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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.

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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.

    TN:68 Slowthai & Kwes Darko

    TN:68 Slowthai & Kwes Darko

    In this episode, John is joined by Slowthai and producer Kwes Darko at Iguana Studios, to talk about how they wrote, recorded and produced the album ‘Tyron’.
    With voice messages, demos and stems in hand, Ty and Kwes lay out the development of each track, from the gear and technicalities of capturing vocals and making a beat that hits hard, to the smallest production details that often have the biggest emotional impact.
    Delving into the deep stuff, the pair discuss the philosophies and attitudes at the heart of their tight artist-producer relationship, as well as sharing wise words on creativity, development and some of the best forms of inspiration. 
    Listen to find out why Ty had to out rap a rapper on his own track, how they used Twitter as a creative tool, and the reason why you should always check a mix in the car. 
    Tracks discussed: MAZZA, PLAY WITH FIRE, adhd
     
    GEAR MENTIONS
    AKG C414
    Neumann U87
    Mellotron
    Roland 808
    Soundtoys Decapitator 
    Empirical Labs Distressor
    Tube-Tech
    Neve Preamps
    Universal Audio Neve 1073
    Universal Audio Apollo Interface
    Universal Audio Plugins
    Neumann NDH 20
    Genelec Monitors 
    Fender Stratocaster
    Native instruments Komplete
    East West Virtual Instruments
     
    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! 
     
    Visit our website to join our mailing list: www.tapenotes.co.uk 

    • 1 Std. 46 Min.
    TN:67 Fontaines D.C. & Dan Carey

    TN:67 Fontaines D.C. & Dan Carey

    Catching up on some much-needed studio goodness, John returns to Mr Dan’s studio to chat with Conor and Tom of Fontaines D.C. and producer Dan Carey, about how they wrote, recorded and produced the albums 'Dogrel’ and ‘A Hero’s Death’.
    With rehearsal room and garden shed demos in hand, Conor, Tom and Dan give us a rundown of some of the key moments of the band’s career, from first meetings at a 20 person gig to recording an entire album in LA, and then redoing it in London.
    Digging into the recording process, we hear thoughts on the ultimate ways to capture the full experience of a live band, and Dan explains the ins and outs of getting things down on tape.
    Listen to find out what was achieved when the band built an amp castle, how a room became their new sixth member, and why so much skill is involved in playing one note bass lines.
    Tracks discussed: Too Real, A Hero’s Death, You Said
     
    GEAR MENTIONS
    Swarmatron 
    Logic
    Ludwig Black Beauty 
    Fender Coronado 
    Fender Mustang
    Rainger Minor Concussion 
     
    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! 
     
    Visit our website to join our mailing list: www.tapenotes.co.uk 
     
     

    • 1 Std. 24 Min.
    TN:66 Adam Buxton

    TN:66 Adam Buxton

    In this very special episode John steps inside the jingle factory of podcaster, comedian, writer, actor and musician Adam Buxton. 
    Digging into the depths of his archive, Adam charts his life and career breaking down the songs and jingles that punctuated each moment. From finding arpeggiators in music shops and writing ‘smutty’ rhymes with his friends, to applying advice from Nigel Godrich in the epic efforts of Song Wars on the Adam and Joe Show.
    Alongside all of the jingle fun, we’re treated to comparisons between the aspects of music and comedy, the effects of cultural fascination and exclusion, as well as thoughts on mental health when writing.
    Listen to find out where Adam got the inspiration to combine Scott Walker with Will.I.Am and Britney, why he decided to recreate all of the audio in Star Wars, and the truth behind how irritated he actually got with Joe during Song Wars.
     
    Tracks discussed: The Podcast Groove, Mind of a Pirate, The Counting Song, Special Bath, Playboi Buckles, Like and Subscribe and many many more.
     
    GEAR MENTIONS
    Casio VL Tone
    Suzuki Omnichord
    Gladiator Synth 
    Logic Pro
    Garageband
     
    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! 
     
    Visit our website to join our mailing list: www.tapenotes.co.uk 
     

    • 2 Std 2 Min.
    TN:65 Paul Weller, Stan Kybert & Charles Rees

    TN:65 Paul Weller, Stan Kybert & Charles Rees

    In this episode, John heads to Black Barn Studios to chat with Paul Weller along with producer Stan Kybert and engineer Charles Rees, about how they wrote, recorded and produced the album ‘On Sunset’.
    From recycling and resampling old tunes to recording new ideas on his phone, Paul reflects on his years of endless experimentation in the studio, sharing his thoughts on what makes a good song along with the decisive musical elements that reinforce meaning.
    Revisiting different versions of the tracks, we hear the trio breaking down the different mic setups and the vintage gear they used to recreate the sound of an era.
    Listen to find out why Paul wrote a song on his kids Casio keyboard and how to play a Hammond with a screwdriver.
    Tracks discussed:  Mirrorball, More, On Sunset
     
    GEAR MENTIONS
    Neumann U87
    Coles 4038 
    Sontronics Mercury
    Izotope Stutter Edit
    Hofner Club Bass
    Hammond Keyboard
    Vacuvox
    Fairchild 660 & 670 Compressors
    Custom Neve Console
     
    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! 
     
    Visit our website to join our mailing list: www.tapenotes.co.uk 

    • 1 Std. 19 Min.
    TN:64 King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard

    TN:64 King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard

    In this episode, John catches up with King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard frontman and producer Stu Mackenzie to talk about how the band wrote, recorded and produced the albums, ‘K.G.’ and ‘L.W.’
    Armed with various living room demos, phone recordings and plenty of stems, Stu delves into the successes and difficulties that came with each band member having to write and record from home, sharing how the completely unfamiliar process shaped their two lockdown records.
    Firing on all sonic cylinders, we’re given an insight into recording and mixing tracks with two drum kits, linear songwriting with constantly evolving time signatures, as well as the effects of microtonal retuning.
    Listen to find out how the band switch from being ‘gentle fellas’ to ‘heavy monsters’, what they did when they didn’t have a bass that could play low enough and why the flute has ended up on so many of their tracks.
    Tracks discussed: Automation, If Not Now, Then When?, K.G.L.W. & K.G.L.W.
     
    GEAR MENTIONS
    Beyerdynamic M88 
    Mellotron
    Fender Hot Rod Deluxe
    Yamaha DX7 
    Nord Keyboards
    Ableton
    Logic Pro
     
    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! 
     
    Visit our website to join our mailing list: www.tapenotes.co.uk 

    • 1 Std. 30 Min.
    TN:63 IDLES, Nick Launay & Adam Greenspan

    TN:63 IDLES, Nick Launay & Adam Greenspan

    In this episode John is joined by Idles guitarist Mark Bowen along with co-producers Nick Launay and Adam “Atom” Greenspan to talk about how they wrote, recorded and produced the band’s latest album ‘Ultra Mono’.
    Unearthing backstage phone demos and rehearsal room recordings, Bowen, Nick and Adam look back on how the album was pulled together, from the band’s chats about concepts to the eight days recording the whole record. 
    Reminiscing on their time in La Frette Studios, we hear stories of both the raucousness and intense focus encapsulated within an Idles session. The trio dig into the explosive drum recording, their staircase microphone setup and the special sauce that forms the very essence of an Idles track.
    Listen to find out what happened when Warren Ellis made a surprise studio visit, why everyone got sent out of the room during some of the vocal takes, and why civilised French lunches were so key to the album’s success.
     
    Tracks discussed: War, The Lover, A Hymn
     
     
    GEAR MENTIONS
    Fender Baritone Guitar
    Dolo Stammen Pedal
    Moog MiniFooger Ring Mod Pedal 
     Lo-fi Junky 
    Fender Twin Amp
    Hiwatt-100
    Hiwatt-200
    Sunn Model T
    Marshall SLP
    Marshall JCM800
    Fender Bassman 800
    Ampeg SVT
    Roland Jazz Chorus
    EAR Compressors
    Neve 1081
    API Console
    Neve Console
    Aston Stealth Mic 
    Sound Toys - Alter Boy 
    Fab Filter EQ
    ProTools
     Ableton
     
    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! 
     
    Visit our website to join our mailing list: www.tapenotes.co.uk 

    • 2 Std 14 Min.

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7 Bewertungen

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Great insights for songwriters and producers (and great fun)

I listen to a lot of music podcasts, but this is my favorite. The idea behind Tape Notes is simple: get together with musicians and producers to listen to songs from the earliest demos or voice notes through to the final product (and many of the steps and individual stems in between). It’s fascinating to hear how sometimes a small mistake, an added effect, or new percussion element can completely change the feel of a song. I also learned a lot about the structure and internal dynamics of great songs. In the process, I was introduced to some fantastic new bands.

The host of Tape Notes, John „That’s Interesting“ Kennedy, doesn’t get in the way, but knows how to keep the focus on the music and is a pleasure to listen to with his genuine enthusiasm.

I’ve discovered this podcast during lockdown and I’m just grateful for the many pleasurable hours it’s provided. I’m almost through listening all the way back to episode 1 and I dread the moment of reaching the end (or, well, the beginning).

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