MG Studio Blogging

Comments 14 by Rebecca Bollwitt

After hopping on a bus I meandered my way over to the studio to sit in on some of Matt Good‘s recoding sessions. Right now my computer screen seems way too bright in this candle-lit space and I’m seriously outnumbered, being without a Mac.

Dan Lilly has been snapping some really great photos about his experience and time here, which far surpasses the early evening I’ll spend on this lovely leather couch surrounded by sound maker machines and speaker thingamabobs. Audio looping, random frustrations, searching for perfection.

Photo credit: Zona on Flickr

Inside jokes break the tension, while I still feel like the light from my computer is absolutely blinding and intruding on a soft, mellow atmosphere. I’ve just worked a complete work day but theirs is far from over. I believe this is the third week that they’ve been in the studio, and I have no idea how that fares in comparison to any other time, being that I’m completely ignorant of ‘how a record is made’, but I think I’m getting a glimpse into the process as we speak. Listening to the same piece of audio incessantly loop stop, play again, discuss, and repeat. Ironically enough the one word that is looping the most is “details”… “details”… “details”…

Around the room conversations turn to something any Vancouverite could talk on and on about for hours (and that I know very well), the local hockey team. Rod’s sporting his Canucks jersey with the Orca logo but the consensus around here is that the stick in rink is ultimately the best design and should be implemented immediately. There’s a Canucks game tonight vs Chicago, who are just coming off a win against Calgary but we’re also just coming off a victory over Edmonton, which by default makes us more happy, confident and… elated.

There’s a call for dinner orders, but I think I may not be staying the entire evening, if anything the ample helping of Greek food I had at lunch time will be able to carry me into the late hours.

I’m certain the moods and atmospheres in here change numerous times daily, right now it’s calm, there’s sounds of fingers on laptop keyboards and intermittently the audio will pipe up with another piece of a chorus. I’m looking through Dan’s Flickr to find a good pic to add to the post. It’s kinda creepy browsing photos of people in a situation that’s unfolding right before your eyes. Truth is, our camera isn’t the best and I wouldn’t want to impose and well mostly, Dan’s pics kick ass.

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  1. JennyWednesday, February 7th, 2007 — 6:55pm PST

    mmmm greek food 😛

  2. Miss604Wednesday, February 7th, 2007 — 7:05pm PST

    I thought I told you to login to comment, woman!

  3. JennyWednesday, February 7th, 2007 — 7:51pm PST

    that just wreaks of effort !

  4. BradleyWednesday, February 7th, 2007 — 7:58pm PST

    damn groupies

  5. John BollwittWednesday, February 7th, 2007 — 11:01pm PST

    Damn Bradley

  6. FlyRiceWednesday, February 7th, 2007 — 11:30pm PST

    I’m completely jealous. I’ve pretty much *hearted* Matthew Good since I was a sophomore in High School. I listened to his albums non-stop for the longest time. My dad sent me the PodCast you guys did where you mentioned him….and I practically screamed that SOMEONE ELSE KNEW MATTHEW GOOD! But then again, you’re in Canada….I guess that makes sense. Haha, I kid. But, yes, I’m totally jealous. *Sings* It’s okay to be their disappointment baby…. *Sigh* I pretty much love Matthew Good. LUCKY (Napoleon Dynamite Impersonation)!

  7. GZ ExpatWednesday, February 7th, 2007 — 11:51pm PST

    Ohhhh…you know Expat Daughter (Fly Rice) is SOOO incredibly jealous of you right now. I’ve sent her this link…and I sent her the RadioZoom podcast in which you discussed this and played a tune.

    Makes me feel good…cuz my daughter STILL thinks her dad is cool and connected. heh…

    Oh yeah…and the Greek food? That’d be GZ Tai-Tai who would be all jealous of you. It’s her favorite.

    Me? I’m jealous of Loxy…first guest on the Crazy Canucks. She did great…and I forgive her for her sins (Oilers…eww).

  8. ArianaThursday, February 8th, 2007 — 8:14am PST

    I am also jealous! Not of the food or the hockey talk but of the simple fact that their lives revolve around something we only get to do when we have a moment to relax. As you said…you’ve been hard at work all day and now their work is just getting started… wouldn’t you just love to be able to say, I’m working here…and figure out what might rhyme with orange?

  9. taradenThursday, February 8th, 2007 — 8:15am PST

    I’m jealous too. 😀

  10. Miss604Thursday, February 8th, 2007 — 8:18am PST

    You can tell it’s really hard work and the breaks are well deserved. I am so *not* musically inclined (aside from the fact that I love listening to it). Sometimes I would think to myself oooh that sounded good but the rest of the room would get frustrated and toss it out, and grab/do another take.

    GZ, you should give her this episode (RadioZoom#105), where we talk about the living room show – it features all Matt Good tunes 🙂

  11. J.J.Thursday, February 8th, 2007 — 8:25am PST

    Ariana – Get back to work.

    Rebecca – Hope you brought him some good wine this time. 😉

  12. Miss604Thursday, February 8th, 2007 — 8:28am PST

    Nuh uh, we keep the cheap stuff to ourselves now, no need to punish others. Hopefully we’ll both pop in again soon, John would love the studio and hanging with the guys. It’s YOUR fault he didn’t go yesterday, J.J.!
    kidding kidding!

  13. Dan LillyThursday, February 8th, 2007 — 10:06am PST


    I’m with you kid. I hear great sounding takes and think WOW that’s great and then Matt says, “dump that”.

    If you join them for dinner some night just order what Matt eats every night. I’ve had it 5 or 6 times now. It aint bad chow.

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