C90: The Music in the Next Room

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Music recorded from another room, off mic, outdoors leaking in. Air, tape hiss, distance and atmosphere.

Low - The Lamb, I Remember
Fairport Convention – The Lord Is in This Place…How Dreadful Is This Place
Damian Jurado - Walk With Me
Kings of Convenience – The Girl From Back Then
Neil Young – Soldier
Sonic Youth – Providence, Winner's Blues
Tom Waits – The Ocean Doesn’t Want Me
Julee Cruise - I Remember, Up in Flames
Dome - Cruel When Complete
Laurie Anderson - White Lily, stuff from United States Live (Three Walking Songs, English, Walking and Falling, Dog Show)
Fleetwood Mac - Never Make Me Cry
David Sylvian - Maria
Peter Blegvad - Irma
The Beatles - Long Long Long
Nick Drake - home recordings from Family Tree (They're Leaving Me Behind, Bird Flew By, Come Into the Garden, Way to Blue [demo])
Warn Defever - Which Will (Nick Drake cover)
William Duckworth - The Time Curve Preludes (the quieter pieces)
Harold Budd - Above Changmai, The Candied Room, (parts of) Madrigals of the Rose Angel, Lost in the Humming Air

Surprisingly, not a lot of Harold Budd actually fits what I'm looking for here. There's plenty of air and atmosphere, but not the sense of distance.

Any suggestions?

Hideous Lump, Saturday, 14 January 2017 07:29 (three years ago) link


Acting Crazy (Instrumental) (jed_), Saturday, 14 January 2017 09:15 (three years ago) link

Flying Saucer Attack - more or less everything

Vlogs from other credible bands such as Shed Seven (DJ Mencap), Saturday, 14 January 2017 12:36 (three years ago) link

people tend not to record this way on purpose, but boy, bootlegs are great for this.


increasingly bonkers (rushomancy), Saturday, 14 January 2017 13:07 (three years ago) link

The basis of Scum by Bark Psychosis is drawn from mics dotted high around the church where they used to rehearse and also features some 'behind the door' recordings of a religious meeting going on in one of the rooms there.

MaresNest, Saturday, 14 January 2017 13:57 (three years ago) link

Captain Beefheart, "China Pig" et al

Eats like Elvis, shits like De Niro (Tom D.), Saturday, 14 January 2017 15:04 (three years ago) link

clipping - overpass

increasingly bonkers (rushomancy), Saturday, 14 January 2017 16:06 (three years ago) link

The Residents - "Spotted Pinto Bean" (if not most of their first few albums?)

eatandoph (Neue Jesse Schule), Saturday, 14 January 2017 18:10 (three years ago) link

Small Faces, "The Universal"

"The Universal" was originally titled by Steve Marriott as "Hello the Universal" but due to an error early in the single's production and manufacture was instead printed as the shorter "The Universal", and due to the costs involved never corrected. The erratic sounding song was partly tape recorded by Marriott in the garden of his Essex home at the time, Beehive Cottage. His dogs can clearly be heard barking in the background.

Eats like Elvis, shits like De Niro (Tom D.), Saturday, 14 January 2017 18:20 (three years ago) link

Days in the Wake by Palace Brothers. I literally haven't heard it in decades but am sure it was absolutely this aesthetic.

calzino, Saturday, 14 January 2017 18:28 (three years ago) link


Number None, Saturday, 14 January 2017 19:31 (three years ago) link

Wow, I've never head that. It's is fkng amazing. Thanks.

Acting Crazy (Instrumental) (jed_), Saturday, 14 January 2017 20:07 (three years ago) link

Engineer Phil Brown talks about the recording

We hired a PA system and set the monitor stack up on the far side of the stables pointing out across the lake. I used two Neumann U87s on the opposite side of the house, to mike up the outdoor PA sound coming back off the lake.

A further two Neumann U87s were placed close to the water’s edge, as far away as our leads would allow. These picked up the sound of water lapping, and a distant strangled sound on the guitar which was perfect for lead solos. We tried to protect the microphones from the damp night air using polythene, with limited success. When they went down, on particularly wet nights or because of a heavy dew, we replaced them and then dried out the originals.

Between 3am and 6am was the toughest time on the mikes, but these quiet hours before dawn created the most magical atmosphere for recording, resulting in two of our classic masters, the title track, One World, and my favourite, Small Hours.

We fell into a routine, starting at about two in the afternoon and working through until five in the morning. Chris would spend the mornings on the phone, taking care of any business. Ray and I would check the equipment (especially the microphones), line up the tape machines, lie in the sun, or row the rubber dinghy out on the lake, taking photographs. It was an idyllic way to record an album. I used six tracks for the guitar, two for the outdoor returns and two more for vocal and basic drum machine. I had control over the blend of the six main guitar sounds because of our separate D/I feeds. These included one feed straight out of John’s guitar, another after his compressor, one each pre and post F/X and echoes and finally, one with everything but pre-amplifier.

Some of the songs, like ‘Dealer’ and Certain Surprise, were arranged and recorded quickly and easily. Others such as One World and Small Hours were played repeatedly for many hours. Chris and I would then edit the multitrack into an arrangement of verse, chorus and instrumentals, from time to time taking bets on which bar we were on.

The outside mikes not only picked up the guitar coming back across the lake, but also recorded scurrying animals, birds, and the sounds of water lapping at the water’s edge. John worked in the self-contained flat, and Ray, Barry, Chris and myself were in the mobile. We changed the reels of tape every half hour (we were recording at 15 i.p.s) and took breaks every three or four hours for tea.

One World is one of the best albums ever. Get on that

Number None, Saturday, 14 January 2017 20:20 (three years ago) link

radiohead, "how i made my millions"

increasingly bonkers (rushomancy), Saturday, 14 January 2017 21:23 (three years ago) link

jess cahill, "cold blows the wind"

increasingly bonkers (rushomancy), Monday, 16 January 2017 00:29 (three years ago) link

Cool Quartet - September in Tomelilla


The group are a jazz standards group, playing straight-up jazz with Nyberg added on vocals at a venue in Sweden one night in September 2008. For these initial pieces, La Casa has made recordings that veer between straight up recordings of the group swinging its way through one tune or another, microphones close to the action, to further recordings of trains passing, presumably nearby to the venue, bits of conversations, opening and closing doors, near silent spaces, traffic, chatter, and a lot of recordings of the group playing as if captured from neighbouring rooms. My guess is that La Casa wandered about the venue while the concert took place, microphone in hand, and what we hear on the first three combined pieces here are either an unedited take of La Casa’s journey, or a spliced together collage made from such recordings.

schrute dwyte (unregistered), Monday, 16 January 2017 00:53 (three years ago) link

Movietone - Mono Valley (I guess this is more 'recorded in the same room as the band while someone smashed vases and banged on a piano and vandalized equipment in the adjoining room'. on a lot of their material they would closely mike the vocals and guitars and distantly mike the rest of the band to capture a lot of room noise and atmospheric murk)

We recorded the rest of the album at Mr. Ginn's, an understanding studio in Bristol where we could smash as much glass as we liked to 'Mono Valley' without the batting of an eyelid.

Plumtree - Good Time to Tell Me (idk the story behind this but it sounds they tacked a rehearsal/demo onto the end of their album because they thought it was an inspired moment. swinging doors abound)

schrute dwyte (unregistered), Monday, 16 January 2017 01:53 (three years ago) link

sorry for linking to a rym thread, but

Recordings of music heard through walls/at a distance

schrute dwyte (unregistered), Monday, 16 January 2017 01:59 (three years ago) link

four months pass...

Get ready, America, for a three-day weekend of hearing this coming from the next block.

pplains, Saturday, 27 May 2017 03:52 (three years ago) link

For some reason the toto song really hit home

Karl Malone, Saturday, 27 May 2017 04:04 (three years ago) link

Wait, they've got the Twin Peaks theme and "Plainsong" by the Cure on there! That's just redundant!

Hideous Lump, Saturday, 27 May 2017 04:36 (three years ago) link

two years pass...

there's a deep house tune from probably the early 2010s that does this all the way through. I think you can hear singing and clapping but the beat is definitely on the other side of the wall... it's a long shot but can anyone help?

YOU CALL THIS JOURNALSIM? (dog latin), Thursday, 9 January 2020 16:12 (eight months ago) link

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