Different vibe after Monday’s journey through the asteroid belt! On Tuesday music became secondary to domestic demands although I’d hoped to listen to at least one or two live shows during the course of the day.The hours were to be herded in other directions.
The “Fellini” hard drive left for London by carrier on the wings of a prayer and Chris K phoned to say he was starting the “Crows” remix that afternoon.The Putney cell is now operational! :-)Signed a bunch of “Scripts” and “13th Star” vinyl albums that are steadily moving out through the mail order and are surprising Elspeth and I with their rise in popularity since the beginning of the year. … Continue Reading
Freaky creaky rollercoaster of a weekend so far!Mark Wilkinson left on Friday with Rob Ayling, my distributor and project manager but not until after crossing with Chris Kimsey at the Tyneside.Imperial guard reunion.
Chris is up here to begin forwarding the “Fellini Days” and “Field of Crows” remixes which exist on old and dusty hard drives that are held in metal trays with handles that lock into a unit that feeds into the old Mac I have from days gone by.It’s called a Glyph system and I bought it at the close of the last century.It’s ancient tech, clunky, slow and feeds into the Mac using a scuzzy drive!I’d held onto the Glyph rack only because I had old drives and this was the first time it had been wheeled out since 2004 when we’d recorded the “Crows” tour on the road. … Continue Reading
Felt like going over the top of a trench under fire this morning since the klaxon alarm went off on the i phone!The news broke that David Darling, a friend of years gone by and excellent photographer who shot the “Internal Exile” cover portrait and the “Bro 52” single sleeve and who was a mentor to and great friend of Tara, being one of the first to recognise her talent and shooting her first modeling sessions, sadly died this morning after a long battle against cancer.My daughter is understandably very upset.Ironically Chris Kimsey and I had been listening to “Brother 52” over too much honey vodka in the wee small hours and I related the story behind it mentioning David in the passing. … Continue Reading
The competition winners were pulled yesterday and the “Electric Man” premier tickets were won by “Itsliz” who has still to get in touch! The invitations to the studio were won by Dave Barras, the director of “Electric Man” who’s already coming to the evening’s performance! Quite Fellini considering! 🙂 Accordingly there will be another draw made tonight!
Another “Fellini” moment yesterday when I was in the Grassmarket in Edinburgh in search of leads for the studio at the music store and was meeting Tara’s mother for a coffee. While waiting on her arrival I entered a convenience store and the owner said something about a “movie”. I thought he was referring to “Electric Man” which had featured the Grassmarket and I’d bought cigars from that store during the shoot. I nodded and smiled and exited to find cars queued up the street and police halting the traffic. It turned out that there was a full film crew shooting up the road, a far bigger budget than our humble project;extras milling around with polystyrene cups of steaming coffee at the makeshift catering tables as lights were hoisted,reflector boards and black out frames were erected and camera lenses changed as new set ups moved into place.
I was informed by on set paramedics that they were filming Irvine Welsh’s “Filth” with James Mc Evoy in the leading role. I had a nose about while I was waiting and noticed a middle aged looking guy with hat and trench coat, looking very much like an extra (it turned out he was). I wasn’t quite sure whether my recognition systems were working correctly and walked up to him with “are you who I think you are?” traversed around a questioning smile. “Yeah,know you too ” came back just as Tamara walked up and greeted me and the figure moved off before I had a chance to say anything else. It was Mr Welsh himself looking very different from the last time I’d seen him at Easter Road.We’d both middle aged and he looked far less the angry,edgy, wired figure I remembered from the “Trainspotting” premier after show party.And I was probably more bearded,bulkier, more gray and etched than he remembered me!
I knew he wasn’t a fan as a couple of press comments he’d made about me weren’t exactly complimentary and I knew he detested “Marillion”.
I’d lost touch with his writing quite a few books back having got tired of the formula.”Filth” is allegedly the follow up to “Trainspotting”, which I thought was a brilliant movie. I hope it’s better than “Acid House” that relied on shock rather than a story line to make an impression in my opinion.Interesting to see how it comes out and great to see movie cameras in the capital.
Back to the studio with speaker cable and after a few stressful moments as missing elements were traced and added the sounds filled the control room for the first time for too long a while.
A local sound engineer, Liam Morrison is helping me out with the techy stuff and gradually the live shows are being downloaded onto the system for future listening.It’s going to be a trial and judging from the first listens there’s going to be quite a few disappointments which have already resulted in a reevaluation of the project as regards finished product.
The Polish multi tracks had already thrown up problems with only 2 out of a possible 5 usable for technical reasons. The Manchester “Band on the Wall” sessions also threw up issues and nowhere near represented the performance.I am left with a limited number of multi track recordings and now rely on a sequence of stereo desk recordings to bolster the release.
I have decided that an elaborate box set is no longer in the mix and will be aiming for a multi cd composition taken from an array of sources packaged together with 2 mixed DVD’s, again from various sources at a reduced and more reasonable price to reflect the material.
I have taken what has been said on the Forum on The Company web site into consideration and appreciate current economics together with the desire for every fan to own recordings from the last tour.
I am now looking at a possible 4 cd “best of” from across the tour together with 2 DVD’s, again from various sources, as the primary box set, hopefully bringing this in at around
Missing baggage arrived at 8pm from Edinburgh.Not opened it yet, that disappointment can wait until tomorrow:-0 Great to put on clean underwear, socks and trousers this morning with a fresh clean shirt.Heaven! 🙂
Over 2 weeks waiting on a Pro Tools/mac cable so no listening session tomorrow and maybe not until next week.Jeezo! it’s not a NASA component!
Nero 11 burner arrived so another element in place for sorting out the Fishheads project and beyond.meeting with the AVP guys about the filming on March 10 and 11.Great ideas and this could be something quite special.It’s been difficult having to keep numbers down on the “audience” and disappointing some people as it’s going to be pretty crowded in the studio as it is. … Continue Reading
Slightly false alarm on Septic tank filtration system as have to wait for 36hrs for sumps to fill and pumps to kick in. News that “bulb” slightly damaged and cutting down on volume a worry and hoping a replacement “mega bulb” not on the Summer to do list!
Serious shearing at Polish Barbers in town and seeing all the white hair hitting the deck made me feel a bit Count of Monte Christo!Maybe a bad move as news from Berlin is that it’s to be minus 20 over the weekend.Thermals, woolly hat and a hip flask methinks! … Continue Reading
Calmed down slightly past few days although still some mild aftershocks rolling in.
Yesterday was meeting with Scottish Power re getting the industrial electric supply toned down and removing the serious 3 phase that was installed to take care of a 56 channel desk, assorted tape machines, heavy duty amps and speakers etc in the studio area, an AC plant and fresh air delivery unit that used to be in the rear of the building and an entire complex. The engineers gaped when they opened the sliding doors.”Never seen anything like that before!”. To get it whittled down to just a couple of grey metal boxes could be a mission in itself and I have to have a visit from “tech services” to ascertain whether I get a 3 phase domestic box, another type of 3 phase meter or just cap the 3 phase head and usher in a heavy single phase and wire up 3 fuse boxes as relays with a standard domestic meter! Phew!!And all this came about because I was informed my existing meter was out of date and needed a replacement. … Continue Reading
This is still in discussion and totally dependent on finances as it’s a big investment in titles that may or may not provide returns.I have been in contact with my old friend and producer Chris Kimsey and we are examining the possibilities of remixing and remastering “Raingods With Zippos”, “Fellini Days” and possibly “Field of Crows” as part of the re release of my solo back catalogue on Chocolate Frog Records which would include all the solo albums I have under my control.(The only exception is “Vigil” which is owned by EMI and which involves separate negotiations to secure it’s release.)With the 3 albums I need to have the original tapes “baked” and transferred to Pro Tools after which Chris can remix the tracks and even possibly employ a 5-1 mix in the process.It’s an expensive outlay and we are both seeing if we can juggle the figures to make them work. … Continue Reading
I have already began scribbling notes and forming crystals in the writing of “Feast Of Consequences” On Monday Calum Malcolm committed to the album and to be honest he is as excited as me about the concept and direction I discussed with him.In order to fit in with his demanding schedule and to give him a decent window and me a deadline to put the pressure on while still giving adequate time to complete the writing we agreed on recording in August and September with mixes finished by first week of October for release to coincide with the tour.I plan to write everything on acoustic in a traditional way and then embellishing the material in the studio rather than writing in the studio itself.This means pre production rehearsals in July so we are going in with finished songs.The recording band will be the same as the touring band but the writing team will involve outside musicians who for various reasons I can’t name yet due to their commitments to their own projects.Both Calum and I see this as an album that will be blues and soul inspired with complex and electric overtones in very much the same area as perhaps “Floyds “Animals” or “Wish You Were Here”, both albums that inspired us in our formative years.That is not to say we are following that route but the combined usage of electric and acoustic, space and dynamic which I have enjoyed on the Fishheads Club tour will be employed as a base for the album’s style. … Continue Reading
Just to let you know that the brand new EMI records re release of “Script for a Jester’s Tear” will be available from the mail order on my web site http://fish-thecompany.com as a 180g heavy weight vinyl, gatefold sleeve,accompanied by a 12″ x 12″ art print with full original track listing as the remastered version from 1997 on Feb 6th.The album is now available for pre order at