Features One Question Interviews Terminal Sound System

One Question Interviews: Terminal Sound System

Skye (Terminal Sound System)

SPB: Your use of effects in Dust Songs reveals a quite out of the box thinking from your part. Can you describe the process of applying effects to your music? Does it happen as you are recording or in the mixing stage? Can you also give us some of your favorite effects? Can be software or hardware. 

Skye: The way I look at it, I don't so much apply effects to my music as work with effects, instruments, sounds and processes as an integral part of the composition/production/mixing/realisation process. I guess that's kind of a long-winded way of saying that rather than 1) recording a performance, then 2) effecting/treating and mixing it, with Dust Songs in particular all those steps are rolled into one. The treatment and performance are all part of the one process.

I've always been that way, starting with pushing my guitar and cheap drum machine through ridiculous chains of fx pedals, a long time ago, much to the annoyance of my friends.

I have a few favourite effects:

-My Roland RE-201 Space Echo has been with me for over half my life. I bought it (used, I'm not that old!) shortly out of high school. They were cheap and plentiful back then - it actually died a few weeks later and the shop swapped it for another they had lying about. 

-Sherman Filterbank - just a crazy, completely idiosyncratic device. Capable of so much more than its trademark facemelt. In the "box" - I built my own plugin to simulate screwed up analogue tape - that's all over the album (as well as real tape, cassettes in this case). Also, the Waves SSL channel strip was quite instrumental in shaping certain tones.

Credits

Words by Spyros Stasis on April 26, 2015, 12:04 a.m.

Advertisement
Radio K 2
Leave a comment
Terminal Sound System

Posted by Spyros Stasis on April 26, 2015, 12:04 a.m.

Share this content
Related news

Bands 1QI: No Hands, What Tyrants, Terminal Sound System, Call of the Void

Posted April 29, 2015, 1:31 p.m.

Welcome to our almost daily quickie Q&A feature: One Question Interviews. Follow us at facebook & twitter and we'll post an interview four days each week, typically every Monday-Thursday ...

Advertisement
Radio K 2

More like this

Also in this section

One Question Interviews Gino and the Goons

Posted Dec. 5, 2017, 1:15 p.m.

Gino Bambino (Gino and the Goons) SPB: Who is your favorite lyricist? Gino: I walk 47 miles of barbed wire, I use a cobra-snake for ...

One Question Interviews Cindy Marabito (The Dicks From Texas)

Posted Dec. 5, 2017, 1:13 p.m.

Cindy Marabito (The Dicks From Texas) SPB: Living in Austin and being a part of South by Southwest for the last several years, I'm ...

One Question Interviews Great Cynics

Posted Dec. 5, 2017, 1:11 p.m.

SPB: What do you think of bands playing albums-in-full as a tour concept? Great Cynics: We think it's great! If it's a celebration ...

x

Logo

Looking for the SPB logo? You can download it in a range of styles and colours here:

Click anywhere outside this dialog to close it, or press escape.