Ice On Titan studio is operated by former Kiss Kiss frontman Josh Benash in NY's Hudson Valley. Josh has toured with The Pogues, Thursday, The Atari's, Murder By Death, The Dear Hunter, and many more. Here in the woods the lax atmosphere allows for creativity to truly flourish. Josh also scores music for film, television, and video games.
I offer film, television and video game scores. I also offer remote mixing, string arranging, songwriting, orchestral composition, and music production. My number one goal is to help facilitate the creation of great art that everyone can be proud of. I am happy to discuss any project you may have and will offer a free consultation. I believe in highlighting the unique elements of all my projects.
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Interview with Ice On Titan (Josh Benash)
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Hybrid. Both mediums have their advantages.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started playing guitar and writing songs at 13. Throughout high school I sat in my basement recording records on a 4 track. I then attended college for studio composition and production. After college I started the band Kiss Kiss. We were signed in 2004 to Eyeball/Warner ADA and toured relentlessly for 7 years. In 2010 I began to build a recording studio and now score music for film, tv and video games. I also mix for other artists.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Performance and composition are key. Without that foundation production can only do so much.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Composing and arranging. Finding unique sounds and ways to approach film score or song.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring a strong sense of creativity. I like to think outside the box in accessible ways. I am also a trained composer and have had 20+ years of studio experience from the other side of the desk as an artist, so I can relate to how it feels to give your creative baby to someone else. As an arranger I can help add depth and intensity, or help declutter.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: For film scoring I start by composing at the piano. Once I have a seed of an idea I will move to Sibelius and begin to score to picture. I usually will not start tracking until the score I have is arranged well and I know what needs to be tracked and how. I will communicate with the filmmaker prior to composing and spot the film to get a good sense of the filmmakers goals and aesthetic needs. From there I will submit early mockups and make revisions should they be required. For mixing I will again communicate with the artist and try to understand their goals and aesthetic needs. From there I will create a static mix and begin to shape the audio landscape. I am very open to artist suggestions and revisions within reason. At the end of the day when mixing I am here to serve the artists desires, not my own.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I currently run Pro Tools HD native with an Avid 16 i/o interface. I use API 312 microphone pre amps and Barefoot mm27 monitors summed through a Dangerous Dbox. I have an assortment of analog goodies like an original Arp Odyssey, Moog Liberation, Moog Rogue, Korg Delta, Optigan, and many many more. I have a solid microphone assortment from a Soyuz 023 Bomblet to vintage Beyer ribbons. Plugin wise I have many options from Sonnox to Soundtoys and many more. I also have a small group of vintage tube amps and guitars. As well as numerous misc. gadgets and noise makers.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Compositionally I really admire 20th century composers like Gyorgy Ligeti, Samuel Barber, and Eric Satie. Film composers I admire include Bernard Herrmann, Johnny Greenwood, Bruno Coulais, and Danny Elfman. Production wise I enjoy Nigel Godrich, Sylvia Massey, and Tony Visconti.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: For the last 10 years I have been composing, performing, and recording film, television, and video games scores. Over the last few years I have open up my studio to remote mixing, producing, and arranging for other artists.