Tape Notes
TN:29 Floating Points

TN:29 Floating Points

November 12, 2019

In this episode John heads to EMS4 studios in Shoreditch to chat with Floating Points a.k.a Sam Shepherd, about how he recorded and produced his latest release, Crush. 

Talking from deep within Sam’s musical laboratory, we peer behind the curtain and find out how Floating Points music is created and crafted, pulling apart some of the tracks from his second album along the way. We get to hear how live performance and classical music are a serious influence in his writing process in addition to experimenting with the impressive number of synths he’s collected over the years. Geekery is in abundance in this episode. 

Listen to find out why space was scant in Sam’s student bedroom, who sick Anna actually is and why sometimes all you need is a Yamaha Reface CS in your backpack. 

Tracks discussed: Last Bloom, Annasickmodualr, Bias.

Gear discussed in epsiode:

S950 sampler, ARP 2600, API 1608, API vision, API 512c pre, STUDER A80 tape machine, ARP Rhodes Chroma, Yamaha CS70, Buchla, MAM ADX1 Drum Machine, Marshall time modulator, Yamaha Reface CS

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TN:28 Nitin Sawhney

TN:28 Nitin Sawhney

November 6, 2019

In this episode John heads to the Dairy studios to talk with composer/musician/producer Nitin Sawhney about how he recorded and produced the album Beyond Skin. 

In celebration of 20 years since its release, Nitin dusts off the original Logic 4 sessions and gives a fascinating account of how this classic album, most of which was recorded in his bedroom in Tooting, was brought to life. 

We not only get to hear some of the tracks broken down in detail but are also treated to live demonstrations of some of the traditional Indian compositional techniques used throughout the album. 

Listen to find out why an sm58 is pretty much all you need to record an album, how those mind boggling vocals in The Conference were created, and why Nitin’s guitar is his favourite piece of kit. 

Tracks discussed: Homelands, Serpents, Immigrant, Letting Go, The Conference

 

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TN:27 Kate Tempest & Dan Carey

TN:27 Kate Tempest & Dan Carey

October 30, 2019

In this episode John returns to Mr. Dan’s studio in Streatham to talk with Kate Tempest and Dan Carey. 

Looking back over a track from each album they’ve recorded together, Kate & Dan detail the creative journey they’ve been on since first meeting, and shine a light on the methods and techniques they use collaborating in the studio. 

We hear how the duo embraced teaming up with legendary producer Rick Rubin, why having a hangover isn’t necessarily a bad idea before a big day of recording, and why Dan is the ultimate sonic evil genius. 

 Tracks discussed: Marshall Law, We Die, I Trap You

 

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TN:26 Ibeyi & Richard Russell

TN:26 Ibeyi & Richard Russell

October 15, 2019

In this special live addition of Tape Notes, John is joined by Naomi & Lisa-Kaindé of Ibeyi and XL Recordings head honcho/producer Richard Russell, to talk about how they craft their music together in the studio. 

In celebration of National Album Day and recorded in The Pool room at Miloco Studios, the trio wax lyrical about their experiences working together and take a deep dive into the methods and techniques used in recording & producing the albums Ibeyi & Ash. 

Listen to find out why there's more to using a broken glass samples than meets the eye, that sampling Michelle Obama is a big deal, and why you should never leave the room when you're making a beat with Naomi & Richard. 

Tracks discussed: Oya, Transmission/Michaelion, No Man is Big Enough for My Arms 

 

Big thanks to AIM, National Album Day, and Miloco Studios for teaming up with us and making this happen. 

 

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TN:25 Marika Hackman & David Wrench

TN:25 Marika Hackman & David Wrench

August 14, 2019

In this episode John catches up with Marika Hackman and producer David Wrench to chat about how they recorded and produced Marika's 3rd album 'Any Human Friend'. 

Talking from David's new studio in London Fields, the pair look back over their experience working together for the first time and shine a light on the production techniques and methods they used in the making of the record. 

Listen to find out how an old land lady of Marika's was the victim some unintentional verbal abuse, hear a phone demo of Send My Love that offers a true glimpse of the creative process in full swing, and find out what life changing piece of advice John Savage gave David. 

Tracks discussed: The One, Send My Love, Hold On, Conventional Ride 

  

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TN:24 Editors & Leo Abrahams

TN:24 Editors & Leo Abrahams

July 31, 2019

In this episode we are joined by Justin and Elliot from Editors and producer Leo Abrahams to talk about how they recorded and produced the album 'Violence'. 

The guys shine a light on some of the working methods they used in the making of the album, treating us to the early home demos that band writer Tom created ahead of tracking in the studio. 

Listen to find out what an Ed 'weasel' is and why many were brutally culled by Leo, why Tom is the easiest vocalist in the world to record, and why Justin's guitar solos are more 'Top Gun' than they are 'Joey Santiago'. 

Tracks discussed: Violence, Darkness at the Door, Nothingness. 

 

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TN:23 Bombay Bicycle Club & Jim Abbiss

TN:23 Bombay Bicycle Club & Jim Abbiss

July 9, 2019

In this episode John is joined by Jack & Suren from Bombay Bicycle Club and producer legend Jim Abbiss to talk about how they recorded and produced 'I Had The Blues But Shook Them Loose'. 

Celebrating 10 years since its release, Jim and the boys reminisce over their experiences working together on this iconic debut and how their relationship and approach to recording and music production evolved from the early days as wide-eyed teens to the later, more experienced sessions. 

We get to hear the impressive bedroom demos Jack crafted as a music obsessed 15 year old plus fascinating breakdowns from some of the tracks from the album. 

Listen to find out why 'Dust On The Ground' didn't end up as an 8 minute instrumental, how using a fan can create some pretty unique guitar sounds and hear a brilliant break down of 'Always Like This'. 

Tracks discussed: Cancel On Me, Dust On The Ground, Always Like This 

  

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TN:22 Maverick Sabre & Charlie Perry

TN:22 Maverick Sabre & Charlie Perry

July 2, 2019

In this episode John is joined by Maverick Sabre and producer Charlie Perry to talk about how they recorded and produced Maverick's 3rd album 'When I Wake Up'. 

The boys break apart some of the tracks from the album recounting the journey these songs undertook from tracking in Maverick's living room to fleshing things out in the studio, divulging their approach to production and some writing along the way. 

Listen to find out why having neighbours for fans is conducive to recording at home, how an Armagnag fuelled drum performance on 'Preach' was cleaned up, and why Maverick likes to write with movies playing in the background. 

Tracks discussed: Preach, Slow Down, Her Grace 

 

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TN:21 Nick Mulvey & Dan Carey

TN:21 Nick Mulvey & Dan Carey

June 18, 2019

In this episode John journeys to Mr Dan's Studio in Streatham to talk with Nick Mulvey and producer Dan Carey about how they recorded and produced Nick's Mercury nominated debut album 'First Mind'. 

The boys dive deep into the working processes and shared memories of the time they spent together in the musical playground that is Dan's home studio. 

Listen to find out how a collection of dirty cups worked their way into the rhythm section of 'Venus', what advice a dream incarnation of David Bowie had for Nick before recording 'Dancing for the Answers', and whether daily micro-dosing of psychedelics was a studio success. 

Tracks Discussed: Fever to the Form, Venus, Dancing For The Answers 

 

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TN:20 Little Dragon

TN:20 Little Dragon

May 28, 2019

In this episode John is joined by Erik and Yukimi from Little Dragon to talk about how they recorded and produced the album Ritual Union. 

Chatting from the studio in Gothenburg where the album was recorded, the pair reflect on the techniques and approaches they used in the recording of their 3rd studio release. 

We hear how Little Man was transformed by The Smurfs playing drums, how the accidental recording of electricity cables from the Gothenburg tramline bolstered Crystalfilm and what the first thing to do is when you buy an old 80's synth and how they all left their mark on this electronic classic. 

Tracks discussed: Ritual Union, Little man, Crystalfilm

 

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