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PORTISHEAD DJ VINYLEARTHLING DJ VINYL

前のエントリに続いて、2003年の買付で貰ったレコード。PORTISHEADと盟友EARTHLINGがレコーディングやライヴで使用するために制作した、オリジナルのサンプリング・ソースやブレイク、SEを収録したヴァイナル。あの有名な“元ネタ”SEAN ATKINS EXPERIENCEの曲も収録しています。これがどのように制作され、使われているかについて言及しているインタヴューがあったので、併せて引用しておきます。
『THE WIRE』issue 178 (December '98) / Tangled Up In Blueより

The basis for their tracks are original musical ideas, played and recorded in real-time and then cut to vinyl masters to be manipulated, effected and turned into the seed of a song. Can they put their finger on that moment of revelation in seeking out an appropriate sample to flesh out the original construction?

『PULSE!』October 1997 / Pioneer Trip-hop Band Portishead Survives a Long Night of the Soulより

This long-winded process of assembling tracks is compounded by Barrow's sampling obsession. Along with the rhythm loops that are initially cut to vinyl, then scratched back to tape, Barrow records string and horn players separately, samples and cuts that to vinyl, then records it to the mix. Add tape and space echoes, radio distortion and other sonic secrets, and you have the beginning of the Portishead process. Sometimes, as with "Half Day Closing" (inspired by '60s group the United States of America), the band will actually jam, then cut that into a loop to be sent to Gibbons. Tracks like "Western Eyes" and "Seven Months" were made of old or unused versions of other songs.

Pervading all this is the crackly sound of old vinyl. How to get this seemingly simple sound? "Stand on the record," laughs Barrow. "Leave it out on the street for a couple of days. Actually, I use a heavy needle with some heavy weights on the tone arm. But with Beth, there is so much she actually does that is just her voice. I might distort her vocal sometimes, but it's really the way she sings."

The Architecture of a Track: "Western Eyes"

Geoff Barrow creates the music of Portishead like the ultimate studio reanimator, using the chop-and-block capabilities of the sampler and vinyl platter as his primary tools. Even the very organic-sounding "Western Eyes" was assembled from many sessions, cut to vinyl, then scratched back to the mix.

With a rare, untreated vocal from Gibbons, the song recalls a dream with its spartan orchestral arrangement, toy piano and dusky jazz guitar. The track closes with '40s-style crooning (from Shawn Atkins of London group Whores of Babylon) answering Gibbons' bleak lyrics with a few words on "hookers and gin."

Barrow elaborates: "It began with one piano chord that Adrian and I just repeated. I had a drum set beat from a session I did six months before at another studio with Clive Deamer. I sampled that beat and added it to the tape. Then I listened back over some strings I had recorded from Dummy and found this two-note bit, so I looped that and added it over the top as a demo with the beat. Then I played another part on the piano as a drop-in, and we sent it off to Beth. She had already written her vocal melody and the lyrics for another track; she sang her song over our backing track.

"For the actual recording, Adrian played the piano part on a proper grand piano. We did a string session about three months later, got the orchestra to actually play that initial bit, then took that as a sample. Then we added the real piano back as a sample, added the bass and a hi-hat and arranged it. Finally, Beth came in and put down the main vocal at the studio in Ridge Farm near Brighten.

"For the closing male vocal, Shawn came up from Bristol. We had a laugh and couple of drinks and came up with some ideas. I really wanted to do something with a vocal in it, but I didn't want it to be stupid, 'cause it could sound that way. We wanted to capture a certain vibe. Shawn sang over a piano line and then I put it on vinyl, without the piano. Adrian worked out some jazz guitar chords and the tinkling piano around Shawn's vocal. By that time, a full drum-set beat had been cut to vinyl, so I sampled it back off vinyl and replaced the original samples.

"We mixed it as a whole thing, put it down to quarter-inch tape, then cut that end-part back to vinyl. Then I scratched the vinyl in with the piano, strings, guitar and the vocal."

SEAN ATKINS EXPERIENCE - Hookers & Gin (Starfish Records Inc., 1957)

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PORTISHEAD「WESTERN EYES」のエンディングでサンプリングされているSEAN ATKINS EXPERIENCE「HOOKERS & GINS」の音源。 SEAN ATKINSEXPERIENCE - Hookers & Gin (Starfish Records Inc., 1957) fro...
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