Little Ferry, NJ (August 3, 2007)–As Grammy Award winner Donna Summer prepares to release her new album on Sony/BMG in 2008, Sebastian Arocha Morton and writing partner, Academy Award winner Al Kasha, are hard at work producing and engineering the new tracks for the CD. Working between The Village studios in LA and Arocha Morton’s ROCAsound studios from March until June of this year, the duo have cut four tracks that are tentatively scheduled to make the disc, and are continuing to collaborate on additional tracks from those initial sessions.
“Donna is an improviser at heart, so a lot of the material was written on the spot,” said Arocha Morton. “A lot of interesting techniques were used to bring back her dance essence in a more progressive, electro style. She’s very influenced by world music and sexy downtempo dance music, so the album ranges from huge pop songs to minimal electro house with classic Donna ambient vocals in the style of ‘Love to Love You Baby.'”
Summer’s first album in nine years marks a return for the hitmaker of the 1970s who was the first female artist to have three number-one singles in a twelve-month period. For the tracks that he completed, Arocha Morton relied on his Eventide Anthology II plug-in bundle to create an intricate soundscape. “Eventide played a huge role on the album since it was crucial to use some of the signature Moroder-esque effects used on her disco-era work, but with a new twist and perspective. She didn’t want anything to sound like her disco days. She’s an innovator, and that’s why we clicked–Donna gets inspired by sound design. Sometimes a filter sweep or delay on an instrument can inspire the beginning of a new song, so the Eventide flavor was essential to the tracks I produced.
“The Anthology II plug-ins especially let me recreate and automate some very interesting effects,” he continued. “There’s a track called ‘I’m A Fire,’ which has the H3000 and H949 effects all over it. The Omnipressor was also key for the beat compression. Another more downtempo chill out track, called ‘Sweet Insanity,’ features the Eventide H3000 Band Delays extensively on vocal treatments, as well as the H949 for its warmth.”