In 1984 I moved into the the basement of the KOKE FB radio building at Lamar & 31st in Austin. The space was full of great musical vibes as Joe Gracy, Austin music production legend, had previously rented the space for Electric Gracyland Studios.
It was my first journey into serious engineering and production – recording a lot of great music on an AKAI 1212 recorder/mixer. I was mixing down to a TASCAM 32 and a 1st generation digital PCM recorder with an AKAI 14-bit recorder that used VHS tapes as the recording medium. A couple years in I upgraded to a Sony PCM 510 (which I still have).
The building was a rockin’ hotbed of culture with KOKE FM being the coolest station on the air at the time and also housed the offices of Louis Meyers’ label Jungle/Beehive Records and Glitch magazine was right up the stairs.
A lot of great musicianship and good vibes in late night sessions that would last until dawn. Every time I clean my digital shoe box, a few cuts from that era surface. Sorry if I don’t remember all the song titles but they are great tunes nonetheless.
Other recordings are from my studio in Kerrville where I was using a Mackie 24-channel board and three ADAT recorders – digital but still pretty primitive by today’s standards. Enjoy
CHARLIE BEAVER (Austin)
CHARLIE DAY (Austin) w/David Zetner
RICK WINKING (Austin)
JOE FORLINI & TOMMY ELSKES (Austin)
WINSTON HALL (Kerrville)
- Wild Blue
- Colorado Goodbye
- I Can Pay Attention To You
- Horses In Heaven
- Greatest Love Song of All
- In the Dark
- Love Your Smile
- Angels Will Carry Me Home
- Forever No More