I started on this song when I was about 15 years old.
The melody came to me years later, about 5 years.
The rest of the production was done just months (and weeks) before the release.
For rhythm, I used several things. I was working on so many sessions at the time that I actually don’t remember that much. But I recall that I used some kind of softcover catalog for the main pulse. It was one of those moments where I’m running around hitting things with other things, to find the sound in my head.
There are several shakers and tambourines tuned to different pitches, a timpani and a snare drum, recorded from 4 meters distance. This snare drum was also captured in our «echo chamber» and heavily distorted after the fact.
It is quite normal to throw even the kitchen sink at some productions, and I have witnessed many strange things used in the studio, over the years.
If you have any stories or cool instruments used in music before, please share it with me in the comments section.
On the sessions with me:
Audun Havåg: engineering and synthbass