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Brendan James

Archive for February, 2011

ahh, the machines of the future welcome to the 21st century (I guess)

Abstract Rhythm OPEN HOUSE!

UR GUN-quikmaster by AbstractRhythm Mixed and summed through our Allen & Heath Spectrum with her 16 channels of analog goodness. I am starting to see the benefits of mixing entirely analog with rock-style music.   This track was all recorded live simultaneously, with secondary acoustic and electric guitar overdubs. 88.2k to cubase – compression and eq during tracking.   Since […]

Snarky Puppy – Crazy Name but the band’s inSANE! One of the wickedest performance /recording videos I have seen in a while!

  • 15 Feb 11

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Link: Recording studio / Breakfast Lounge / Sleeping Pods?!

See if you can figure out what’s going on over at Parr Street Studios in Liverpool. Are they a recording studio / Restaurant or Japanese hotel? You tell me.

So this last week has been a heatbreak with the closing of three (3!_) recording studios in my building. Providing a sobering reminder as to how close to the bone those who work in this industry are. I first informed of the situation when a few clients of Moody Mammoth stoped by my studio the other day looking for a place in the building to resume their project. “no way,” I responded, in bafflement when they told me that a few people were already demolishing the space downstairs. Sure enough, after rushing down to investigate I found the a small party at MM dismantling the acoustic treatment from the the control room.

Moody Mammoth was a fabulous facility approximately twice the size of AR with 3 rooms, and rehearsal studios, run by fellow recording engineer / DJ / remixer Stephano Zazzera. Facing a family emergency back in his home country Stephano was forced to travel back to Italy to care for his ailing father the previous month. and there he was speaking through skype video chat directing the move.

It was obvious that the situation happened fast and the place was a wreck of recording gear, instruments, PA’s and musical equipment, half organized into piles of like-gear. Speaking to the dis-embodied Stephano I was asked if I wanted anything. Being at the closure of a freind’s studio is a discomforting thing. As I studio owner experiencing the shutdown of a fellow business I get this terrible premonition of the dismemberment of my own operation. I was happy for Stephano that he didn’t have to go through this 1st hand, it was painful for me! I explored the ruins trying to fight the incessant guilt of a vulture amongst raw meat. In the end I ended up nabbing some new speakers for our live room and about 10 or so mic / guitar and keyboard stands.

And? Yes that’s about it, another studio bites the dust we are down to 3 in my building now and I know the other owners can feel it, the comradeship is growing not through fear but through necessity. RIP Moody Mammoth!