And The Votes From The Swedish Jury

Screen capture of the spreadsheet containing the votes for the tracks to use in the Gits compilation.

The tracks for the Restrospeculative were selected by a long, drawn out and overly complicated system of voting where songs were rated as in, out, or maybe by the core four of the band and Uwe from Firestation Records plus a few other folks whose opinions were combined into a single vote for comparison.

A wild card system saw Happily Mad make the cut despite a split vote and although it wasn’t popular with the record label Mother Knows How, being Jim’s choice, stayed in the game.

Similarly Jim wanted to leave off The Greatest Gift as he felt it wasn’t his best performance but as a Firestation favourite it was selected. Indeed at one point it was due to be the first track but given it’s history as invariably the second song in any live set that’s where it ended up on the CD.

Ben made the case for a much shorter compilation to maintain the quality but we’d probably still be arguing over what to include if that route had been pursued.

Failed Attempt At The Smithsonian Remix Competition

The flag of the Smithsonian Institute

As seen on the Soundcloud blog.

Alternating blue and yellow quarters with flower like sun in the centre within a circleI didn’t feel this went anywhere in the end so haven’t entered it but there are a few bits I like.

It’s based on Bright Sunny South in the Smithsonian Folkways playlist with various nature sounds they uploaded.

Mostly I’ve played around with effects and using a drum replacer VST to create the midi to trigger rhythmic parts. The only thing added manually is diddily dum dum dum the big bass drum.

The Coasters

A band of folks with learning difficulties I helped record.

The Coasters – Never Gonna Get It Music Video

Pip Pip Wot Ho!

As a taster of the first new Sessionaires material since 1990 here’s a cover of a classic from 1924

We’ve taken a few liberties with it but have tried to keep the essence of the original Greenwich Time Signal.

OWIL: Halation By For Tracy Hyde