Wonder Woman Playlist
This playlist starts with “Wonder Woman” from “Letthelightin”. When it came time to record our second album (in the late nineties / early aughts) our relationship with our local record was not great so we weren’t that keen to hang around their studios much. That, tied with me experimenting with digital recording and setting up a studio, meant that we started recording some of our music at my then recently set-up home studio. We had always written at home (Levannah and I shared a home in Yeoville then) but recording at home was new. Some of the songs from “Letthelightin” were recorded and mixed elsewhere but, if I recall correctly, “Wonder Woman” was the first song I recorded and mixed at my home studio, somewhere around 2001. It was basically my first mix for release. At that stage I was using a hybrid set-up of Cubase on a mac (a VERY early version of Cubase), an Ensoniq ASR-X sampler and a Mackie 16 channel mixer. Because computers back then were not powerful (by today’s standards) I could only run the vocals, an instrument or two, and the midi sequence in it. The rest of the sounds (loops, bass, keys etc) came from the ASR-X patched through the Mackie mixer. To be honest, the mix is not the best in the world, but it carries the story so I was ok with that. I had my studio in one room, and we recorded the vocals in my study, which was right next door, so I ran a few cables between the rooms and thats where Levannah laid down her magic.
About songs in this playlist. Both Levannah and I were big fans of Bjork and Dead Can Dance. I find “Ullyses” absolutely captivating. The first time I heard it was doing holotropic breathwork with Pam. But thats a story for another day. I was fortunate to visit London for 2 weeks in the mid ’90s and saw Bjork play live. She had just released “Debut” and was still mostly accessible before she became very experimental. One of my top 5 concerts. She was this waif beguiling from stage with an outsized presence. We both liked John Lennon and Jethro Tull a lot. My favourite Tull album is “Heavy Horses”, although “Home” comes off “Stormwatch”. When "Sleeping Satellites" by Tasmin Archer hit the radio we felt a real kinship with the delicately surprising pop tune. And yes, "Slippery People" is my favourite Talking Heads song. The rest of the songs are recent discoveries that seem to fit the theme and tone set by “Wonder Woman”. Hope you enjoy