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Run before you walk – taking the long road with Platinum Pen

These days you gotta run before you walk… Mic and I go a way back. He used to drum for me back in Sydney during the release of When you get down to it. Despite his age (he was twenty at the time) he had…

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Shimmerverb: presence and absence by Tom Kazas

Producer, composer, engineer, film-maker, creative agitator and my good friend Tom Kazas dropped by recently to remark on the shimmer verb technique I developed for Melodyne… He had some interesting observations to make and was gracious enough to put them into a post below. Enjoy….

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All I want is you. And shimmering reverb.

That sound stretches, expands and inhabits a space has always captivated me – from the subtle chamber and spring on Otis Redding’s voice at Stax records, the killer vocal slap on Springsteen’s Ain’t got you; the ghostly church tones of Arcade Fire’s My body is a…

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Warm valves, port wine, Diversions and echoes along The Way

Cameron Laing, lead singer of Bunnysuit, has the swagger of a pirate and the lean of an operatic tenor. While his live shows are growling and hysterical – melding the edge of a bar room brawl to the sophisticated swing of a forties jazz orchestra…

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Space, new sounds & the moment of strike: Daniel Lanois and Pharrel Williams

Daniel Lanois is one of my favourite producers. Most talk about his work with Bob Dylan, the landmark Peter Gabriel album ‘So’ and of course his career with U2, but his solo work – dominated by his lap steel guitar playing, or lately with his…

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Adele, Dan Wilson and Someone like you

Someone like you is a simple song. In an age producers obsess over compression ratios and songwriters spend years on a track, it’s a reminder to get the basics right. Written and recorded in two days, featuring piano and a vocal, it earned Adele a…

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The Ghost of Hendrix & the Soul of Ray Mann

Hendrix didn’t just play backwards, he flipped the tape and made us re-think music. His ingenuity on guitar bled over to the studio, and under the guidance of Chas Chandler and Eddie Kramer he cut sides at Olympic Studios and The Record Plant that were…

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A few things I’m learning from Rick Rubin & Kanye West

There’s a lot to learn when one of the highest selling and most awarded artists of all time teams up with one of the most influential producers. Kanye West started work on Yeezus in mid 2012, calling in stellar guests, producers, writers and collaborators. After a year…

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