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Jhonn’s Angel

Album: The Big C

A little history to build on the original description….

Recorded at Bebside Hall, the beginning has always been a kludge to get over a cock-up after all the bounce-overs and recording had almost been finished.  The first few seconds had one channel accidentally scrunged to bits….  Who did it?   Aye….nuffsedd.

Not wanting to redo the whole thing, Jeff and I built created pre-echo onto the front and “sort-of” monoed it with slightly different EQ to try and hide the imperfections before widening the stereo and fading off the echoiness whilst simultaneously twiddling the EQ…  Four or five hands were needed and it was the best we could do, then.

It was never right in my ears so I’ve made an improvement, digitally, something that was unavailable in 1984.  I’ve been meaning to do it for years  🙁

Of course, had we had the technology then, the cock-up would never had been possible (at least using Reaper, which is what I’ve used) because of the copious edit-undos.  And it would’ve been better because of larger muti-tracking etc.  But there again, it may not have got done at all – sometimes things are best done in a blast and not thought about too much.

Anyway, rambling over, here it is.

p.s. Reaper is pretty good, especially for free-ish (I pay anyway).  With its nondestructive editing, throw 8 cores at 4.4Ghz using SSD discs with 32Gb of memory in a 64-bit OS and it will really use the technology – you can watch the 8 cores churning independently with their different assigned streams.  Some of the plugins work very well with multiple instances, yet, latency just disappears…..  [I’ve normalised, trimmed and de-noised each channel, independently, companded for a better sound, changed the volume envelope and remixed the stereo, all the while trying to make the beginning intro better.  The fade-in intro was never supposed to have been there – the track was supposed to start with drum clicks and then power in at max volume.  The version I’ve done almost does this in a short shock volume ramp, with the missing channel inserted as a cut from later in the recording.  I still had to include some lead-in echo though as a straight stereo cut and paste didn’t sound right].

[SP.  Stakeford, 21/05/2015]

Spookhouse Spooked


Early orderers of Spookhouse will have to wait a bit because of a hiatus in production.  It’s all our fault, but please note that no monies have been or will be taken until the CDs are despatched….

Goat – Die or DIY?

Do You Know What Gets My Goat?

This site has a privacy policy (where I state that I’m pretty easy going for what people might say about me, The Crawling Chaos or our works – after all, comment is free….) and also a copyright statement which …er…states our copyright….

But what gets my goat is when dizzy anonymous bastards like DieOrDIY (calls himself Nick Allison) talk bullshit for commentary about reams of semi-known bands all under the guise of fair comment when all they do is upload full copyright works without either,

  1. even checking that the band has a website
  2. trying to contact the band
  3. posting the highly valuable back-links to the band’s or artist’s website

You see, if links were posted to the actual band content from where all music is listen-able and everyone can find out about the band and its music, it’d be great.

You see, if people like Nick took the time to make a video backed by a band’s music, and said where the music came from, that’d be great too.

Girly Pique
Nicki’s Girly Pique

But he’s done none of that.  (Amusingly, in a fit of girly pique while I’ve been internet-free for a month, he’s pulled his commentary and then has the sheer gall to suggest that we contact him to ask him if he’ll give us a backlink!  I tell you Nicki, try points 1, 2 and 3 above before jumping on your high horse.  Go on.  I dare you.  And while you’re at it, read the first paragraph above clearly.  You’ll then see that it’s not what you say about us that counts – it’s what you do. For those that doubt this, I posted his commentary in the original post below.  This is what Nicki now hypocritically and distorting-the-truth-ly says:


You’ll see his/her words are either in compete contradiction or a distortion of what I said.)

Lack of Honesty, Lack of Care, Lack of Integrity

Shoddy Diy Or Die
Shoddy Diy Or Die

But you see Nick, (and there are loads like “him” (he may be a girl for all I know as there are no personal details at all)),

  • finds the time to write several posts a day, and
  • finds time to transcribe from the original
  • or finds time to upload material he already has

…all to a file sharing website.

All the while, he artfully advises us to try the power of thought, whatever that may mean.

After all, his hidden persona drips out comment into the intertubes, not once referring to any artist directly but instead pointing us to their ripped-off content.  His only creation is his pointless drivel, struggling to say something when not much needs to be said.  If he chooses to fuck off back to the darkness, as many have done before him, he’ll go.  I’ve seen them many times.

Meanwhile, all the ripped-off artists remain.

Nicks says,

This is an attempt to contain an illustrated history of U.K. D.I.Y ,and anything associated with it,in one site. This can also include anything that fits the criteria of said genre, and its influences. If this makes any sense whatsoever I will be surprised,but i will attempt to make it seem like it does.

  • Nick.  I see the sense but you’ve failed.  You’re just a copy & paste merchant.   You’ve actually helped nobody.  Not one person benefits from your doodlings.  You’re not a compendium, a lexicon or encyclopaedia.  You are the weakest link.
  • Nick.  He gives it all away.  But it’s not his to give.  His name the clearest metaphor yet of what he does.


As for The Crawling Chaos, we have a shop.  We sell stuff.  Sort of.

But amazingly, you can preview all content before buying without even stealing it – how amazing is that!