54 episodes

Mixerman is a Los Angeles recording engineer who in the summer of 2002, on nothing more than a hunch, began to chronicle the daily events of his Major Label recording session with a bidding-war band, an infamous producer, and a limitless budget. And he did it in real-time—each night posting his entries on the Internet, withholding only the true identities of those he writes about. As Gina Arnold from Metro Newspapers reported at the time: "Mixerman is supposed to be writing about recording techniques, but somehow, through that prism, he has hit upon a gripping story. In this podcast, you will hear an audio dramatization of the story, as narrated by Mixerman, complete with music, foley, sound fx, and character performances by some of the most famous engineers and producers in the music business.

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Mixerman is a Los Angeles recording engineer who in the summer of 2002, on nothing more than a hunch, began to chronicle the daily events of his Major Label recording session with a bidding-war band, an infamous producer, and a limitless budget. And he did it in real-time—each night posting his entries on the Internet, withholding only the true identities of those he writes about. As Gina Arnold from Metro Newspapers reported at the time: "Mixerman is supposed to be writing about recording techniques, but somehow, through that prism, he has hit upon a gripping story. In this podcast, you will hear an audio dramatization of the story, as narrated by Mixerman, complete with music, foley, sound fx, and character performances by some of the most famous engineers and producers in the music business.

    The Supreme Negotiators

    The Supreme Negotiators

    A recording engineer known only as "Mixerman" discusses his plan to surreptitiously post an online diary about his upcoming LA recording session with a Major Label bidding war band and an infamous producer.

    Episode Credits:

    Music by Ioan Harea from his album Classic Gypsy, produced by Aardvark.

    1. Por Una Cabeza
    2. Pony Express

    Narrated by Mixerman
    Produced by Aardvark and Mixerman

    • 8 min
    Day 1 Uh Oh...

    Day 1 Uh Oh...

    Mixerman meets his assistant Lance, and attempts to pull tones with the drummer of the band, which proves to be a far more difficult task than usual. The producer calls in with some distressing information.

    Episode Credits:

    Characters

    Geeves played by Aardvark (Ioan Harea, Byron)
    Lance played by William Wittman (Cyndi Lauper, Joan Osborne, The Fixx)
    Producer played by Ken Scott (Beatles, Supertramp, David Bowie)
    Drummer played by Kenny Gioia (Marcy Playground, Hall & Oates)

    Leitmotifs

    Lance Leitmotif by William Wittman (Cyndi Lauper, Joan Osborne, The Fixx)

    Narrated by Mixerman
    Produced by Aardvark and Mixerman

    • 24 min
    Day 2 Dandy Day

    Day 2 Dandy Day

    Mixerman loses it when his drum mics are inexplicably torn down by the PA delivery man. He must once again pull tones with the drummer, who Mixerman has taken to calling Dumb Ass given his constant intellectually challenged act. Mixerman is hopeful that the Producer will make an appearance.

    Episode Credits:

    Characters

    Producer played by Ken Scott (Beatles, Supertramp, David Bowie)
    Mountain Man played by Wyn Davis (Great White, Dokken, Foreigner)
    Magnolia played by Candace Stewart (Manager of East West Studios)

    Music

    PA Drums performed by Jon Stuart

    Narrated by Mixerman
    Produced by Aardvark and Mixerman

    • 20 min
    Day 3 Operation Control

    Day 3 Operation Control

    With the Producer still absent, an insubordinate assistant, and a disinterested band, Mixerman decides he needs take control over his session. Mixerman also explains how some basic recording tools work.

    Episode Credits:

    Characters

    Producer played by Ken Scott (Beatles, Supertramp, David Bowie)

    Music

    Dumb Ass' atrocious drumming performed by Jon Stuart
    Guitar part written and performed by Chase McGuckin
    Bass part written and performed by Chase McGuckin

    Narrated by Mixerman
    Produced by Aardvark and Mixerman

    • 16 min
    Day 4 Paulie Yore

    Day 4 Paulie Yore

    The Producer provides Mixerman with a somewhat perplexing explanation as to why he hasn't shown up to their session yet. Mixerman provides us with some background information on the band.

    Episode Credits:

    Leitmotifs

    Yore leitmotif by William Wittman

    Narrated by Mixerman
    Produced by Aardvark and Mixerman

    • 12 min
    Day 5 The Question

    Day 5 The Question

    After Mixerman musters up the courage to ask Willy Show a very important question, he takes a moment to explain his strategies for getting Lance to the session on time, and Dumb Ass to the session late. We get more background information on the band and their marked disdain for one another.

    Episode Credits:

    Characters

    Willy Show played by Ken Scott (Beatles, Supertramp, David Bowie)
    Dumb Ass played by Kenny Gioia (Marcy's Playground, Hall & Oates)
    Yore played by Dylan Dresdow (Usher, Black Eyed Peas, Nas)
     
    Narrated by Mixerman
    Produced by Aardvark and Mixerman

    • 13 min

Customer Reviews

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5 Ratings

5 Ratings

Brixton Breaker ,

Great to hear again

I remember hearing some of these years ago and always wondered how the story ended. Have been giggling out loud at most of the eps and getting all kinds of funny looks off people on my daily walks. Thanks for bringing them back, highly entertaining.

R-MEX ,

Daily Chuckles

First appearing as daily entries on usenet (a text sharing system before the world wide web) then collected into a book and now available as this daily podcast. What the film 'Spinal Tap' did for the life of a rock band on tour so 'Daily Adventures' does for a band in the studio. It gives us a peek behind the curtain that veils the world of the recording back in the day when records were made in studios not bedrooms. It is a fully realised radio style comedy drama. Mixerman just wants to make the best recodring of the greatest songs the band is capable of but he is pretty much the only one with that goal and vision. Obstacles are constantly thrown in his path leading to much hilarity.
Highly recommended.

Arm Your Ears ,

A complete modern classic : from a time when there was money around!

I loved this book and am over the moon Mixermans gifting it to the world . Essential listening / reading…. It’s funny as hell but documents a time where major labels threw money at albums like there was no tomorrow . Gives you lots to think about if you work in a studio , whether you’re young or old

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