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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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    • 4.9 • 70 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:87 Chet Faker

    TN:87 Chet Faker

    In this episode, John links up with Chet Faker aka Nick Murphy, to talk about how he wrote, recorded and produced the album ‘Hotel Surrender’.
     
    Diving into the tracks initially found within one of his numerous demo playlists, Nick looks back on his variety of music making processes, sharing thoughts on slingshotting around different creative mediums and maximising inspiration.
     
    From scrapbooking and self-sampling to a great deal of file management, we’re treated to stories of productivity-inducing gear limitations and tricks to get strange harmonic options, all alongside advice on putting music out, taking criticism and simply being the best you can be.
     
    Listen to find out how many cowboy monologues were recorded for the album, why you shouldn’t rollerblade in music videos, and how to appropriately react when you’re given Ableton and not Acid Loop Pro. 
     
    Tracks discussed: Oh Me Oh My, Low, Feel Good  
     
    Listen to ‘Hotel Surrender’ here.
    ‘Hotel Surrender’ - Detail Records, BMG (Australia)
     
    Intro Music - Sunshine Buddy, Laurel Collective
     
    GEAR MENTIONS
    Waves Doppler Plugin
    Soundtoys Little Plate
    Novation SL Synth
    Korg Kaoss Pad
    Roland CR-8000
    Elka Synthex
    Akai MPC Live II
    Neumann U87
    Electret Microphone
    API Preamp
    Elektron Analog Heat
    Bricasti M7 Reverb
    Fender Telecaster
    Rhodes
    Moog
    Neve Desk
    Acid Loop Pro
    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! 
    Visit our website to join our mailing list: www.tapenotes.co.uk 
     
    TAPE NOTES TEAM
    Will Brown - Executive Producer, Engineer & Editor
    Tim Adam-Smith - Executive Producer
    Will Lyons - Editor
    Rebecca Ibbotson - Digital Marketing 
    Nathan Hetherington - PR
    Alex Nixon - Assistant
     

    • 1 hr 49 min
    TN:86 Jon Hopkins

    TN:86 Jon Hopkins

    In this episode, John is joined by Jon Hopkins at Iguana Studios to talk about how he wrote, recorded and produced his latest album ‘Music For Psychedelic Therapy’.
    Engaging us in the album’s immersive journey, Jon talks us through the spaces and natural processing that shaped the sound of the record, from the depths of an Ecuadorian Cave to the vintage synths recorded in the woods.
    Unearthing the individual parts and gradual sonic changes, we hear Jon's outlook on following intuition, responding to ‘bolt of lightning’ ideas and insane bursts of creativity, all tied together with thoughts on consciousness and the links between sound and mind.
    Listen to find out how a cheap plugin fault ended up creating the perfect sound, why it is so important to create interest in different frequency groups, and what moment was inspired by a scene from Crocodile Dundee Two.
    Tracks discussed:  Welcome, Love Flows Over Us In Prismatic Waves, Deep In the Glowing Heart
     
    Listen to ‘Music For Psychedelic Therapy’ here.
    ‘Music For Psychedelic Therapy’ - Domino Recordings
     
    Intro Music - Sunshine Buddy, Laurel Collective 
     
    GEAR MENTIONS
    Michael Pollan - This Is Your Mind On Plants
    Bose Soundlink
    JBL Speakers
    Moog One
    Korg Trinity 
    Ensoniq Fizmo 
    Oktava Microphones
    API Preamp
    Soundtoys Echoboy
    Audio Ease Altiverb
    Waves Renaissance Reverb Plugin
    Waves PuigTec EQ
    Yamaha Upright Piano
    Ableton
    Ableton Vocoder
     
    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 
     
    TAPE NOTES TEAM
    Will Brown - Executive Producer, Engineer & Editor
    Tim Adam-Smith - Executive Producer
    Will Lyons - Editor
    Rebecca Ibbotson - Digital Marketing 
    Nathan Hetherington - PR
    Alex Nixon - Assistant

    • 1 hr 44 min
    TN:85 Courtney Barnett & Stella Mozgawa

    TN:85 Courtney Barnett & Stella Mozgawa

    In this episode, John links up with Courtney Barnett and producer Stella Mozgawa to talk about how they wrote, recorded and produced Courtney’s album ‘Things Take Time, Take Time’.
    Ready with the keys to Courtney’s archive of sofa voice notes and Garageband demos, the pair talk us through the entire album process, from their most valuable moments within pre-production, to the hours in the studio where they had to check if they were losing their minds.
    Sharing the secrets of the sonics, we hear stories of creating cavernous brass sounds using only a guitar and making fake shakers out of drums, all of which are set alongside the eternal loops sourced from the depths of Stella’s drum machine collection.
    Listen to find out how to trick yourself into doing the perfect vocal take, what the best state of mind is to help get ideas flowing, and why producing is far from being a dark art.
     
    Tracks discussed:  Turning Green, Here’s The Thing, Oh The Night
    Listen to ‘Things Take Time, Take Time’ here.
    ‘Things Take Time, Take Time’ - Marathon Artists
     
    Intro Music - Sunshine Buddy, Laurel Collective 
     
    GEAR MENTIONS
    Roland TR-606
    Roland TR-707
    Elektron Analog Rhythm
    MXR Drum Computer
    Roland TR-8S
    Roland CR-8000
    Ace Tone Drum Machine
    FunkBox Drum Machine
    MPC Sampler
    Eventide H3000
    Eventide H910
    Soundtoys Alter Boy
    Shure SM7B
    Shure SM57
    Korg Minilogue
    Maton Acoustic Guitar
    Omnichord
    Nylon String Guitar (From Mannys Music)
    KRK Studio Monitors
    Leslie Speaker
    Studer 24-inch Tape Machine
    Garageband
    ProTools
    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! 
    Visit our website to join our mailing list: www.tapenotes.co.uk 
     
    TAPE NOTES TEAM
    Will Brown - Executive Producer, Engineer & Editor
    Tim Adam-Smith - Executive Producer
    Will Lyons - Editor
    Rebecca Ibbotson - Digital Marketing 
    Nathan Hetherington - PR

    • 1 hr 56 min
    TN:84 Orla Gartland & Tom Stafford

    TN:84 Orla Gartland & Tom Stafford

    In this episode, John joins Orla Gartland and producer Tom Stafford to talk about how they wrote, recorded and produced Orla’s debut album ‘Woman on the Internet’.
    From the early stages of throwing musical ideas at the wall to the almost infinite list of recording secrets picked up from their time at Middle Farm Studios, Orla and Tom look back on trying to capture and emulate the original magic from their early sessions, along with bringing light and shade to the record as a whole.
    Unearthing old voice memos and opening up the original sessions, we hear stories of blind microphone testing, trying and failing to recreate cheap sounds with ‘posh’ synths, and introducing some of Tom’s modular madness to Orla’s folk-pop sound.
    Listen to find out how to get good results when recording with a kids karaoke machine, what making things sound orange and sparkly means, and how gigs at a cereal cafe may have been the start of numerous musical careers.
    Tracks discussed:  You’re Not Special Babe, Over Your Head, More Like Your
    Listen to ‘Woman on the Internet’ here.
    ‘Woman on the Internet’ - New Friends Music
     
    Intro Music - Sunshine Buddy, Laurel Collective 
     
    GEAR MENTIONS
    A100 Analogue Modular System
    Korg Stage Echo
    Moog One
    MicroKorg
    Nord Keyboards
    Organelle Synth
    Fender Telecaster
    Echoplex Pedal 
    Warm Audio 47
    API Channel Strip
    Summit TLA 100
    Shure 267 Preamp
    Antares
    Freakshow Industries Mishby
    Output Movement
    Soundtoys Alter Boy
    Soundtoys Devil-Loc
    Logic Flex Time
     
    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 hr 44 min
    TN:83 CHVRCHES

    TN:83 CHVRCHES

    In this episode, John links up with Lauren, Iain and Martin of CHVRCHES to talk about how they wrote, recorded and produced the album ‘Screen Violence’.
    Largely working remotely from different parts of the world, the trio look back on how they adapted their writing process, discussing how the effects of the pandemic ended up shaping some of the themes and meanings within the album.
    Sharing some of their day one demos, we hear stories of forming entire songs around single elements, combining and blending vintage gear with modern recording techniques, and using creative production tricks to respond to and reinforce certain lyrics.
    Listen to find how powerful hidden live drums on an electronic beat can be, why you should always keep your day one demo in a session, and how to react when Robert Smith emails you saying “what do you want?”
     
    Tracks discussed:  How Not To Drown, He Said She Said, California
    Listen to ‘Screen Violence’ here.
    ‘Screen Violence’ - EMI, Virgin Records
     
    Intro Music - Sunshine Buddy, Laurel Collective 
     
    GEAR MENTIONS
    Auto-Tune
    Melodyne
    Soundtoys Alter Boy
    Soundtoys Microshift
    Soundtoys Decapitator
    Valhalla Delay
    Universal Audio OX Amp
    Arcade
    Roland D50
    Roland Juno 106
    Siel Orchestra Synthesizer
    Fender 6 Bass 
    AMS Reverb
    Space Echo
    Tube-Tech CL 1B Compressor
    Pultec
    1176 Compressor
    LA-2A Leveling Amp
     
    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 hr 57 min
    TN:82 Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes

    TN:82 Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes

    In this episode, John ventures over to Baltic Studios to catch up with Frank and Dean of Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes about how they wrote, recorded and produced their latest album ‘Sticky’.
    Unearthing demos and recordings from their time in a Norfolk holiday cabin, the pair look back on how their process has changed over the years, sharing thoughts on broadening their horizons and blurring the lines of writing and recording.
    As well as personal stories of self-sabotage, imposter syndrome and competition within music, the pair single out the ingredients that form their chaotic cacophony of sound, from homemade microphones and recycling unused material, to tuning gunshots from Call of Duty.
    Listen to find out why you should collaborate with people that make you feel lazy, how to react when Dave Grohl brings you a tray of shots mid set, and why Frank may soon be performing Moonlight Sonata.
     
    Tracks discussed:  Rat Race, Go Get A Tattoo, Take It To The Brink
     
    Listen to ‘Sticky’ here.
    ‘Sticky’ - International Death Cult, AWAL Recordings Ltd
     
    Intro Music - Sunshine Buddy, Laurel Collective 
     
    GEAR MENTIONS
    Arturia 
    Waves MondoMod
    Valhalla Room
    Soundtoys Decapitator 
    Soundtoys EchoBoy
    Soundtoys Alter Boy
    Splice
    Telephone Mic Conversion
    Shure SM7B
    Universal Audio 1176 Compressor
    Thermionic Culture Vulture
    Fender Mustang Bass
    Fender Amps
    Selmer Amps
    Roland TR-808
    Whurlitzer
     
    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 hr 10 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
70 Ratings

70 Ratings

DDrewsky ,

Love this pod

A great deep dive into the process behind some amazing projects. Keep em coming!

III Mr Boss III ,

Biffy Ep was awesome!

Costey is the man... very cool show breaking down the tracks with actual demos and sound clips seamlessly edited
well done!

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