Author Archives: andysmash

About andysmash

North Coast punk-rocker/theologian. A good head for gears and an eye on the far horizon. DIY recording artist and frontman for the Rust Belt Hotrods.

Spoofin’ tha Manuals

Yes, I’m STILL in the process of redoing my entire studio. I’ve spent the last few weeks digging through a pile of manuals as long as my arm to make sure I’ve got everything properly grounded.  That’s involved dealing with some serious … Continue reading

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Touching the Intangibles

Hi all! Andy here. I haven’t been writing much. But of course you know the drill: the fact that I haven’t been writing doesn’t necessarily mean that nothing’s happening. I’ve been doing stuff. I’ve been THINKING. Of course, it FEELS … Continue reading

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Thinning the Herd (The Great Musical Overhaul, part the 2nd)

They tell me that the first step towards recovery involves recognizing that you have a problem.  I have a problem with rack gear. The problem at the moment is that I’ve got too much of it. This may be because … Continue reading

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The Great Musical Overhaul (Part the First)

Hi!  Andy here.  My musical world is in need of an overhaul. My “studio” has been through a variety of incarnations over the years, all of them usable but none of them quite right.  My most ambitious effort involved an … Continue reading

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It Came From The Basement

When you’re in a band, it’s not always easy to get a good idea of what you actually sound like.  It seems like a paradox, but when you’re playing you’re usually too busy focussing  your part to be able to … Continue reading

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Here’s a Little Something for the Hawks

I’m fortunate enough to be regaining my health & well-being rather than watching it ebb, but the last couple of years have been a real slog. I’ve been spending a lot of time lying on my face lately with heat … Continue reading

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Black Light / Black Death Part the Third: Mixdown is Finished.

You know, I’m always apologizing for being slow posting about my recording projects.  But the more I think about it, the less reasonable this seems.  Because when I’m recording or mixing, I’m not posting.   And of course, the blog … Continue reading

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The Long-Lost Looming Pylon Interview with Michael Joly

A few years ago–2007, to be exact–I had the opportunity to interview mic modification wizardMichael Joly.   Oktavamod (Michael’s company) was really starting to take off in a big way.  I’d purchased a mic mod on an Oktava Mk-319 which … Continue reading

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Black Light/Black Death Part the Second: Resurrection

I’ve been able to do some work in the studio these last couple of days, and have some actual progress to report! Tracking is finished on the Black Light/Black Death project. I think.   One never really knows with these … Continue reading

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The Flexy-Headed Ratchet and The Great Engine Pile

So, have I ever told you about my flexy-headed 1/2″ ratchet? No, I haven’t, because it’s only recently that I’ve reached the true heights of extreme boringness. Lucky you, you get to hear about it anyway.   I got the … Continue reading

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