LP version pressed on 10″ black 140g vinyl with b/w artwork and black paper inner sleeve. Copies come shrinkwrapped and include a reproduction Mellotronics calling card with an individual download code.
With the exception of drums, bass guitar, percussion and the echo guitar on Riviera, all the instrument sounds on this record were made originally by a Mellotron or one of its contemporary tape/disc based playback instruments.
The sounds were picked from GForce’s M-Tron Pro tape libraries including those for the Chamberlin, Optigan, Orchestron, and the complete Streetly Tapes collection. Almost exclusively the basic, mono, unedited patches were used to preserve the tone and functionality of the original instruments. Parts have sometimes been layered or doubled to produce composite sounds. Tuning issues have sometimes been addressed, sometimes not.
Drums were recorded with two microphones – kick and overhead. Bass was overdubbed direct through Logic’s Amp Designer.
Mix effects and processing used: GSI Type 4 spring reverb, GSI Watkat, Waves Kramer Pie compressor and Waves Real ADT. Tape phasing effects were achieved by manually manipulating the varispeed on a duplicated mix running alongside the original.
released September 20, 2017
All tracks written and produced by Ian Button.
Published by Ravenwood Music Ltd.
Drum session recorded by Jon Clayton at One Cat Studio.
Lego Mellotron photos by Daniel Kerson (www.musicalbrick.com).
Thanks to Martin Smith at Streetly Electronics (www.mellotronics.com) for help, Mellotron logo and calling card.