Arranging strings and producing a track written especially for the Silver Lake Chorus by the Flaming Lips at Henson Studios, Hollywood, CA. The other track I worked on was written for the chorus by Tegan and Sara.
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I took this picture of a door I came across near the UN on Manhattan’s East Side a few years ago. I liked what it seemed to say at the time, but wasn’t sure why. Since then its become clearer to me why someone would take the trouble to have this maxim embossed on their doorfront. Work is a major part of our lives and is something we usually define ourselves by. Its the thing we do, as opposed to the people we share our lived with. Work and relationships are the two key factors in our lives - and to a serious artist, art is not a hobby or pastime. It is work. It follows that to really say something in your field, you must work very hard for a long time. Art Is Work.
Here is the first single from Sydney folk duo The Falls simply called Home. I produced this track and recorded it at the now defunct Big Jesus Burger Studios in Sydney. The strings which I arranged I decided to record at my home - in the dining room in fact. Proof that Sydney’s old terraces have nice acoustics!
Working with Melbourne Indy-pop all round dudes Loon Lake at Rancom St Studios in Sydney. Its nice to be working in a studio again where I can go Telefunken tube pre amps all the way if I so desire… The band has 3 brothers and this shot captures two of them (Sam and Nick) working on a piano part with a little help from Mr Carlton Draught.
Intense week at Neil Finn’s Roundhead Studios in Auckland working on the Mr Pip film with Tim Finn. We watched a cut at the director’s house - in his private cinema no less - and I was so moved. Even after watching various scenes hundreds of times while working on the music. A good sign. Beautiful studio by the way. A true artist’s haven put together with care by someone who understands the recording process as a creative endeavour.
Mixing Andy Bull’s new single. It will shock some but please those that loved his Like A Version on JJJ last year…
Then off to Melbourne to produce the debut EP for Major Tom and The Atoms - the new project for Little Red baritone Tom Hartney. Expect maximum dirty old R&B and harpsichord drenched Doors-Psych… Woohoo.