Monday, August 28, 2006

Soundtracking the Pet Sounds Podcast Series - Episodes 1 & 2

Episode 1: “Wouldn’t It Be Nice”

In selecting the music for “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” we felt this episode, more than all others, needed to set the right tone to validate the entire podcast series. It seemed fitting to use the original studio intro by Brian and then the countdown from the great drummer Hal Blaine. We used the backing track under Brian’s discussion of the many instruments used on the song and then highlighted the bridge section after Brian’s talk – the music emphasizing what he just explained. Mike Love discussed the backing vocal process and Brian’s keen sense to detail – we brought in a backup vocal passage from the session tapes for that part. Al’s section also dealt with the amazing bridge of the tune as well as the dense backup vocals. Again, we used the basic backing track under his story. For Bruce’s part, we eventually fade backing track and leave quiet until we close the episode with an excerpt from the original stereo version of the track.

Episode 2: “You Still Believe In Me”

This episode was really straight-forward to track. We just used the backing track and then original. This episode is short and to the point. The highlight here is in Mike Love’s emotional comments and philosophical wisdom. Al is not featured on this episode. Bruce also caps it off with several choice inside comments. We go out with a small piece of the completed stereo track.

Jv / 8.28.06

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