Words & Music by Scott Goodfellow
These tracks were recorded in the 1980’s using what ever technology I could get my hands on in those years. Sometimes the constant building of the recording “Rig” became as integral to the “sound” of the music as the music itself, and below are some tracks that came out of that period, mostly using Teac 4-track tape decks, both open reel and cassette.
My “goal” in that day & time, was to move to Toronto and get a coveted record contract, based on the demo tracks included on this page. I had hoped to record these demos “for real”; in a real studio with real musicians and release them with the help of a Record Company, to then be played on the Radio… just like Billy Joel.
Seemed doable at the time…
Eventually the Big Day arrived; I was offered an actual Record Contract. I was there in the Toronto office of the Record Company and I had read over the fine print in their contract. I asked how I was ever going to pay back the cost of my recording and promotion from the few pennies per dollar stated in the contract. He pointed to a pile of paper on his desk and answered “there are so many more behind you; you either take or leave it”. I left it.
By then Robin King at Sheridan College had introduced me to the Internet. No one else I knew had even heard about the internet at that point, and I thought I was in on a secret (!) When I saw this David Bowie interview in 2000, he confirmed enough for me back then to think that artistic independence was achievable on the Internet. Independence was definitely the primary reason GoodMedia was built for… and David Bowie, was awesome.
So instead of recording songs every day, the goal of GoodMedia gradually changed to building the machines and infrastructure to independently distribute and sell my own tracks worldwide from my own machines.
It’s been a long journey and during that time most everything about the “record industry” has completely changed. While the Server tech has taken many forms over the years, recording and playback technologies have also radically changed; all the physical recording equipment used in the recordings and images on this page are now brilliantly modeled and simulated as 64-bit plugins running in Logic Audio, LUNA and Pro Tools on my Apple computer. There are even plugins to simulate the dreaded tape hiss and saturation of the tape decks I used;
I now have the sonic freedom to record anything that I can possibly think of, and so too of course, does everyone else, all over the world… at this writing the entire recording process can be synthesized, recorded and mixed on just an iPad.
1982 was my graduate year at Grant MacEwan University, in Edmonton, Alberta. This was the first year the school offered an 8 track recording course, and the new faculty needed functional bands to test out their shiny new equipment… so I saw an opportunity to start a temporary “pick up band” from the very best players in the school, and since I couldn’t play Billy Joel songs anymore, I wrote and recorded my own charts for this band…
Live To 2 Track were some of the rehearsal tapes recorded as gradual practice for the multitracked versions and live concert recordings, also all recorded as student practice… The “band” was only ever “together” for a few practice days, so everybody had to read charts to remember their parts; and it was a very cool chance to learn live recording for some incredibly cool music students, in the 1980’s…
We rolled a lot of magnetic tape and made a whole lot of happy noise… Blink, and it is all now a fond, fun moment in the past;
Keyboards & Vocals: Scott Goodfellow
Guitar: Len Rosenfeld
Guitar: Guy Saddy
Drums: Michael Sabourin
Bass: Mark Kotaska & Gary Myers
Sax: Dave Babcock
Background Vocals: Laura McDougall & Pat Lancaster
Words & Music by Scott Goodfellow
Toronto ON Canada
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