The Knots – Performing “Passing By” and “War Pigs”

I got lucky with this one, as a whole bunch of loud , noisy metal bands had been slated to play the After Dark Bar on this night, but at the last minute they had got moved to the Main Stage, and The Knots and supports were moved out to the After Dark Bar, which made my life a whole lot easier and certainly saved my ears! I much rather mix stuff that has more musicality, and is not quite as loud or intense as metal, so this was a welcome change. Their original “Passing By”  is not too bad, and their cover of “War Pigs” is OK, but I think they did not quite give their all, as they were disappointed with the turn out. This kind of attitude can be expected from out of town bands who tour with 2 Tour Managers and a photographer! Unlucky! Wonderful lights by the Wonderful Jen™.

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mightyfew – Live at The Greenroom 30.4.2004

I finally got around to uploading this live album that I produced, from a live recording from a reunion show (of sorts) that mightyfew did at The Greenroom, in Phillip back in April 2004. They had not played a gig for a while, as they were in their transition period with band members living in Sydney and Canberra, trying to write and record an album/EP, as well as grappling with a slight change in style and direction.

For the life of me, I cant remember how I recorded this, but I think it was using a portable Mini Disc Recorder (!), straight from an auxiliary send from the desk. This means that I had a preset mix for the recording, not knowing what it sounded like unless I listened on some headphones. As a result, the vocals for the first 3 songs are too low in the mix, as I totally forgot to check the recording monitoring until about 3 songs in, as I spent most of the first song tweaking the live sound in the room, and forgot to check the recording until about 3 songs in. There are plenty of other issues that represent my poor live mixing skills at the time, including (but not limited to): Poor compression on bass, excessively hard noise gating, poor vocal levels etc. However, in my defense, it sounded very good in the room, and it was recorded live to 2 track stereo, with only some brief monitoring midway through the 3rd song, with the only change I made being to increase the vocal level. So, all in all, not too bad.

I did some post production, which mainly consisted of digitising the recording on to a PC, dividing the recording into separate files for each song, and some very basic EQ and compression to clean up the bottom end, and remove some of the bigger transients from things such as snare hits and cymbals crashes.

I then went to some effort to burn some discs, as well as printing some disc labels, and creating some basic jewel case artwork. I made about 10 copies that I gave to the band members, as well as to a few other friends and die hard fans. I had a copy for myself, but foolishly gave it away to someone who spotted it in my collection. I thought I still had a copy, but later noticed that I did not, and realised I had not kept one for myself. A few years ago, when moving into my own apartment, I found the original audio files, and also a burnt copy of the CD. To make sure that I never lost it again, I have now uploaded it to YouTube, to ensure I can always listen to it in the future.

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Jones The Cat – Performing “Wasted”

Jones The Cat from Newcastle performing their song “Wasted”. As per usual, no press, no advertising and poor support for the local scene meant that there were not many people here to watch these guys play. The support bands showed up to play their own set, not watching any of the other bands, like as if it were a chore. Unlucky. As usual, recorded on my phone, which seems to have shaken off its penchant for distorting all the time. I guess it only does it when it is really loud! Lovely lights by the Lovely Jen™.

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Frozen Planet 1969 – Full Set (Almost!)

Here is a full set (almost!) from Frozen Planet 1969. I had my phone on a tripod to record this one, hence the shaking of the image whenever there is a big kick drum hit! Another set that was damn loud also, so sound quality on the recording is a bit naff. These guys just jammed for about half an hour, hence the entire set being recorded, however I did start the recording a few minutes after they started, so almost got the whole thing! Terrific lights by the Terrific Jen™.

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…Is Dead – Metal Fiesta 10

Here are a few songs from …Is Dead at Metal Fiesta 10. They played last on the back stage, hence the small crowd. They were also pretty damn loud, so hence the poor audio recording quality of the video, my poor phone could not keep up! Unlucky! It did sound pretty massive in the room though! Lovely lights by the Lovely Jen™.

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Bonotron – Performing “Where The Streets Have No Name” by U2

From the 80’s Tribute Night held on Friday 19th January 2018. This was pretty good fun, and in the room, the sound was pretty awesome, as far as I was concerned. Unfortunately, the mobile phone footage does not capture the bottom end with the clarity that it had in the room, but this is normal given the nature of the recording method. The band was great, always a pleasure to work with Adzza, Damo, Boppo and Ray. Most punters were pretty blown away by the show, and there was plenty of social media buzz about the set and the sound, which was a nice ego stroke for me! Awesome Lights by Awesome Jen™, and even better lights on some the other songs from this set, which I unfortunately did not catch on a recording.

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Chumke – Performing “Last Rose”

This was taken from the Chumke reunion show. The recording for this song is a bit crappy, with some persistent distortion kinda ruining it, and taking away from what was a pretty cool set. The sound for their set was some of the best that I have ever produced at the Basement, which let’s face it, is now where I have now done most of my sound mixing. Unfortunately, the recording on my phone does not necessarily reflect this, but at least it gives you a rough idea of what this gig may have sounded like. Great lights by Jen The Great™.

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