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‘Voodoo Ray’ by A Guy Called Gerald

Classic Tracks

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Hailed as the first British acid house single, A Guy Called Gerald’s sublime ‘Voodoo Ray’ has since become a classic in its own right.

Faith No More

Bill Gould: Recording Sol Invictus

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Recording and producing your own music is always a challenge — especially if, like Faith No More, your previous albums have been done by the best in the business!

Inside Track: Alabama Shakes’ Sound & Color

Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Shawn Everett

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In the making of Alabama Shakes’ Sound & Color, producer Blake Mills and engineer Shawn Everett had almost unheard–of licence to experiment — and took full advantage.

Oasis & Britannia Row: Live At Knebworth

Super Sonics

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Oasis’s 1996 gig at Knebworth marked the end of an era for point–source PA. We asked the people who made it happen what has changed since.

Scoring I Survived A Zombie Apocalypse

Andrew Barnabas & Paul Arnold

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How do you write music for a TV show you haven’t seen yet? It helps if you can draw on years of experience composing for video games...

Funkhaus Berlin Studio Tour

Video Feature

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Built in the '50s as the broadcast headquarters for the GDR’s state radio, this complex is home to some of the world's most breathtaking recording studios.

Cenzo Townshend: Decoy Studios & The Maccabees

Video Feature

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Mix engineer Cenzo Townshend gives us a tour of his new studio and shows us the techniques behind his mix of ‘Marks To Prove It’.

Hot Chip

Alexis Taylor, Joe Goddard & Mark Ralph: Recording Why Make Sense?

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Down in Hot Chip’s bunker-like basement studio HQ in Hoxton, the five members of the London band are coaxing strange sounds from an array of analogue synths.

Inside Track: Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly

Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Derek Ali

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Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly is one of the most ambitious hip-hop albums of recent years. Derek Ali was Lamar’s right-hand man during its making.

Spacebomb

Matthew E White, Trey Pollard & Natalie Prass: Spacebomb Studios

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Spacebomb Studios’ old-school production values and teamwork have made Richmond, Virginia one of the hottest recording locations in the USA.

Al Schmitt: Recording Bob Dylan's Shadows In The Night

Inside Track: Secrets Of A Mix Engineer

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Bob Dylan’s album of Sinatra covers is an unlikely triumph. So good, in fact, that it didn’t need mixing!

Jacquire King, Lowell Reynolds & James Bay: Recording Chaos And The Calm

Breaking Bay

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Working with super–producer Jacquire King was a dream come true for James Bay. In a unique interview, King explains how he oversaw the recording of Bay’s hit debut album.

Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry & Daniel Boyle: Recording Back On The Controls

Back To The Ark

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Reggae fan Daniel Boyle painstakingly researched the equipment Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry used in his groundbreaking Black Ark studio — then made an album with the dub legend himself.

Mixing Soundtracks: Silent Witness

Video Feature

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Award-winning engineer Jake Jackson deconstructs his mix of a brooding musical cue by Sheridan Tongue for the BBC’s long-running crime drama.

Goldfrapp At The Royal Albert Hall

With FOH engineer Steven Carr

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Mixing a band like Goldfrapp is challenging enough — but when you add an orchestra, a 50–piece choir and a notoriously tricky venue, things really start to get interesting.

Inside Track: Björk’s Vulnicura

Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Björk, Chris Elms, Arca & The Haxan Cloak

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A unique and inspired choice of collaborators helped Björk blend powerful emotion with restless experimentation.

JR Rotem: Fall Out Boy 'Centuries'

Video Feature

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Producer JR Rotem is no stranger to success but, until 'Centuries', it was confined to pop and urban genres. We find out how the song was constructed and walk through the session files.

Matt Rad Interview (Video)

Interview

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The transition from rock to pop isn't always easy — unless you're Matt Rad. We talk drum recording, Eric Valentine and how to stay relevant in this exclusive video interview.

Inside Track: Hozier ‘Take Me To Church’

Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Rob Kirwan

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Producer and engineer Rob Kirwan oversaw Hozier’s commercial breakthrough — by concentrating on the least commercial aspects of his music.

 

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