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    CLASSIC TRACKS: The Doors 'Strange Days'

    Producer: Paul Rothchild • Engineeer: Bruce Botnick

    Engineer and producer Bruce Botnick recorded some of the greatest artifacts of West Coast psychedelia, among them the first five albums by The Doors. Here he describes the making of their influential second album and its title track, which saw them develop their live sound through radical experimentation in the studio.

    Techniques Dec 2003
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    Andy Barlow: Recording Between Darkness & Wonder

    Lamb

    Since Lamb first came to prominence at the height of the mid-'90s trip-hop movement, Andy Barlow and Lou Rhodes' distinctive blend of electronica and organic songwriting has gone from strength to strength.

    People Dec 2003
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    Rich Costey: Producer

    Recording Muse's Absolution

    With their number one album Absolution, British three-piece Muse have established themselves as one of the most ambitious and innovative rock bands in the world — and in Rich Costey, they've found an engineer and producer who understands their aims and encourages them to experiment.

    People Dec 2003
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    CLASSIC TRACKS: Cliff Richard 'Move It'

    Producer: Norrie Paramor • Engineer: Malcolm Addey

    This month, Sound On Sound begins a major new series, looking back in detail at the engineering and production behind some of the most historically significant recordings ever made, with the story of the first and greatest British rock & roll record.

    Techniques Nov 2003
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    Demo Doctor

    Reader Recordings Analysed

    The Doc proffers diagnosis and suitable cures for another batch of reader-submitted meisterwerks.

    Techniques Nov 2003
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    Kevin 'Caveman' Shirley

    Mixing Led Zeppelin's Live DVD & Recording Iron Maiden

    When Jimmy Page decided to mine a massive archive of decaying Led Zeppelin live footage for a DVD and double CD, the epic task of restoring, editing and mixing the audio went to rock specialist Kevin Shirley — who has gone on to help veteran metallers Iron Maiden return to the upper reaches of the charts.

    People Nov 2003
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    Mouse On Mars

    Jan St Werner • Organic Electronica

    Over the last decade, Mouse On Mars have become one of the leading names in European electronic music. Their experimental approach brings together analogue and digital, lo-fi and hi-fi, real instruments and samples to create an organic-sounding whole.

    People Nov 2003
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    Studio SOS: Balance & Tonality

    The Harding Family

    Musicality isn't everything when you're trying to make a decent-sounding recording at home, even if you're as talented as the multi-instrumentalist Harding family. So the SOS team travelled north to help them get their engineering techniques up to scratch.

    Techniques Nov 2003
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    David Bowie & Tony Visconti

    Recording Reality

    For the 2002 album Heathen, David Bowie and Tony Visconti revived one of the greatest artist/producer partnerships in pop history. Following the success of that project, the duo have again worked closely together on Bowie's new album, Reality.

    Techniques Oct 2003
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    Liam Watson & Toe Rag Studios

    The White Stripes

    Liam Watson went against the grain to build a studio with the retro sound he loved. And now that sound is back in fashion, he's had a number one album with the White Stripes.

    People Oct 2003
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    Sam Phillips: Sun Records

    The Man Who Invented Rock & Roll

    With the death of producer Sam Phillips, the music industry has lost one of its greatest pioneers. In an interview given towards the end of his life, he looked back on his work with greats like Elvis Presley, Howlin' Wolf, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison and Johnny Cash, most of whom were unknowns before they signed to his Sun Records label.

    People Oct 2003
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    Readerzone: Robbie M

    Another look inside an SOS reader's home studio...

    People Sep 2003
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    Creating Click Tracks For Drummers

    If you want to incorporate live drumming into your sequencer-based productions, your drummer will almost certainly have to play along to some sort of click track. However, if you're not careful, it could easily end up being more a hindrance than a help.

    Techniques Aug 2003
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    Q & A

    More questions answered by the SOS crew

    Q How can I use VST instruments live?

    I'm interested in using my VST instruments when...

    Techniques Aug 2003
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    Four Tet

    Kieran Hebden: Recording Rounds

    Kieran Hebden of Four Tet is a producer who puts the intelligence into Intelligent Dance Music.

    People Jul 2003
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    Will Gregory: Recording Black Cherry

    Goldfrapp

    It seems that almost everyone who's heard Goldfrapp's debut album Felt Mountain has fallen under their spell. Now the duo have returned with a second, Black Cherry, and a harder, synth-based sound.

    Techniques Jul 2003
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    Recording Solomon Burke's Don't Give Up On Me

    S Husky Hoskulds

    The success of soul legend Solomon Burke's comeback album is a testament to the virtues of keeping things simple in the studio.

    People Jul 2003
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    MuskaBeatz: Chad Muska & Dave Roen

    Recording Rappers In The SoHo Grand Hotel

    A gaggle of famous MCs, a star of the extreme sports world, and a laptop recording setup in a hotel bedroom: could the MuskaBeatz project show the way ahead for rap music?

    People Jul 2003
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    Recording A Jazz Band On Location: Part 1

    Planning The Session

    We follow a location recording project from start to finish, showing you how to plan for and conduct the session, as well as how to avoid common pitfalls.

    Techniques Jul 2003
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    Joe Zawinul

    Jazz Keyboardist

    Joe Zawinul is perhaps the best-known and most influential keyboardist in jazz. He pioneered the use of electric keyboards and synths with Weather Report, and at 70 he's still at the peak of his powers.

    People Jun 2003
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    Chad Kroeger & Nickelback

    Pieces Of Silver

    Heavy rockers Nickelback have enjoyed amazing success with their multi-platinum album Silver Side Up. Frontman Chad Kroeger is not only their main songwriter, but also plays an active role in production and looks after an expanding business empire.

    People May 2003

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