Making Father's Folk Album

Archive for March, 2012

Garage Session March 16th 2012

Analog Tape
Folk son Says

The journey had to start somewhere…so we began on March 16th and recorded 5 songs. Of these I have only uploaded Blue Light so far.

I lugged up some equipment to set up a studio in Folk Fathers workshop (crappy cellphone photo below). The main recording area is upstairs and while it has low ceilings at least they are covered in pine.

For this session I experimented with a few various microphone placements before deciding to use a mid/side configuration.  Since Folk Father is a natural performer, very dynamic and is not used to headphones for tracking I thought this would give a decent natural representation of his music played live.


Kel HM-7u (Mid)
Oktavamod Apex 460 and/or CAD M179 (figure 8 side mic)

Hand Crafted Labs Velvet (HCL)  Mid mic – straight to tape
Alto cheapie mixer preamp as side mic – to ART VLA II compressor – to tape


Revox PR99 MKIII
Recording speed 15ips
Tape: RMG SM900
Technitian: All technical support, maintenance & calibration etc: Roger Ginsley of  Tekx Electronics
Noise Reduction: None

Monitoring and Mixdown:

Yamaha N12 Digital Mixer
Sennheiser HD 280 Headphones
KRK Monitors (will have to check model – these belong to Folk Father)

Blue Light:

This track is presented here in its raw form. It was tracked as described above using the Kel Hm7U as the main mic and the CAD M179 as the side mic (although pictures show an Oktavamod Apex 460 – which was used later). It was tracked live to tape and no eq or other effects were added. One single VST was used on the digital mixdown to add approx. 2 db of limiting and raise the overall volume a bit.

I hope you enjoy this song as I hope to record many more and improve my techniques.

Folk Father Says

Blue Light was written around 2000.   I had a friend who once commented on this piece and referred to it as my ‘stalker’ song.   Maybe that’s why I haven’t performed it very much. More recently another different friend, who’s judgement I trust, pointed  out that this was not all that different than something like ‘On the street where you live’ from My Fair Lady, though in a minor key and a much darker melancholic mood….just the flip side of obsession…and something that many people experience at some point in their lives and loves.   Anyhow, I’m going to start doing it again.Here are the lyrics as I wrote them back then….though of course each time I perform it there is some slight difference.


There’s a blue light through the window from a glowing tv screen
I saw that as I paused a moment just across the street
And a message in the yard to read …to work out all it means
Everyone’s at home again it seemsThere’s a stillness in the air tonight …the stars are bright and clear
The moon’s gone past my shoulder…I suppose it must be late
And a breath of wind just stirring, whispers something in my ear
Yes I guess I’d best be on my way


Even in this land of fat, sometimes a life gets lean
Can you hear a sound through all this noise?
Do you know when no-one’s home I sometimes call up your machine
Just so that I can hear your voice    (….get back to you as soon as possible)

There’s a blue light through the window to a silver moonlit night
From out here at the border on the pavement just between
No point in looking into what it’s looking like inside
Sometimes things are not quite as they seem


There’s a blue light through the window from a glowing tv screen
I saw that as I paused a moment just across the street
All the lights are on…the curtains drawn back…it’s plain enough to see
Everyone’s at home it seems but me

There’s a blue light through the window from a glowing tv screen.

Folk Father at the mid/side set-up