Well, it seems every electronic band with a website
needs to show pictures of their music gear. Perhaps, for a change,
people would like to see studio items that aren't necessarily sound
generating things? With that in mind, here's a list of essential
studio items in the Bleepin' J. Squawkins studios that you will
never hear on any of their releases:
A comfortable and familiar mug:
nothing says "I belong here" than your very own mug. mmmm..
Oblique strategies: Amazing piece
of work by composer Brian Eno and painter Peter Schmidt. The oblique
strategies is a deck of cards that provides random directions (or
dilemas) when needed during the creative process.... Would you like
to know what the card was picked when writing this studio page? the
card said "be dirty"
A nice solid desk: The Jerker -
from Ikea. It's a brilliant desk, with lots of space, and cool extra
side bits that make good speaker stands. Julian and Ed both own one.
The desk's name still cracks them up, even after 3 years.
Inspiring artwork made by friends:
Here is a picture drawn by Julian's friend, Kat in 2002.
Dennis: Dennis lives in Julian's
studio. His hobbies include biting people (while purring!) climbing
up on mixing desks, biting people, miaowing loudly when he wants food
(which is all the time) and biting people.
Minnie & Mu: Minnie and
Mu live in Ed's studio. Mu is a brown burmese, her hobbies include
being the most relaxed, zen cat in the world, and pooing in inappropriate
places. Minnie is a chocolate burmese, she is the Derek Zoolander
of the cat world.
Electronics workspace: Because
electronic equipment breaks, it's good to be able to fix it yourself.
Over the years, a lot of Ed and Julian's gear was bought broken for
cheap, and fixed up. Oh, and sometimes it's fun to make your own gear.
A sofa: It's nice to be able to
sit down and listen to music you are working on with even a small
bit of distance that a sofa across the room can give. A sofa across
from the computer also means you can chuck a DVD in the computer,
sit back, and watch movies rather than write music. Or content for
a website, even.