45 episodes

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.

Tape Notes In The Woods

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    • 5.0, 31 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:42 Caribou

    TN:42 Caribou

    In this episode John links up with Caribou a.k.a. Dan Snaith, to breakdown how Suddenly -  his first release in five years - was written, recorded and produced. Diving deep into his hard drive Dan treats us to a plethora of demo versions, track breakdowns and even plays us a few nuggets live. We get to hear the philosophy and stories behind creating his most personal album yet and discover how he reduced a monumental 900 ideas down to a single record. Listen to hear the results of when Dan was let loose in Floating Points' Studio, how leaving his internet browser open while recording provided a moment of compositional serendipity, and why the title of this podcast could well have been 'Things I learned from Timberland'.  Songs Discussed: Magpie, Like I Love You, Sister  VOTE FOR US! - We've been nominated for the British Podcast Awards 'Listeners Choice Award' which is voted for by the public. If you like what we do we'd be eternally grateful if you could show your support and vote for us. Head to here to vote: VOTE 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  Follow us on Social Media to keep up to date with the latest episodes and submit questions:InstagramFacebookTwitter Visit our website to join our mailing list: www.tapenotes.co.uk    

    • 1 hr 54 min
    TN:41 Foals

    TN:41 Foals

    Kicking off a brand new season, John is joined by Foals frontman Yannis Philippakis to talk about how the band’s mammoth two-part project Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost was written, recorded and produced. As their first self-produced albums, Yannis gives us a fascinating insight into their biggest project yet, breaking down his writing process from the loops and drones he crafted at home to the final versions of lyrics written almost entirely at the pub.  Listen to find out how some NS10 cones were hacked to create a makeshift microphone, what Yannis projects on to the wall when recording vocals, and how the band managed to tie songs together with trips to Paris and cycling adventures in Annecy.  Tracks Discussed: Syrups, Exits & Neptune   VOTE FOR US! - We've been nominated for the British Podcast Awards 'Listeners Choice Award' which is voted for by the public. If you like what we do we'd be eternally grateful if you could show your support and vote for us. Head to here to vote: VOTE 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  Follow us on Social Media to keep up to date with the latest episodes and submit questions:InstagramFacebookTwitter Visit our website to join our mailing list: www.tapenotes.co.uk    

    • 1 hr 24 min
    Best of Season 4

    Best of Season 4

    In this episode we take a look back at some of the best bits from season 4. If you haven't heard every episode from the last season, this is a good way to introduce yourself to some of the artists and producers we've had on, hearing their stories, tips and general philosophy on writing and recording. Have a listen, you never know what you might learn! You'll hear highlights from:Mura MasaFriendly Fires & Mark RalphThese New PuritansElbowEzra CollectiveMystery JetsDJ Shadow VOTE FOR US! - We've been nominated for the British Podcast Awards 'Listeners Choice Award' which is voted for by the public. If you like what we do we'd be eternally grateful if you could show your support and vote for us. Head to here to vote: VOTE 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  Follow us on Social Media to keep up to date with the latest episodes and submit questions:InstagramFacebookTwitter Visit our website to join our mailing list: www.tapenotes.co.uk  

    • 40 min
    TN:40 DJ Shadow

    TN:40 DJ Shadow

    In this episode, John ventures over to Wendy House Studios to catch up with hip-hip royalty Josh Davis AKA DJ Shadow, to talk through how he recorded and produced his latest album ‘Our Pathetic Age’ and his chart-topping album ‘The Mountain Will Fall’.   Josh gives us a full insight in to his largest most diverse project yet, breaking down his writing process from the moment he randomly dips in to his vast record collection for inspiration, to discovering unlikely source material such as an abandoned record collection rescued from a friend of his father's. We get to hear the original samples that form the basis of some of his biggest hits as well as the raw vocal stems of Nas and Pharoahe Monch rapping at each other from different studios.   Listen to find out about Josh’s meticulous sample editing process, what mixing mistake meant he had to sneakily rerelease a track, and why he had to gatecrash a Run the Jewels gig. Tracks discussed: Nobody Speak, Rocket Fuel, Drone Warfare 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 You can learn more about our partner Focusrite here. Together we share the goal of inspiring people to make more music - they're an awesome company so go check them out.  Follow us on Social Media to keep up to date with the latest episodes and submit questions:InstagramFacebookTwitter Visit our website to join our mailing list: www.tapenotes.co.uk    

    • 1 hr 34 min
    TN:39 Mystery Jets & Matt Twaites

    TN:39 Mystery Jets & Matt Twaites

    In this episode John makes multiple trips to Brain Yard Studios to catch up with Mystery Jets frontman Blaine Harrison and producer Matt Twaites to talk about how they recorded and produced the album A Billion Heartbeats. Recorded in the room where the album was conceived, Blaine and Matt give us full access to the Mystery Jets creative process, from tales of protests, marches and relief work, to their quest not sound too much like the Backstreet Boys. We get to hear an array of demos and phone recordings including the sound of Matt’s unborn son’s heartbeat which was crafted into a drum loop. Listen to find out what how Blaine ended up in an Icelandic Spa with Bjork, what images he looks at to get the best vocal take and who he turns to when struggling with lyrics.  Songs discussed: Screwdriver, Wrong Side of the Tracks, A Billion Heartbeats 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 You can learn more about our partner Focusrite here. Together we share the goal of inspiring people to make more music - they're an awesome company so go check them out.  Follow us on Social Media to keep up to date with the latest episodes and submit questions:InstagramFacebookTwitter Visit our website to join our mailing list: www.tapenotes.co.uk  

    • 1 hr 51 min
    TN:38 Ezra Collective

    TN:38 Ezra Collective

    This week John is joined by Ezra Collective’s Femi, TJ and James to talk about how they wrote and recorded their debut album You Can’t Steal My Joy. Hot off the heels winning 'Jazz Album of the Year' at the World Wide Awards, the boys reflect upon how the album took shape, from the early rehearsals in a dodgy studio in Croatia to spending two days on a boat recording the whole thing. The boys play us previously unheard demos capturing the moments lightning struck, from a very rough voice memo to a more elaborate Garage Band creation knocked together on the top deck of a bus. Listen to find out how the band learns songs from street beat boxing, the challenge of writing an album for the ‘shuffle generation’, and which seat on the bus James sits in when writing on Garage Band. Tracks discussed: You Can't Steal My Joy, Quest For Coin, Why You Mad? 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 You can learn more about our partner Focusrite here. Together we share the goal of inspiring people to make more music - they're an awesome company so go check them out.  Follow us on Social Media to keep up to date with the latest episodes and submit questions:InstagramFacebookTwitter Visit our website to join our mailing list: www.tapenotes.co.uk   

    • 1 hr 40 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
31 Ratings

31 Ratings

A grateful amateur ,

Exploding Songs!

A podcast where musicians take apart their songs, and piece by piece, tell the story of how they were made... each episode looks at 3 songs off one album with both musician and producer. Together with the host. Starting with the original idea of the song all the way through it’s completion. So if you’re like me and have searched far and wide for Podcasts similar to Song Exploder well my friend I’m pleased to inform you that you have finally found it!

614 Music Blog ,

Love this Podcast

Really interesting and awesome podcast for anyone interested in the production and songwriting process behind some amazing records. Love hearing the early demos and isolated original stems. And diving into multiple songs on the record really gets you into the headspace of the artist at the time of the recordings. The Little Dragon and The 1975 episodes were fantastic. Keep it up!!!

Jack Sommer ,

Yes!

At first I wasn’t sure if it was gonna be too close to Song Exploder but it has a style of its own, not to mention is more extensive. Plus, some good artists featured!

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