[LAU] Out Now: The Magnetophon Sessions, by Munk!

rosea.grammostola rosea.grammostola at gmail.com
Sun Nov 3 20:50:03 UTC 2013

On 11/03/2013 07:51 PM, Jeremy Jongepier wrote:
> On 11/01/2013 11:00 AM, rosea.grammostola wrote:
>> On 10/28/2013 09:53 AM, rosea.grammostola wrote:
>>> Munk!, a jazz/ska/funk band from Groningen, The Netherlands, has
>>> released an album made with free software, The Magnetophon Sessions.
>>> During the hot part of summer 2013, Munk! stayed at the cultural
>>> freezone Landbouwbelang in Maastricht (The Netherlands) for a week and
>>> recorded seven new tracks in the unique and inspiring studio
>>> Magnetophon. During the recordings we played with the whole band at
>>> once, to get the most musical results. All tracks are
>>> one-take-recordings, no edits where made when mixing the album.
>>> The Magnetophon Sessions is produced with opensource and free software
>>> on GNU/Linux.
>>> Most notably: Ardour2 for recording and mixing, LADSPA plugins for
>>> mixing, Gimp for graphics, Lives for video art.
>>> Recorded&  mixed by Bart Brouns at Studio Magnetophon Maastricht
>>> www.magnetophon.nl<http://www.magnetophon.nl>
>>> Video clip Off The Chart:
>>> http://www.munk050.com/
>>> The Magnetophon Sessions, music&  artwork:
>>> http://www.munk050.com/music/
>>> Our advise on price for the digital download would be in the range of
>>> 5 -- 10 euro, but there's no minimum or maximum, so feel free, thanks
>>> for your support!
>>> Munk!
>> Some feedback on the songs and the mix would be nice! :)
> Hello Rosea,
> Listening to it now. Sounds way too roomy for me, I barely hear any
> close miked instruments. Not that it's necessary but the room in which
> you recorded seems to miss some warmth and atmosphere (too much
> concrete, too little wood?) so the result sounds to me like there's
> lacking some low. Also the room sounds a bit too small and it seems
> little or no additional reverb was used so the mix sounds a bit boxy. I
> also hear some badly intonated/tuned instruments, especially the guitar.
> With regard to the songs, I barely listen to jazz but I do listen to
> some bands that have incorporated jazz in their pop/rock sound like
> Tortoise (album: Standards), Karate (album: Unsolved) or The Mercury
> Program (album: A Data Learn The Language). I highly recommend giving
> those bands a listen as I have the idea Munk! is also operating within
> this scope. So I favor the tracks that lean more towards pop minus the
> Ska kind of tracks as I don't like Ska myself (except for The Specials).
> All in all nice job!
Thanks Jeremy, for your lengthly feedback. Not sure if I agree with it 
all, but I'm not an experienced sound engineer. Also we lost pretty some 
time for tuning the (bas)guitar, so I doubt if that one is not in tune, 
maybe its the dissonant jazz sound you're not used to :) Anyway, I 
didn't notice it, maybe I hear it when I listen it again. About the wood 
and the room, did you see the pictures on Barts website?

It's all wood there man :)
In this article you'll find some graphs of the room, not sure how much 
that tells us:

The roomy sound was intentional, for the ska-like songs it might be 
interesting to see how it sounds with a more DI/closed mic sound. 
Another reason to do it this way was the heat in the studio. It was 
around 35 degrees in that week, sweat all over the place, so it would be 
even worse if we had to wear headphones.

If I've Off The Chart on my headphone, I like the natural sounding, I 
think it's pleasant to listen to. Also I do prefer the trumpet sound 
with as less reverb as possible, I think reverb kills the sharpness of 
the tones too much.


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