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"The Castle Stairs" is a 12-track studio recording by Jeff Bujak; his 7th full length recording.  Writing began on JUL 05, 2015 and mastering ended on AUG 27, 2015.  Jeff Bujak performs all music including piano, electric piano, synthesisers, guitar and midi programming.  He also recorded, mixed and mastered the entire recording.  

 

In the beginning, brain-storming stages (late-June 2015), this album was planned to actually be a collection of 4-EPs released at once on one album (sounds redundant, but hear me out); each EP featuring a different electronica style.  Each track within each EP was to have the same instrumentation (same tones and sounds) and tempo as each other, but completely different styles.  

 

Recording completed on JUL 18, 2015; 4 musically-non-stop separate EPs were created and recorded.  During initial mixdown, the decision was made to split up each track and create a definitive beginning and end for each song, thus opening up more options for track order.  No titles were given right away.  They were labeled as Mario would have; by world and level (1-1, 1-2, 1-3, 2-1...) in the order that they were written/recorded.  

 

Once the tracks were mixed and separated, the ordering process began.  One-track was chosen from each EP and ordered.  The final album ordering ended up being 4-1, 3-3, 2-1, 1-2, 4-2, 3-2, 2-2, 1-1, 3-1, 2-3, 1-3 and 4-3; just imagine playing Super Mario Bros in that order.

 

The entire album from beginning to end was recorded and finalized at Bujak's studio in Northampton, MA.  

 

The Castle Stairs is available for digital streaming (free), digital download ($10), physical compact disc ($10) and double 12" vinyl (coming in OCT 2015, $30).