Day 9: Until My Ears Bleed

At 2 pm, another musician was scheduled to record. Jim told me that this particular musician was one of the first people that he has recorded in Tucson, and that his style of music focused primarily on Bluegrass. However, he was coming in today to record something more “rock”. I had no idea what was about to happen.

The musician walked into the studio, and by his looks alone, he did not appear to be someone who would rock out. He had grey hairs in his beard, and wrinkles on his face, but he had the heart and soul of a rock star.

He came in and said that he wanted to record some feedback for a song he had previously worked on. To produce the feedback, Jim brought out a large Marshall amplifier, and a Junior Les Paul guitar. When he started playing, the feedback was extremely aggressive, and it only got louder from there. The volume on both the amplifier and on the guitar were as loud as they could be, and the feedback on the guitar pulsated through my skull. It was an amazing experience.

We recorded feedback for a full two hours, going back and forth listening to what he has recorded and going back to recording. The air of the studio was filled with shrill shrieks and loud tones, and the music kept on going. It was truly the most rock and roll experience I have had in the studio thus far. This week ended on a perfect and loud note.

This is a picture of the Marshall amplifier to get some perspective on how much noise it could produce. 16990543_1243620302382699_1354330314_o-1


3 thoughts on “Day 9: Until My Ears Bleed

    1. Typically the mic is set up by the center of the speaker on the amplifier. But it also depends on what kind of sound the band/musician is looking for. In this case, since we were doing feedback with a very large amplifier, it probably wouldn’t be good for the microphone and for the recording if it were dead center. The mic is on the side to get the best sound for feedback possible.

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