The recordings for Tom's album were all made by himself at home on the standard budget setup most amateur producers are familiar with. Midway through the project, his engineer fell ill and Cosy was passed the project in its semi-developed stages.
The original recordings needed some serious attention. Littered with clicks, vocal pops and timing issues, our engineer Bob was quick to assess which ones were going to cause havoc in the final stages. The jist of the arrangements and melodic content were complete, but the timbre, sense of space and overall groove lacked life and momentum. We helped Tom develop his pieces by pulling together the essential elements quickly to enable further discussion and development between ourselves over Skype. Later on, we were able to discern the practical parts that really made the tracks and loose any conflicts. Paying attention to detail, we added sound design and textural ambiance sympathising with the lyrical content.
The overall finished product echoes a true indie essence, with a modern electronic production edge and cinematic consideration.
Tom was working on a very tight budget due to the charitable nature of the release. We kept him informed all the way through the development process and were constantly re-assessing the importance of tasks within the budget.
We're really happy with the results.
In the winter of 2011, I started writing songs which eventually solidified themselves in a collection under the title 'In The Future, We Will Spinn.' As with my previous album, I captured all the parts by recording them in my bedroom, but then would seek the talents of a mixer/masterer to realise these songs to their full musical potential. In this case, I was fortunate that Bob Turley was available to help me. Having seen Rob work so carefully and lovingly on Nobody's Prefect (an album by our mutual friend John Hubbard) I had little doubt in his abilities to make something special out of the raw materials I would provide him with. He honoured this faith. Although our collaboration was hindered by our destinations, myself necessarily locked in Newcastle at the time, and Bob with his studio in Kent, through prompt emailing and Skype meetings, Bob recognised my intentions fully, and utilised all the points in our conversations to detail skillfully and very specifically the sounds and mixes needed for each song. He quickly secured strong foundations for each track, allowing more time for discussion on how each song could dance with certain sonic techniques. His own artistic input on the songs was fantastic. Bob's touches and embellishments to the songs ranged from the tasteful to the exotic depending on what was required, always remaining considerate and humble in the process, and always putting my intentions first. At the end of the project, Bob had brought out the scenes within each song, giving all a polished and rich presentation. I am now making the album available to people, and because of Bob's marvellous work, I am proud and excited to promote these recordings.
All songs written by Tom Hollingworth.
Ground Zero melody composed after the beat 'Equinox,' by Simon Green.
All sounds by Tom Hollingworth except
Luke Waterfield, violins and violas.
Arietti D'Orazio Bramley, speaking.
Mixed and mastered by Bob Turley - www.cosystudios.com
Painting by Mick Hollingworth -www.facebook.com/mickhollingworthart
Poem by Andrew Brown.