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Many many mysteries shall remain. SOME shall be dispelled!!
My name is Jamie Lidell and I'm gonna delve into the heady magic of creating music in a modern studio, probe the depths of production, get tech crazy with mixing tricks, studio skills and equipment. I'll be joined by fellow musicians, engineers and all-round audiophiles who kindly share their tips, stories and ingenious insight from the bizarre world of music production. I shall answer questions and seek knowledge from other music makers on a quest to discover how to make things sound RIGHT. I will also share some studio trickery on each episode as I explore some of my favourite innovations in music tech and my creations... outpourings from the weirdo brain! Welcome to a place for musicians, producers and listeners alike as we "cheers" our love of everything audio.

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Many many mysteries shall remain. SOME shall be dispelled!!
My name is Jamie Lidell and I'm gonna delve into the heady magic of creating music in a modern studio, probe the depths of production, get tech crazy with mixing tricks, studio skills and equipment. I'll be joined by fellow musicians, engineers and all-round audiophiles who kindly share their tips, stories and ingenious insight from the bizarre world of music production. I shall answer questions and seek knowledge from other music makers on a quest to discover how to make things sound RIGHT. I will also share some studio trickery on each episode as I explore some of my favourite innovations in music tech and my creations... outpourings from the weirdo brain! Welcome to a place for musicians, producers and listeners alike as we "cheers" our love of everything audio.

    HOWA EP 90 - ALEX BILO

    HOWA EP 90 - ALEX BILO

    Alex Bilo made the BTS mega smash hit Butter as part of a crack writing team.
    A song that spent weeks and weeks at the Billboard number 1 spot.
    Just huge. HUGE!
    Hear how it went down from a man I'm happy to say is my friend. 
    Yep it’s rare I’m friendly with such big writers but we go way back now..
    Ah how the time flies!
    Alex came up working with many badasses before he hit it big
    Here’s some links to his old school crew:
    Scott Jacoby 
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scott_Jacoby_(producer)
    Kevin Rudolf
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kevin_Rudolf
    Jimmy_Douglass
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jimmy_Douglass
    YES!
    Welcome hit maker Alex Bilo! 
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    No nitty this time! First time in 90 shows.
    Yep, it's a short pod this one. Hope you enjoy the brief look behind curtain. I'm making a new LP so I need my hours guys. Back to full speed in Dec.
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    • 1 hr 24 min
    HOWA EP 89 - STIMMING

    HOWA EP 89 - STIMMING

    Stimming joins the pod for a hearty, autumnal, philosophical ramble which I found most fulfilling (actually we spoke in the summer but the falling leaves around here are turning my sense of time)
    He's been producing quality textural groovers for a long time and his new Album LUDWIG has just taken flight and he's certainly stretching himself to new astral spaces. Highly recommended! He says of this new album process:
    “I was making a living from dance music for such a long time, and during the last years I came to the point where I said to myself, ‘man you are hiding so much of your own horizon”
    He's a funny and honest chap that has found his voice in the noisy world of house and "outer" house. The mastery of sound is spot on. Dynamic, patient, immerse, harmonically rich. Many adjectives apply :) Welcome to the pod Stimming!
    Nitty 89 is dedicated to
    maffez synthmods who is a wonderfully talented modder and builder in Austria who turned my RD8 into a WAY more interesting machine. This nitty is an attempt to SING drum patterns using audio loopers and envelope followers to create control tracks and it works rather well!
    Music for the show comes from
    kaudog ! here are the pertinent links
    ► Instagram:
    https://www.instagram.com/kaudog
    ► Twitter:
    https://twitter.com/kaudoggg
    ► SoundCloud:
    https://soundcloud.com/kaudog
    +++++
    Also, not forgetting those
    STIMMING LINKS
    Twits
    Gram
    Tube
    Stimming Reviews (a must)
    Telekom electronic beats TV
    now the creators of that content make stuff under a new banner
    Sense music and Media
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    • 2 hrs 12 min
    EP 88 - ERICK THE ARCHITECT

    EP 88 - ERICK THE ARCHITECT

    I was very happy to catch up with Erick Elliott aka Erick Arc Elliott or Erick the Architect, a Renaissance man par excellence. He's a prolific and talented musician and producer and is arguably best known for his work in his band Flatbush Zombies but as you will find out he’s so much more than a musician at this point. He's not afraid to move into new and uncharted territory and I must admit it was his twitch channel (link here ) that made me an instant fan. It's so well done, his presence on the station is so infectious and the show runs like a wildly creative leap into a kaleidoscopic universe complete with tearaway videos, performances, downright silliness and you get the sense that this guy has an endless tap open on his creative stream. We get into all that.
    The music, the come-up, harnessing the strength of being different, how to deal with self doubt and to have the courage of your conviction. We get into his collabs with James Blake and much more. It gives me great pleasure to welcome on the show Erick the Architect.
    Link to his site here
    Nitty sees me hitting sustain on the voice and piano artificially using Melodyne. Good fun
    Music for the show comes from
    Fish Go Deep - This Bit of Earth
    https://fishgodeep.bandcamp.com/album/this-bit-of-earth
    Bonus links!
    I mention the excellent mylarmelodies interview with Gareth Jones and Daniel miller. Find it here
    Tchad Blake mix with the masters is here

    • 1 hr 45 min
    HOWA EP 87- NED RUSH

    HOWA EP 87- NED RUSH

    Who is that Ned?

    Well for one thing 

    He is one of the very best players of the game of Ableton!

    A sharp witted and rooted fellow.

    He makes a lot of rather good, anarchic and playful music that can be found on his  bandcamp under the name Rude_NHS

    look at titles like "flocks of pigeons making noises that sound like old women agreeing with each other"

    cheeky rascal!

    that's Ned

    but he's also got his seriousness and an absolute level of badassssssery that you hear in his youtube drops, the man knows how to play the ! out of a gtr and a key and a bass and a drum. He is well versed in "traditional" music as well as immersed in the new school digital possibilities.

    welcom!e

    yep

    NED RUSH

    for more info about this very talented man click here

    He was kind enough to share a very tasty ableton set of his for you all to check. Open this if you've a copy of live and take look around. Just bonkers right?  download for ff f f  FREE>>

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    Nitty 87 is part 2 of the Neumann KU100 Head sessions. This time it's all in an empty garage with paint pots, clap impulses, major doofs and the joy of processed binaural sound!
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    Thanks to STILLALIVE for the excellent show music!! so intense. I love it. 

    Here's a link to all of his work. click it !!! 

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    • 1 hr 35 min
    HOWA EP 86 - CRISTIAN VOGEL

    HOWA EP 86 - CRISTIAN VOGEL

    So great to catch up with my friend and old band mate Cristian Vogel on the show!
    The way I met Cristian was pretty unlikely and pretty fantastic I have to say. Basically back in around 1995 I was making music with Subhead alongside Jason Leach and Phil Wells and thanks to those guys I became aware of so much incredible music mostly from Detroit and Chicago but not exclusively as there were some wildcard artists that always caught my attention more than any others, none more so than the wonky magic conjured by Cristian Vogel.
    I had heard that he lived in Brighton.
    So I had this great idea to just go to there and meet him!  I hopped on the train and went to an outdoor festival that was happening that day in the city and as I walked around the place I stumbled on a lone Tresor bag lying in the grass. I knew Cristian was signed to Tresor and so I asked the lady that was sat next to it if she was Christian's sister. She was his girlfriend ! I mean WHAT are the chances?
    I soon met big C and we formed a fast friendship based on mutual respect (he had played Subhead 002 at the love parade and it was a big moment ! Small world ) and I joined him sharing a space to make music in Brighton where it became immediately obvious to me his approach was something completely new to me. First of all I’d never seen anyone make music with a tracker and I understood quickly that with his experience and skill he wouldn’t second-guess himself and instead would conjure his unique sound in minutes, tapping away wildly on his amiga keyboard.
    I realize I was in the presence of a truly unique musician and I owe him so much for all he showed me. He schooled me in the world of subtractive synthesis and taught me that it’s possible to interact with machines on the same level people interact with traditional instruments. His approach was always Orthodox and his choice of equipment unfamiliar to most myself included.
    We formed a band called super_collider that really stretched our skills and the technology of the time. Listening back to our first album Head-on it really was quite an achievement considering what we had . By that time we moved into a more robust studio with Orbital as our neighbors but the DAW was still primitive and we would use programs like macromedia deck 2 to complete our songs. I think it was limited to 8 tracks. We pushed that shit to the brink dealing with so many crashes it’s amazing we managed to finish anything.
    By 1999 I had moved To Berlin and shortly afterwards Cristian relocated to Barcelona. When we made our second album raw digits it was a tale of two cities and took considerable energy to complete. I had started to devote a lot of time to my solo career and super_collider  sadly came to an end. Not just because of that but you know… things change.
    Cristian kept making amazing music of course and he’s released a stack of incredible records and collaborations. At one point he created a band called “night of the brain” and kept making banging records for Tresor, Nova mute and his own Station 55 imprints to name a few. He also remixed Radiohead and Thom Yorke which still blows my mind.
    I got pretty heavily into Max MSP for my live shows and Cristian chose to master the Kyma system. He’s now one of the worlds experts in that paradigm and has created a whole host of extensions and applications for it which can be found on his never engine in labs website
    His recent album rebirth of wonky sees him Effortlessly weaving his textural skills with that unique funk of his to great effect. He’s never going to stop making music. He’s a true lifer and a searcher. One of the true pioneers of the underground that deserves much more credit than he’s received.
    I was very relieved that even after all this time apart, once the zoom call started and we got to talking it was like no time had passed and I hope you will enjoy as much as I did this catchup with my old friend and teacher.
    _NITTY
    I get into the 1

    • 2 hrs 16 min
    HOWA EP85 -BILL SCHNEE

    HOWA EP85 -BILL SCHNEE

    I'm so happy to have had a chance to chat with Bill Schnee about everything from the art of recording drums, to his opinions on truthful recording vs recording as a way to make a cartoon (all shall be revealed!) We get to talking about some of the legendary recordings he's made with Marvin Gaye and Whitney Houston . I mean CHILLS guys.. absolute CHILLS. Just hard to fathom the industry in those days and also hard to fathom the incredible level Bill was operating at.
    He has over 125 Gold and Platinum records and 50 top twenty singles, and is known as an engineer’s engineer. I'm very happy to say that he's written a new book. It's called Chairman at the Board and it's is an intimate, funny, and absorbing look at the music business by an insider who has recorded a host of the greatest musical artists of the last fifty years.
    find it here :
    ORDER NOW
    Here's a quote from another legend about this legend!
    Exercising the purely physical genius of a surgeon or dancer, Bill does recording, mixing, and producing extraordinarily well … maybe better than just about anyone else, living or dead.
    – GEORGE MASSENBURG
    link to chat with Andrew Scheps here
    What's new at Lidell HQ?
    Going on a trip to LA to see my friend Vicente and finally use the Neumann head!
    also... I was on podular modcast EP 158
    other news...
    Notion took over Trello in the productivity efforts. Thanks to listener Simon Lane I'm deep in a Notion ocean. So far barely afloat but hey.. Deep dives seem to be my thing these days.
    I've had my U47s in for repair. Hard to imagine how they got so badly were soldered and wired inside at one time. Someone got them pretty mucky, luckily I've found Dave Wheeler at Nashville vintage audio
    Music for the show comes from NED RUSH!
    If you dont know him, he's a rather tremendous musician and unrivaled ableton teacher.
    This is a deep album and he's even made a more recent one. Check him on the bandcamp.
    His YouTube channel is ESSENTIAL viewing here
    NITTY see me dicing it up with a prob knob
    I get to Using the cirklon to make rendered audio cut in and out thing with prob on a knob. All shall become clear :)
    For anyone with a cirklon or wishing to learn about the box check this video ! EPIC and brief....well as brief as it can be at around 33 hours. The best cirklon videos out there without a doubt.
    splitradix demos aux events
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    • 1 hr 49 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
29 Ratings

29 Ratings

whose reviews ,

The pick of music making podcasts

This is head and shoulders above other music making podcasts. Good content covering creation, production, performance. There’s heaps of insight from the guests and host as well, and Jamie is clearly also getting a lot out of his interviews. Great chat. And the nitty segment at the start of each episode are gold when it comes to creative sound design.

Kiterboyjim ,

Great show

Awesome show with Jamie sharing his thoughts and feelings, experience, wisdom and love for music and sound. The nitty gritty is a wild dive into left field audio experimentation that is bound to inspire. Then there are the guests. A true gem of a podcast. Thanks for spreading the love Jamie.

elliotsmithsounds ,

Inspiring

What a great podcast. I’ve started re listening to old episodes as I patiently wait 2 weeks for each new episode. Insight into the lives and personalities of these incredible artists and producers is so valuable and inspiring. Wonderful stuff Jamie!!

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