We were on the rebound
from perfection, piling on the dirt —
a mellotron, the wheezy breath
of old vinyl, character
sounds. We argued over psycho-acoustic
noise optimisation, where
to put the vocals — I wanted walk-in
wardrobe, you favoured aircraft hangar.
Time signatures exercised us into
the small hours. Finally we had to admit
something was wrong
with the voice, the original
performance. Intonation? We thought
we could fix it in the mix
auto-tuned within an inch of its life
to no effect. There was a spike
that wouldn't be softened.
After that you left for London citing
artistic differences. I opted for a cool edit
of the whole performance, released
selected tracks to friends
and family, trashed the backup
sold the gear. I hear you're big
in the clubs over there. Good luck.