The recording of Karmaland began, unbelievably it seems, back in the summer of 1999. There was a vague concept of recording a new album after the release of 1998's Detox, but no real plan or target. A project studio was set up in Christopher's bedroom inside the small, old house he and Ryan lived in just off Whyte Avenue in Edmonton. The idea was just to see what the new setup would sound like, compared to the tiny home studio used for Detox. But the idea instantly became clear when one evening, while playing around with a friend's synthesizer, Christopher came up with the music for a new song, a dark sounding ballad that would later become Outside View. The song was the first exercise in learning the art of computer hard disc recording. From there on, the possibilities took shape. Other songs Caffeine Sunday had written but not recorded to that point became further experiments in recording. By Christmas, they had recorded a CD maxi-single of Final, a track originally recorded for Detox. The recording process carried into spring 2000. One improvement led to the need for another. Software required more memory. More memory led to more storage needs. Storage led to backup requirements. New keyboards were bought. A new ribbon vocal mic followed. Little by little, a full-fledged studio was taking shape. But that summer, while recording Rottenberry, the hard disc used for recording, called an Orb drive, crashed and burned. Five songs were lost and unrecoverable. A sixth was a garbled mess. The event set back the recording of karmaland by months, and subsequent crashes kept progress going on a two steps ahead-one step behind basis. But bit by bit synth lines were recorded, lyrics rewritten, tracks mixed and arranged. By the end of 2000 recording was wrapping up. And in November, Ryan announced he was leaving for Taiwan in six weeks. Recording of songs with his vocals were quickly finished, and with the inclusion of a couple remixes, the project was shipped to Candisc CD duplicators in March 2001. The final result - an album of 11 original tracks and two remixes of detox songs. May the Orb rest in peace.
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