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Recording of the Pressure Fractures
We started to think about the recording a long time ago. Even
everyone says "CD is dead"..we had clear idea to have something
concrete to our hands. Idea to create music years, almost ten
years, then record them in week, and publish everything in one
minute to "net", wasn´t our idea.
I wanted to have some kind of graphic expression of the "Pressure
Fractures", using photos for the covers and booklets.
For me it was clear that we shall do a "album" not just a demo CD
or so. Harri was convinced that we should record every song in the
studio, but that wasn´t greeted by Joni. Even I had a
lot of songs, we realized during the year 2011, that we can not
have more than 6 or seven songs ready for the Studio Session. Our
plan B was that perhaps we could record some drum-tracks to be
later used. This was good idea. So it was good compromise, more
than just demo, but not too much.
We managed to arrange a long weekend in August 2011 into the
well-known studio called "Seasound
" in Helsinki. My friend Harri Heinonen had recorded
there several albums, and he recommended the place. I liked the
place immediately when entering the house, traditional wood
panels, grand piano, Hammond a-100 with Leslie...and so on.
Our technician was Davide Floreno, a man who could run the whole
studio by himself without no problem. He is also
touring musician in blues-rock circles, so he really know the
Harri used of cource his own TAMA-set of drums, which was fully
miked by Dave. I brought in my Korg-synth and PC with
Moog-emulator. Joni had Rocktronic amp, and some his guitars. ( I
have never been able to find out which is his primary guitar, and
what brand it is...sorry ). Sami played with Harri´s bass,
no amp, straight in to the disk -method.
One day we were roadies, two days we were session musicians. These
songs we managed to record:
Unhero2 ( now just Unhero )
Love Has Left the Building
Intro 2 ( now just Intro )
Pressure Fractures, prt.1 ( Mother )
Pressure Fractures, prt.2 ( Stairway to hate )
Pressure Fractures, prt3 ( music school -77 )
and then some of these extra songs:
Symphony of the fools
Which were later to be found very valuable tracks.
This was first time for me in real studio, I had arranged copies
of notation, lyrics for everyone, but of cource some things was
missing, like fire-fire-sound card installation disks ( I had
changed recently my laptop, so new one didn´t recognize the
fire-wire sound card that I needed for Moog-emulator...etc.) Harri
arranged us a lot of energy drinks, recovery drinks, just like
real athletics! They really helped to balance the energy levels.
Once in a day, we had a hot meal in gas station near by.
My friend Kaarle Kukkola provided us with pro-level Kawai
keyboard, that I used as "Hammond" organ in some songs. I was of
cource interested about the a-100 but I realized it would have
meant a lot of extra time to start fooling with that. Kaarle
handled the whole thing up and running, I just had to learn basic
"on/off" things, as computer based system, there was some "system
malfunction"..but nothing serious. They are nice in studio, but I
would never take anything so complex to any gig: PC central unit,
keyboard, mouse, fire-wire card, DIN-5 cables, music
keyboard....sounds scary, isn´t it ?
Activities outside the Studio:
There are two things that normally got involved in everything Joni
or Harri does: broken car and police, and . This time it was Joni,
who had a misfortune near the Studio. He had banged some car, and
he called us "Hi, I just had a car accident...I will be there in
fifteen minutes..sorry about the delay.." But eventually It was
something close to one hour, when he arrived. "I was almost taken
in by Police..." What ? !!!
When Joni had his accident, he lost his side mirror, which he
repaired on the spot in the side of the main lane of
East-Helsinki..some police patrol spotted him, and started to ask
stupid questions. Joni got a "bit" nervous and said with
hyper-kinetic voice "I am in a hurry to studio...I don´t
have time for this conversation.." Police replied "What have you
been taking..." and they almost took him into some drug tests or
Harri had ofcource a lot of problem with his Chevy Van....at
Friday ( on the way to back home ) they had to leave the old work
horse to the road side, Tonza, our loyal roadie, managed to
arrange "on-the-spot" type of fixing, but since there is a lot of
pressure ( so nicely, suits in to the album theme ) in this
machine, the pipes started to leak. I managed to run into the
garage near my house and I said "We have studio session, and my
friend is now on his way to Helsinki with valuable instruments, I
need some kind of tube that can handle gear box oil pressure..."
and they provided me some tubes, I collected tools from my garage,
and took this set to the studio. Tonza managed to fix it now
properly somewhere. in the evening he arrived with van, which was
Well...almost. The steering wheel system has some device,
that makes the turning more easily. That was totally off. If you
have ever tried to drive Van without that, you are either totally
insane or strong as bull. But Harri made it.
Strangely, I had no problem with my Volvo 245, which Joni had gave
to me. I was able to use it happily through the summer, but when
the first cold day came, the heater said "goodbye". My only
problem was our kids, who had some flu and fever just when the
studio session started.
Time flew fast, and soon everything was over. Dave provided us
snapshot mix versions, without any effects and so on. It sounded
In the end of the session, we asked from Dave, when could he mix
the whole thing together ? He said in "December". What ? We can
not wait so long...soon we arranged that he would provide us a
full export in multi-track format called AAF so that we can use
another studio for the mixing. It wasn´t too easy, since the
amount of data is gigabytes ! But finally we found working
solution between Mac-workstations, FTP-transfer protocol and
server, and finally were able to transport the whole project into
the Mac Mavis studio.
Year 2011 started to came to its end, Joni moved to the Sweden,
and we were flat broken, everyone. I had to sell my reel-tape
recorder, which was used in legendary Love Records a long time
ago. I figured that I have to be ready to sell all my instruments,
if that´s the only way to fund the project. Harri luckily
was able to get some money, so we managed to continue with the
next phase: Mac
Mavis in Herttoniemi.