Sunday, October 18, 2009

first HIO recording sesh

i usually don't like "recording sessions," but it's not so bad when a bunch of friends come over for dinner and then make some low-volume music in my living room.

marcus brunt was unfortunately unable to make it due to a sick dog; hope old blue's doing better. din-din was broiled coho salmon rubbed with pepper, my mom's cucumber salad, and tomatoes and red onion drizzled with balsamic vinegar, with vanilla ice cream for dessert. a simple meal for a simple improvising orchestra.

hickey (bless him) brought his entahr recording rig from his waterlogged shed in weatherford, along with his electric gopichand and synth. terry brought a "minimal setup" of record player, laptop, and cigar-box gtrs; it was good to be able to hear him and hickey, which isn't always possible in live situations. terry was gonna do some spoken word (a reading from thomas more's utopia), but there was too much detritus scattered on the floor between him and the vertical mic hickey set up for hembree to play his "small instruments."

i used the 1/5 power setting on the twin and played bongos and harmonica as well as gtr; my sweetie said the latter was the only instrument that was occasionally too loud (prolly when i was using the e-bow, which i'm still getting the hang of). much of the melodic content came from a worn-out hembree (60-hr week at his straight and, what, five gigs in the past ten days), on guitarron, percussion, flute, zither, accordion, and gtr as well as bass.

we'll see what it sounded like; both hickey and terry got recordings. if it doesn't suck, we'll put it on cd-r to shill at shows.


Blogger JiN MEN JU said...

The cucumber salad was definitely the highlight of the night. It was a lot of fun, maybe next time I will bring over many more instruments.

1:55 PM  
Blogger a. said...

sounds awesome. the food too. made me miss my grandma's cucumber salad. a lot.

i miss hanging out with my pals while they practice and record also. not much time for that these days, but it was cool being "the 5th beatle" (for lack of a better term) during all those sessions. a total non-musician, it always made me feel good when my band friends asked me how things sounded.

oh, i heard some HIO on the myspace thing. very cool.

1:42 PM  

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