Sankofa Song video blog – Episode #2: A leisurely tour of the studio

So lots of people have been asking about the studio.

And I’ve been wanting to show it to you forever.

But instead of taking a bunch of pictures, I figured a video tour would be more fun to do.

And it was.

Even though I kept having keeping-my-head-in-the-shot issues.

Anyway here’s a peek at one of my favorites places in the whole wide world.


p.s. I know some of you aren’t video people. But I briefly channel Phil Collins. So it’s probably worth a watch.
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19 Responses to Sankofa Song video blog – Episode #2: A leisurely tour of the studio
  1. Alexia
    July 22, 2010 | 1:55 pm

    Dude 🙂 thanks for the tour! I love seeing what other musicians have. Stuff is fun. stuff that makes loverly noises is more fun.
    .-= Alexia´s last blog ..I scared the crap out of myself this weekend And it was a good thing =-.

  2. Josiane
    July 22, 2010 | 2:36 pm

    So much fun stuff! Thank you for inviting all of us in your tiny studio for a few minutes; you clearly have some magical superpowers, as it didn’t feel cramped at all. 😉

  3. Sarah
    July 22, 2010 | 2:43 pm

    Love it, love it, love it! After watching this I really want to hop on the next train to Fabekuland and see this place in person. (OK, well, hop on a plane in my case).

    Maybe it’s just me, but this video made me want to hear more about each instrument you use. I bet they have some pretty awesome stories behind them, like how they were made and how you came to have them. (I mean, how cool is it that you have a singing bowl from the 17th century?)

    Thanks for this peek into your studio!
    .-= Sarah´s last blog ..A Year Ago Today =-.

  4. Kelly Parkinson
    July 22, 2010 | 3:10 pm

    Chocolate! How have I gone so long without this critical ingredient? Thanks for the tour! I love knowing that you have a Metrorack too.
    .-= Kelly Parkinson´s last blog ..What is Headline Jeopardy- please =-.

  5. Julia
    July 22, 2010 | 3:20 pm

    Okay, I’m really not a video person, but I watched and was rewarded with bunnies! Totally worth it. Love that gong.
    .-= Julia´s last blog ..Upgrades =-.

  6. Wulfie
    July 22, 2010 | 5:54 pm

    THAT WAS AWESOME! I can’t wait to hear the shrewdy box. That’s sounds like it’s very cool. Awesome stuff. And very interesting to now be able to know what some of the things look like. Thanks.

    Love the wave at the end and…chocolate! Thought I was the only one that kept chocolate at my working space! High Five!

    More of these please! Cause they totally rock.

  7. Victoria Brouhard
    July 22, 2010 | 6:24 pm

    It’s so cool to be able to see inside your studio where all that magic happens. Thanks for inviting us in!

    Looking forward to the shruti box vid! 🙂
    .-= Victoria Brouhard´s last blog ..A Fuzzy Decision Prescription =-.

  8. Sparky Firepants
    July 22, 2010 | 6:44 pm

    Dude, I totally parsed that waveform on your monitor. That’s a groovy sound.

    I have a shelf of Tech Crap, too. Looks like you can actually find stuff on yors, though.

    Awesome tour. Thanks!

  9. Patty K
    July 22, 2010 | 6:54 pm

    Thanks for the tour! I find looking into other peoples’ work spaces fascinating. Looking forward to more videos…and I’ll second what Sarah said about wanting to hear the stories about the instruments. You definitely piqued my curiosity. (And also made me think of Chuck Barris.)

    End of comment.

    Oh wait: Bunnies!!

    .-= Patty K´s last blog ..Creativity comes in waves =-.

  10. Lilly
    July 22, 2010 | 7:29 pm

    Love the instruments and inside look at your studio, I would really like to play a shruti box myself. Don’t know if I spelled that right, I just really like how Indian music sounds. BUNNIES! CHOCOLATE!

  11. Tori Deaux
    July 22, 2010 | 11:04 pm

    Oh, I love seeing people’s studios! Whether art or music or dance. Yours is disturbingly tidy, though. Did you clean it just for us, or is it always that organized?
    .-= Tori Deaux´s last blog ..Needful Things! The Yes-I’m-Still-Breathing Edition =-.

  12. Joely Black
    July 23, 2010 | 3:23 am


    That was really great, and looked just as I imagined it. Now I want to put all the instruments in Amnar. Because of course they have drums!

    And also, I can’t wait to see you play the shruti box, since you mentioned it in the session you did for me last year. Rah!
    .-= Joely Black´s last blog ..Friday Flash- The Problem With Gavin =-.

  13. Noura
    July 23, 2010 | 10:06 am

    what an awesome little peek into your studio! Thanks for the tour. 🙂

  14. Chloe Walker
    July 23, 2010 | 11:36 am

    Cool! It looks a bit like a kitchen with all those bowls stacked up on the big wire shelves. And some of the rattles look like vegetables. (When the camera first panned past that last rattle you mentioned I seriously thought, what’s with the potato?) And there’s a big dinner gong to call people down for meals!

    Yeeeeeeeeeah. Dinner gong.

  15. Renee
    July 24, 2010 | 7:53 am

    LOL – I think you made Chloe hungry. Thank you for the great tour of your studio and a little explanation of the instruments you play. I would also like to know more. Looking forward to hearing more from you!

  16. Fabeku
    July 29, 2010 | 4:39 pm

    Hey guys! Thanks for taking a peek at the video.

    @Alexia – Lurvely noise-making stuff is a ton of fun, isn’t it? I love that you get that.

    @Josiane – Superpowers! Glad you dug it. And glad it didn’t feel cramped.

    @Sarah – I’d love to do some videos about the individual instruments. That would be so much fun. I’ve written about some in the past. But videos would be way cooler. Great idea! Thanks!

    @Kelly – Chocolate. It is kind of my not-so-secret secret ingredient. I swear it makes everything go better. At least that’s what I tell myself. (grin)

    @Julia – I figured bunnies were an appropriate reward. Thanks for watching. And, yeah, I’m kind of in love with that gong. Beautiful. And wow.

    @Wulfie – My work space is way more productive with chocolate in it. It’s a mainstay. And I’ll definitely be doing more videos.

    @Victoria – Totally welcome. And I’m eager to do the shruti box vid too. It’s such a cool-and-yet-kind-of-weird instrument.

    @Mr. Pants – Parsed that waveform… You are the awesome. And, yeah, somehow this particular tech shelf has stayed pretty neat. Others? Not so much.

    @Patty – Thanks for seconding the stories thing. I’m really stoked to see that people are interested in this. Because I’d love to talk about it. And since you invoked the name of Chuck Barris, I must oblige your wishes. (grin>

    @Lilly – I love the Indian musical traditions. So rich and delicious. And their music features some of the most exquisite instruments around. Amazing stuff.

    @Tori – I had just finished recording a bunch of bowls and put everything away the day before. So the room was pretty neat. When I’m recording… look out. Cables and mics and bowls and drums everywhere.

    @Joely – Drums in Amnar…. sweet! And how cool would it be to see the other instruments show up too. And yay! More people interested in the shruti box video. So cool!

    @Noura – My pleasure! Thanks for peeking.

    @Chloe – A kitchen! I love that. Especially the cooking reference. Because I do sort of feel like I’m cooking when I’m down there. A heaping helping of drums, with a few scoops of bowls and a healthy side of gongs…. mmmm, mmmm good.

    @Renee – Totally welcome for the tour. Glad you dug it. And thanks for letting me know you’d be into hearing more. I appreciate it.

    Thanks again for taking a peek folks. I love doing these videos. There will be more to come fo’sho.

  17. Ty Barbary
    February 4, 2011 | 3:18 am

    You. have. SO MANY BOWLS. How did you get them all?

    I dig your gong. That is some epic sound right there.

    I’m curious about the tech equipment you have – what are the absolute staples of your studio? What software do you use, what mixing/sound board, etc?

  18. Fabeku
    February 4, 2011 | 3:11 pm

    @Ty – Glad you dug the bowls + gongs. The tech stuff depends a ton on what you’re trying to do and what instruments you have. If you want to shoot me an email with the Reader’s Digest version of what you’re up to, I’m totally down to make a few suggestions.

  19. Ty Barbary
    February 4, 2011 | 3:37 pm

    Awesome! Just fired an email atcha – thank you. 🙂

    (Tangent: The “big gulp” singing bowl? WANT. Ohhh want.)

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