Boot Recordings Quest for the 8 best Singer/Songwriters of the English South Coast
A Project by: Evert Aalten, www.scandalstudios.com
and Ron Ariëns, www.grondontwerp.nl
In memory of, and as a tribute to Alan Lomax (1915 - 2002)
One audio engineer and one media designer. Together with their tapedeck they’ll hit the road, travelling from Rotterdam (NL) to Land’s End (UK). They've got one goal; to catch the sounds of the south coast of England. While travelling, they will record eight singer/songwriters from the boot of the car. From those Boot Recordings one album will be produced. But for the singer/songwriters to be recorded, they’ll have to accept certain conditions:
• The boot crew visits an English pub with an open mic session or a planned gig by a local singer/songwriter. The next afternoon a recording of one song will be made.
• The singer/songwriter is an unsigned, undiscovered talent.
• The singer/songwriter is a native English speaker.
• The singer/songwriter provides electricity, internet connection, food, drinks and safe shelter for crew and boot.
• The crew has to be able to reach the singer/songwriter’s house, or any other place with a socket, close enough with the car to get electricity for the tapedeck. The power cable is 20 feet long.
• Recordings must be made within a range of ten feet from the boot of the car.
• The singer/songwriter plays outside or inside, as long as it is no more than ten feet from the boot.
• The singer/songwriter has only two microphones available, recorded on tape.
• The recording engineer is not able to cut or paste in takes, this means the singer/songwriter only plays one-takers.
• The track is mixed quickly and put on www.facebook.com/bootrecordings
, together with the film and photos. On return to the Netherlands, the boot crew will mix the tracks properly at Scandal Studios, and the album will be finalised; Boot Recordings, Volume 1.
• When recording is over, the singer/songwriter is asked to suggest a new singer/songwriter somewhere on the road to Land’s End to the crew, or a good place to find one. If no suggestions are put forward, the crew will hit the next town on the route and visit a pub in search of a new singer/songwriter.