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Old 29th June 2018
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What's the weirdest thing you were hired to record?

Just yesterday I recorded a girl making sex moans and faking a climax for a hard rock band's not-so-subtle song about having sex with a girl. Not a great song, but they paid me at least. Suddenly they said they had a girl coming by to record. I said, "record what?"

Next thing I know I'm setting up a U87 clone mic up to fake sex moans. She apparently was the only one they could find of their 'friends' who agreed to do it for the song. The drummer had met her via tinder the day before. She was cool about the whole thing though and after I kicked the band out of the studio we got it in one take. Kind of awkward though still, and that to my list of weird recording stories.

Anyone else have any?
Old 29th June 2018
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Richard Nixon.
Old 9th July 2018
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I actually had to record a genuine porn star doing a similar thing. Irrespective of her it was the worst session/music/client I think I’ve ever had to work on.
Old 9th July 2018
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To date the absolute weirdest thing I ever had to record was the audio for a young woman who specialized in queefing on demand back in like 2011. Apparently this woman was able to control the pitch and rhythm of her queefs and carved out a career for herself queefing classical music.

According to her, she performed at extremely exclusive clubs in both London and NYC for the celebrity and ultra rich crowd. She told me that the cover at these clubs was $5,000 just to enter so it restricted it to celebrities, mostly who wanted to feel like somehow they lived this decadent, rich life. She had told me that she regularly had performed for Jon BonJovi, Madonna, Sting, etc. who attended the NYC club, as well as multiple times for Prince Harry who apparently was a very common sight at the London one. She told me that when BonJovi was there, it was his birthday and she had queefed "Happy Birthday" for him from the stage. But hey, if Madonna wants to drop $5 g's just to watch a chick pu**y fart "The Blue Danube" so she can feel like she's elite, then she can have it. But yeah, this strange talent led to a very lucrative career for her being ferried back and forth to NYC and London to perform for her exclusive audience.

This was to be part of some kind of reel for her exclusive clients or something like that so there was a video crew and I had been recommended as someone who was pretty discreet about these things and would take it seriously. They had a location for the shoot, and a video crew. I basically used an SM57 on a guitar amp height boom stand aimed within inches of her crotch. I found a good trade off between proximity effect, and popping and the sound, because shooting gusts of air at the mic was something I was worried about but I couldn't use a pop filter because I couldn't obscure the view of her, um, womanhood for the camera. Also I placed the mic slightly off axis, mostly to help with the view for the camera rather than the sound.

The set consisted of some pretty nice backdrop pieces, and a fancy apple crate in the middle. She came out, completely nude except for a tuxedo jacket with tails and a white Mozart-style wig, sat on the apple crate, opened her knees 180 degrees and proceeded to whistle dixie. To date, still one of the most surreal things I've seen.

She seemed to be extremely comfortable with the whole thing - which I guess if she was doing it for a living, she must be. She was nice enough to soundcheck when I was setting up the mic and on top of that she "prepared" right in front of me like she was brushing her hair. She prepared by filling herself with copious amounts of lubricant as it "helped with the resonance" were her exact words (another worry of mine, was that the mic would get covered in spitting lube).

Overall the whole session went off without a hitch. She was very pleasant to work with and she paid extremely well. On top of that she took some breaks during filming to argue with a real estate agent about a house she had just bought and hired contractors for so she could flip, and some person about a liquor license for a nightclub she was opening so I had absolutely no doubt that she wasn't exaggerating when she told me about how well this line of work paid.

I asked her at some point, "How does one even know they have this talent?" she told me that she worked as a dancer for a long time and had a booking agent. She said her booking agent called her and said that there was a good gig available for someone who could "queef on demand" and asked her if she could do it. She said the tried right there on the phone, turned she could because she had such amazing muscle tone and control over her muscles, and told the booking agent she'd take the gig. And that's how it all started for her.

I know it sounds like I'm trolling or taking the p!ss, but the above is all truth.


edit: In case you're wondering, yes, I still have the mic. It's been sitting in a ziplock bag since the session. Once the session was over I wasn't sure how to even go about cleaning the mic to make it sanitary for any kind of human use so I just dropped it in a ziplock bag and sealed it and it's been there ever since. Now I'm at the point where I'm afraid to open the bag! But for what she paid me for the session I could have easily bought 12 more SM57s so it really didn't bother me to sacrifice one for the recording session.
Old 9th July 2018
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To date the absolute weirdest thing I ever had to record was the audio for a young woman who specialized in queefing on demand back in like 2011. Apparently this woman was able to control the pitch and rhythm of her queefs and carved out a career for herself queefing classical music.

According to her, she performed at extremely exclusive clubs in both London and NYC for the celebrity and ultra rich crowd. She told me that the cover at these clubs was $5,000 just to enter so it restricted it to celebrities, mostly who wanted to feel like somehow they lived this decadent, rich life. She had told me that she regularly had performed for Jon BonJovi, Madonna, Sting, etc. who attended the NYC club, as well as multiple times for Prince Harry who apparently was a very common sight at the London one. She told me that when BonJovi was there, it was his birthday and she had queefed "Happy Birthday" for him from the stage. But hey, if Madonna wants to drop $5 g's just to watch a chick pu**y fart "The Blue Danube" so she can feel like she's elite, then she can have it. But yeah, this strange talent led to a very lucrative career for her being ferried back and forth to NYC and London to perform for her exclusive audience.

This was to be part of some kind of reel for her exclusive clients or something like that so there was a video crew and I had been recommended as someone who was pretty discreet about these things and would take it seriously. They had a location for the shoot, and a video crew. I basically used an SM57 on a guitar amp height boom stand aimed within inches of her crotch. I found a good trade off between proximity effect, and popping and the sound, because shooting gusts of air at the mic was something I was worried about but I couldn't use a pop filter because I couldn't obscure the view of her, um, womanhood for the camera. Also I placed the mic slightly off axis, mostly to help with the view for the camera rather than the sound.

The set consisted of some pretty nice backdrop pieces, and a fancy apple crate in the middle. She came out, completely nude except for a tuxedo jacket with tails and a white Mozart-style wig, sat on the apple crate, opened her knees 180 degrees and proceeded to whistle dixie. To date, still one of the most surreal things I've seen.

She seemed to be extremely comfortable with the whole thing - which I guess if she was doing it for a living, she must be. She was nice enough to soundcheck when I was setting up the mic and on top of that she "prepared" right in front of me like she was brushing her hair. She prepared by filling herself with copious amounts of lubricant as it "helped with the resonance" were her exact words (another worry of mine, was that the mic would get covered in spitting lube).

Overall the whole session went off without a hitch. She was very pleasant to work with and she paid extremely well. On top of that she took some breaks during filming to argue with a real estate agent about a house she had just bought and hired contractors for so she could flip, and some person about a liquor license for a nightclub she was opening so I had absolutely no doubt that she wasn't exaggerating when she told me about how well this line of work paid.

I asked her at some point, "How does one even know they have this talent?" she told me that she worked as a dancer for a long time and had a booking agent. She said her booking agent called her and said that there was a good gig available for someone who could "queef on demand" and asked her if she could do it. She said the tried right there on the phone, turned she could because she had such amazing muscle tone and control over her muscles, and told the booking agent she'd take the gig. And that's how it all started for her.

I know it sounds like I'm trolling or taking the p!ss, but the above is all truth.


edit: In case you're wondering, yes, I still have the mic. It's been sitting in a ziplock bag since the session. Once the session was over I wasn't sure how to even go about cleaning the mic to make it sanitary for any kind of human use so I just dropped it in a ziplock bag and sealed it and it's been there ever since. Now I'm at the point where I'm afraid to open the bag! But for what she paid me for the session I could have easily bought 12 more SM57s so it really didn't bother me to sacrifice one for the recording session.
Old 9th July 2018
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Uri Geller talking odd shlt over far eastern ambient beats. Bent a spoon right in front of me, too. A spoon I knew well. Was odd af and a little creepy.
Old 9th July 2018
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Hahahhaa..."queefing on demand".... Lovely.

I always remembered reading a classic story about that:


Quote:
Douglas began hanging out with Lennon and his wife, Yoko Ono. He helped produce some of Ono's music, heavy on experimentation.

That's putting it kindly. The strangest moment involved a track called Dead Rat. In the middle of the song, Ono left a 20-second gap. "I had a bad feeling about that hole -- I kept thinking of it as the dead rat solo," he says.

Sure enough, he recalls, when all the tracks were cut, Ono's assistant showed up with a shoe box. Inside was a dead rat. Ono wanted it incorporated in the recording. So Douglas had his assistant place it on a stool and set up an expensive mike inches away.

"Yoko wanders in like nothing, and says, "I see you have the rat ready to go -- let's get right to it,"' he says. "When the 20-second dead spot comes, I push up the fader. I'm listening. There's no noise, and I stop tape, and say to Yoko, "It's not quite right, is it?' And she says, "No, Jack, there's something wrong.' "

Douglas had his assistant, stifling laughter, move the mike closer to the rat. "We do it again. I push the fader up, this time with a little smile and I say, "I think that's much better.' And she says, "That's a take.'
Old 9th July 2018
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...classic story...
brilliant!

most weirdo thing i did so far was not at what my mics were pointing, but where i had to set them up: inside the grande dixance, one of the largest barrages:

Grande Dixence Dam - Wikipedia

pretty scary noises in there... - should this dam' thing ever break, things would look rather bad down the river rhone!

and once i had to take spl measurements of a harrier jet - levels were above capabilities of my b&k equipment!!
Old 9th July 2018
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I recorded a guy who wanted to put together a portfolio strong enough to enter and win the World Whistling competition. He wasn't great...
Old 10th July 2018
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To date the absolute weirdest thing I ever had to record was the audio for a young woman who specialized in queefing on demand back in like 2011. Apparently this woman was able to control the pitch and rhythm of her queefs and carved out a career for herself queefing classical music.

According to her, she performed at extremely exclusive clubs in both London and NYC for the celebrity and ultra rich crowd. She told me that the cover at these clubs was $5,000 just to enter so it restricted it to celebrities, mostly who wanted to feel like somehow they lived this decadent, rich life. She had told me that she regularly had performed for Jon BonJovi, Madonna, Sting, etc. who attended the NYC club, as well as multiple times for Prince Harry who apparently was a very common sight at the London one. She told me that when BonJovi was there, it was his birthday and she had queefed "Happy Birthday" for him from the stage. But hey, if Madonna wants to drop $5 g's just to watch a chick pu**y fart "The Blue Danube" so she can feel like she's elite, then she can have it. But yeah, this strange talent led to a very lucrative career for her being ferried back and forth to NYC and London to perform for her exclusive audience.

This was to be part of some kind of reel for her exclusive clients or something like that so there was a video crew and I had been recommended as someone who was pretty discreet about these things and would take it seriously. They had a location for the shoot, and a video crew. I basically used an SM57 on a guitar amp height boom stand aimed within inches of her crotch. I found a good trade off between proximity effect, and popping and the sound, because shooting gusts of air at the mic was something I was worried about but I couldn't use a pop filter because I couldn't obscure the view of her, um, womanhood for the camera. Also I placed the mic slightly off axis, mostly to help with the view for the camera rather than the sound.

The set consisted of some pretty nice backdrop pieces, and a fancy apple crate in the middle. She came out, completely nude except for a tuxedo jacket with tails and a white Mozart-style wig, sat on the apple crate, opened her knees 180 degrees and proceeded to whistle dixie. To date, still one of the most surreal things I've seen.

She seemed to be extremely comfortable with the whole thing - which I guess if she was doing it for a living, she must be. She was nice enough to soundcheck when I was setting up the mic and on top of that she "prepared" right in front of me like she was brushing her hair. She prepared by filling herself with copious amounts of lubricant as it "helped with the resonance" were her exact words (another worry of mine, was that the mic would get covered in spitting lube).

Overall the whole session went off without a hitch. She was very pleasant to work with and she paid extremely well. On top of that she took some breaks during filming to argue with a real estate agent about a house she had just bought and hired contractors for so she could flip, and some person about a liquor license for a nightclub she was opening so I had absolutely no doubt that she wasn't exaggerating when she told me about how well this line of work paid.

I asked her at some point, "How does one even know they have this talent?" she told me that she worked as a dancer for a long time and had a booking agent. She said her booking agent called her and said that there was a good gig available for someone who could "queef on demand" and asked her if she could do it. She said the tried right there on the phone, turned she could because she had such amazing muscle tone and control over her muscles, and told the booking agent she'd take the gig. And that's how it all started for her.

I know it sounds like I'm trolling or taking the p!ss, but the above is all truth.


edit: In case you're wondering, yes, I still have the mic. It's been sitting in a ziplock bag since the session. Once the session was over I wasn't sure how to even go about cleaning the mic to make it sanitary for any kind of human use so I just dropped it in a ziplock bag and sealed it and it's been there ever since. Now I'm at the point where I'm afraid to open the bag! But for what she paid me for the session I could have easily bought 12 more SM57s so it really didn't bother me to sacrifice one for the recording session.
You win.
Old 10th July 2018
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You win.
Definitely!
Old 10th July 2018
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I'd expect all these types of events happened in an earlier time when woman hadn't yet discovered auto tune and the personal computer.
Old 10th July 2018
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You win.
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Definitely!
Lol well if I guess I have to be known for something...


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I'd expect all these types of events happened in an earlier time when woman hadn't yet discovered auto tune and the personal computer.
Thank God her pitch was decent.


She actually had contacted me a few months later. Apparently she had a number of 'acts' that she put on and that was only one of them. In addition to her queefing routine, she had a number of other acts that she would perform to the delight of the celebrity audience. The queefing classical music being her most popular and most requested routine. But she had another routine where she would dress like R. Kelly and have another girl who was supposed to dress like she was 13 and she'd lie on a bed on the stage, and the queef girl would straddle her and urinate on her while R. Kelly music blasted on the speakers - a reenactment of R. Kelly's most well known moment. She said that was another huge hit with the celebrities and her second most popular act.

So she had contacted me because she had developed a new act for the London club and she was due to be in London in under a month and was having a very difficult time finding a partner for the routine. She was desperate, and she remembered that I was easy to get along with and pretty unfazed by her queef routine, so in her desperation she reached out, offering me a high four figures to go to London with her for two weeks, all expenses paid, to perform with her in her routine.

I told her I wasn't a dancer but she assured me all I really had to do was stand there. It didn't sound bad, but then she described the routine.

It centered around Cyrano de Bergerac. Apparently I was to play Cyrano. I'd be wearing a mask with a very long nose. Most of her routine is a blur but all I remember is that it ended with me on my back and her lowering herself on my fake nose.

As exciting as it all sounded I had to politely decline her generous offer. I have a fiancee, and while my fiancee is also a full time musician and is pretty calm about the crazy stuff that happens in that world, and already lets me get away with murder, there's a point where I'd just be taking advantage of her good nature.

I mean how do I even approach that conversation? "Honey, I picked up a gig in London for two weeks. No, I'm not playing anything...I'm acting. I'm Cyrano de Bergerac. Remember that queef girl? Yeah, with her. Oh, she ends up sitting on my fake nose. Wait honey, where are you going? Wait...hold up...Did I tell you that Prince Harry is going to be there...?!"



Like the guy shoveling elephant sh!t in the circus said..."What? Give up show business?!"

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Old 10th July 2018
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Lol well if I guess I have to be known for something...




Thank God her pitch was decent.


She actually had contacted me a few months later. Apparently she had a number of 'acts' that she put on and that was only one of them. In addition to her queefing routine, she had a number of other acts that she would perform to the delight of the celebrity audience. The queefing classical music being her most popular and most requested routine. But she had another routine where she would dress like R. Kelly and have another girl who was supposed to dress like she was 13 and she'd lie on a bed on the stage, and the queef girl would straddle her and urinate on her while R. Kelly music blasted on the speakers - a reenactment of R. Kelly's most well known moment. She said that was another huge hit with the celebrities and her second most popular act.

So she had contacted me because she had developed a new act for the London club and she was due to be in London in under a month and was having a very difficult time finding a partner for the routine. She was desperate, and she remembered that I was easy to get along with and pretty unfazed by her queef routine, so in her desperation she reached out, offering me a high four figures to go to London with her for two weeks, all expenses paid, to perform with her in her routine.

I told her I wasn't a dancer but she assured me all I really had to do was stand there. It didn't sound bad, but then she described the routine.

It centered around Cyrano de Bergerac. Apparently I was to play Cyrano. I'd be wearing a mask with a very long nose. Most of her routine is a blur but all I remember is that it ended with me on my back and her lowering herself on my fake nose.

As exciting as it all sounded I had to politely decline her generous offer. I have a fiancee, and while my fiancee is also a full time musician and is pretty calm about the crazy stuff that happens in that world, and already lets me get away with murder, there's a point where I'd just be taking advantage of her good nature.

I mean how do I even approach that conversation? "Honey, I picked up a gig in London for two weeks. No, I'm not playing anything...I'm acting. I'm Cyrano de Bergerac. Remember that queef girl? Yeah, with her. Oh, she ends up sitting on my fake nose. Wait honey, where are you going? Wait...hold up...Did I tell you that Prince Harry is going to be there...?!"



Like the guy shoveling elephant sh!t in the circus said..."What? Give up show business?!"
The only weird thing is that she had trouble finding someone to take 4 figures for doing this for a couple of weeks..where was she trying, the local church?!
Old 10th July 2018
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The only weird thing is that she had trouble finding someone to take 4 figures for doing this for a couple of weeks..where was she trying, the local church?!
Got me. I never asked. I guess with this kind of material, and considering the exclusive audience, I assume she doesn't just want to grab anybody as she's got a certain reputation (if you can call it that!) and all you need is to bring some nutcase or some starstruck person who misbehaves, or has substance abuse problems (she was ridiculously straight laced if you can believe it so no illicit substances!) or any of the above.

I do remember a lot of her stress about the timing having to do because so much of what she did for a living revolved around her cycle, if you know what I mean. So for her to do two weeks means that she has a very small margin for rescheduling. She promised London to have the new act ready and and she had told me that it's not a situation where she can say, "I'm not ready...can we push it back a week and the half?" because once her monthly happens, then she's out of commission for a week easily, and misses a big payday. And even worse, if you time it wrong, and it starts while you're halfway through your engagement, it would majorly piss off the owners because the club owners spent a fortune bringing you out there and putting you up for two weeks and now you can only work one week and you were either lazy or negligent on keeping track of your cycle, or taking advantage of them.

It's hilarious I remember all this but I was so fascinated because this was all stuff I had never considered.
Old 10th July 2018
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I recorded real sex and put it into Mach 5 for a dance track.

Queef girl... dude, put that mic in the Robb Report. Someone will buy it as a souvenir.

Unrelated, but this girl I worked with at a very famous corporation when I was in my early twenties used to moonlight as a secretary at an upscale NYC escort service for celebrities—ya know, to make ends meet. :P She used to tell me about the famous actors and such who would come in that were married and acted like angels to the public. Pity I never blackmailed them so I could buy all the gear I wanted. Probably could have gotten a console out of the deal...
Old 10th July 2018
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I had to produce and record an intro song for a coyote hunting VHS. The subject matter was about killing coyotes and this guy played all the melodies on a coyote call. It was a kazoo type thing that mimicked a dying rabbit. " come little coyote come"
Old 10th July 2018
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I had to produce and record an intro song for a coyote hunting VHS. The subject matter was about killing coyotes and this guy played all the melodies on a coyote call. It was a kazoo type thing that mimicked a dying rabbit. " come little coyote come"
Sounds like the old safari-leader I worked with. He was doing a narration for a video version of his live slide-show presentation. At one point, the image on the screen was of a particularly large and beautiful African swan with amazing multi-colored plumage. He described it as "... endangered, if not now extinct. And mighty good eatin,' too!"
Old 10th July 2018
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Well, believe it or not... I recorded (and performed with a co-producer) an unusual clap arrangement in a very fancy place... we used a girl's ass instead of hand claps. The girl was a friend of mine and she was working with us at the time. She asked to use her ass instead the traditional approach, so we couldn't refuse.
Funny thing is we used an old Neumann M50 to mic her naked ass, original EMI channel from a TG Desk and a Fairchild. Studio was Abbey Road 3

Another weird job at the beginning of my career was help Philip Newell (former Virgin Records chief engineer and acoustic designer) to record psychophonies.
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Another weird job at the beginning of my career was help Philip Newell (former Virgin Records chief engineer and acoustic designer) to record psychophonies.
can you elaborate a bit on that?!
Old 10th July 2018
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[...] we used a girl's ass instead of hand claps. [...]
I did that once. (Hadn't thought of it for years until your post.)

I didn't have anywhere near the quality of gear you used, but I'd be willing to lay money that her ass was of much higher quality than the one you used.

(Just goes to show that the quality of the instrument is much more important than the quality of the gear used to record it.)

...Of course, my opinion may be biased by my other experiences with her ass (which shall go unsubscribed here).
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Old 11th July 2018
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can you elaborate a bit on that?!
Yeah, sure. Philip is a totally old school guy, so on the very few ocassions he was involved on some kind of recording session on the last years he wanted to keep away from computers.
I happened to work in a studio designed by him, at the beginning of my career, and one day the studio owner asked me if i would like to work for Philip as a Pro Tools operator for a couple of jobs. None of them were related with music, at least on the traditional sense... The first one was help him to clean up a weird recording of tibetan bowls using digital EQs, the second one was the job i talked about on my previous post:

I'll try to resume: There was a weird middle age woman, former ambassador of Portugal in Japan or something like that, who was into all the esoteric thing about communicate with the hereafter etc... I don't know how, but she got some money from a university (i don't know where) to make a research about that subjetc. The guys from the university asked Philip to supervise all the experimentation.
I guess they thought that Philip was the right guy to do the job, because aside from being one of the most recognized acoustic engineers in the world, he had some contact with that kind of stuff on the early seventies, while he was working for Pye, if my memory serves me well...

And that's the story, i spent months with Philip recording psychophonies, or at lest trying it, and trying to give a logic explanation to every weird noise we captured.
The experiment procedure was always the same, me on the control room and Philip on the live room with the woman (while she was "talking" with ghosts) keeping an eye on her and checking every noise on the room.
I'll say that on 98% of the ocassions we captured something weird, we had been able to find a rational explanation using the physic laws, but i must say that we recorded a couple of things that Philip was never able to explain... i remember specially, a whispering woman voice, with a weird tubular reverb that was virtually impossible to being there, in a perfectly designed and isolated recording studio

Aside the weird job, that brief time with Philip was really good and fun. He told me some funny stories about his years working with big stars, some techy stuff and valuable information for a young engineer. Great and brilliant guy.

Sorry if the story is not clear enough... English is not my mother language

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Old 11th July 2018
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I did that once. (Hadn't thought of it for years until your post.)

I didn't have anywhere near the quality of gear you used, but I'd be willing to lay money that her ass was of much higher quality than the one you used.

(Just goes to show that the quality of the instrument is much more important than the quality of the gear used to record it.)

...Of course, my opinion may be biased by my other experiences with her ass (which shall go unsubscribed here).
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[...] English is not my mother language
Hey, don't worry about it.

That's the beautiful thing about English:

English is kinda like Guitar:

Not everybody can be Shakespeare or Segovia.

But almost anybody can learn to use it, and get their point across like Yogi Berra or Duane Eddy...
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Yeah, sure. Philip is a totally old school guy, so on the very few ocassions he was involved on some kind of recording session on the last years he wanted to keep away from computers.
I happened to work in a studio designed by him, at the beginning of my career, and one day the studio owner asked me if i would like to work for Philip as a Pro Tools operator for a couple of jobs. None of them was related with music, at least on the traditional sense... The first one was help him to clean up a weird recording of tibetan bowls using digital EQs, the second one was the job i talked about on my previous post:

I'll try to resume: There was weird middle age woman, former ambassador of Portugal in Japan or something like that, who was into all the esoteric thing about communicate with the hereafter etc... I don't know how, but she got some money from a university (i don't know where) to make a research about that subjetc. The guys from the university asked Philip to supervise all the experimentation.
I guess they thought that Philip was the right guy to do the job, because aside from being one of the most recognized acoustic engineer in the world, he had some contact with that kind of stuff on the early seventies, while he was working for Pye, if my memory serves me well...

And that's the story, i spent months with Philip recording psychophonies, or at lest trying it, and trying to give a logic explanation to every weird noise we captured.
The experiment procedure was always the same, me on the control room and Philip on the live room with the woman (while she was "talking" with ghosts) keeping an eye on her and checking every noise on the room.
I'll say that on 98% of the ocassions we captured something weird, we had been able to find a rational explanation using the physic laws, but i must say that we recorded a couple of things that Philip was never able to explain... i remember specially, a whispering woman voice, with a weird tubular reverb that was virtually impossible to being there, in a perfectly designed and isolated recording studio

Aside the weird job, that brief time with Philip was really good and fun. He told me some funny stories about his years working with big stars, some techy stuff and valuable information for a young engineer. Great and brilliant guy.

Sorry if the story is not clear enough... English is not my mother language
many thx - sounds kinda weird AND fun (sometimes)! and i'm quite glad you did not write in shakespearean english :-)
Old 11th July 2018
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many thx - sounds kinda weird AND fun (sometimes)! and i'm quite glad you did not write in shakespearean english :-)
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Arrange and play a demo guitar session version (same day deadline) for TV ad on behalf of one of the most popular bands in my country.
Old 16th September 2018
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I recorded an audiobook once for a woman over the course of a few days. It was some really bazaar, next level Evangelical type stuff, some of the strangest things I have ever heard. She had the power to raise the dead, travel through time, all sorts of things. Dead serious too. Really nice lady. Bought be lunch everyday at the local Mexican joint.
Old 24th September 2018
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I only record what I want. myself. But I'm broke!
Old 24th September 2018
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I never actually recorded it but I had a client who wanted to partner with me to record, "great bathrooms of the world". So he wanted me to record sound from say the bathroom at the Vatican, Empire State Building, Lincoln Center, etc.. You get the idea. The guy actually thought there was a market for this. I dunno, maybe there is and I screwed up, but at the time, in the 90's it seemed weird to me. Still does.
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