Recording Studio in Central Alberta since 1997
New phone number - (780) 361-3684
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Recording Studio since 1997
located on Pigeon Lake in Central Alberta, Canada
Map to the Studio
Hello and thank you for visiting our recording studio website! We are located at Ma-Me-O Beach, Alberta, Canada, about halfway between Edmonton and Red Deer, due west of Wetaskiwin on the South East shore of Pigeon Lake. Please feel free to look around, and if there is anything I can help you with, in terms of planning, budgeting, arranging, recording, mixing, mastering and completing your project, drop me a note at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please visit our "links page" for valuable information about copyright, music licensing, bookings, funding, various interesting connections...
My name is Miles Jackson. I have been playing the piano since I was five years old, and it is still my main instrument. I also play some accordion, mandolin, flute and drums.... Of course, now I play with a lot more electric keyboards, midi, computers and software. I started recording music in the mid eighties, and have been both performing and recording since then.
My wife, Jocelyne and I moved to Ma-Me-O Beach from Calgary on April 1st, 1997. Before that, I operated a project studio in Calgary for 15 years, Milestone Productions, and have an extensive background in midi sequencing.
Over the years, from about 1967 on, I played with many groups, including "Richter Ten", "Adanac Reply", "Barry Allen and the Cheyenne Winter", "Cannonball", "Redemption" from Edmonton, "Stratus Faction", "Backline Orchestra", the "Allen Sisters", "Black and White Affair", "Milestone Trio", the "Saturday Pro Big Band", "Band du Jour", "Tommy Hunter", "Neil Gow and the Five Knights", the "Carlene Friesen" band.. Where has the time gone? :-)
Also, I toured with Frank Mills (Music Box Dancer) from 1980 about three times a year as musical director up until he retired after Christmas of 2000, writing the arrangements, playing orchestral parts on the synthesizer and directing the choirs at Christmas time.
At Stampede time in Calgary, I continue to work with the pit band (Rockin' Al and the Dream Crushers) at the Youth Talent contest at the Archie Boyce Theatre on the Stampede grounds, where we back up about 80 contestants each year! We have band leader Al Muirhead on trumpet and conducting, Steve Foster on drums, Kai Poscente playing bass, Bobby Cairns playing guitar, Eric Friedenberg on sax, flute, keys and clarinet, and yours truly, Miles Jackson on keyboards. Some of our past winners include Paul Brandt (My Heart Has a History), Gavin Hope (the Nylons), Bret Barrow, Billy Klippert (Canadian Idol), Maureen Murphy, Tara Tennant, beat boxer James McInnis, and last year's winner, Calum Graham, as well as several others who have gone on to successful careers! This year has been year 30 for Al as bandleader, and 20 years for yours truly !
Since opening the studio in 1997, I have produced and arranged many CD's ranging from folk to speed rock, classical and jazz to alphorn music; country to marching bands, choirs, and big band to inspirational and gospel music, native powwow music to comedy. Did I mention blues and R & B? Plus some music that defies description, as we know it today!
I like nothing more than working with other singer/song writers on their projects, either for demo purposes, or for commercial CD release. Let's get together and make some great music!
It seems to be grant application time again, and a lot of people have been asking me for help in preparing budgets and estimate sheets. I have uploaded a couple of helpful forms. One is an XL spreadsheet budget so you can "plug in your own" numbers, and the other is a pdf document.This gives you a good outline of the costs involved.
Please feel free to download them and use them to put together a reasonable budget for your project! I hope they prove helpful!
Here are links to the most common funding sites for Canadian musicians.
Foundation for the Arts
Canada Council Grants