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RecordingPosted by Thisen Sun, September 04, 2011 23:01:49

Let's call it a summer break. The lack of posts in this blog, that is.

This weekend has been a busy one. Two intense days in the studio have taken us a step or two towards our forthcoming album. A lot of drums, a lot of heavy bass and some other stuff have found its way into the tracks. Good... gooood!

Thanks to a most temporary coffee-machine – which by the way was everything but quiet when making us coffee – made sure that we could keep our eyes open during the entire time. Shellfish aint necessarily a good thing the night before tracking.

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RecordingPosted by Thisen Tue, January 04, 2011 20:57:06
During the holidays we’ve got together a couple of times in the Warehouse. Two songs got some nice acoustic guitars, a hellish rock-chomp was recorded on another. We can’t wait to let you hear the results, but as usual we are some pretty slow going fellows.

Tomorrow night Tob will enter the dungeon again. This time with his electrified guitars. Boldly I’ve set the goal high – three or maybe even four songs will be finished before midnight. Too high expectations..?

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RecordingPosted by Thisen Tue, December 07, 2010 23:33:57

... a productive weekend. Two days of recording with very few problems is not a common thing in the life of Bleecker. But apparently it happens. Four songs were recorded... and I'm referring to drums and bass. That's pretty much all that can be squeezed into eighteen hours of studio time. The good thing was that we were aiming at three songs. The fourth is pure bonus. Mr. Sällström once again showed us his generosity by letting us use his wonderful microphones. A big thank you coming your way, Mike.

Tomorrow me and Macke will try to get some of all that guitars on tape. This time I'm aiming at one. Pessimistic? Me?

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Broken things...

RecordingPosted by Thisen Mon, September 27, 2010 22:58:06
This Saturday we had an all-nighter. For fifteen consecutive hours we recorded some really nice-sounding tracks that eventually (and probably) will be heard on our forthcoming album. A good friend of ours supplied us with some microphones of high standard, which really improved the sound.

So now we got a new problem on our hand…

We have to figure out a way to pay our contributor so that the microphones never have to leave the Warehouse. That’s not going to happen, of course. Just wishful thinking.

The night (or early morning to be more correct) did come to a sudden end. One of the most important things in the chain of recording decided to die. I’m not talking about any member of the band, though. It was the piece of machinery that allows the sound to get into the computer that ceased to exist. Damn those digital thingies…

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Tuning cardboard boxes

RecordingPosted by Thisen Wed, July 07, 2010 00:36:50

By bike he came to the Warehouse… pulling a small cart, which was filled with assorted tools and other stuff. He is the one that will bring the sound of the drums together. I am sure about this. Even though he only was fiddling with the tuning of the drums, the result was immediate. A new dimension, filled with tonal experiences and that’s what we’ve been looking for. In a couple of days he’ll come back to fix the mechanical problems and to do one final trim.

Mr. Wackelin... we thank you!

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Drums... schrums...

RecordingPosted by Thisen Mon, July 05, 2010 22:41:57

It seems to be impossible for us to achieve a proper drum-sound. Is it the weather? The economic situation in the world? Is it Jesus himself who is having fun on our expense with a practical joke?

Either way it is pretty obvious that the snare drum doesn’t sound very good. If you hit a cardboard box really hard and records that with the most simple microphone – that’s how it sounds right now. And we can’t figure out what’s so totally wrong.

So we will start at the beginning of the chain; the snare drum itself. If it needs love, we will provide it… starting tomorrow. A good friend and a magician when it comes to drums is coming by the studio to take a looksie. I am confident that we’ll be on our way to a killer sound by nine tomorrow night. Stay tuned for the outcome!

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Not very…

RecordingPosted by Thisen Thu, July 01, 2010 19:16:56

… productive. That’s how I best can summarize last evening in the Warehouse. But what the heck… it’s always great fun to meet the boys. Macke, who spent the last week in London had lots of stories to tell; everything from attending a concert with Pearl Jam in Hyde Park, to a low-life urinating on his leg. From absolute top notch to rock bottom. We worked some with the verses on Sanity, but didn’t really get anywhere. A couple of ideas were recorded though, so eventually we’ll find out what’s missing.

In a couple of weeks we’ll start the rehearsals for the upcoming gigs. It’s been ages since we played like a band, so it probably will be both a lot of fun and frustrating. When you’ve not played together for a while, it takes time to find the right way to approach the songs. In the end it will be awesome, of course.

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High notes

RecordingPosted by Thisen Sun, June 27, 2010 17:19:10

A good friend and a great singer (I’m talking about one individual, not two) helped us with some backing vocals in the Warehouse today. The production of the song Sanity is most definitely near the finishing line. Peter “Peske” Lemnell (the good friend and great singer) took some serious high notes, and I’m truly sorry if the session in any way screwed up his vocal chords. It was absolutely worth it, though. Thanks, Peter!

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LivePosted by Thisen Sun, June 20, 2010 23:53:27

On my way home today, I spotted this…

It’s a good thing that they start early with the promotion. But with almost six weeks to go, the people working with the event probably are gonna have to do a lot of re-posting, cause this one will be torn down pretty quickly I think. Crudely placed on a lamppost, it won’t take long before someone who accidentally sees it like garbage takes action…

But I like the looks of the poster. I like the fact that it has a white background. Black would have been the most easy choice, but the world is full of boring black posters. Good work, who ever responsible.

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More statistics

MiscPosted by Thisen Sat, June 19, 2010 08:37:08

Not a scoop, but worth a couple of sentences. I passed by our MySpace just as the friend counter turned 36000. Not bad. Not bad at all…

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