May 22, 2009
Quiet in the studio please: Part two
So as mentioned previously, I have been in the recording studio for a couple of days this week. To what end? Recording one of my books 'The Beautiful Life' for MP3 download; whatever that is.
Of course, it's highly stressful having to read your own material at the best of times; but to do it with a sound engineer, who can hear a mouse change its mind, is even more so. The brain melts, and you feel as though you've got various pieces of furniture in your mouth, stopping anything approaching clear speech.
I wasn't always to blame. Sometimes we'd have to stop if a police siren was particularly loud. There's obviously alot of crime in Putney which needs attending to; and everyone likes to flaunt their siren now and again. But do they realise the artistic damage they are inflicting? Ye gods! So you will understand my hissy-fits, temperamental tantrums and frequent walk-outs:'I can't go on!' Art is pain, believe me.
We also had problems with rumbling stomachs. The hour before lunch on both days involved many takes, as one or other of us disappointed. We gave up apologising to each other after a while, as technically, it isn't really a sin. Just a fucking nuisance. 'Take 43' was oft heard...
I also discovered a large number of words I am happy to write, but can't pronounce. It will be worth getting the download just to hear my pathetic attempts at the word 'curiousity' - which appears frequently. Though obviously I'll never use it again...
As the saying goes, I've suffered for my art; now its your turn.
Posted by Mr Bojangles at May 22, 2009 10:45 AM