For Jorden Stock, his senior project included recruiting fellow Jonathan Alder classmates to a series of recording sessions with their original musical compositions.
The result, “Alder Natives,” is a five-song, 19-minute EP, available in select locations around Plain City.
“Our senior projects have to do with your community, your education or your career,” Stock said. “You have to pick two, and I chose career and community.”
Stock plans on making his musical passion his career choice.
The proceeds from the CD sales will benefit Jonathan Alder choir students going to New York at the end of the month.
“I wanted the CD to reflect who all is going on the trip and who all is being helped. So I thought to use local musicians — people from my school, even,” Stock said.
“I asked around the school, and I told those interested to put together an original song,” Stock said. “I told them to practice it until they had it down and ready to record.”
Stock set up a recording studio in his basement. He mic’ed a little booth, and ran it through ProTools software in his computer.
Prior to this project, Stock had interned at Circa Music, a recording studio in Dublin. “The audio engineer [Marc Dicenzo] there helped me out a lot. He told me how to get my stuff set up and gave me lots of tips on what do.”
“The first recordings were kind of rough, but after a couple of takes, we got into the swing of things,” Stock said.
“Alder Natives” has five tracks. Each track highlights the performance of a specific Jonathan Alder musician.
The CD kicks off with Nesya Schwartz singing the yearning “Heartbeat.” The song has a simple arrangement of acoustic guitar and voice. Schwartz has an emotional, powerful voice — reminiscent of singer Ingrid Michaelson.
A toe-tapping piano improvisation by Nick Beachy follows.
Danielle Wattson’s hook-laden “Grin & Bear It,” will have the listener singing along before the song ends.
Dermot Hutchinson’s sea-faring “One Hundred Ships,” number may make the listener check the map to make certain that Plain City is indeed a land-locked village.
The CD closes with a Stock composition called “Horsing Around.” Stock’s catchy song, featuring percussion, guitar, mandolin and chorus of singers, is obviously the song Stock took the most time and care into producing.
“I wanted it to be a learning experience for me as well as for the people I was recording,” Stock said.
Next year, Jorden Stock will be studying commercial music and music technology at Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, Tennessee. Stock received a full scholarship to the university.
“Alder Natives” is currently available at Der Dutchman restaurant, Lovejoy’s IGA, and select other locations around Plain City.
Rob Treynor may be reached at (740) 852-1616, ext. 19 or on Twitter @robtreynor.