(audio) Parenthetical Girls live in San Diego, 12 Feb 2012

The way PGirls’ vocalist Zac Pennington struts around the stage (and often times into the crowd, on top of the bar, out on the sidewalk, whatever) reminds me of Mick Jagger. It didn’t even matter that they were playing a small-ish club. With his undeniable charisma and enthusiasm, you’d think they were playing to a full stadium.

While their studio recordings might be described as indie-centric baroque pop with (generally speaking) synthesizer playing equal parts to guitar, perhaps in the same vein as Pet Shop Boys, The Smiths, or New Order, during this show their sound leaned a bit more towards a traditional rock band with the drummer providing a rock-solid backbeat to the arpeggiated keyboards, synth-y bass lines, guitar accents, and theatrical vocals.

Here’s a taste of their track ‘For All the Final Girls’ as recorded that night.

Parenthetical Girls, 12 Feb 2012, live at The Casbah, San Diego.

stereo board mix

Nady stereo condenser mic for room/audience

Focusrite Saffire Pro24 preamp/interface

Logic 8 for recording, editing, mixing

Soundtrack Pro for mastering

MacBook Pro

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(audio) War of the Worlds remix

OK, so here’s a (not so) little personal sound design project of mine.

You’re probably at least a little bit familiar with the original War of the Worlds radio broadcast by Orson Welles. If you’ve not heard it, you probably know that many people who heard it live on the night before Halloween 1938 didn’t realize it was merely a dramatization of H.G.Wells’ book of the same name. Because the show was nationally syndicated, mass hysteria broke out throughout the country, and especially in central and northern New Jersey where the fictional events took place.

That original radio broadcast is very well done, but I’ve always wanted to add some sound effects and music to give the whole thing an updated sound. I edited out the fat, raided my sound effects library and threw in some (mostly gloomy, spooky, dark) ambient music. I’m sure if they would have had the tools back then as I do now, they would have used them similarly.

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