Ergo’s “As Subtle As Tomorrow” is out now.

Last year I had the chance to work on this record with Brett Sroka and his band Ergo. This record is a really cool mix of live trombone, piano and drums along with a bunch of cool electronics as effects. Sam Harris on piano and Shawn Baltazor on drums. Shawn mixed the record with Brett and then they came by the House of Cha Cha to run all the mixes through my Neve and do a bunch of other various sweetenings.

This record is out today on Cuniform Records.

Go listen to and buy this record here.

Pre-order “Someone Else” (the film) now!

Someone Else, the film I scored in 2014, is finally being released to the masses. It is available for pre-order from iTunes here.
It will also be screening for a week in Los Angeles in March. Not clear on the details yet but I’ll keep y’all posted.

The New House of Cha Cha is ready!!!

So happy to announce that the all new House of Cha Cha, new room, new monitors, new awesome sound and vibe, is all done a ready to make music.
Pics to follow as soon WordPress will accept my uploads.
So now’s a great time to hit me up so we can work together on your project!

Someone Else’s New York premiere is tonight!

I’m very excited to be attending the New York City premiere of Someone Else, the feature film I scored last year for director Nelson Kim. This is definitely the kind of movie to see in a theatre, especially so you can experience the low end of my score!

The screening is at Village East Cinemas on 2nd Ave and you can by tickets to the 9pm screening here. It’s part of the Asian American International Film Festival.

This film also features a brand-new track from Mudville. It’s our first one in several years and it closes the film. The song was recently released as a single on Ropeadope Records and you can hear it on the embedded player at the bottom of this page.

New Mudville music out today!

I’m very happy that this day is finally here. New Mudvillemusic is here today via Ropeadope Records. It’s the end titles track for my friend Nelson Kim’s film Someone Else, the feature film I scored last year. It’s available now from iTunes as well as our bandcamp store.

Enjoy!

Bob Wijnen’s record is done!

NYC Unforeseen, the debut record from Bob Wijnen that we’ve been working on since last November, is DONE! I’m producing, engineering and mixing on this one. Just got it back from ace mastering engineer Gene Paul and it sounds great. I went over there last week as I love to hear Gene tell me stories about “the old man” (Les) and recording Aretha and MJQ at Atlantic back in the day once the work is done.

I’m really happy with how this record came off. The Steinway D at the Samurai Hotel sounds great and we had a fun two days of recording without headphones in the same room, old school. Never hurts to have the likes of Peter Bernstein on guitar, Dezron Douglas on bass and Billy Drummond on drums. Makes things go quite smoothly actually.

This one should be out in the next couple of months so look for it. I have the title track in my producing/mixing playlist so you can go here to listen to it right now.

Headed to Miami for the premiere of “Someone Else”

I’m very excited to be some of the cast and crew of Someone Else at its world premiere tomorrow night at the Miami International Film Festival. Marilyn Carino from Mudville will be joining me. Not only did I write, produce, record and mix the entire score for the film, but Mudville wrote a new song for the end credits as well. (We also have “Joy” and “Duke” from Iris Nova in the film.) We’re expecting to see writer/director Nelson Kim, lead actor Aaron Yoo (who is amazing) and producers Geoff Quan and Brandon Harris.

The film is screening at the historic Tower Theatre in Little Havana and I’m really excited to see it on a big screen and hear my score in surround! H/T to Eli Cohn for the sound mix on the film.

Check my social media for pics and updates!

Here’s the trailer if you haven’t seen it yet:

“Someone Else,” the film I scored

So I wrote the score to this film last year, Someone Else.  Written and directed by my friend Nelson Kim, it’s a great city mouse/country mouse story about two Korean-American cousins. The buttoned up law student  comes to New York City for the summer to visit his relative, the playboy actor. Drug use and girlfriend-switching ensue and the film has a Mulholland Drive-esque twist two-thirds of the way through. I’ve been told the score is “creepy” and “disturbing”. You be the judge.

The film’s World Premiere is at the Miami International Film Festival on March 13 and I’m very excited to be attending.

There’s also a Kickstarter campaign right now to raise marketing money for this labor of love. [Fully funded as of 3.11.15]

Here’s the trailer:

So I wrote this article for DownBeat magazine…

On the heels of producing and mixing over thirty live records for SmallsLive, the record label of the New York jazz club Smalls, late last year I was asked by the magazine to write a story for their “Recording School” section on how to produce live jazz records. While my approach to producing isn’t much different for studio and live records (though there are some different technical considerations,) I was happy to oblige. The piece ran in their February 2015 issue and they even put my name on the cover! Read on…

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What I did in 2014

Hey Everyone!

Happy New Year! It’s been so long since I’ve written (I plead: Baby) that I thought an update from the House of Cha Cha was in order. Here goes…

FILM COMPOSING:

In September I finished composing, performing, and mixing the score for the feature film Someone Else, written and directed by Nelson Kim. It’s a psychological drama about two cousins. One moves to NYC to be more like the other and craziness ensues, including a Mulholland Drive-esque twist and a lead actress who plays two roles to great effect. Someone Else will be premiering at a major film festival in the spring, but I can’t reveal which one until the official announcement.

Mudville, my longtime partnership with Marilyn Carino, has composed a new track for the movie’s end credits, aptly titled “Someone Else.” It’s our first new music in quite a while, and I’ll let you know when the track becomes available on iTunes, etc. The film also includes “Joy” and “Duke” from our last record, Iris Nova.

Also, back in 2012, I scored, recorded, and mixed 7x6x2, a short film written by the great graphic novelist Paul Pope and directed by Paul and Sridhar Reddy. It’s a really cool little space western and was finally released online in early 2014 by the digital arm of Robert DeNiro’s Tribeca Films. Watch the entire film here.

PRODUCING AND MIXING:

I was fortunate to be a co-producer on Emilio Solla‘s fantastic new Grammy-nominated record Second Half, a blend of tango, jazz and contemporary classical composed by pianist Solla and performed by his amazing nine-piece band. Watch the record’s promo video here.

After ranking high in the DownBeat Critics’ Poll “Rising Star Producer” category for the third year in a row (because of the 30+ SmallsLive records I’ve produced and mixed), DownBeat asked me to write an article on recording live jazz for the February 2015 issue, which is on newsstands now. Read the story here.

In November I produced Tim Ries‘ Quintet with Nicholas Payton for SmallLive and after I mix it, it will be released spring/summer 2015. Other artists I’ve produced and/or mixed for SmallsLive in the past couple of years include: Johnny O’Neal; Scott Hamilton; Peter Bernstein (solo guitar); David Berkman with Tom Harrell; Frank Lacy; Rodney Green; Will Vinson; Harold Mabern; Alex Sipiagin; and Joe Magnarelli with the late and sorely missed Mulgrew Miller and Dwayne Burno.

Also in November, I produced, recorded, and mixed NYC Unforeseen for the excellent Dutch pianist and composer Bob Wijnen. It features a murderer’s-row rhythm section: Peter Bernstein, Dezron Douglas and Billy Drummond, and will be out in April 2015.

Coming out this month is Neighborhood, Walking Distance’s debut that I mixed for Ropeadope. It’s a great chordless jazz record, with a rock ’n roll attitude and quite a few surprises. Pre-order it here.

I’ve also started doing mix consultations as well, so even if you don’t have the budget for me to produce and/or mix at this time, feel free to give me a call about this service.

And of course, even with all my composing, producing, and mixing work I still continue to play the bass. Check out Amy Kohn‘s beautiful new Plexi Lusso for an example of my recent playing. And although this has been a jazz-heavy few years, please keep in mind that I love, and work on, all kinds of music, and welcome new opportunities to collaborate.

I look forward to hearing all about what you are working on in 2015!

Best wishes,

ben

www.benrubin.com
@bennychacha
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  1. Someone Else *performer/co-writer/producer/engineer/mixer* Mudville 4:12
  2. Wicked *performer/co-writer/producer/engineer/mixer* Mudville 4:27
  3. The Hero Of The World *performer/co-writer/producer/engineer/mixer* Mudville 4:29
  4. Deja Vu (Benny Cha Cha Remix) Killah Priest 3:53
  5. Manifest (Benny Cha Cha Remix) Karsh Kale 6:09
  6. "Long Distance" - End Credits *composer/producer/performer/mixer* Ben Rubin feat. Michael Blake 1:19
  7. "Someone Else" - Opening Titles *composer/performerproducer/engineer/mixer* Ben Rubin 1:39
  8. That Lick I Invented *bassist/co-producer/mixer* Dred Scott Trio 6:12
  9. Today Means More *producer/bassist/mixer* Stripmall Ballads 3:19
  10. My Favorite Waste of Time *producer/performer/mixer* Marshall Crenshaw feat. Keva Hargrove 3:10
  11. Sunrise Sunset (Benny Cha Cha Remix) Louis Armstrong 4:17
  12. "7x6x2" - End Credits *space western rock - wurly/moog/drums/guitar/trumpet* Ben Rubin 4:33
  13. Doggie and Cookie *bassist/mixer* Dred Scott Trio 6:46
  14. When I'm Writing (Benny Cha Cha Remix) Killah Priest 4:30
  15. Goodbye Blue Sky (Benny Cha Cha's Hee-House Remix) Luther Wright & The Wrongs 4:03
  16. Pussy (Benny Cha Cha Remix) Brazilian Girls 5:41