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Podcast 3

Discussion in 'Podcast' started by pd, Nov 5, 2007.

  1. pd

    pd Slightly Desperate Staff Member

    Well, podcast 3 is out and I've been busy plugging it on stormcock (new and old), facebook, myspace... I think I need a PR person :)

    I'm pretty happy with it this time around. I decided not to use any automatic volume level stuff this time and try to mix things manually, in order to preserve the dynamic range of the music primarily. It took ages to do the mix, and I was a bit annoyed to discover that I had a bit of distortion on my voice here and there due to a slightly-too-high level at recording time. I couldn't face recording it again though so that's what you've got. It'll be perfect next time... honest...

    The big surprise was how well the Skype connection to Australia worked. There are a couple of cases where you hear an audio "lag" artefact but apart from that it worked very well and I didn't notice much in the way of latency, i.e. there wasn't much of a transmission delay. Not bad at all.

    I decided to throw in live versions of One Man Rock'n'Roll Band and Me and My Woman, because it just didn't feel right to dump full tracks from the new Stormcock in there. I like to try to find music that people aren't so likely to have in their collections already and I love live recordings. The One Man Rock'n'Roll Band in particular is a killer; I was listening through headphones while recording/mixing and was unable to speak initially when it had finished!

    Well anyway... feel free to add comments here and I'd be very interested to hear any suggestions for other tracks to play on the podcast or other stuff we might be able to feature.


  2. Barry

    Barry Computer stained fingers

    Absolutely brilliant again, great to hear Goodbye ladybird.
    As next time we are at "D" how about something from Death or Glory? Maybe one of the poems that were removed from the reissue. Just a thought.

  3. Wee Steve

    Wee Steve Computer stained fingers

    Better late than really late

    Spurred on by P3, I went back and listened again to the audio material from "Beyond the Door". It really is very good, isn't it? Even without a tracklisting.
  4. pd

    pd Slightly Desperate Staff Member

    Yep. Roy says that live albums really don't sell very well (I remember us discussing this at the release of In Between Every Line, when I queued up to get it signed at the Virgin Megastore) but I love live stuff. I'll try to fit in another track or two from that CD in the next podcast I think. Suggestions welcome :)

    Track listing:

    Tom Tiddler
    How Does It Feel
    Frozen Moment
    The Green Man
    Pinches of Salt
    One Man Rock'n'Roll Band
    Punch and Judy
    Hallucinating Light
    Miles Remains
    12 Hours of Sunset

    I'm thinking "Punch and Judy" because it's new, and maybe Hallucinating Light.
  5. Barry

    Barry Computer stained fingers

    I listened to Punch & Judy the other day, actually I watched it on the dvd, it is a great song and Roy's facial expressions are hilarious.
    In the podcast which featured Nick Lane, he spoke about live stuff in the 70's as did Pete Herring, I find that period fascinating as you got acoustic Roy and band Roy. I've hoped for many a year that Roy would at some point release "Flashes 2" there must be loads from that era in the can somewhere surely?
  6. scotpaulabear

    scotpaulabear Halfway up my own guitar, propping up another bar

    Hallucinating Light please :biggrin:
  7. HarperPR

    HarperPR My destiny offers me up like a lamb

    Miles Remains and 12 Hours of Sunset.
  8. Wee Steve

    Wee Steve Computer stained fingers

    Hallucinating Light

    At the risk of possibly repeating what others might have said elsewhere, or of taking this thread into territory that really needs its own thread in "Words and Music", isn't "Hallucinating Light" one hell of a fine song?

    Having relistened to the audio "Beyond the Door" yesterday, I went back to the DVD today and nearly cried. Obviously, I know about the song and Roy's dedication of it, and something of the history, but the juxtaposition of words, music, photos and the man suddenly grabbed me - and here's me, with 33+ years of glorious monogamy.

    I was musing, as I watched, on a couple of references to "Maile Lei" and Jacqueline on the email discussion lately.

    I do sometimes have problems with Roy's view of relationships - there's a line on screen somewhere in "Beyond the Door" - perhaps in "Punch and Judy"? - about human beings not being intended to stay with one partner, which jars with my personal experience (what am I? lazy or something?), but also seems at odds with the depth of passion that Roy attaches to his "love" songs.

    Let's spread out his words before us and see where it gets us. I know, sometimes, it is unfair to do this, and I'm not looking for logic or consistency, and I love all the songs. There are so many, from the word "Go", through "McGoohan" through "Commune" and "I'll See You Again" and "Twelve Hours of Sunset" and the poignancy of "Hallucinating Light" and ever onwards - oh, hell, you can write your own list.

    Each explores a different facet, perhaps, but, however detached we may be, or want to be, I think we have to take every one as intensely personal, because Roy has said so.

    In a way, it saddens me to reduce (reduce?!) this to a level of poetry appreciation but, to me, it is in these explorations that we find the immense quality of his writing. I can live with and enjoy greatly the other material, but the songs of love and anti-love do it for me in the end.

    Whatever he says about the ending of relationships I wonder, at the end, whether I really believe him. I wouldn't swap my original copy of "Death or Glory" for all the remixes in the world, painful as it is, but I suspect he still hopes he's got there or will soon. And I think the clues lie in the immensity of "Hallucinating Light".
  9. scotpaulabear

    scotpaulabear Halfway up my own guitar, propping up another bar

    Wot Steve said :biggrin:
    I think that's what I really love about this song - I mean, many musicians find their forte in love and suffering over love, but it's really where Roy excels totally for me.
  10. HarperPR

    HarperPR My destiny offers me up like a lamb

    Apropos Wee Steve's comment on RH and relationships. There is a remark he makes on this in the booklet I loaned Paul (and I am sure he has expounded elsewhere), which he is putting up here. That was circa 71 though and we can all change our views and opinions with time and experience.
  11. Wee Steve

    Wee Steve Computer stained fingers

    Oh I agree, totally: it's part of my fascination with Roy's "love" (for want of a better word to sum up a complex total) songs that there are all these variations and developments. It'd be a fairly dreadful condemnation of someone to say that their views on anything, let alone love, have not modified/matured (perhaps) with time.

    Something else struck me (and this is really basic) while I was doing my revisiting. I know a lot of people whose opinion of Roy depends on his words; but doesn't he write some lovely tunes, too?

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