in the Studio

It’s a cozy little cabin in the Kootenay forest. Want to come play some music?


Aire Nuevo – Música Musa

A nice recording credit for the Dog House Studio! Kenji Fukushima recorded his guitar tracks in the Riondel studio last January, and we sent them off to Hans in Mexico City for mixing. So inspiring to be part of an international collaboration! Kenji’s guitar is heard on: track 5; Inspiración 17:01 track 6; Música Musa 19:34  

A Dream of Tulum

A Dream of Tulum by Ben Johnson A “dreamscape” produced with field recordings from Tulum (Q. Roo) and Merida (Yucatan), Mexico. The Caribbean Sea breeze playing the strings of an Aeolian harp, a Guitarrón surreptitiously plucked, a Mayan ritual re-enactment. released 24 June 2014 Caty Petersen (Aeolian harp), Indira Beatrix (laughter).

the Afterbuzz Veena

Building a MIDI controller in the form of a synth-string instrument (ie: held like a guitar) which controls MIDI-enabled music apps on the docked-in iPhone. This project has been in the conceptual stages of development since June 2011. Now in 2014 it is finally coming together!

Book a Session

Thinking about adding some worldly groove to your tracks?

You might be tempted to use virtual instruments, but it takes a lot of knowledge and skill to get a sound that’s even remotely authentic, even with the best hardware controllers and software available. Using licensed loops.. well.. someone out there will recognize it.

Consider hiring a musician with many years of experience in world music, who can work from his own studio or come to yours, is easy to work with and can get your tracks done on time.

Ben Johnson is available for session work on the following instruments:

  • Drum kit (Funk, Jazz, Reggae, World and EDM-based styles)
  • Middle-Eastern percussion (doumbek/darbuka/tabla, riq/frame drums)
  • Indian percussion (tabla)
  • Brazilian percussion
  • Turkish/Arabic oud
  • Turkish saz / Greek tzouras
  • Persian santoor

If you’d like to talk more about a session, please contact Ben Johnson.


Ben Johnson
Box 175, Riondel BC, V0B 2B0

email me: doghousestudio74 [at] gmail [dot] com