MUSO: It's not going well, I want to cancel and go home, I've made a bad decision. It doesn't sound the way I hoped it would.
ME: Of course not. It's not finished! But we've recorded drums, bass, guitars, guide keys, guide vocals, and the backing singer is due in an hour. It'd be a waste of time (20hrs) to bail out now with nothing to show for it. At least postpone the next sessions until "you've got your head together" (MAAAAN!).
MUSO: What does your colleague think?
(Gets mate who's working in the office- he's not feeling in top shape, having left hospital the day before)
MATE: Of course it doesn't sound finished, you're only 20% of the way through it. I mean you're fixing anything obviously bad as you do it, but you should wait until it's finished before you pass final judgement. I mean the Eiffel Tower looked pretty unimpressive when it was just a pile of girders.
ME: Thanks, Dick. See? (WOW! He agrees with what I've said all along!).
MUSO: You're right. I want to continue as planned.
MUSO: You don't like what I'm doing, do you? You're not smiling at me. You're just lookng at the machinery. I'm going to call the singer and cancel.
ME: I''ve just got a few things on my mind.
MUSO: And I don't? These are MY SONGS, you know! And my publishing contract!
ME: I know, but there are a few things such as the desk automation, the audio workstation, the 19" racks and the multitrack recorder's remote-controller to operate, whilst listening for distortion, over-or-under-compression, harmonic balance or the sounds and the artist/s' performance, as well as keeping an oversight of the overall musical arrangement and whether it's translating well to recording. I don't have much spare CPU for smiling (or other wanking of musos egos).
MUSO: I'm calling the singer to cancel.
Interrupted as BVX Singer shows up... she sings, and very well.
MUSO: (smiling) I think it sounds pretty good, don't you? Don't you? Why aren't you smiling? You don't like it do you? I'm cancelling....
ME: AAAARGH! (goes home and thinks about cancelling tomorrows session himself).
Been playing Return to Chaos, George Gilbert's Dungoen Master re-hack. Well done George. - http://www.ragingmole.com/rtc/
Those of us who are looking for spooky choirs for their VST setups MUST look at V-Box2. I've been getting some great monk-like noises for the gothy spookfest tracks.- http://www.ianweb.dial.pipex.com/
In other VST synth news Crazy Diamonds gives you that great analogue string synth wallpaper-job slab-o-sound you only otherwise get from my old ARP Solina - http://18.104.22.168/rumpelrausch/ - top stuff.
I'm going to drink a bit of booze (should that be absinthe?) and do some goth ambient stuff. (No- I am not a goth, just doing an album for goths!)
Playing Front Line Assembly's Hard Wired CD,
Surfing great Kraftwerk website - http://kraftwerk.technopop.com.br/
Drinking cheap whisky (but not watching Comedy Central)
Going to watch "Robot Wars" tape again.
Getting erotic text messages from, er, someone. Really have to get a phone with a camera amd colour display.
A happy new year to all. Back at the studio Monday at 1700. Funny time for a session to start. I'll probably kip on the sofa-bed in the studio office again.
I had a luvverly xmas this year by the simple expedient of not going to see my sister and brother-outlaw. No shrieking kids, either. Just me, a stack of Special Brew, a bottle of bourbon and a 10kilo smoked gammon. MMM-mmm!
Christmas really is the time for avoiding one's family.
PS Merry Christmas and a Happy GNU Year to all the Penguinista and BSD-BaStarDs out there
PPS Comiserations to suX-Pee sufferers and their nancy Fisher-Price crash system.
The trouble with doing something right the first time is that nobody appreciates how difficult it was.