I’ve been driving past the old bakery shop window in Earl Soham a lot since I moved The Recording Booth to the village in March. In recent weeks there have been various old items filling up the window and the room within, with notes on the window saying things like ‘please collect me’ or ‘must go soon’.
Last week my nose got the better of me and I stopped to have a look. There were a number of items you’d expect to find in a second-hand/antique shop, (including a nice old record player which I was tempted by…) but nothing I could honestly say my life needed… until I spotted it. At the back of the room, almost hidden by bagged-up books destined for charity shops. A brief inspection and an even more brief discussion of price followed and I found myself the proud owner of this lovely old organ…
So, “What place has this in a modern digital studio?” I hear you ask. Well, I’ve never been one for getting over-excited about analogue gear or the analogue vs digital debate. I just want to make good music and I don’t know enough about the science to worry too much about it. However, as I get older, I seem to be getting more interested in old-fashioned methods of music-making. I’m not saying I’m about to buy a reel to reel multitrack to replace the iMac, but I do like the idea of producing my musical noises as much as possible using real instruments, rather than digitally modelled software instruments.
With the above in mind, I’m currently hunting for an old tenor horn, well-used flugel horn, a nicely battered mandolin and arranging for my rather aged but excellent upright piano to (finally) be moved from my in-laws in Essex up to the studio… all in time for recording a new four-track EP of David Edward Booth songs (out early December all being well).
I’m even thinking about not using click-tracks for these songs… and only using whole takes rather than pieced-together bits and bobs… and keeping notes about what I still need to do on a blackboard…
Well, some of that is probably true.