In the studio – the Shadow Orchestra

Shadow Orchestra Chris and Engineer Thom, getting their nerd on and setting up mics

Shadow Orchestra Chris and Engineer Thom, getting their nerd on and setting up the mics.

Although I love performing on stage – basically because I’m a big girly show-off – there’s a part of me that also enjoys recording sessions. I know some people hate being trapped in a (usually windowless, hot, smelly) room for hours on end, doing take after take of the same 8 bars in search of perfection, but I get a small thrill from committing my performance to posterity.

On Monday night I trundled down to Alchemea in Islington, where the wonderful Thom had offered us some studio time, and bedded in for four hours of recording for the upcoming Shadow Orchestra EP/single/album/whatever.

I put down harp parts for new tracks Direct Out, Rocket Pack, Epic Tune/First Warm Day, Vampires in Cuba/Blood Cigar, “Random un-named tune from that amazing jam we did ages ago”, and a brand new tune called Off Day.

Where the magic happens. And the editing our of the duff notes.

Where the magic happens. And the editing out of the duff notes.

We’ve got to wait for the rest of the band to finish recording their parts, and for Chris to mix and master it, before it’s suitable for public consumption. but just as a really cheeky teaser, here’s a very rough version of Rocket Pack, which was cobbled together from a jam at Treacle Studios a couple of months ago.Β  Obviously, this is not the final polished product, but it’s an idea of how it sounds. What do you reckon?

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My notes for Rocket Pack.  Follow along at home, children!

My 'score' for Rocket Pack. Follow along at home, children!

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6 responses to “In the studio – the Shadow Orchestra

  1. Very exciting – look forward to hearing the results. In the meantime, the demo still sounds pretty exciting. Awesome guitar playing, doncha think? πŸ˜‰

  2. V effing good already, look forward to MORE!
    x
    popt_art

  3. Love it…..so when’s the album out?

    • Soon! We should be releasing an EP in the next couple of months – we’re just finishing the recording for it. Next step – mixing (that’s where we got stuck last time…)

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