About TortoiseClimbing

Beginning of TortoiseClimbing

TortoiseClimbing™ was created in 1993 as part of David's private cassette release of the 1st album, Solo Collection. The original goals were to produce:

  1. Nice albums, for
  2. Private release for friends and family.

Early Experiences

That meant TortoiseClimbing™ was created after:

Earlier experiences including:


Thus, in perhaps late 1991 or early 1992 David undertook recording a solo album at Bias. (The relative geographic convienience of Bias' studio in Alexandria, VA to where David lived didn't hurt.)

Mr. Bill McElroy was David's chief audio engineer and associate producer. (Bill was one of the two partners who established Bias. For details on Bill McElroy, see Bill McElroy.) Bill was assisted from time to time by their then new employee he was helping mentor, Ms. Heidi Gerber-Salins.

That first private album was released in the then still rather popular cassette format, although CDs were also doing quite well. The solo ballads were recorded dominantly with piano accompaniments, but also used a few Karaoke accompaniment tracks, which cannot be used for public release. The selections are dominantly from shortly before, during, and the decade or so after the World War II era. A limited number of cassettes were made and privately distributed to friends and family.

In addition to creating TortoiseClimbing™ as part of privately releasing that 1st private recording, David also:

Upgrade in Goals

A significant upgrade in the goals/mission occurred in 1998 as a result of making the album Hymns and Songs of My Mother. The goals/mission were upgraded to:

  1. Produce outstanding recordings;
  2. For public release.

A clear impact from having upgraded its mission/goals after creation of the 1st private album, is TortoiseClimbing Audio™ plans to revisit, post production process, remix and remaster songs from that initial solo recording to meet our higher audio standards, and then release publically, targeted in pieces beginning mid-2024.

(FYI - At that time, Bias studio was at the tail-end time of using analogue multi-track tapes. All songs from all master tapes have been converted from their master analogue tapes to digital. TortoiseClimbing Audio™ is in the process of upgrading the individual songs recorded with friends before undertaking the albums. Plans are to similarly perform post production processing, remix and remaster for public release of the 1st album, Solo Collection. The fate of the subsequent Romantic Duets is unknown at this time.)

The first step toward accomplishing that was completed 5-18-2022. Namely, decoding the Dolby A encoding on the analogue master tapes and converting the analogue master tapes to digital. Following completion of Hymns and Songs of My Mother, the plan is to take the following steps to upgrade the original digital version of the Solo Collection album:

During the time David recorded at Bias Recording Studio, he had the privilege of working with 2 wonderful engineers and producers. See Colleagues.

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