album: red wood
- One of the few tracks that were completely written in ProTools.
- The bulk of the track was done in one sitting, which is why the track was called ”A Day’s Work” for a long time.
- I re-used Julian Moore’s harmonica from ”A Crack in Time”.
- Jonas Hult plays the bass.
- Soundwise, I guess I tried to do something like Air.
- I can’t play the acoustic guitar part in the outro anymore. I don’t remember the tuning.
- This track has a kinship with the track ”Last Report”. I came up with the idea while working on ”Last Report” and it features a lot of the same sounds. Also, the vibraphone part is the same as in ”Last Report” – an octave down.
- I was hesitant to even turn this into a proper song, since it uses so many elements from ”Last Report”, but I just liked it too much.
- The voice sample is Jennifer Aniston from the movie ”Good Girl”. Not one of my best voice samples.
- The laughter is my sister-in-law’s son, two years old, or something, at the time. He’s seven now…
- The drums in the outro are the same as in ”Polysix” – but in 4/4 time.
- I wrote the piano part myself, which is hard to believe, considering what a lousy keyboard player I am. On the actual track, Markus Slivka plays the piano and he came up with the variations at the end.
- I was influenced by the track ”Unspoken” by Four Tet when I programmed the rythm track. I scoured my Reason library for strange sounds and then randomly programmed patterns to create what became the percussion track.
- The idea to use the poem ”Stop All the Clocks” by W.H. Auden as featured in the film ”Four Weddings and a Funeral” had been in my head for a long time. I am really happy it happened to be featured on this particular track.
- I had to play the slide guitar using a battery, because I could not find my slide.
- Helena Josefsson put down some lovely vocals.
- The piano theme is nicked from the film ”Angel Heart”. I loved this film as a kid and the melody has always haunted me. It’s the scene where Mickey Rourke is waiting in the bar while playing with his keys.
- I could not use the actual sample from the film because the quality was too low and the tempo was off, so I re-recorded the piano part. I spent forever getting the right feel and I still think that some notes sound either rushed or too slow.
- The weird static that opens the track was nicked from Sigur Rós’ website. I hope no one sues me.
- This track was featured in the film ”Last Day”, which I wrote the music for. I had to come up with another piano part for the film, though.
- I subscribe to a magazine called Studio that includes a CD with samples, soft synths and other goodies that is always worth checking out. This track was created while trying out some of the samples and loops from one of their CDs. Perhaps that is why it is a rather odd track for me.
- The voice sample is from a documentary about traveling Bible salesmen.
- Almost everything on this track is more or less distorted.
- Although this track contains a lot of sounds from ”Last Laugh”, this is actually the original. ”Last Laugh” was basically an offspring from the ”Last Report”-sessions.
- The voice sample in the first part is from the movie ”Close Encounters of the Third Kind”.
- The initial idea was to create something similar to the album Low by David Bowie.
- I had such a hard time mixing the track I eventually left it to Ola Strandh (my mastering guy). I was giving him such a hard time, I doubt he will ever mix another track for me.
- The melodic part in the second half (that kicks in at 04:41) took some time to get right (the pitch bend was difficult to get right). I accidentally deleted the audio file, which made me nearly abandon the whole track. Eventually I managed to re-create the part.
- The voice sample in the outro (at 07:22) is from ”Rebel Without a Cause”and is one of my favourite voice samples.