Recording Tantrum

Recording Maisie’s Friend


Recording  Maisie's Friend In flat in  Stockbridge Edinburgh Autumn 1995

Recording Maisie's Friend In flat in Stockbridge Edinburgh Autumn 1995

all the songs apart from tantrum egg and blue velveteen were recorded many times on 4-track before we started on the 8-track (skunk, for instance, was on version 14). Some of them were begun 10 years before.

we borrowed a Fostex A8 8-track reel to reel tape machine and we striped track 8 of each tape with time code (except the filmsongs and blue velveteen), and recorded a mono guide track of the drums for each song, and then began recording.

just about everything went through some of the pedals at some point. the pedal order changed whenever we felt like it. lots of sounds came from anywhere around the flat: tv, radio, cds, sticking microphone’s out the window, and were recorded onto 4-track and mixed down either onto 8-track or or at the final mix.

a few of the tracks were restriped and drummed when we thought the speeds were wrong.

so we recorded everything, usually, eventually, recording over the guide drums as well – depending on how strapped for space we were – and then left the tapes alone for a month.

after that we listened to them and re-recorded most of the songs in some way or another

we hired a dat machine for two days and mixed three versions of each song, spent a week deciding on which version, and about a month on the order. two songs: ‘wrestler’ and ‘salome and the new lads’ were thought too out of character to go on.

from borrowing the 8-track to having a finished tape of 8 songs took 5 months and were recorded in our flat (sitting room and kitchen) in raeburn place in stockbridge, edinburgh.

Equipment List


  • Fostex A8 reel-to-reel 8-track (b)
  • Boss 6-track mixer (b)
  • Pocket midi sync(?)(b, m)
  • Fostex X-30 4-track
  • 1/4 inch tape (s/h, b)
  • Atari 1040 (b, m)
  • big fostex 4-track(b, m)
  • DAT machine (hired)


  • Hopf (?) Troupadour guitar (b)
  • Westone thunder 1 bass (b)
  • Shure 58 Microphone
  • Roland Drumatix (b)
  • Alesis SR 16
  • TV, radio, video
  • in the flat. out the window


  • Yamaha DD1 digital delay pedal
  • Sans-amp pedal
  • Cry-baby wah pedal
  • Korg stereo chorus pedal
  • Guyatone Flanger pedal
  • yellow phaser pedal(?)(b)
  • Vox AC30 Amp & tremolo
  • Scamp compressor (b)
  • Quadraverb (b, m)

b = borrowed,   m = used at final mix and/or striping tape for timecode and guide drums. S/h – Everything is second hand, but especially the tape, apart from the Fostex X-30 4-track and the Shure 58 Microphone.