by Shane Kirk Our correspondent is a hard-working member of the band Songs From The Blue House. Here he relates some of the less traditional ‘instruments’ which have accompanied the group’s performances over the years:
We invited a drummer to the studio to overdub percussion on some pre-recorded tracks that included what we liked to call feel, groove and light & shade. Or, as our ever-patient engineer, said: “Sections where you get to the choruses and speed up because you get a bit too excited”.
Either way, we asked our guest to play ‘a sort of chiming, repetitive sound’ on one song and for some reason suggested the effect could be achieved by suspending some forks on threads and striking them with a bread knife. We picked the ideal microphone to capture this effect, isolated the booth and overdubbed the track with some spoons to fatten up the sound. After two hours at this, a bored guitarist playing with the controls on the electronic drum kit, suddenly found a setting marked ‘triangle’.