Four Enclosed Walls (4:43)

Cover of ALiFE 2009: Manchester Academy, 19th December 2009

From ALiFE 2009: Manchester Academy, 19th December 2009 and 2 other releases

‘”Four Enclosed Walls” was made around Martin’s watch and its ticking. I could hear it through the mike so we recorded it. That’s what the basic metronome is. So then he comes up with this dun-da-dun-dun dun-dun-ba! which was a ridiculous beat but I recorded it. I made that backing track and with a fantastic drum sound. We definitely accomplished something there- it was a real production experience. John comes up with this vocal and I told him to go ahead. He used this saxophone thing for this neeeee-eeeeeewwwww thing. So I reversed it and did all this weird shit to it. I thought it was really cool- drums, a watch and John and the backwards sax that sounds like a cat being stretched. That set the tone to the simplicity of a lot of the tracks.’

Interview with Keith Levene, July 2001.

It was unusual when I think back, but at the time it just seemed like fun. It’s true, Keith told me to record everything. They came in with NO songs. On a typical day, Martin Atkins would turn up first. We were both into big drum sounds, so he would go into the Stone Room, and play a big Bohnam-esque rhythm, I would fiddle with controls, and he would tailor his playing to the sound I fed him in the headphones. Sometimes I’d add delays and echoes, and he’d play to that.

On ‘Four Enclosed Walls’ for instance we placed Martin’s Mickey Mouse pocket watch on a floor tom, so it would resonate and have more tone, then I added two Harmonizers with a 15 second delay fed back on themselves.


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