Welcome to the Moodmakers' (1978) Sounds page
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A little bit of History:
In 1978, when I was in high-school, I played the piano in a 3-man band, and before we split for college, we decided to make a recording. We recorded a bunch of music pieces from our repertoire. I was a lot into Jazz (inspired by Oscar Peterson), and Ragtime (Scott Joplin and others). But we also did play other pieces. We got access for free to a professional sound recording studio, our band was called the Moodmakers. We were able to have free access to this pro recording studio because they had just acquired a new mixing table and needed various sources of sounds and noises in order to experiment with all those new glittery switches, sliders, buttons, toggles and switcheroos... we essentially came in for over 2 months, once a week, to make noise! We didn't quite know how much they recorded. Nor did we realize that our guitarist came back regularly to record extra voices, more guitars, xylophons and kazoos, and in some cases made extra percussion noises with his lips and tongue.... I was starting to think he knew how to speak the language of the Maasai or something similar with those fascinatingly difficult clickety sounds... in some of the recordings we turned out sounding like an 8-person orchestra :-)
Here's who we were:
- André Haering (guitars (several!), xylophone, vocals, kazoo, several voices... just amazing overal band leader. He was working in a film recording studio next to the sounds recording studio. It's all about being the the right place at the right time, and about having friends.)
- Christoph Wolf (a longtime childhood friend... on drums, percussions, and more drums :-) - we had a lot of fun, with spaghetti nights and Elmer Citro watching Edgar Wallace movies on TV at 3am (after it was too late to make noise)...
- me (Philip Staiger) at the piano.
And last but certainly not least, the sound engineer from the studio was Tommi Buser. Thanks Tommi!
Here are the recorded pieces.
||Wildcat Blues, take 1|
||Lady be Good - Gershwin|
||I will (Beatles)
||"Tijuana Taxi" by Herb Alpert
||Ballade pour Adeline, by Richard
||Adaptation from Johann Sebastian Bach's "PRÄLUDIUM NR. 1 C-DUR"
||Theme from Love Story|
||Country Roads, Take me home... - country|
||Old Piano (that is one of our few originals, most of everything else are covers)|
||Two Sleepy People (Oscar Peterson was my Jazz hero at the time)|
||I got rythm, I got music (Gershwin)|
||Georgia on my Mind (again based on Oscar Peterson's interpretation)|
||Rag time! this one is Contentment Rag, by Joseph Lamb (I played a lot of Scott Joplin too)|
||Dedicated Follower of Fashion|
||Margritli, I lieb di (Swiss German!!!!! gotta love it!)|
||Embraceable You (Gershwin)|
(or: the end) - just a 2-3-second short :-)
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