Saturday afternoon in the studio…

January 23, 2011

Yesterday afternoon I went back to Chris’ studio to meet up with Pete who is amazing cello player. I know Pete through the work I did with KANUTE a couple of years ago. Pete used to play in BUDAPEST and now plays with JOHN GARRISON for his solo work. Earlier this week I sent him the track and the music for Left to Hide. I was really looking forward to hearing what Pete would record. I arrived a little while before Pete and Chris made a cup of tea, always best to get the priorties right I think! We did a bit of online research to find out the best microphone placement because neither of us had actually recorded a cello before. After much reading and finding suggestions like you should measure the length of the cello and place the microphone the exact same distance away (Hmmmmm?!?!?), we decided to just try things out and see what happened!

So Pete arrived and we set him up, Chris made more tea and we tried out the song. Pete pulled up what I had sent him on his Iphone and we set about recording the first take. This would have been spot on if it hadn’t have been for the creaky stool Pete was sat on! I could hear on the track. Time for another chair and another take. This time it was perfect. We did a number of different takes in different ways so we have lots of elements to play with when we are mixing the track. Pete really is a stunning player and I am very grateful to him for coming to play on the track. A true pro!

After Pete headed home, Chris and I started work on the additional parts for Beyond the Flags. I wrote a short guitar line for the intro and we tried it with different instruments. We tried a virtual banjo which really worked. I said to Chris “It is a shame we don’t have a real Banjo!” Chris then popped into his house and brought back a very dusty, but very cool little banjo. Sadly, we ran out of time to record it but next session that is the plan. Can’t wait…