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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 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 yo

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    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
    There's 2 kind sponsors on this show
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    HOWA EP 84 - CHRIS TABRON

    HOWA EP 84 - CHRIS TABRON

    I’ve known this multi platinum renaissance man for some time now and I could tell, when we worked on the Lianne La Havas song “Green and Gold” that his skills went WAY beyond the technical. I can safely say that were it not for his expert manner in the room, that song never would have made it. Those are the kind of experiences that stay with you.

    It came as no surprise to later learn he’s worked on records by Beyoncé, Nicki Minaj, Mary J. Blige, Common, The Strokes, Robert Glasper, and Erykah Badu. Yep he’s rather nasty at mixing and producing. He’s also taken a large role in producing work by badass bands like Battles and Die Antwoord.

    We nerd dive into a wide pool of topics from coffee to the holiest of Mics.. He has one in his possession that has THE most incredible back story.

    Chris is a master of the studio both in terms of the precise and fast execution of the all important technical stuff to the refined and nuanced energy required to draw out the best in musicians. Needless to say I’m mightily chuffed to have him grace the show :)

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    In the nitty I dive into the instant joys of the Expert Sleepers app called CROSSFADE LOOP SYNTH

    Absolutely wicked! Beardyman uses it heavily in his live shows and I can see why. It’s a very tasty thing indeed that lets you sample and move with no messing about. INSTANT!!

    It’s like a Casio SK1 on roids. Highly recommended

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    Music from the show comes from

    YAW EVANS and this EP is right here!

    https://yawevans.bandcamp.com/releases

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    Kind show sponsorship comes from Avid who make a little known app called PROTOOLS! woo.

    As I mention in the slot, I have made ALL 84 episodes in Protools and I’ll tell you why it’s still my fave :)

    Check this link to check out the software.

    You can now get Protools First to have a try and it’s absolutely FREE :) cant beat that.

    Other Links_____

    Chris Tabron homepage - has a cool Spotify playlist of his work. Well worth a look. Plus you get to see his setup which is prime!

    https://christabron.com

    Listen to Chris on the excellent DW Fearn podcast also!

    Did I mention that I LOVE this pod ?

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    I caught up with mylarmelodies recently on his ace pod which you can find here:

    Why we bleep with me

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    In case you missed it here’s that Otari CV mod that’s now on order from Shawn Everett, Jonathan Rado and more! Hip.

    Otari 5050 cv video

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    Other CV tape joy to be found here!!

    Hainbach got the nagra to varispeed under CV

    Nagratron

     
     

    • 1 hr 42 min
    HOWA EP83 - Alessandro Cortini

    HOWA EP83 - Alessandro Cortini

    Hello! Ah yes, twas superb to catch up with the excellent Alessandro Cortini. He's someone that really connects with the soul of machines in a very rare way. He has a clear direction and opinion on so many crucial aspects of machine music, from the pure aesthetic tonal side of things to the way that individuality can be such a crucial asset in a world that's thirsty for original voices. We get into a lot of juicy topics and Alessandro is very open and clear with his advice and opinions which I hope you'll all get a lot from. I certainly did :)
    On with the links!
    Music:
    https://headlesshorsemanberlin.bandcamp.com/music
    Ah yes!! so so good and yes, I KNOW who the hidden horseman is... I can't say though.. sorry.
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    At the start of the show I get to talking about my song "A Rose" that's featured on the Andrew Huang 4 Producers series. Super fun watch that! check it out if you haven't such talent on there!a
    A rose BandCamp link:
    https://jamielidell.bandcamp.com/track/a-rose
    UAD chambers promo video with “A Rose”
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=niAcxT49EMM
    4 PRODUCERS FLIP THE SAME SAMPLE: Jamie Lidell, Flux Pavilion, Laura Escudé, Recue
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7JUNnmehy8k
    and now...
    Alessandro’s  LINK pool
    https://twitter.com/blindoldfreak
    https://www.instagram.com/alehan
    https://soundcloud.com/alessandrocortini
    BandCamp
    https://cortini.bandcamp.com
    New album upcoming on MUTE records
    http://mute.com/mute/alessandro-cortini-announces-new-album-scuro-chiaroMusic:
    https://headlesshorsemanberlin.bandcamp.com/music
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    HOWA EP 82 - BOYS NOIZE

    HOWA EP 82 - BOYS NOIZE

    HEY! did you join the patreon yet?
    I’d be most grateful if you’d consider it! I’m adding loads of sounds and goodies so hop on if you’re a fan of the show!
    https://www.patreon.com/HOWA
    and now LETS GET ON WITH THE SHOW!
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    BOYS NOIZE speaks! I’ve been wanting to chat with Alex for AGES, all we needed was a nice long lock down to make it possible !
    He’s a wonderful prolific musician who’s made a bunch great records alone AND remixed some monsters like Depeche Mode, Daft Punk, David Lynch and tons more. He’s collaborated with my pal Chilly Gonzales, an unknown artist called Skrillex, Hudson Hohawke, Spank Rock and recently even lady Gaga. Wild!!
    In this chat we get deep into the truth behind all this making. Come and get the real info here.  This episode is arguably a very long nitty and it's dedicated to the makers of the heavy jams who want to know how it's actually done. This is a deep and heady chat with one of the masters of the banger. 
    Yup! 
    I get into a phase in the nitty but not THAT kind. 
    Music comes from Andy Rivas
    check it out here:
    https://andyrivas.bandcamp.com
    Thank you to the wonderful hologram electronics for their kind show sponsorship. The microcosm pedal is wild!! Check it !
    https://www.hologramelectronics.com
     
     

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    HOWA EP81 - DAMIAN TAYLOR

    HOWA EP81 - DAMIAN TAYLOR

    HEY! did you join the patreon yet?
    I’d be most grateful if you’d consider it! I’m adding loads of sounds and goodies so hop on if you’re a fan of the show!
    https://www.patreon.com/HOWA
    and now LETS GET ON WITH THE SHOW!
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    Please welcome six time Grammy nominated record producer, music mixer and programmer, song writer, song doctor, sonic architect and explorer Damian Taylor! He’s worked with a hugely talented array of artists like Bjork (in the studio and on stage), The Prodigy, The Killers, Arcade Fire, UNKLE, TR/ST, Odette, The Temper Trap, City of the Sun, and much more
    Recently Damian has become a compelling teacher and spreader of interdisciplinary ideas and facilitates this with live streams from his studio on his Twitch channel, through conversations, events, and courses on the community network and education platform The Complete Producer Network, and via my newly launched YouTube channel.
    Check it!!
    BTWI was introduced to Damian by my good friend Dana Wachs which explains how our conversation begins :)
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    Nitty is a two part affair. I worked super hard on a video nitty which explains some of the work I'm doing with new modified Otari 4 track reel to reel. The deck has been CV modded by - love magnet electronics and added pitch control and erase head on/off per track. So powerful. If you didnt check the viddy nitty! Here it is.
    The sonic nitty in the episode explores the missing link of flange under Cv control. flllllaaaannnngggggeeeeee.
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    Music for this episode comes once more from the rather excellent platzwave ! Check this link for his new release on bandcamp. Super good!
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    Happy to say that this episode is ALSO sponsored by one of the very best US retail stores for eurorack and extended sonic adventures. Who might that be ?
    It’s Perfect Circuit !! So much of my modular is from them and I love working with them. Good folks!
    https://www.perfectcircuit.com
    other links :
    best digital audio repair in the world- piscine tokyo
    https://www.facebook.com/piscineatokyo/
    If you dont know this man. you need to! 
    ned rush- beer drinker and live master. Excellent teacher. Love his stuff!
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIbbeIvZgBiXikUJaYWXTcQ

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