All the outboard gear was in the computer, so the material never left the computer. I bounced it all down to one file. It's great to work like this, because it allowed me to put all my equipment in the front seat of a truck, and it was a couple of loads for one guy to carry and I'm set up. Given Rundgren's well-documented eagerness to be at the technological forefront, it appears obvious why he chose this way of recording, which is, after all, regarded as the future.
But it turns out that there was also a very practical reason — for the first time since he founded Secret Sound, Rundgren has been without his own recording studio for a few years. After he moved from Woodstock, NY, to Hawaii in May , he gave up his studio in Woodstock, but has so far been unable to find the ideal location for a new studio in Hawaii.
It'll be the first studio that I designed from the ground up, from an architectural point of view. Acoustics are a consideration, and also size and application.
For instance, the studio will be able to do mixdown for film, and so it will have that slight wedge shape that a lot of movie theatres have, where it's larger at the back than at the front.
I'll be able to set up orchestras on the steps as well. I've never had a studio that large before. It'll be completed in a year or two. It will be for my own projects, but it will also have some apartments attached to it so people will be able to come and do their projects there.
Since moving to Hawaii several years ago, Todd Rundgren has not had a permanent studio, and has worked by setting up his computer-based recording rig in various rented houses and holiday homes. Photo: Danny O'Conner The lack of a private studio space, as well as the experience of delivering his music song by song via the Internet, had some unexpected consequences for the way Liars was recorded. I've discovered that I'm at my most effective when I'm able to filter out the noise of the world, so I can hear what I actually think.
My own thoughts will come to the fore, rather than my forebrain constantly addressing distractions all the time. It's like I have to get in a larger sense into a meditative state so my subconscious can go to work. To create this album I ended up renting local vacation cottages and setting up my gear in those, so that I could have the peace and quite and isolation I needed.
And when writing music for the Internet, I found that writing a song once a month isn't practical for me. Some months you're hot and some months you're not. It appears that, despite concerted efforts to get away from the conventional artist-audience relationship and the traditional music delivery format, Rundgren chose to return to these traditions, because he found that songs arrive in groups during creative peaks and that these songs tend to belong together.
However, he says that he never longed for a return to a traditional 'real' studio: "Looking at a computer screen that has a picture of rack of equipment isn't any different than looking at a real rack of equipment," he laughs. That's no different than playing the guitar, or using a computer.
You have to spend time learning it. In other words, in the argument as to whether it's valid or not to use virtual gear to make a record that's supposed to sound like live musicians I'm still the one who figured out how to do it, and that's the same thing a musician has always had to figure out. This is why I love the idea of hard disk recording so much. To be able to press a button and be immediately at your cue point I just got tired of tape.
After a while it made no sense to go back to the old way, unless you're some sort of religious fanatic. I think the argument has been around long enough to move on to the next argument, which is that it's no different for a guy programming something in Pro Tools than have an engineer record it 20 times. It's no different or less musical than, for instance, Mutt Lange making a rhythm guitar player sit in the studio for three days straight and play the same part over and over and over again until it sounds like a machine!
Obviously, you can bless or curse all these new technologies, but in the end none of it matters, unless your music is affected in an incredibly negative way. In that case you have to find out why that is, so you don't do it again. Or you may find that it has affected your music in an incredibly positive way, and you want to find out how it's done, so you can repeat it. Todd Rundgren The Engineer Throughout his long career, Todd Rundgren has engineered and produced many of his solo albums, as well as often playing all the instruments.
Previous article. UK to US step down Transformers and other things. Guitar based bands are boring. Subscribe to: Post Comments Atom. Todd Rundgren— Liars. It's quite revealing. There is also a DVD available Liars Live that chronicles the groundbreaking stage show, full of LED lighting and two sets with a wonderful band in costume featuring a lot of Rundgren's catalog of the past.
I gave this album an excellent rating for its approach, the thoughtful lyrics, the quality of the musicianship even if it's mostly Rundgren and the way the songs flow from one to the next almost effortlessly. I believe this is one of Rundgren's top five albums in his career, and that's saying something! Rundgren had a long-term relationship with Karen Darvin, with whom he had two sons, Rex born and Randy born Rex was a minor league baseball player infielder for nine seasons. In , Rundgren married Michele Gray.
In the book A Wizard, a True Star , it is stated that he diagnosed himself with attention-deficit disorder. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. American multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, and record producer. Musician singer songwriter record producer sound engineer video producer multimedia artist.
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Lead single " I Saw the Light " became one of Rundgren's best-known songs. If I get that one minute of total illumination then I don't care if my whole career goes down the drain. I'd know there was an answer to everything—to existence, to death. As the 90s began, Rundgren was already moving away from conventional notions of what a rock producer or recording artist should be If it weren't for my musical career, I probably would have ended up attending college to become a computer programmer.
Main article: Todd Rundgren discography. See also: Utopia discography. Solo albums Runt Runt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band and thought they lost their "momentum".
I see him as an experimental artist and producer. He's all about the soul — very, very jazzy chords. That's why most records suck: You're not challenged. But we were legitimately challenged. He would be very honest. We got along great. He had a sharp tongue, and so do I. Some of those songs are good, but Todd Rundgren did the absolute worst job possible with that record. Sound on Sound. All music guide: the definitive guide to popular music.
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