Van Halen Mixes It Up On The Net

June 11 [10:00 EDT] -- Audio engineer Erwin Musper is keeping fans on the Internet up to date on the new Van Halen album currently being mixed in L.A.

Musper, a transplanted European and a veteran Van Halen recorder, reports that mixing began at Eddie Van Halen's own 5150 studio June 2. He gives a daily blow-by-blow of the material being worked on in messages posted on the Van Halen mailing list and reposted on fan websites.

Completed songs include "Fire In The Hole," described by Musper as a "very heavy [sic] kind of a stadium anthem;" "From Afar," "a really bizzare song, with solos from hell" and a bluesy ballad titled "A Year To The Day." The band has 10 tunes recorded to date totaling over an hour's worth of music.

Musper details his recording tactics and assures the fans he's been reading their advice. "I actually print out some of your support-mail," posts Musper, "and pin it to the studio walls to guide me through the next couple of weeks. This way, you guys

are also part of the mixing process."

Get the scoop from Musper at