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Harmonized Sounds is a video series that documents the recording of music at Old Bear Studios.

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Episode #7- Ed Chilungu “Soundtracks”

Ed calls his album, “Soundtracks,” an autobiographical and diverse album.  Being long time friends with Ed, we couldn’t agree more.
We hear his personal story interwoven into every composition.  “Roy Hobbs” finds its origin in how Ed personally identifies with the story from the movie “the Natural.”  We hear both the tension of the unknown and the resolve of hope that permeates Ed’s life who has been living with schizoaffective disorder for most of his life through the beautifully composed and performed single, “Return.”  Ed imagines through song what the experience of a loved one passing from this life to the next; and the joys of that person entering into the Kingdom of Heaven by carefully creating a string of consecutive compositions that incorporate intentional dissonant melodies and minor key phrases with frantic pacing that leads to wonderfully placed major lifts and familiar nods to a classic hymn through the compositions “Angels,” “Restitution,” and “King David’s Dream.”
For so deeply personal and unique a project, Ed approached longtime friend and Old Bear Records co-founder, Chris Hoisington to produce his project.  Chris has an extensive history of curating, appreciating, and studying instrumental albums.  Chris’ insight, vision, and production style drew something out of Ed that we’ve never seen before from him.  We feel really honored to have the privilege of carrying this special project to the marketplace and allowing you, our listeners, to experience a very beautifully composed and passionately performed piece of art.


Solo Session- Edward Chilungu- “Roy Hobbs”

Early on in his life, Ed was on his way towards being a professional concert pianist when a set of circumstances changed the trajectory of his life and was ultimately diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder.  During the process of readjustment and finding a new direction – Ed was exposed to hearing a friend and fellow student playing piano in a way that Ed describes as “so fluid and different that he had to know what the difference was.”  His friend happened to be a Christian, and the fluidity of his playing was attributing to something that would be self-described as a playing that was inspired by a personal worship and prayer that came through the melodies he played.  Ed had yet to experience this type  of playing that he now calls “a flow,” but knew it was something he longed to incorporate into his own playing and experience for himself.

Ed has recently finished recording his debut album at Old Bear Studios made up of original songs that are a beautiful mixture of jazz, classical, and church music that is presented with a powerful thematic aesthetic.  Ed has also recorded a series of one take live performance videos called the Song Sessions that will be released through Old Bear Records along with his album.  The first Song Session video,  is out now and can be viewed at the Old Bear Records social media pages.


Episode #6- Weston Skaggs “Wise Men Still Seek Him”

We love a good story here at Old Bear.  That’s part of what makes music so interesting, the story behind a song or record.  And so Old Bear Records and Harmonized Sounds are proud to announce a brand new holiday episode featuring Weston Skaggs and his song “Wise Men Still Seek Him”.  This throwback track feels so comfortable it could have been penned and recorded in the 50’s, 60’s, or 70’s but yet still somehow feels current as well.

In this episode you’ll see how we explored some new territory in the recording process as we continue to craft the sound of each artist that walks through Old Bear’s doors.  We hope that as you’re watching you’ll feel all the warm Christmas fuzzies!

Episode #5- Ryan Clair “I want Jesus to walk with me”

Here at Harmonized Sounds we thrive on capturing how a song is brought to life, and hope you are inspired by this episode featuring Ryan Clair.

Ryan recently released his debut single, “I Want Jesus to Walk With Me (The Valley)” that was recorded at Old Bear Studios in Batavia, NY. When Ryan brought his idea to Old Bear, we were excited to capture moments of the creative process.

When Ryan sat in a small country church in Minnesota and heard the sounds of the old hymn “I Want Jesus to Walk With Me,” he was inspired to bring the song back to life through a new sound. One thing Ryan and the Old Bear crew have in common is they both love finding new ways to do old things. In this episode you’ll see how they used different instruments to create unique sounds. They also feature microphones made by Ear Trumpet Labs, giving an old time look with a new crisp sound. We hope you enjoy I Want Jesus to Walk With Me (The Valley) by Ryan Clair.

Ryan appears courtesy of Old Bear Records/Sprig Music


Episode #4- Keri Cardinale “Swing Wide”

This is episode #4 for us here at Harmonized Sounds! We’re proud of this video series and hope you’ve been enjoying it along with us. We are excited to introduce Keri Cardinale to you. She visited Old Bear Studios this past year to write/record her newest project. We joined her in capturing one of the songs on her newest project called “Swing Wide”!


Episode #3- The Promise Is Hope “Mary Ann”

Harmonized Sounds was so excited to be able to help Ashley and Eric of “The Promise Is Hope” capture a beautiful song called “Mary-Ann”. Using vivid imagery without resolving to despair or cliche, the song acts as a time-capsule of the events and emotions surrounding the death of Eric’s grandmother.
Produced by Chris Hoisington and Eric L’Esperance. Recorded at Old Bear Studio in Batavia, N.Y.


Episode #2- Ian Zumback “Murderer A Messenger”


Episode  #1- Weston Skaggs “Glory to Your name”

Weston Skaggs joined Harmonized Sounds to let us take a behind the scenes look at how his song “Glory to Your Name”.