July 2006, using the most basic tools we completed a recording of the most requested and loved songs here in Japan. The result was a CD entitled Many Splendid Things, a jazz effort, and features many standards with surprisingly original arrangements. This sold out album was re-mastered, re-pressed and re-released in October 2011. At the end of 2012, the remastered version sold out, and an improved version was released in 2013.
This new version is only available in the hard copy of the CD through CDBaby.
The phenomenal interest and love for this CD has expanded to create new opportunities for recording and performances in various cities in Japan, and inspired me to continue producing better and more interesting music, as well as study of recording and mixing techniques and equipment.
The result of some of this study was the 2011 first release of, Best Thing to Come, an album which took over three years to produce, and almost never saw the light of day. Blending elements of lounge, new age, ethnic, jazz, rock, and spiritual minded music. It features new songs and new arrangements of earlier original songs. Intimate and laid back, smooth vocals with thoughtful and uplifting lyrics.
Also remastered in 2012, as it nears a second sellout it is being remixed to a final version for release in 2015.
The First version is available at all leading distributers, but the cheapest price can be found at CD Baby who we love!
Over an hour long it includes several original songs as well as re-recordings of the most popular songs from the first CD, Perfect Love, including the title cut.
just getting back to normal after so many personal events kind of scarred me, not the best time to make a record, but I wanted to be Completely vulnerable. Actually, I have no idea how it's going to be received or how it sounds. I just did the best I could Other than that I take it as a learning experience which helped expand my knowledge of acoustic recording, audio processing and some other whole new skill sets.
Plus, met some key people in my search for better recording components and learned a ton about noise reduction. (Intermittent noise was a big issue in making this record and in some cases ruined some great recordings.)
In the future, I'm going to spend more time developing my technical skills as a pianist and a recordist and not relying so much on my personality because it just feels more authentic as an artist.
Wanted to record under better circumstances but as a businessman and a father its necessary to put some meat on the table.
So far, on sale in Japan and direct for me.
Will decide about a Worldwide release in a few days, but for now this will be only physical CD sales. No downloads.
What is it?
Live recordings from January 2012 (not exactly the greatest time of my life and during adverse recording situations, ie a restaurant full of customers and with the piano facing away from them.)
How's it going?
It has taken a long time, obviously, the mixing has been a nightmare because this was recorded with a handheld recorder and not a mixing deck.
The intermittent noises have been extremely difficult and time consuming to edit down or out as this whole field of post production noise reduction is new to me. Sometimes just editing a few seconds has taken hours, even days!
Where do we stand now?
In post production, refining final mixes...closer to a final product than ever before.
Next time I'll use a mixing recorder and have a much better sound.
Also my head is in a much better place now.