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The Early Days

2010 – The studio building is erected and the plans are completed thanks to John Sayers.

2011 to 2018 – Construction work for the interior, including isolated rooms for each of the functional areas, sound proofing and acoustic design. Signal wiring, equipment installation and construction of the control room facility. Electrical fit out and air conditioning installed by Gilbert Valley Electrical, many thanks to Giles Heelis, https://www.gilbertvalleyelectrical.com

2019 saw some early work in the studio with Dave Hall, Andrew Allanson, Sally Brock, John Duffy and Ron Vanderswan, but this was a stressful and frustrating experience for all involved as I struggled with the new software and hardware. It did however, result in my spending a lot of time learning how not to replicate this experience.

2020, will be remembered as the year of the pandemic, but in Stockport Studio, it was the year that we started to see the results of my labours. As I have said a number of times, this was a one year project that I have been working on for ten years.

And So It Begins……..

Newest News First……..

2021

14 October 2021 – Sam, Tony, Robert and Bob continued with the mixing and mastering, using AAMS, songs included Hey Baby, Help Me, Rita Mae, and Peggy Day.

07 October 2021 – Tony, Sam, Greg and Bob, Greg recorded the guitar solo for She’s Waiting. We then mixed and mastered Bringing It Back and Clyde.

30 September 2021 – Tony, Sam, Robert and Bob started mix downs and mastering, using AAMS, on songs from Dementia Daddies recordings.

18 September 2021 – Tony, Sam, Robert, Greg and Bob in the studio. Put down keys and sax tracks on She’s Waiting.

09 September 2021 – Tony and Bob laid down the drums, bass, guitar and guide vocal for She’s Waiting. We did a mix of the songs for Little Black Dress backing vocals for Tony to rehearse with them.

04 September 2021 – In the studio with Patrick Burgess recording his original composition, In the Stars.

02 September 2021 – Tony, Robert, Sam and Greg, a friend of Tony’s, in the studio. Sam did sax, Robert did keys, Greg did guitar and Tony double tracked the vocal on Mainline Florida. Loaded the backing track for Drift Away, for Robert.

26 August 2021 – Tony, Robert and Bob in the studio. Robert put keyboard Baritone Sax and keyboard Brass on In the Midnight Hour. Tony put down guide vocals for Mainline Florida , Bob did the drum programming and played the bass track.

24 August 2021 – James and Bob in the studio experimenting with James’ equipment to establish that the studio can be interfaced with it, if required, in the future.

12 August 2021 – Tony and Bob worked on guitar parts for Help Me, then did some mastering on it to complete the recording. Bob then did a mix down and master on Faraway Girl, using AAMS.

05 August 2021 – Bob, Tony and Robert in the studio. Robert did keyboard parts for Far Away Girl, and Isn’t It a Pity. Tony did new guitar part for Isn’t It a Pity. Bob did bass part and Robert did keyboards for Big Mistake.

01 August 2021 – Bob and Tony in the studio to record drums, guitar and guide vocal for Big Mistake.

29 July 2021 – Tony, Tim James and Bob in the studio. Recorded guitar and Tony’s vocal for Isn’t It a Pity. Tony did the lead guitar and Tim did the harmonica part for Far Away Girl, hopefully Robert can do the Hammond Organ part next week.

26 July 2021 – Bob did the drum programming, acoustic guitar, bass guitar and vocals for Far Away Girl.

15 July 2021 – Sam, Robert, Tony and Bob in the studio with Hugh Gordon, to record violin and viola parts for Nashville Skyline Rag, Peggy Day and Crazy.

08 July 2021 – Sam, Tony and Bob in the studio, we spent a lot of time getting some mixes of the DD and W songs for Sam to take home. Then Tony re-recorded the lead guitar part on Old Rock and Roller.

01 July 2021 – Tony, Sam, Robert and Bob in the studio, putting keyboards on Clyde, and Old Rock and Roller.

17 June 2021 – Tony, Sam, Robert and Bob in the studio fixing a few tracks and re-recording a sax part

10 June 2021 – Tony, Robert and I in the studio to put bass, piano and organ parts on Crazy.

08 June 2021 – With Charlotte and Georga to complete the mixdown of their song and produce a two track MP#. I have spoken to Stu and I will supply an AAIF file of this for him to produce and alternative video, if required.

06 June 2021 – In the studio with Charlotte and Georga to do a remix of their song, “Sitting at the Edge of the World”.

02 June 2021 – Tony, Sam and I in the studio. just tiding up some songs.

27 May 2021 – Tony, Sam, Robert and I, in the studio. Robert did the keyboard parts for Got You on My Mind and Call It the Blues. It’s getting to the time when we need to start the mixdown of these songs.

19 May 2021 – The Launch of “Sitting on the Edge of the World” at Port Pirie, with Stu, James and myself. Georga and Charlotte, did a short live performance, PA and lights supplied by Stockport Sound. Sarah Cheesmur, Glen Christie and Simon Millcock were all there, representing the Port Pirie Council and Legatus and the Minister for Innovation and Skills, The Hon. David Pisoni, MP, representing the State Government The video was well received by all and has established that we, the Howling Blue conglomerate of Stockport Sound Studio, Desert Dogs Studio and Blue Goanna Video Productions, can produce global quality music videos right here in the Mid-North, well actually the Clare and Gilbert Valleys, of South Australia. A link to the video can be found on the Recordings page.

13 May 2021 – Robert, Sam, Tony and I spent the afternoon putting piano and sax parts on Sporting Life Blues and guitar solo on Can’t Hold Out. We then did some remixing on Sea Cruise and tidied up the end.

04 May 2021 – Barrie, Mel and Lynda from Hard Pressed, along with Marijan, in the studio to re-record You Only Get One Chance, and lay down bed tracks for Dragonfly.

29 April 2021 – Robert, Sam, Tony and I spent the afternoon laying down keyboard and piano tracks on Fannie May, Help Me, and Baker Street.

22 April 2021 – First attempt at the lead guitar for Wonderful Land, not successful. Tony, Sam and I spent the afternoon reviewing the state of current recordings and made a ‘to do’ list

20 April 2021 – Recoding session with Hard Pressed, Barrie, Mel and Lynda. Put down basic tracks for three more songs.

15 April 2021 – Tony , Sam Robert and I, finished the intro and mixing of Going Home, posted to Recordings page.

01 April 2021 – Tony, Robert and I in the studio putting down the keyboard tracks on Sporting Life Blues, Got You On My Mind, Old Rock and Roller, Sensitive Kind and Something Special, plus a lead guitar track on Sporting Life Blues. Later I installed the free version of AAMS ( Automated Audio Mastering System) and gave it a short test, seems good, I may have to invest in the Pro Version.

24 March 2021 – Sam, Tony and I reviewed some of our earlier work, then, recorded sax and guitar solos for Can’t Hold On and Sporting Life Blues. I need to arrange Tim James to do harp solos on Sporting Life Blues and Got You On My Mind.

18 March 2021 – Recording session for Hard Pressed, Lynda, Mel and Barrie, with Marijan keeping me company in the control room. We recorded the basics for three songs, Trust, Space Waster and Deception.

11 March 2021 – Tony, Sam, Robert and I had a run through some old songs, no recording, but a great afternoon.

05 March 2021 – Received a copy of the final mix of Morning Dew, by Michelle Bieniatz, from James. Post production was done at Desert Dogs in Auburn, SA (see link). Have a listen in the ‘Recordings’ area.

04 March 2021 – Sam, Tony and I went through all of our recordings to identify what needs to be done to each one to finalise the tracking.

25 February 2021 – Tony, Robert, Sam and I worked on songs for the future, no recording, but a great afternoon.

18 February 2021 – Tony, Sam and Bob worked on ‘Old Rock and Roller’.

14 February 2021 – Sent the Final Normalised Stems of Edge of the World, to James.

13 February 2021 – Charlotte, Georga, James and myself, recording vocals, and harmonies for Edge of the World. That finishes my involvement with this as the tracking is now completed. I hope that the girls are happy with our work and their time in my studio, they certainly have the talent to take this places. I hope they return with more great songs.

11 February 2021 – Tony, Sam and myself, in the studio putting down tracks for Old Rock and Roller.

04 February 2021 – Robert, Sam, Tony and myself, doing keyboard dubs on several DD and W songs. We’re getting close to completion of the tracking on some of these, so we need to start the mixdown.

27 January 2021 – In the studio with James and Barrie to overdub some guitar tracks. There was an issue with the playback running slow, to be investigated. : ( Stems downloaded for James.

21 January 2021 – In the studio with Tony Luke, Robert Parker and Lynda Press, put down some piano tracks on the DD and W songs.

20 January 2021 – James and Barrie with Enrico ‘Mick’ Morena, in the studio to lay down the drums, bass and guitar for Edge of the World.

14 January 2021 – Initial pre-production meeting with James Stewart-Rattray and Stu Nankivel for recording of “On the Edge of the World”, by Charlotte Morten and Georga Harris. Both performers plus Charlotte’s Dad, Paul, and Barrie Hocking (Guitar) were involved in discussions then recording of some initial takes to firm up the format of the song. Sarah Cheesmur, from the Legatus Group, attended and gave me some background on the song and the performers. A very productive evening, resulting in a booking for recording tracks on Wednesday, 20 January 2021.

09 January 2021 – First session for 2021, with AP and the Captain Kidd Band. A great afternoon that resulted in rough drafts of 6 or 7 songs. This is starting to look like a good year, I hope, 🙂

2020

17 December 2020 – Final recording with Tony, Barrie, Sam, Ron, Lynda and myself for 2020.

12 December 2020 – James Stewart-Rattray and Michelle in the studio for vocal overdubs.

10 December 2020 – recording with Tony, Sam, and myself. Sam recorded second sax part for Sensitive Kind and Tony sang Bring It On Back and I recorded the bass part.

26 November 2020 – James Stewart-Rattray in the studio with Michelle Bienasz and Jo Hall, to record vocals for Morning Dew. Stu Nankivel, from Blue Goanna, filmed the session and interviews for the upcoming documentary. Later in the evening recording with Tony, Sam, and myself. Tony put down the base tracks for Bring It On Back.

24 November 2020 – Mel, Barrie, Ron and Lynda (Hard Pressed) in the studio to record Shift Work Shuffle, Scarred and Nothing Lasts Forever.

22 November 2020 – Tony and Glen Wagland in the studio to record piano and organ parts for Nashville Skyline Rag.

19 November 2020 – recording with Tony, Barrie, Sam, Ron, Lynda and myself. Tony sang Help Me.

17 November 2020 – James Stewart-Rattray of Desert Dog Studio, https://www.facebook.com/DesertDoggiehouse/, and Stu Nankivell from Blue Goanna Video Production, https://bluegoanna.com.au/, visited Stockport Sound Studio, as it has been chosen to be the recording facility and featured venue for a documentary on music facilities in the Mid-North and Yorke Peninsula in South Australia. We expect to be able to feature this documentary on our site as soon as it is completed. Watch this space.

15 November 2020 – installed RCF 310 speakers in the main studio.

12 November 2020 – recording with Tony, Sam, and myself.

5 November 2020 – recording with Tony, Sam, and myself.

1 November 2020 – Tim James recording guitar and harmonica for Hey Baby

29 October 2020 – recording with Tony, Sam, and myself.

22 October 2020 – recording with Tony, Barrie, Sam, Ron, Lynda and myself. Lynda sang In a Second It’s Gone and You Think It Will Last Forever.

15 October 2020 – recording with Tony, Sam, and myself.

13 October 2020 – basic tracks for Got You on My Mind, Bob on lead vocal.

8 October 2020 – recording with Tony, Sam, and myself.

1 October 2020 – recording with Tony, Sam, and myself.

24 September2020 – recording with Tony, Barrie, Sam, Ron, Lynda and myself.

17 September 2020 – recording with Tony, Barrie, Sam, Ron, Lynda and myself. Lynda sang Aussie Highway.

10 September 2020 – recording with Tony, Sam, and myself. Tony sang Peggy Day.

3 September 2020 – recording with Tony, Sam, and myself. Tony sang Can’t Hold Out.

29 August 2020 – I started work on Hey Baby, Tim James later added guitar and harmonica, on 1 November 2020.

27 August 2020 – recording with Tony, Sam, and myself. Tony sang Fannie Mae.

23 August 2020 – recording with Tony, Sam, and myself. Tony sang Rita Mae and They Call It the Blues.

20 August 2020 – recording with Tony, Barrie, Sam, Ron, Lynda and myself.

13 August 2020 – recording with Tony, Sam, and myself.

6 August 2020 – recording with Tony, Sam, and myself. Recorded the basis for Nashville Skyline

30 July – recording with Tony, Sam, and myself.

17 July 2020 – Stockport Sound Studio was chosen to be the recording facility and featured venue for a documentary on music facilities in the Mid-North and Yorke Peninsula in South Australia. We expect to be able to feature this documentary on our site as soon as it is completed. Watch this space.

16 July 2020 – recording with Tony, Barrie, Sam, Ron, Lynda and myself. Lynda sang South Side with backing vocals from Sarah. Tony sang Something Special.

11 July 2020 – Christian ? and band recorded ???

7 July 2020 – Craig Schahinger and his band recorded It’s So Easy.

4 July 2020 – recording with Tony, Sam, and myself. Tony sang Brown Sugar, but we later had Marty sing the lead vocal.

28 June 2020 – Leon Hall in the studio to record his original songs.

27 June 2020 – Leon Hall in the studio to record his original songs.

25 June 2020 – recording with Tony, Barrie, Sam, Ron, Lynda and myself. Lynda sang Juju Man and Tony sang They Call It the Blues.

18 June – recording with Tony, Barrie, Sam, Ron and myself. Tony sang Old Rock and Roller.

11 June 2020 – recording with Tony, Sam, and myself. Sam sang Sea Cruise, Tony sang Nowhere to Run and I sang Deep, Dark Dungeon.

28 May 2020 – recording with Tony, Sam, and myself. Tony sang Sensitive Kind.

21 May 2020 – recording with Tony, Barrie, Sam, Ron and myself. Tony sang I’ll Make Love To You and I sang The Very Thing That Makes You Rich

March – April – COVID 19 lockdown.

19 March 2020 – recording with Tony, Barrie, Sam, Ron and myself

19 February 2020 – Tony Luke, Barrie Hocking, Sam Cutajar, Ron Vanderswan and myself started work on several songs including After Midnight with Tony on lead vocal, Clyde with me on lead vocal, and In the Midnight Hour with Sam on lead vocal.

22 January 2020 – The first real session in the studio with Tony Luke, Barrie Hocking, Sam Cutajar, Ron Vanderswan and myself.

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