i was a teenage raydon

back in the old days we recorded without computers. yeah, imagine that. we used little machines called 4-tracks that needed cassette tapes (again w/ teh analog). this mode of recording was easy to set up and sounded pretty good (especially the drums, when they were recorded right & in tune) — not really ever “pro” quality, but then what we did actually sounded better without the gloss…most of the time.

the problem with analog recording is it takes longer to mix because you actually have to wait until the tape forwards or rewinds, and it takes a lot longer to edit because that usually involves splicing the tape and/or having another tape machine. in reality, editing wasn’t even a viable option; you were much better off trying to get your takes as close to perfect as you could because there was no way you were taking a razor blade to your master.

well, after many years of 4-trackin’ i ended up with a bunch of tapes. and (wouldn’t you know it) it’s been a long while since i’ve actually owned a machine that will play them. so…hmm, what to do?

ah yes, that’s right, i borrowed heath’s machine. a long time ago. he asks me about it sometimes.

as it turns out, what i’m doing does serve his interests, because he’s on quite a few of the tapes. last night i began the process of recording all of those tapes onto my computer, track by track. there are over 30 tapes so as you can imagine it’s taking a while. between each recorded segment i have to recheck all the levels because pretty much everything was done at different times with different equipment. going through a single 45 minute tape can end up taking 2 hours or more. it’s a labor of love.

maxell_xlii90i started with tape 1 but realized i might have to prioritize things a bit and moved right into the raydons sessions, which i’ve been meaning to do for months. i actually discovered a few gems in there amongst the usual suspects (alternate version of so happy today, and a raucous version of a splinters song featuring fernando the mystery bass player). the best discoveries will end up on some sort of raydons release through ingot rock, i reckon. about a year ago i was holding out hope that the “new” raydons could overcome the logistics and finally get some tunes down, but i think regardless of that outcome, this stuff needs to get out there. i’m guessing it will, sometime this year.

which reminds me – heath called a few days ago and said he might be visiting. i wonder if he wants his 4-track back?

weekly rock out & other observations

monday nite is rock nite. fun stuff… two drum kits, guitars, bass, keys and beer. and a little good ol’ fashioned 4-trackin. i gotta say that stuff was mighty loud n good.

this is my underpants gnomes version of blog writing for today…

1. write cool title

2. ?

3. profit!

sure there’s stuff going on… i’m just not tellin’!

artwork rehash

ksr-homecoming_600pxback in the old days when i didn’t know squat about the interneck or graffik desing i made some bad decisions, and i didn’t really understand the value of keeping high resolution copies of my creations. so the originals are gone. i’m recreating some and starting from scratch on the rest. my latest attempt is the mad scientist, kingsizerobot homecoming pageant & parade cover. this was always one of my favorites because of the simplicity and the value of letting the pictures tell the story. whatever that story is.

i took all those pictures in the southern-ish indiana area (in the areas of bloomington and french lick for the record) with an old argus camera. that’s genu-ine sepia tone (teh analog kind) – not none of that photoshop bs.

o ya, this is getting released via the ingot rock next week (or so… it involves logistical realities). on cd available through amazon and the ingot rock store. also download it now for the super cheap price it will be until it shows up on amazon…(!)

UPDATE: too late, it’s on amazon now!

studio notes…

  • just finished mixing chrome skull cap & matching codpiece for the sleep-ins cd. that one’s due in june.
  • some new lonesomerobot songs in process, should have 9 or 10 songs total. the album is to be called dulce periculum.
  • that should be out later this year (fall?)
  • man i have a lot to do.
  • don’t you just love unordered lists?
  • also working on a side project, codename: the homeowners. don’t know what to make of this one yet.