Sunday 29 April 2007

My Space pages

For those of a My Space persuasion, there are some new photos on the Big Big Train My Space page:

Big Big Train My Space page

Jim Trainer, our official artist, now has a My Space page dedicated to his artwork for Big Big Train. Jim's page has artwork for past and future releases and is well worth a visit:

Jim Trainer's Big Big Train Artwork page

Our gregarious singer, Sean Filkins, now has his own page at:

Sean Filkins My Space page

And our eccentric drummer, Steve Hughes, has his space at:

Steve Hughes My Space page

Wednesday 18 April 2007

Still mixing...

We should finish the first mix of Perfect Cosmic Storm - the longest and most difficult song on the album - tomorrow.

We hoped to finish yesterday, but ran out of time. We were still hopeful at 9pm (an hour before the studio closes) when Rob leant back in his chair and said:

'We've got a long fucking way to to go with this track, I can tell you.'

So, tomorrow it is then.

Thursday 12 April 2007

Tuesday 3 April 2007

Mixing the pudding

We're currently in the studio, mixing the fruits of our labours into what will hopefully be a very enjoyable and interesting album.

The songs have been through a number of phases: firstly, tiny unformed ideas, captured on a mini-disc player, then the construction stage, where I try to get a group of ideas into the foundations of a song which is recorded as a demo, which then evolves into a work in progress as drums, bass, voclas and other parts are developed and recorded. Finally, when nothing more of value can be changed or added, it is time to mix.

Mixing is a very skilled and painstaking job. At this stage all of our creative work, broken down into its various elements, is exposed to the scrutiny of a fresh and highly trained set of ears. Generally speaking, we'll sit in the background while Rob Aubrey works on Pro-Tools. This is detailed work: Rob may spend an hour sorting out, for example, the reverb setting on an individual floor tom.

Occasionally we'll get to a section where Rob expresses reservations about what we're trying to achieve. In Pick Up If You're There, for example, there is a short section with a bit of a Steely Dan / Van Der Graaf influence, where a number of different instruments seem to be doing there own things. Rob heard this bit, turned around and said:

'It's a fucking mess.'

'It needs some careful mixing' I ventured.

'It's a fucking mess' he said.

Our involvement becomes more crucial as the mix gets closer to the final version. After agreeing on a mix, the recordings are taken away and listened to in various environments before final changes are made.

The pictures show Rob and Andy at yesterday's mixing session.