Dienstag, 23. November 2010

The Gecko

Check out this band: The Gecko! They've just finished a video to a song I recorded with them some time ago. I think we got a pretty cool grimey rock sound from eight microphones in one room going to eight tracks of tape. Why use more?
My studio partner Gordon Raphael (The Strokes, Regina Spektor) went on to mix the CD. Very interesting band, very good songwriting. Check it out!

And here's another song in CD quality:

The Light Of Day by The Gecko

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Freitag, 19. November 2010

Ja, Panik session closes

Today was the last day of the Ja, Panik  session at Chez Cherie. I got to have a chat with the band and Maurice, the head of their label Staatsakt (Bonaparte, Hans Unstern, Mediengruppe Telekommander). He says it would be great to have a remix out around the time of the album release, and so I'll be giving it my best!

Donnerstag, 18. November 2010

Lux Repeat

I just finished producing a CD for Lux Repeat from Bolzano, Italy! Martin Retter (the man behind the music) sent me the tracks for every song and I crunched them through our Thermionic Culture 'Fat Bustard' tube summing mixer and treated the whole thing with a set of analog compressors (this SSL amongst others) and EQs (a stereo set of Helios, for example). But enough geeky gear stuff, let's talk about the music for a moment:

I have been a huge fan ever since I saw him play a live set in Vienna, and so I urge you to listen to the track just a bit further down. It's so refreshing when you live in a city filled with tame straight four-to-the-floor blip-blop techno. Check out the so wonderfully harsh sounds he uses and the dark post-techno-whateveryoucallit vibe. Delicious!

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Avoiding You by Lux Repeat

Mittwoch, 10. November 2010

Chez Cherie

Very interesting session this week! I am assisting Moses Schneider (famous for engineering and producing Beatsteaks and Tocotronic) who is working with Ja, Panik from Austria on their fourth studio album. The last two days were spent setting up instruments and microphones, getting every sound just right for the remaining eight days in the studio. Everything is being recorded live in one room, including vocals! Moses has a great understanding of controlling and using the bleed in various microphones musically. Even though the vocals are meant to be very clear and up front in the mix, all other instruments bleed into this microphone adding overall depth and magic. The drums have only four close microphones that are being mixed into mono, but bleed from the stereo piano microphones and left / right guitars give them all the size they need. I've also seen some and heard some unknown microphones (already looking them up on eBay...)

I can't wait to use the ideas I've seen at work in my own sessions. Hopefully I'll get to use the Chez Cherie studio myself soon!

Montag, 8. November 2010

Dadajugend Remix

I've got a new remix just finished and would like to share it, please listen in!

The track is for Audiolith artist Dadajugend Polyform who will be releasing this later in the year along with their debut album. Please comment and enjoy!

Donnerstag, 4. November 2010

Human League

I just saw music history and got to meet it's guitarist! Rather spontaneously too. A friend got tickets and introduced me to Nick in The Human League. So of course I went along to the show. (Actually I was pretty excited about the support band Delphic because their music is related to ours in many ways.)
But now I have seen a band perform that played a major role in the creation of electronic pop! I learned that since a certain group of young people in Sheffield did not want to go to work in the steel-forging factories in the 70's they started making music. Bands such as Heaven 17, ABC, Cabaret Voltaire and Pulp were formed. With the sudden popularity of punk music around the same time it was justified to amplify sounds from cheap or broken or self-made electronic circuits and call it music (remember: the few synthesizers that existed at this time were unaffordable). And so Human League were given the chance to develope their sound and play shows from their first moment. Songs such as 'Don't You Want Me' (1981) went on to make them world-famous and heavily influenced an entire era of music known as - the 80ies of course! An era that had a huge revival and certainly influenced me as well.