Saturday, 4 December 2010

Into The Wonderful

Nation 12 was an electronic music collaboration between John Foxx and Tim Simenon from the late 80s. Trond from the marvelous Dusty Shelf blog asked me to ask JF about it as it is a fairly important period of music history in that it spawned some classic computer game music, and we all know how many hours we spent listening to that as kids. Sadly it seems no one really knows who is the copyright holder of that 8-bit music [note: it should be John and Tim as they wrote it], and therefore its unlikely to get the re-release it deserves. Not all computer game music is created equal!

There is of course a re-issue of the studio recordings they made together which you can read about here

Mastering Maths

Yesterday was spent over at Electric Mastering where me and Fluffy (sorry mate, couldn't resist!) sat and watched Guy Davie do his thing. John was snowed in and couldn't make it. Here is Guy at the incredible EMI TG-series mastering console. Arguably one of the best sounding consoles ever made, the solid state TG series was developed by EMI to replace the valve based desks which had been put to such great effect on the Abbey road recordings of the 50's and 60's. The mastering version of the desk is used essentially as a two channel console and has tone controls, compressor / limiters, and a few secret weapons, such as the 'spread' knob, which is some kind of magic circuit that makes everything in the world sound better. Notice to the left of the console a small green notepad. Using something called a 'pen' the settings of the console can be written down and read back later. In other words the desk even has total recall

Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Coast to Coast

Last month me and my friend Hugo went on a road trip from LA to NY, where he lives, in his new [old] 1987 Porsche 911 Carrera, which he just bought. We drove all the way in one go, only stopping to sleep, and eat at drive-ins. Super-size us!

The music here is made on a 1975 Paia Modular system that I managed to buy on the last day I was in America. I will tell you about that later, in the mean time you can see a very condensed version of our trip, which is a bit low-res due to trying to stuff 2 hours of video into 5 mins by using Quicktime

UPDATE: While I was away Joe and co kept a track of our route and marked it on the map. That looks a very long way!

Monday, 29 November 2010


Here are some pictures Joe took of me and John mixing the last few bits of the album. As you can see, we used 3 generations of mixing console on the record; an MCI 416 from the early 70s, a Studer 900 from the early 80s and a DXB from the mid 00s