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 74 - OLIVER
Super chuffed to have Oliver on the show!
Such a big fan of the man.
We’ve had a chance to make a track together called “Charisma”
What struck me was the musicality and speed of the guys.
Now Oliver is one. Vaughn Oliver. A true badass that has been making amazing tracks for ages and now some of the most useful and successful splice sample packs.
There are now Two “Power tools” packs.
Here’s a link to the second that I was chatting about with him in the show:
Oliver power tools 2 In the intro segment I mention my collaboration with the terrific folks at
Sounds of Saving for world mental health day.
To quote them
"Music has been clinically proven to have a positive impact on mental health. The right song can affect our psychobiological stress system and create feelings of motivation, happiness and relaxation.We think the world should know that music can fight mental illness."
Hers’a link to my cover of Sly stone of “Thank You” cover
Music on the show comes from the ace Platz wave
Music linked here
Nitty 74 sees me demoing my latest modular synth creation - the Sergio
4 voice poly synth made with serge oscillators and very handy doepfer poly modules
During the segment I mentioned my fave max for live device. Grab it! So cheap, so good!
It's called Chordimist
Also the essential Div kid ocht - https://divkidvideo.com/modules/
Kind sponsorship for the episode comes from Splice.com
When you use the promo code audiophiles100 you get a month of Sounds 100 and it's valid until the end of November.
HOWA EP 73 - Dana Nielsen
Welcome to HOWA, the accomplished fellow Dana Nielsen who has been working with Rick Rubin for ages as a mix/engineer guru and has worked recently with everyone from Bob Dylan, Billy Corgan to Neil Young, DRAM and more..
Music for the show comes from Speck of Dust who's new LP is up on bandcamp here :)
In the nitty I get into a comparison of the new S2400 which is a modern take on the classic EMU SP1200 which I own. I put them head to head. Old school/ new school challenge.
Kind sponsorship comes from distokid click here for a 30% discount that HOWA listeners are eligible for !
HOWA EP 72 - Olivier Alary and Johannes Malfatti
Welcome to EP 72 where I’m joined by Olivier Alary and Berlin-based composer Johannes Malfatti as we discuss the making of their new collaborative album ‘u,i’
A remarkably timely release that strikes a powerful resonance with our recently heightened experiences of connection and isolation under pandemic conditions. ‘u, i ’ was recorded over VOIP (voice over internet protocol), using the technology as both creative tool and conceptual frame.
Fascinated by the way technology materializes memory, and by “the sound of its failure, pushed to its limits and breaking apart”, they suggest that their sound here “might be described as ‘Hauntological music 2.0’, as it has a certain ghostly melancholia and foregrounds an awareness of the medium transforming what you hear.”
Release date for u,i is 25th Sep 2020
I trust you’ll follow this link the label to find out more :)
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Here's Olivier's Spotify playlist of contemporary music that he is into :)
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Music in this episode comes from a returning badass “good glued barometer”
He’s got a new EP to check out that you can listen to in the show.
It’s called “pedestrian-priority” and you can find it NOW NOW NOW!
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In the nitty I try my hand at the low ways of the internet…
Here’s that naughty bandwidth eating app!
Network link conditioner lets you can explore the goodies in the bad call at will:
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Thank you to ADDAC systems for kind show sponsorship !
HOWA EP 71- DANA WACHS
Dana and I have known each other for 15 years now which is a bizarre fact to me. Feels about right, although I have no idea how 15 years ought to feel. I have so many fond memories of hanging out with her on our many epic road trips where we’ve traveled from Spearfish Dakota to Osaka Japan, played massive festivals and dive bars galore. I’ve been really happy to see her musical project Vorhees come so far and you’ll hear in our chat about the huge array of different disciplines Dana Has taken on and the way that it all begins with a leap of faith and an admission that you know nothing when you start out. It reminds me of a great interview with David Bowie where he talks about the necessity to be in over your head when you start a creative project so that you’re not going through the motions. It’s great to be reminded that we all start this as absolute beginners but Dana and I have definitely put in our 10,000 hours though by now :-) it’s great to have her on the show.
Check all her excellent work here:
… In this episodes Nitty I will attempt to turn my humble acoustic guitar into a string ensemble and all for only four dollars!
Music for the show comes from REV One. Check him on bandcamp here :
Kind sponsorship comes from distrokid.
For less than $20 a year you can upload your music to all The major streaming platforms with ease. It’s really a no brainer.
HOWA EP70 - JACK HARRIS
NEWS FLASH. Jack Harris schooled Prince!
He was a famous DJ in Minneapolis in the 60s when station KUXL was the only station playing R and B
It was a daytime station only run from a Motel!
Prince would literally hang there as a 12 year old. Wild!
Jack Harris also sang and had his own band, writing and releasing music on Chess Records where he’d hang out with Howlin Wolf and all those amazing artists!
Just incredible to think of it.
He ALSO is an undeniable reason why I met my wife.
All shall be revealed!
Such a pleasure to invite this legend to the show!
Music for this EP70 comes from Becena (pronounced buh-see-na).
Support him here :
In the nitty I get busy with the rare and magical box that is the Moog 16 channel vocoder. Immense sonic power that I run many vowels into and which provide 5 octave sample packs that I’ve packaged as 24 bit Kontakt instruments for the $10 Tier to get busy with.
Every show yields a nice curated sample pack.
All the sounds are royalty free and you can get making with them. The $10 soul science level exists for the makers to make from my makings :) the cycle of make!
Yep, another fantastic company to buy from in 2020. BraVO Qubit
Thanks to QUBIT Electronix sponsoring the show :)
They Just recently they released “Surface” the super flexible multitimbral physical modeling voice.
Sounds like a wobbler. You know Ill be into it!
HOWA EP 69 - ANDREW WYATT
Welcome back after this 2 month pause! To the news:
I put out 3 new songs on an EP called 3 4 U that can be found on my Bandcamp page here
All money raised goes to Black Lives Matter so please dig deep and chip in if you can. To all of you that have already been generous enough to contribute, thank you!!!
I was on the fence about releasing this material as it’s very private but I now want all my art to be direct and belong to my life in as deep a way as possible. Maybe another positive of this time. There’s no need to hold back what’s eating you. Art can heal if it’s allowed to burn.
I wanted to read a quote from an article that found its way to my phone today. It’s written by a lawyer in New York by the name of TaLona Holbert.
I find all of this to be self evident but also it’s very clear that remaining silent on matters of race in this time is unacceptable.
It’s not got anything to do with politics, it’s a matter of acknowledging racial inequality and not denying it. It’s a matter of justice and education. We can all do our part.
I believe that change is possible and that change is imminent. I am hopeful that someday, Black children will not need to be warned about Black inferiority and can move through life expecting and receiving the same opportunities as equally qualified white people. I hope that Black children can one day bask in the same innocence that white children have always enjoyed. I want Black children to see themselves reflected in textbooks, toys, everyday personal items and mainstream American culture and society. Because they, too, are American.
Black children should see streets, schools, buildings and bridges named after accomplished Black people whom they can admire. Black children should see a succession of American presidents that is as diverse as the American electorate. They should see monuments and currency reflecting the many Black people who have contributed to our society. And when future Black students are finally taught about anti-Blackness, Black inferiority, police brutality and racial injustice, it is my hope that those lessons are taught in the past tense.
My guest on the show is now an academy award winning writer. That’s a first! Well, actually.. Mark Ronson won that too for the Gaga song “Shallow” that they both wrote. So congrats also to you Mark!
Back to Andrew Wyatt.
He is a solo artist and member of Miike Snow who’ve been at it for quite sometime. We’ve bumped into each other on the gigging circuit several times but I’ve never had a substantial chat with him. I really enjoyed the hang we had in his LA studio. What a wonderful creative zone it is. I recall a little while after this interview, sitting with Bobby, Haxan Cloak in a restaurant and he was telling me just how good a player Andrew is. I started following him on the gram and he’s been posting clips of himself at the piano. I just love the style he has. So much flavour. Makes sense to me now thinking of the way he writes and the harmonic and melodic world he lives in.
We talked a little about his chronology and music but also got good and lost down the side roads of philosophy. My kind of ramble! It gives me great pleasure to welcome to the pod this accomplished master in the game. Andrew Wyatt
The Nitty in EP 69 is all about a dose of clap. Yeah. Make a hand, make many hands and make them clap. Electronically in this case. I attempt to make an 808 clap with machines from scratch.
Thank you to Josh Hogan and Ned Beckley for providing music from the show today. It all comes from their soundtrack to the movie “Below”
Check the whole thing here it’s a great listen!
I now have a YouTube channel that has a few video nittys on it:
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Thanks so much Jamie!
This podcast satisfies every part of my creative brain and is nothing short of inspiring. Look forward to every episode.
Fun but uneven
Podcasts continue to serve as object lessons that interviewing is a skill that needs to be cultivated and honed. Jamie Lidell is a musical inspiration and gifted producer. But he’s a terrible interviewer. Thankfully the pod succeeds in spite of himself largely due to the deep bench of amazing guests. Less talk and more listening from Jamie would go a long way to making this one of the best music podcasts out there.
Thank you, sir
Every episode has been so good. There’s so much to learn in the world of sound. If you’re walking that path, this podcast will brighten the journey.