Bonny Billy & The Picket Line

Funtown Comedown

New arrival from recordstore.co.uk this month and sounding excellent. Originally released in late 2009, now available on cassette.

I sold one of these this morning. I’m also working on the sound of a 3D printer.

http://www.pond5.com/sound-effect/25441334/2-cars-passing-r-l.html

 

Some cars going past on a quiet road.

Meanwhile, some audio I made of a 3D printer back in January is finally getting some overdue attention from me. 3D printers are musical.

3D Printer

 

 

 

A good couple of finds from Saturday

Saturday Swag

 

Mark Lanegan Band – Hit the City, with 2 B-sides. Some vocals from PJ Harvey on Hit the City. Incredible bass guitar sound. From the ever-excellent RPM Music in the Old George Yard.

 

Tom Waits – Asylum Years. I found half a dozen Tom Waits songs on a old tape that a friend had made me back in the 90s and decided it was about bloody time I got a full album. From JG Windows in the central arcade in town, because I was browsing through some percussion instruments as well. I’m thinking of getting a cabasa, some large claves and a shekere, for anyone interested. I’m reminded of this clip from the Coffee and Cigarettes film as well. No idea how I stumbled upon it, but it’s very entertaining:

 

 

It works again! My 1990s vintage SPL ProMIKE dual preamp.

SPL ProMIKE

 

The 48v phantom power wasn’t working on channel 1 of this little (standard 1U rack size) beauty. Thankfully, I didn’t try to repair it myself, once I’d worked out what was going on. I have what I think is a healthy fear of soldering irons and idiots such as me tinkering with PCBs and the like.

I went along to MAC Electronics over in Jarrow (http://www.mac-electronics.co.uk/) and for a very reasonable fee, they fixed up the corrosion in its poor innards, straightened out the voltage problem and gave it a jolly good servicing.

It sounds crisp, clean, full and lovely; ready to go on the next recording sessions with these guys in July:

http://chrisjamesmartinfletcher.bandcamp.com/

Or indeed anything else in between.

 

 

A cow traffic jam. Kuhstau.

 

Here’s a recording I made last year whilst visiting Bavaria and my dear friend Lisa. Amazing enough to see her and her 2 remarkable children again, this was another highlight of which I’d been notified in advance; I was ready and waiting to dash outside at a few seconds notice to catch the morning herd through the village.

I don’t know what I was expecting but the farmer was on a bicycle. Perhaps I envisaged a quad bike or something.

Kuhstau is Lisa’s word for it and I like it. You can’t rush the herd, so anyone on their way to work or the shops or wherever will just have to wait while they get where they’re going. I think it’s a brilliant sound, the cowbell when it’s actually suspended from a cow, or even better, a whole street full of them.

 

Kühe

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