exzeeexzee asked: I've been especially noticing TMG's gradual changes in sound over the recent couple albums, and although I understand that another album is a ways away, I'm interested to know if there are any new styles or instrumentation you plan on incorporating into your work?
ever since we moved from boombox to studio we’ve tried to change up the sound in some way on every album however I’ve never told anybody in advance what the changes are gonna be because then they get EXPECTATIONS which are heavy sometimes. but we do always try to change it up a little sonically from album to album.
matthollenberg asked: I love your electric guitar sounds in Tallahassee. Did you mic an amp or is that a direct input?
I didn’t keep notes but I think it was an amp. I was really super-new to the electric guitar at that point, that guitar was an ESP I kept almost buying for ages but it was expensive for us - $400.00 if I remember - but I think I finally said “look you’re going to make this album for 4AD get an electric guitar you have to bring some new sounds in for this record.” I didn’t know what I was doing at all in terms of reverb or anything so if the guitar sounds nice you can thank Tony Doogan, who produced Tallahassee during a 6-day marathon all-tracking-and-mixing session that we’d never dare attempt now.
acatwithadick asked: robbe-grillet is the best, i'm reading the voyeur right now and the things dude does with the passage of time are incredible. have you ever read steve erickson?
Story I’m ashamed to tell: several years ago, I gave a reading from Master of Reality at the Regulator. (I am not linking to those places so people can buy my book. I am linking to them in case people don’t know I’m talking about.) After the reading, one of the guys who works at the Regulator said “I want to give you this book; it’s my favorite book in the entire store.” It was Zeroville. I told him what I tell anybody who gives me a book: “It takes me forever to get around to a book.” This has been the case since I was a young science fiction fiend haunting the paperback exchange. I get more books than I can read, they vanish underneath one another, they go to shelves where they look splendid and then after I finish whatever I’m working on I go to the shelves or the piles at the bases of the shelves and sift through them and think about the things a worried progressive thinks about while choosing a book (how representative of the entire vast world of literature has your reading been this year? what on these shelves that might broaden the scope of your reading?) and the things a worried reader who knows he only has so many years left to read thinks about (which of these would you most wish you’d read if you learned you had only a few hours to live?) and then eventually I pick something. For about two years now, I look at Zeroville and I say “that guy said it was the best book in the entire store," which he did not say, actually - he said it was his favorite, important distinction. Anyway. It’s on the shelf. That you mention it in connection with Robbe-Grillet probably gives it a boost, but no, I haven’t read him yet.