Author Archives: Minnis

We’re ROCKING. Come ROCK with us and record your best work yet.

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We’ve been busy. Rebuilding the studio from scratch in a brand new space – we’ve redesigned the layout of the rehearsal space to create a SUPERB live room and moved the recording suite downstairs to create THE MOTHERSHIP . Let’s get to work! Contact dee@gingermusiccompany to talk recording. You won’t regret it. IMG_1016

New Ginger Music Co Studio in effect!

New Ginger Music Studio in effect!

Our lovely new RE27. All time classic dynamic mic! here hard at work on a floor tom.

Our lovely new RE27. All time classic dynamic mic! here hard at work on a floor tom.

DRUM TIME

DRUM TIME

Ben's amazing Hayden kit! He brought it all the way from London like.

Ben’s amazing Hayden kit! He brought it all the way from London like.

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TRACKING NEW TAPES

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Top crack from Minnis’ blog over here! Our own perspective coming soon. Looking to record? Come and check out the revamped studio – it’s AWESOME!

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Currently tracking tracks for the LIDO EP and everything is cool. We’re in Switzerland. No wait, we’re in Gateshead at the excellent facility that is Ginger Music Company.  It’s going swimmingly well with fully rebuilt and rewired studio and some lovely vintage mics and drum kits in the mix. That kit is Ben’s Hayden, 1967 I think. He drove it up from London with 4 snares. Double hi hats of course. 18″ on the right! This is Ben Handysides and Al Roberts playing the rhythm section parts for a tune called FACES, IN THE CROWD. The only song in a clutch of instrumentals, with lyrics by Al (from the AGITATED MOLECULE SAGA, you know the one). Dee Dowling is at the bridge, making everything go. Great coffee too, like really great. 

Al Roberts, Ben Handysides and Dee Dowling track SAgan Megadrive tapes

This is Fiona Tobin and Hannah Reynolds shortly after tracking 8 layers of vocals, arranged by Hannah. Thanks…

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And another thing: The Mechanical Music Box

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Talk about step sequencing! This is it, the pinnacle of musical instrument technology that involves paper. Punch your own melody with a little notation skill – or, if you can’t be chewed, just hold fire and we’ll get the samples on here so you can play weird little melodies to your heart’s content. If you like this, you might like this history of the pianola. If you’re interested in impossible and brilliant compositions for player piano, check out Conlon Nancarrow. Mind blowing stuff. CM

Mechanical music box punch holes

15 string Lap Harp!

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Here’s an interesting little instrument that came into the studio this morning. We reckon it’s from Belarus, and called a nepeneroyka, or similar.  There’s a great little blog here about tuning and playing this kind of instrument – anyone interested, check it out. We’ll be sampling this and many other crazy little harps and drums into EXS24 instruments for Logic, production fans! Keep them peeled. CMbelarus, 15 string nepenroyka harp

Rewiring and putting the studio back together

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Dee, Pip and Minnis were on a mission to rearrange the bridge of the GMCo Enterprise. Yes, that’s right folks, we’re putting the studio back into its most chilled aspect as we power toward the future! Visitors can expect the sounds of moving couches and lamps, plus the inevitable curses and grunts  associated with reshaping the formidable arrangements of wires, plugs and racks.

As it happens we’re now finished with this process and the place looks and feels fantastic. As always there were lots of wires left over once we rewired all the racks but that’s to be expected. Something to do with wires mating or asymmetrically cloning themselves, or something. Not to worry! It’s probably something to do with this.

Wiring spaghetti

In other news the Logic 301 at Northern School of Sound was great – there have been some truly odd arpeggiated marimbas and 8 bit drum kits pounding out of the teaching room of late. If you’re interested in training in Logic or other music production software at an Apple Approved Training Centre for Pro Apps, visit the Northern School of Sound website.