Thursday, June 9, 2011

Any Questions? - Nightfall (Live)

"As the remaining rays of light disappear, Nightfall comes."

Next to Slam, Nightfall is probably one of the most recorded songs in the history of Any Questions?. I first began working on this track during late night solitary recording sessions at Der Palast des Goldes in Fall 1989. While MC2P4 and LTJTHC slept in the upper floors of the studio, I would retreat into headphones and lose myself in this slow tempo, vox string heavy groove. My Rickenbacker 4003 was still a weapon of choice in these early days of Any Questions? and I would effect it with heavy delay. If I remember correctly, 4096ms.

Unquestionably, this song was influenced by my relentless listening of The Cure - Disintegration. After being released in May 1989, I would listen to it almost daily. Seeing both Cure shows at the Spectrum in Philadelphia in September 1989 further cemented it's hallucinogenic effect on me.

The version of Nightfall that I share with you now is a live recording from Fall 1989 which was recorded at P&G Studios. It features LTJTHC playing "live" drum machine to the sequenced synth parts that I programmed as I ping pong along with delay drenched Rickenbacker 4003 bass lines.

P.S. This photo was taken in Summer 1989 at Valley Forge National Park in Valley Forge, PA.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Enter "The Vortex"

Never officially released, Any Questions? - The FrightWorld Sessions, is a must have addition to any Any Questions? fan's collection.

This track, culled from improvisational recording sessions during our first film project, FrightWorld, is entitled The Vortex. It drags the listener down into an ever intensifying sonic collage of harsh analog synthetics. Will you escape it?