|My first recorder. It weighed a ton!|
I wonder where those tapes are now, and if they still have a couple of little boys pretending to be police officers or spies on them! I later used that same Grundig to record my rock and band. I moved 'up' to a cassette machine, a Walkman and tried recording with that. My best friend Billy in the UK had a Tascam Portastudio which recorded 4 track onto a cassette. We played with that a lot and recorded a bunch of songs - at least one albums worth! That was the first time I tried engineering a track. I would take my cassette recorder with me and record my life and stories to my wife when she was over here in America and I was still in the UK. I have always loved recording sounds, stories, and other people, especially street musicians, as well as photograph them. I usually have a voice recorder and camera with me!
When I began life as a professional storyteller in 2003, one of the first things I wanted to do was record stories, share them with the world, and show the world what I could do. Share stories and show my talent, was my plan. But I also knew I wanted to do the best job I could possibly do - not just a quick record, get it out there, but a really good job.
There is a folk story about a woman who spreads gossip. One day she discovers that something that she spread was a lie and went to the preacher to see what she could do to stop it from spreading further. The preacher told her to take a feather pillow to the top of a hill on a windy day. When she was there, she was to rip open the pillow and sake the feathers into the wind, then return to talk to the priest. She did this. When she got back to the priest, she asked what to do next. He told her to go and collect every single feather she had released from the pillow. She said it could not be done, and he agreed, but this is how rumours, lies, gossip spreads. Once it is out there, you have no control over it. It has a life of its own, and that is the same to ANYTHING we put up on-line. So I wanted something good, that in 10 years I could look back on say 'It's still good, and I am still happy with it."
|Second-hand Tales, released 2006|
Artwork copyright Rob Brookes 2006
|More Second-hand Tales, released 2008|
Artwork copyright Rob Brookes 2008
|A Tangle of Tales, released 2010|
Artwork copyright Rob Brookes 2010
It's is not that I like the sound of my own voice. I just love playing around and recording. I take my voice recorder everywhere I go mostly. You never know when you will hear something cool. (This is the time to listen out for those Peepers calling out to their mates!) Sometimes we just take it for granted, but there is still wonder in it for me, which is probably why I love it so much. The DAW does not have the same smell that the Grundig used to have, and luckily it does not hum like it! But the same magic instilled in me all those years ago, has a strong hold; and that magic of taking something floating in the air, something unseen and capturing it so I can be heard again and again is pretty cool to me!