Steve Sullivan

A Beginner's Guide to Self Immolation

by Steve Sullivan

Released 2016
Muddy Rain Records
Released 2016
Muddy Rain Records
A single vintage ribbon microphone, a banjo leaned up against a worse for wear 1930's upright piano, plus stark and unflinching songs about life, pain, and renewal.
NOTES
The original idea for this album was to go back to basics and record things very simply. I had grown tired of modern recording and mixing techniques and decided to put some self-imposed limitations on the entire tracking and mixing of the album. It changed a little as the process went on, but basically I only used one mic, a long ribbon mic, through a 1950s design preamp and opto compressor, and that was it. So I'd go in the tracking room, point the mic at the piano, play through the tune, scoot the mic closer to the drums and play the drums, go sit down with the acoustic guitar and move the mic closer to it, stand up and sing, and it really allowed me to focus on the music instead of the technology. Part of my concept was that it would end up sounding kind of home made and low-fi since I'd limited myself so much, but to my total surprise it ended up being maybe the highest fidelity, most organic, best feeling record I've ever done.