Saturday, 16 January 2010

Visitation From Above

I had Rick Wakeman in the studio today. YES!

He came in to be interviewed for a BBC2 doc on rock bands which will air in May. They wanted to use my synths as a backdrop. I'll get a better pic when the program comes out I hope, but here's one from my telephone

Here's a track from a film he did the music to in 1981 called The Burning. It's a slasher movie

Wednesday, 13 January 2010

TAC Matchless FS

I am not selling this, I'm just noting that it is for sale. This desk has been on ebay before, so maybe the previous buyers pulled out for some reason. Anyway the starting bid is £1k. Its from this studio in Stockport, and has had some pretty cool records made on it

The TAC Matchless was introduced as their flagship music console in 1984. Here's the background to the TAC range. Langley are still going and make upgrade kits for most of the TAC mixers, which apparently greatly improves the sound and gets round the problem of obsolete spare parts


Today saw the completion of a mix of a track by me and Richard Sen. We were trying to think of a name for our collaboration when Richard looked at the Minimoog we used for the bass line and saw the word 'Modifiers', so there it was. This is the first full mix done on the MCI 416 and I can report that I am amazed with the sound it gives. I had previously done a mix on the dxb but decided to start from scratch today on the MCI now it's fully up and running. When I compared the two mixes side by side there was a real difference. The analog one is bigger, warmer, richer, fuller, things like that. Heres an MP3 clip

Tuesday, 12 January 2010

Look At This Object

Hello. I just saw this car on the way in to the studio , its just round the corner. It's a DeLorean DMC-12

What's so special about the DMC-12? Well for a start it's got gullwing doors and secondly there were only 17 right hand drive models  produced. It was designed by Giugiaro who was responsible for some of the most iconic cars of all time. It was developed in the late 70's and finally came out in 1981. So it's rare, beautiful, late 70's / early 80's vintage and appeared in a sci-fi film. Therefore it qualifies for Object Of The Day in my book...

Monday, 11 January 2010

My Hero Bob Moog

Here's a nice little article about BM, my hero as well, and a great photo

A Pile Of Old Boxes

That's what you'd think if you saw these in a junk shop but "what?" - it's a standard 1978 Roland System 100M in it's original packaging.....

The seller has some amazing stuff, and I bought my Yamaha CS30 from him a few years ago...

Sunday, 10 January 2010

The Whiteness

On the days I don't take the train I drive in and this is how it looked yesterday morning....

Eno's Preference [I didn't know that]

Some days I take the tube to the studio, and recently I've been reading the excellent Eno biography by David Sheppard 'On Some Faraway Beach' on the way up. Its been particularly good on days when I have worked with Foxxy because he's in the book quite a bit. Today I read about Eno's [and Connie's] favorite brand of mixing console:

So that means many amazing albums have been at least tracked on an MCI [JH-500?] desk. From the Compass Point website:

In the late '70's and mid 80's, Compass Point was one of the great recording studios of the world. Artists came from around the world to record in the Bahamas. Many major producers utilised the facilities, including Chris Blackwell himself, in his role as record producer. The resulting records sold in the many millions of copies worldwide. AC/DC's Back In Black, widely regarded as the ultimate, and largest selling, hard rock album of all time, and soon to be largest selling ALBUM of all time, was just one of the many great albums recorded at Compass Point Studios. Some of the well known artists who were a part of early Compass Point were:

AC/DC, The Rolling Stones, U2, Robert Palmer, The B-52's, Talking Heads, Dire Straits, Bob Marley, Eric Clapton, The Cure, Adam Ant, James Brown, Duran Duran, David Bowie, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Mick Jagger, Whitesnake, Status Quo, Tom Tom Club, Madness, Spandau Ballet, Third World, Grace Jones, Joe Cocker, Emerson Lake and Palmer, Eurythmics, Julio Iglesias, Power Station, Roxy Music, Thompson Twins, Wings, Julian Lennon, Bad Company, Average White Band, Carly Simon, and many others

Here is Chris Blackwell [Island founder] and engineers at the desk