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Tape Notes is a podcast about the art and craft of music production. Hosted by John Kennedy, each episode reunites an artist and producer to talk about the highlights of their collaboration in the studio. Their conversations lift the lid on every stage of the creative process, from kindling the first spark of a song idea, through decisions on style and instrumentation, to finessing the final product. Full of fascinating anecdotes, the conversations also feature early demo versions and stems from the original session recordings. The result is a unique insight into the working methods of some of the most innovative and exciting talents in music.

Tape Notes In The Woods

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    • 3.5 • 4 Ratings

Tape Notes is a podcast about the art and craft of music production. Hosted by John Kennedy, each episode reunites an artist and producer to talk about the highlights of their collaboration in the studio. Their conversations lift the lid on every stage of the creative process, from kindling the first spark of a song idea, through decisions on style and instrumentation, to finessing the final product. Full of fascinating anecdotes, the conversations also feature early demo versions and stems from the original session recordings. The result is a unique insight into the working methods of some of the most innovative and exciting talents in music.

    TN:61 Lianne La Havas, Sam Crowe & Beni Giles

    TN:61 Lianne La Havas, Sam Crowe & Beni Giles

    In this biscuit fuelled episode, John is joined by Lianne La Havas along with producers Sam Crowe and Beni Giles to talk about how they wrote, recorded and produced Lianne’s latest album ‘Lianne La Havas’.
    Delving into Lianne's most personal work yet, the trio takes us through the moments the initial song ideas were formed, through the various stages of their development right to the finished versions. 
    Illustrated with recordings made throughout the album’s journey, we hear stories of capturing the perfect vocal takes, trying piano voicing's on guitar and tales on the phenomenon of song writing. 
    Listen to find out why talkback mics sometimes trump fancy mics, how they ventured to the scariest parts of a flute, and how cabbages made it onto the record.
    Tracks discussed:  Bittersweet, Green Papaya, Seven Times
     
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    GEAR MENTIONS
    AKG C414 
    Yamaha REFACE CS 
    Moog Sub 37
    Roland SP-808 
    Roland SRE 555 Chorus-Echo
    BX20 BX Spring Reverb 
    Sub Kick Mic 
    Audio-Technica Microphone 
    Fender Squire Guitar
     
     
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    • 1 hr 42 min
    TN:60 Haim, Ariel Rechtshaid & Rostam Batmanglij

    TN:60 Haim, Ariel Rechtshaid & Rostam Batmanglij

    In this episode, John catches up with Danielle from Haim along with co-producers Ariel Rechtshaid and Rostam Batmanglij to talk about how they wrote, recorded and produced Haim’s latest album ‘Women in Music Pt. III’.
    With recordings of jams, writing sessions and iPhone Garageband demos, Danielle, Ariel and Rostam pull apart their creative process, exploring the inspiration behind their ideas and what they did to bring them to life.
    From hearing song ideas through the floor to finding a fix for everyone’s demoitus, the trio treat us to an absolute masterclass in song writing.
    Listen to find out how they emulated a booty call on the bass, why they auditioned people for a phone call recording, and how Bono almost made it on to the album.
    Tracks discussed:  Gasoline, 3am, The Steps
     
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    GEAR MENTIONS
    UAD Apollos
    UAD 1176
    KORG Gadget 2 App
    AKG BX10 Spring Reverb 
    Moog Filter Pedal 
    CDJ - Pioneer 800 Mixer 
    Farfisa
    Roland SP-808
    Scully Tape Machine
    Neve Desk
    Fender Stratocaster
    Camco Drum Kit
     
    SUBMIT A JINGLE
    For all of the details on sending in a jingle email jingles@tapenotes.co.uk  
    Submit your Tape Notes jingle and we'll play our favourites each week on the podcast.
    Jingles can be in any style, can feature the Tape Notes theme, lyrics, or none of those things - be as creative as you'd like (as long as they're between 5-15 seconds).
     
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    For behind the scenes photos and the latest updates, make sure to follow us on: 
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    • 1 hr 53 min
    TN:59 Glass Animals

    TN:59 Glass Animals

    Returning for his second outing on Tape Notes, John links up with Glass Animals frontman and producer Dave Bayley, to talk about how the band wrote, recorded and produced their latest album ‘Dreamland’.
    Born out of an emotional time of uncertainty for the band, Dave discusses the unexpected moments that formed the foundations of the album. Breaking down his writing process from start to finish, we’re treated to the very initial demos and samples recorded on the fly, along with the wealth of production tricks used to create Glass Animals unique sound. 
    We hear secrets behind reverse drum beats, reverb and delay EQs, as well as the latest iteration of Dave’s crack choir.
    Listen to find out how Dave attempted to conjure up his inner Dr Dre, how an entire song was forged using just a voice, and what currently sits in the Glass Animals guitar graveyard.
    Tracks discussed:  Dreamland, Space Ghost Coast to Coast, It’s All So Incredibly Loud
     
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    GEAR MENTIONS
     
    Neve 1073 Preamp 
    Universal Audio Reverb
    Valhalla Vintage Verb
    Little AlterBoy (Soundtoys) 
    Decapitator (Soundtoys)
    Neumann U67 Mic 
    Mellotron Plugin
    Maestro Rhythm King Drum Machine
    Roland 808
    Prophet
    Stratocaster 
    Hammond B3 Organ
    Native Instruments 
    Omnisphere 
    Ableton
     
    SUBMIT A JINGLE
    For all of the details on sending in a jingle email jingles@tapenotes.co.uk  
    Submit your Tape Notes jingle and we'll play our favourites each week on the podcast.
    Jingles can be in any style, can feature the Tape Notes theme, lyrics, or none of those things - be as creative as you'd like (as long as they're between 5-15 seconds).
     
     
    HELP SUPPORT THE SHOW
    If you'd like to help support the show you can donate as little or as much as you'd like here, (we really appreciate your contributions :) 
    Donate
     
    KEEP UP TO DATE
    For behind the scenes photos and the latest updates, make sure to follow us on: 
    Instagram: @tapenotes 
    Twitter: @tapenotes 
    Facebook: @tapenotespodcast  
    To let us know the artists you’d like to hear, Tweet us, slide into our DMs, send us an email or even a letter. We’d love to hear! 
     
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    • 1 hr 48 min
    TN:58 Nothing But Thieves

    TN:58 Nothing But Thieves

    In this episode, John catches up with Conor, Joe and Dom from Nothing But Thieves, to talk about how they wrote, recorded and produced their latest album ‘Moral Panic’.Loaded up with original demo sessions and ideas recorded while on tour, the boys sift through some of the sounds, stories and musical concepts that shaped their songwriting process.Conor enlightens us on his thoughts about vocal production, breaking down the different shades of his voice across the album. We hear geeky tales of musical ma

    • 1 hr 50 min
    TN:57 Nova Twins & Jim Abbiss

    TN:57 Nova Twins & Jim Abbiss

    In this episode, John catches up with Nova Twins’ Amy and Georgia along with producer Jim Abbiss to talk about how they wrote, recorded and produced their debut album ‘Who Are The Girls?’ Reflecting on venturing into the studio for the first time with a ‘big name’ producer, Amy, Georgia and Jim delve into their “ropey” demos written in a tiny room at Georgia's house, unravelling how they formed their raucous balance of electronics, punk and heavy hitting guitar and bass riffs. We’re given a

    • 1 hr 30 min
    TN:56 Jacob Collier

    TN:56 Jacob Collier

    In this episode, John catches up with Jacob Collier to talk about how he wrote, recorded and produced his albums Djesse Volumes 1, 2 & 3.With original Logic sessions, demos and heaps of stems in hand, Jacob unravels the wealth of ideas charting the development of each volume’s sonic environment. We hear his approach to getting the right balance between the simple and complex, illustrated with samples constructed from audience recordings, scrapped key changes and demo raps.   Listen to find out about th

    • 1 hr 42 min

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HanaKS ,

Caribou interview is fantastic!

I loved Dan Snaith’s methodical but very warm guide through his process making this album, and his approach to music-making in general. Such a generous spirit.

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