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Album update

It’s 10 years since we formed Enchanted Duo, it’s 10 years since we released our last album and now we give you 10 tracks. The new album will be called Explorers and the release date is set for 1st August.

Niklas Winde and his Uncertainties

We’re having strawberries and creme. It’s Nicko, I, our daughter and Niklas Winde sitting in the sun on his terrace. I’m not sure who is more nervous. Not my daughter though. She’s busy with her sandwiches. The rest of us make some smalltalk. When the strawberries are finished the moment we’ve all been waiting for has come. We make our way down to the basement and into Niklas’ studio. First we listen to our mix of “A Rock For A Heart”. My daughter has come to the conclusion that Niklas seems okay and gives him her hat to wear (pink with leopard pattern and with the wording “sweet”). Niklas wears it gallantly. Then it’s time for Niklas’ remix of “A Rock For A Heart”. My daughter moves her head to the rhythm appreciatively. It works. We like it. The pressure is off. Fun becomes fun again.

We have very different approaches to making music. Where I usually focus on the structure of a song, Niklas works with shorter loops of just a few beats. His comment to “A Rock For A Heart” was: “What long lopps you use!” and I stared at him a bit confused: “Loops?”

But that is how he works with his synths. “I get inspiration from myself as much as from the machines,” he says as we discuss how he composes. He explains that he starts with an idea and along the way he explores and discovers sounds he couldn’t even dream up. When he finds the flow and everything comes together is the highlight of making music.

I ask what compositions he’s more pleased with and he tells me about his “vacuum cleaner sounds”. These compositions have just recently become an album: Niklas Winde – Uncertsinties (Synthesator Vol. 8) 


We’re featuring our version of “A Rock For A Heart” on our coming album, but with a twist. On the bridge we’re ripping just a few seconds from the remix by Niklas.

10 years as a band

It almost passed us by but earlier this year while discussing some old projects we realized that it’s 10 years since we formed Enchanted Duo. We did so by releasing the album Divine Collection in 2007. From there it’s been a journey. This year we will look back at some of the events and happenings from the past. Hopefully we will have some really fresh and interesting things coming up this year too.

Screen Sharing In The Studio

When we first set up some kind of studio to record our music, we just put the mic up in front of the computer while recording. A problem then was that it picked up some of the noise from the computer. Later we got a recording booth and that has improved our recordings a lot. One problem though is the distance between the booth and the computer. You have to get in and out to start and stop the recording. Not to mention that the cat also gets in and out. We seldom use the setup with the singer in the booth and the producer by the computer. Rather we record our own vocals and at a later time review it together. So it would be convenient to be able to control the computer from inside the booth.

Nicko sjunger i tonfällan

Cubase iC ProI started to look for a solution based on the recording software that we use, which is Cubase. The developer do offer an app for iPad to remote control Cubase. First you have to install some additional software on the computer to complete the setup. For me it only partially worked, or hardly even that.

It wasn’t before later when I was working with operating panels for industrial use that I came across a more generic way of remote controlling another computer on a WiFi network or even over the Internet. It’s called VNC and it’s based on a server/client setup. You install the software on your computer and on your mobile device. Since the VNC technique is generic there’s a lot of apps to choose from, like RealVNC and TighVNC. If you’re using a Mac as I happen to be you don’t even have to install anything on the server side. It’s already there since and it’s called Screen Sharing.

Screen Sharing

Our Lyrics

You might have noticed the new link in the menu. Yes, we’ve moved them here – the lyrics to our songs. 

Earlier you could find them on our separate site called Lyrisk. To us it became too much of a hassle to add lyrics to the site with it’s not so user friendly interface. Therefore some of the lyrics to our latest songs never got added. I even saw in the website statistics searches targeting lyrics I knew weren’t there **shame**. 

If there’s lyrics you’ve been missing you should have a look now since we’ve added the ones we found missing. One thing about the old site that I think some of you appreciated though was that sometimes you could find lyrics to songs that were not yet released. We’ll see how to go about that in the future.

Häggfestival – Dreams

This is one of those songs that you first record then learn how to play live. Trying to match the melody and rhythm guitar all at once. Earlier this year we played this song on the livekarusellen tour, only with an electric-guitar. This time it’s all acoustic and sounds even more scaled back. I think the song has a bit of nerve that comes out quiet beautifully in the video.