Over a period from the mid/late 1970s, I undertook a range of recording work as both engineer and producer. As is more or less inevitable (and possibly just as well too), most of this work never saw the light of day. However, a few examples actually made it all the way to commercial release and at least some of them are (to the best of my knowledge) still available. Follow the links to find out more.
Most of the recordings were made in the studios that I designed and built at Middlesex Polytechnic (later Middlesex University) and were mainly made on analogue multitrack recorders. One exception was “An evening at Sharps” which was recorded on location using an early portable digital recorder with an improvised (and hand-held!) stereo microphone array. These recordings were then edited and compiled by Tony Kendall. The other notable exception was the Harmonie Band album where the recording became part of the performance itself in which the band played all the parts live without overdubs and I eschewed the multitrack and mixed the whole thing live to digital stereo for later editing by my colleague Andrew Deakin.
“On Parole” has recently been the subject of restoration and remastering to CD by Will Hayter. This proved to be surprisingly difficult since it had originally been mastered in a very early digital format (Sony F1) that used that rarest of machines, a Betamax VCR to do the actual recording. Needless to say, poor Will had to scour the Home Counties to find one in working condition and, even then, some ingenious editing in ProTools was needed to get round the odd digital glitch.
The Bullenbush Band : Walthamstow Market
Ray Bradfield : On Parole
Various artists : An evening at Sharps
Harmonie Band : The film music of Paul Robinson