My latest collection of songs is an attempt at that quaint musical artefact , the ‘Extended Play’ or “EP”. It’s the result of a few days’ meddling in a big room full of microphones manned by an old and talented friend of mine in Durban, Brent Quinton. It’s called “Bush Telegraph” and it contains five songs, but was originally only meant to be four.
Traditionally, the EP was an extended 45rpm 7” single; instead of an ‘A’ and ‘B’ side, the EP had two songs on each side, the result being a ‘mini-album’ of sorts. Since there are no such things as ‘sides’ anymore (although, thankfully, vinyl production is enjoying an anarchistic, albeit bemusing, resurgence), why stop at five?
I had to part with valued bits of musical equipment to fund the recording of these songs. Recording is cheaper than it used to be but still expensive for a divorced father of three of no fixed income. I am a vintage VOX AC30 and black Les Paul Standard poorer, but five marketable bits of data richer, so it’s a win-win, as They say.
I’ll give each of the five songs a blog of their own, in five separate instalments, since this is probably already more information than you could possibly be interested in.
Suffice to say, the EP recording process was an exercise in rule-book-sundering. Cardboard boxes, glass Coke bottles, half a pack of acoustic 12 strings, taped-up ukeleles, borrowed acoustic guitars, a wastepaper basket full of handheld percussion instruments, a Korg MicroSynth and one or two hand-made effect pedals (not to mention a drum kit with no cymbals, the all-important cowbell and a guest drum part by a visiting drum god) makes for an interesting collection of songs, wouldn’t you say?
The five songs were mixed, remixed, re-remixed, then mastered, re-mastered, re-remastered and unleashed onto the slavering masses fairly recently, and so before the reviews start pouring in, go to the SA iTunes store and download ‘Bush Telegraph’ for R34.99!