A new track is taking shape… a status from the studio

October 17, 2011 § 2 Comments

Back in the studio. Feels so good. We can cancel Christmas, it’s ok. Recording makes me happy and jolly like an idiot. Right now I’m working on the track ‘Arena’ with Michael Adler Miltersen from Sepia Productions. It’s one of the first songs I wrote – the original GarageBand files are from 2007. They sound SUPER crappy, but the song has a very special vibe and it’s still one of my favorites, so I decided to let ‘Arena’ be the first song to finish for my upcoming album set to be released in 2012.

Yes, I love making music.

Thinking.

Go ahead and sing.

For the geeks.

For the über geeks.

Drink, drink, drink your spinach juice. Good for you.

Sticky fingers.

The observant eye will notice that the big speaker is upside down. Reason? To have the treble hit the ear directly when sitting in the chair mixing. Pretty clever.

Michael is going to Kiev to see IAMX this week – painted here by the talented Gregers Albrechtsen – so we will have a short break. When he is back from the vodka, meat and music mayhem, Kristian Baek from Honolulu Blitz will visit us in the studio to do the backing vocals.

The skinny monkey/shivers and shakes/the chain around its neck/rattles a requiem…”

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Guess there is no such thing as perfect

March 2, 2011 § Leave a comment

But we got the piano from Mr. Garson and it’s pretty close. I’m speechless, so I’ll let this bag do the talking. It actually sums up the last two weeks perfectly in so many ways.

(Always recycle bags – and thank you’s)

Less mosquito and more of an angel dog barking

March 1, 2011 § Leave a comment

Isn’t it great when you can say things like that to other people and it makes perfectly sense to them? Didi Gutman knew exactly what I meant. He is such a personality and brilliant musician, and he found the most perfect sounds for the different keyboard parts and played them with great beauty and creativity.

There was one sound on the demo that we weren’t able to find a substitute for though. A keyboard part in ‘United We Stand Apart’ has a really particular and mysterious almost under water like vibe, and we couldn’t find a sound that matched the track just as good as the original one. So that part will be the original demo recording played by me. Which was quite a lot of work for Mario as he had to fix: 1. my wobbling recording, 2.the facts that we changed the tempo of the song with 2 bpm and we only had the original track as an mp3…. a lot of work, but so worth it!

Geniuses at work. Do not disturb.

A little less Enya too? No problem.
Outside the studio that day. Very cold, but very beautiful. The weather here changes faster than my opinion on whether I like horses or chocolate the most.
An inspiring collection. Had some wonderful days at Mark’s studio. Hope to be back one day…

There is a right way to play something wrong

February 26, 2011 § Leave a comment

Hotel Terminus is off to Mr. Garson in LA, who is now busy recording the piano at his house. He knows the basic ideas of the piano, but has total creative freedom to play whatever he feels like.

The very first component of Hotel Terminus: the guitar riff that I send to my grandfather Boy Grunert back in December. I asked him to play something on his piano for the track, and decided to go to Ribe where he lives to record it.

The case is that I wasn’t able to hear what he was playing as we recorded it, and that led to the unorthodox, almost random use of piano on the demo.

I have a cable with an USB output that goes directly from my guitar to the computer. This cable luckily worked with my grandfather piano as well, but somehow the speakers of the computer wouldn’t play the piano sound when the cable was plugged in. The headphones were ok though, so Boy had one of them playing in his ear while recording. I heard nothing.

At the same time I couldn’t get GarageBand to play the guitar track and record the piano track on top of it. So the guitar track was playing from the speakers of Boy’s PC for him to listen to with the other ear, while the piano track was recorded in a completely separate file in GarageBand.

This means that I never heard where Boy played what in the song. Which didn’t hit me as a problem until I got home and everything sounded beyond confusing. But since I travelled 600 km to record it, I was very determined to use some of it no matter what, so I edited everything into bits and pieces and placed it randomly throughout the song. This awkward and occasionally out of tune and tempo piano inspired Mario to think of Mike Garson to have him bringing the idea of playing something “wrong” in the right way to the next level. When Mario suggested Garson I listened to a bunch of his work and was blown away by this effortless, creative and uncomplicated way of playing something very complicated. So beautiful and so powerful. And if he is good enough for Bowie, Reznor and Corgan, he is of course good enough for me…. I’m so excited!

It’s recording time

January 22, 2011 § Leave a comment

At some point in your life you have to stop imagining yourself being Willie Nelson looking super uncomfortable in front of that microphone, face your fears and actually start recording something. For A Girl in a Rat Suit, this is now.

For the last few months I have created new demo songs and driving Mario (who is producing) crazy with my lack of click tracks, quantizing skills and not knowing a D from a C. Somehow two songs emerged from this messy chaos that we agreed upon doing. At this point, this is what I know:

– I’ll be leaving for New York February 14th – recordings starts February 16th

– I’ll be bringing my laptop and my so-called voice. Mario is in charge of musicians of all kinds, studios, recordings, mixing and guiding me to the best local chocolate shops (the last part, I haven’t presented to him yet)

– I will record two songs: ‘United we stand apart’ and ‘Hotel Terminus’.

– I will call this project ‘We are not amused’. Thank you über cool 90-year old Helen from England, who I met this summer in Norway, for the title.

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