12th August - Studio & drum update

Hello all!

The drum recordings will begin in about a week so time to build up the studio!

The four days we`ve rehearsed with Kai so far have been very productive, so it looks like we`re going to be able to stick to the original schedule. He`s a phenomenal musician and a wonderful person so we will definitely manage! 

We miss our Jukka dearly, though. 

Best wishes to you all,

 

-Tuomas


14th May - Demo update

A big hello from Hattula, Finland. Tero ("TeeCee" Kinnunen) and I have been here for the past 2,5 weeks recording a demo of the new Nightwish songs.

It has come together beautifully and we now have a total of 12 songs to work with.  We are all very eager to finally get together and start the rehearsals in July. If everything goes as scheduled, we should have the ready album in our hands by the end of January 2015.

It`s still too early to analyze the material more closely, but the album will once again explore all the ends of the spectrum, bringing the very best out of the newcomers Floor and Troy. And stealthily the album ended up having a theme running through it. 

Excited beyond words now! Best wishes to you all,

Tuomas 

Recording Complete!

The Scrooge album is now recorded! 

 

The recordings are over and Tero (Kinnunen, engineer) has been mixing it for the past week at Finnvox Studios in Helsinki. I will join him on Monday for another week of mixing, followed by mastering with Mika Jussila the next week. Superbly exciting times!

There will also be a single release, with a music clip to go with it early next year.

At the end of November Nuclear Blast will release a press statement with more details and schedules. 

Best wishes, 

-Tuomas

Mikko Iivanainen on banjo

Miking the grand piano at Petrax Studio, Hollola

Recording the opening track, " Glasgow 1877 "

Tony Kakko 

With Don Rosa and the studio hound "Rolle"

Don sketching

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The McDuck - demo is ready

Since returning from the lovely tour-ending trip to Thailand with the whole band & crew, I`ve been hibernating deeply in the wondrous world of Don Rosa`s Scrooge McDuck stories. It`s been 4 months of heavy songwriting, arranging, toying around with ideas, lyric writing and demoing. We hired a log cabin in the middle of the woods in Southern Finland, and during an intensive 10-day period we recorded a demo with Tero (TeeCee Kinnunen) of all the songs.

Tero will take care of the engineering and mixing of the album. The guy has incredible insight and ears, and he already came up with a couple of good points regarding some of the songs. (As some of you might remember, "Nemo" was originally over 6,30 long, much more up-tempo, with a duet rap-part with Tarja and Marco in the c-part (!!) Hah! Tero was the one to open my locked-up, stubbornly stuffy ears with that one…)

 

There will be a total of 10 songs, with running time between 55-60 minutes. Six of them will feature vocals, both male and female. It`s quite difficult to categorize the genre of the album, but to my ears it`s somewhere between film music, folk and classical, echoing distantly the works of Vaughan Williams, Enya, Mike Oldfield and Michael Nyman. Loaded with keys, piano, orchestra, Metro Voices and ethnic percussion, it will also feature acoustic guitars, banjo and some human voices. 

 

I feel extremely enthusiastic about how the songs turned out, they echo the "Life & Times" - storylines well. A whole new challenge for me was to find a way to catch the comical side of the chapters into some of the songs. Humor is such an essential part of the book I just could`t / didn`t want to ignore it. But writing soundtrack to comedy was a sweaty ordeal. I leave it up to you to judge how I was able to pull it off.

 

Also, I chose not to be too slavish to the chapters of the book. So that the songs would make sense even though you never read the book. For example, the opening track is inspired by the 1st chapter of the book, and while keeping the atmosphere of that story in mind, I purely imagined what it would have been like in Scrooge`s childhood, in Scotland of the 1870`s. 

 

These 10 songs are what I hear inside my head when I read those awe-inspiring stories. That`s the best way I can put it.

 

Pip (Williams) now has all the material and the next 3 months will be spent discussing the arrangements and practical issues in the phone and via e-mail. Then at the end of August the fun in London begins… Beautiful scenes ahead!

  

Best wishes, 

Tuomas, Kitee 5.6.2013

Origins of the Scrooge project

UPDATE ON "THE LIFE AND TIMES OF SCROOGE MCDUCK" PROJECT 

 

It was back in 1999, during the Oceanborn tour, that I remember first having the idea of writing a "soundtrack" to my all-time favorite piece of Disney comic, The Life And Times Of Scrooge McDuck, by Don Rosa, the apparent heir of the almighty Carl Barks. This book has had such an overwhelming effect on me throughout these years, and finally I have the means and the time to make that dream a reality. 

 

It all started with a story called "Last Sled To Dawson", which was published in a Finnish Donald Duck - magazine in the late 80`s. It instantly became one of my favorite Scrooge/Donald - stories and also introduced Mr. Don Rosa to my Disney universe. This story is not part of the actual Life And Times - opus, though, but "a companion story", set in between the chapters #8 and #9. Then when the massive 12 - chapter piece was released in mid 90`s I was completely and utterly hooked. It was similar to reading The Lord Of The Rings as an 8-year-old, or seeing Raiders Of The Lost Ark for the first time. Adventure, fun and the strangely familiar feeling of home

With Scrooge there was also a much deeper level hidden between the stories and the gags.  

This is a book about Life itself. What an unfathomable privilege it is, what are the things that truly matter during our existence. It`s about the immense beauty of the world and its possibilities seen through the eyes of a very relentless, honest and complex character. It`s about love & family, gain & loss, darkness & rebirth.

And on top of that, well, it`s just your good old fashioned storytelling fun! 

I have been twiddling around with certain themes for some months now and have an idea for 5 songs, but I will start working on this project 24/7 after the Australian leg of the tour, in February 2013. The demo recordings are scheduled for May 2013, just before the festival season starts and we`re off with Nightwish again. The actual recordings then start in August - September and should be finished by the end of the year, making a release during the first half of 2014 a possibility.  

Mr. Pip Williams has agreed to do the orchestral and choral arrangements and we will use pretty much the same London session musicians as we did on Imaginaerum. Troy Donockley will bring Scrooge`s Scottish origins to life with his pipes and whistles, and there will also be a few more guest musicians and singers involved.  

This journey is very, very dear and personal to me and I`m honored to have Mr. Rosa`s approval on the project. It`ll be a beautiful storytime, once again!  

Have a peaceful Yuletide everyone, 

- Tuomas, in Peru 7.12.2012