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Over the next twelve months this blog will document the recording of CASAMENA's latest project, a hip-hop, bata exploration with Michael Spiro and your blog keeper, Carlos Mena. I've recently decided to include all things CASAMENA here as well so you'll read about other projects as well.

Friday, January 21, 2005

I received a positive response from Kenya today, very cool. Also, sax man/producer Darryl Reeves is on the case in Atlanta. I'll tell you more later, but you need to be knowin'. That cat is very talented.

I am shopping for a new computer, my joint is kinda on it's last legs, I think. Still will be PC, just need to make sure I have a driver for the SeaSound Solo(extinct) analog to digital converter.
On another note, there will be a MAC here as well, but that will be exclusively for video. I can't believe how easy it is to shoot video, add titles, music, and make a DVD. Wow!

Thursday, January 20, 2005

DJ Shadow, Tego Calderon
So I emailed Josh today, we'll see if he wants to do this. I hope so, 'casue I have a track picked out for him. I also spoke to Tego's office, I'm sure they are busy trying to secure US distribution right now. I sent Kenya(manager/??) an email, we'll see about that one also.

Met with Mike yesterday, he loved Yunior's bass work. Now I need to figure out why I am having midi problems so we can get midi parts recorded... arrrgg...

Tuesday, January 18, 2005


Today I sing the praises of AOL Instant Messenger.
I was on IM with producers in France, Puerto Rico and Atlanta today, breakin' down the bata loops, basslines, and changes... Saved a bunch of bread on phone charges for real! Meeting with my partner in crime Michael Spiro tomorrow, ... always a good thing.

Sunday, January 16, 2005

Loops, Loops, Loops

I think I found the right producer for Vinia's tracks. Yeah!! I've basically been cleaning up loops, and I know this doesn't make for an exciting blog, but later on, you'll be the first to hear what we've been doing. Michael is back and we had a very brief catch-up this morning, I'll probably see him tomorrow(Sunday), oh wait, that's later today.