New York or London? After much consideration I have decided to get the album “Mastered” in the U.K. A lot of British music that I love has a very distinct sonic imprint, including the equipment I use and so I figured so should the mastering stage. Its more to do with culture and attitude than any one piece of equipment but there is a difference. Another big factor is that mastering engineer Tim Young at Metropolis has mastered some of my favorite “sounding” albums by Massive Attack, Bjork, Elbow etc.
“Audio Mastering – Metropolis Engineers Explain All . Youtube.com. Uploaded by MetropolisStudios on Aug 13, 2008 <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PmOTGHZ_CKY>.
After a year looking for a tap dancer for the album, I finally tracked a busker down in New Orleans via YouTube with the help of Mike from Nola Studios. The intriguing thing is that these kids tap using crushed soda cans tacked to their soles and boy can they Hoof!!
Here is the moment when Mike actually spotted Lester “Happy Feet” Foster…
“Finding Lester “Happy Feet” Foster”. Youtube.com. Uploaded by daveandrewvideos on Nov 30, 2011 <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6BGnc3wF-xE>.
Andy Peterson who is playing Electric Double Bass for the Jody Grind is still on tour and since I need to record that next I have put it aside and spent today looking for a Hang Drum player who would be suitable for my arrangement of Duke Ellington’s “Mood Indigo”, and I think I have found one. Here is Manu Delago playing this fairly modern, what can only be described as a UFO wok like instrument, with a hypnotic sound. Sent him a mail and hope he is up for it. Would be good to hang out…
“Manu Delago: ‘Hang Solo'”. YouTube.com. Uploaded by lovingmecha on Sep 18, 2007 <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=17ojj7tgrqw&feature=player_embedded>.