Sam Derchie “Nsubeto”

A song in the classic highlife style of the African Brothers (a band Sam played in while in Ghana).

Lead vocals, trumpet, and extra percussion recorded at CutSnake.


Paul Mbenna and the Lorikeet Orchestra

We did Paul’s vocals for this track here at CutSnake, and I was also involved in the cover design.

CD Baby

Hamsini cover


IceBenders EP “That Never Works”

IceBenders EP cover Drums, bass, and pedal steel.

Available on Bandcamp.


Travel report #2: Sun Ra Arkestra

Arkestra live

Sun Ra Arkestra, Philadelphia, June 25 2011.

Audio recording: Love in Outer Space (mp3).


Analogue and digital (slight return)

Tape is a more natural way to record than digital technology. Yes, if you think that suspending a zillion little magnetic rust particles in plastic and then telling them how to line up as they get dragged past an electromagnet, which has to be fed by a high-level supersonic signal just so the audio doesnÂ’t sound like a buzzsaw, is totally natural.

But does anybody really use the “natural” argument?



Travel report #1: TBC Brass Band


The TBC (To Be Continued) Brass Band at the Blue Nile in Frenchmen St, New Orleans, July 10 2011.

Audio recording: Why You Worried ‘Bout Me? (mp3).



Where ya been?

Yes, a long time between posts.

Some of that time I’ve been travelling in the USA: New York, Philadelphia, Washington, Atlanta, New Orleans, Miami.

I saw bands, and recorded some of them on my newly acquired Tascam DR-08.

Stay tuned for some highlights: the Funk Brothers, Tito Puente Jr, the Sun Ra Arkestra, and the TBC Brass Band. Sure, just as soon as I get busy on the DAW editing the rough live recordings into deliciously polished nuggets of audio niceness.



Wild West: Scratch Another Day (Selected Recordings 1980-1981)


It’s taken a while for this album to become available.

Mastered at CutSnake in December 2009.

Lots of history…


Analogue and digital

The attraction of tape and vinyl puzzles me. I’ve recorded to tape, and we had 4- and 8-track machines in the studio during the eighties. They were expensive and awkward to use.

Vinyl leaves me completely cold.

Tom Ellard disses vinyl (and other things): Audio Mouth Breathers

Owsley Stanley (RIP) talks about the near-impossibility of accurate playback from vinyl.


Karifi CD released


Now available from CDBaby.

Some percussion and vocals came out of Cut Snake.