LP version pressed on 10″ black 140g vinyl with green/white artwork, full colour pics and labels and white paper inner sleeve. Copies come shrinkwrapped and include a printed download card.
Mellotron Phase: Volumes 1 & 2 on one CD. The disc comes in a card wallet with orange/blue artwork plus an insert card featuring the cover art from the two LPs.
“….a space age bachelor pad groover….a suave sophisticated bossa nova spy theme…….a loping Steptoe And Son melody ……mixed with a soupcon of the sort of melodies created by Ivor Raymonde….a lost sixties library classic, possibly sound tracking a missing Randall And Hopkirk (Deceased) episode. This is another terrific album; I can’t wait for volume 3! ”
– Terracope 2018
This is an instrumental production music library album made for Ravenwood Music Ltd.
As with Volume 1, apart from drums, some bass guitar and percussion, 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, Birotron, and the complete Streetly Tapes collection. This time, each track was built around one of the Optigan rhythm accompaniments. As before, the unedited mono patches were used to preserve the tone and functionality of the original instruments.
Drums were recorded to tape using two AKG D12 microphones at shoulder height just behind the kit. Bass was overdubbed direct through Logic’s Amp Designer. Mix effects and processing used: Waves Kramer Pie compressor, Reel ADT, Abbey Road Reverb Plates & J37 Tape (for echo).
All tracks written and produced by Ian Button.
Published by Ravenwood Music Ltd.
Drum session recorded by Mole at North Down Sound, Folkestone.
Lego Mellotron photos by Daniel Kerson at Singapore Botanic Gardens.
Thanks to all at Streetly Electronics and GForce Software for their help and encouragement with this project.
Thanks also to all the musicians who played the notes and rhythm tracks for the original instruments.