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

Edgar Aichinger edogawa at aon.at
Sun Nov 3 22:19:10 UTC 2013

Am Sonntag, 3. November 2013, 21:50:03 schrieb rosea.grammostola:
> 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?
> http://www.magnetophon.nl/
> It's all wood there man :)
> In this article you'll find some graphs of the room, not sure how much 
> that tells us:
> http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/oct10/articles/green-studio.htm
> 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.

I listened yesterday evening to the whole album (on headphones), and 
I like it a lot. I agree with Jeremy only in that (in some rare spots only) the guitar
seems out of tune a bit, but not so much that it would disturb me. All in all 
I share how you feel about it, and I had similar thoughts going on when 
listening - it sounded warm, natural, transparent, and like the band had 
fun playing it. As soon as my wallet is getting a bit thicker again...

Thanks for this, Edgar

> Regards,
> \r
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