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Cast Album is Released!

Blog post below.  If you’re only looking to download the album, jump to the bottom for the link.

Wow, amazing that we’re finally able to release the Cast Album.  It’s been a long process for us, I never really expected the album to be such a big job.  It seemed like after writing a musical, releasing an album would be a piece of cake.  Well, I’m here to tell you that it’s not…. lol.

Fun factoids:

Number of recording channels:  15  (9 instrumental and 6 vocal)

Total file size of recorded Audacity projects:  30.26 GB

Approximate man-hours spent Mixing and Mastering: 350±50 hours

Number of Song Drafts: 185

Final Album Length: 1:13:05

We originally recorded the album on February 19th, while the music was still fresh in everyone’s minds shortly after the show’s closing.  We were lucky enough to have enough equipment owned by the guild and its members to be able to set up and record the entire session ourselves.  We ran the recording session on MIT’s Kresge mainstage.  It was a grueling all day session, with equipment setup from 8 to noon, recording for about 6 straight hours, and equipment teardown for another 2 hours.  Here’s a fun little peek into the recording session that Daniel Sngiem recorded:


After the recording session, we began mixing and mastering the songs, learning a lot about music production as we went.  All of the recording and nearly all the mastering was done in Audacity.  Many months went by of trying to make progress, but unfortunately, jobs and classes got in the way for everyone.  We were still making progress, but slowly.  Finally at the end of the summer, we set a goal of the end of September for release, and seems that deadlines really do drive progress, as here we are today with a completed album.  It’s been a journey for us, another fun chapter in the life of HPT, and one that we hope you will enjoy!  You can download the album at http://hackpunttool.bandcamp.com/.  Check it out!  And if you like it, share it with your friends and family!

-Julie

P.S. – Keep an eye out for a new lyrics page over the next three days!

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Cast Album Release Date Announced – September 29th

Hello Hack, Punt, Tool fans!

You haven’t heard from us in awhile… but this post brings good news!  The cast album is nearly ready, and will be released on Saturday, September 29th.  We have been tooling furiously over the past several months to mix and master the album and bring you the best possible final product.  Keep an eye on the website for the link to the album!

 

FAQ:

Where with the album be available?

We will be posting the album for download on Bandcamp.com.  At this time it will not be available anywhere else.

How much will it cost?

The album will be available for free or for a donation.  All donations go to support the MIT Musical Theater Guild.

Can I get a physical CD instead of a download?

We will not be making CD’s.  We hope that those who are technologically savvy can help those who are not by burning them CD’s.

 

 

13 Days until Release!

-Julie