As we lead up to “Floydian Slip” Show #1,000 the week of June 8, we’re digging into the archives to share relics from the show’s past.
In late 2000, long-time Pink Floyd recording engineer Andy Jackson was releasing his “Obvious” album, and joined us on the show for a chat.
For the sake of audio fidelity — this was before the days of Skype — he offered to record his end of our telephone conversation while he talked in his home studio in the U.K. A few days later he dropped by Astoria, David Gilmour‘s houseboat studio, burned the audio onto a CD, and mailed it to me in the United States.
Safe to say, that CD remains the most unique compact disc in my collection. I presume the handwriting on the disc is Andy’s.
Esoteric Antenna will release “Signal to Noise,” a new album by long-time Pink Floyd recording engineer Andy Jackson, on Nov. 3.
The 7-track album will be available as a single CD and as a limited edition 2-disc digipack with 5.1 Surround Sound mix.
The label describes the album as “a fine, modern, progressive work, which draws on Andy Jackson’s exemplary work as an engineer and producer.”
Besides being an allusion to Jackson’s sound engineering background, the title refers to many of the lyrical themes of the album. “The album reflects on the sorting of what is important in life from the humdrum of everyday existence,” he explains, “and is in itself an analogy for the process of the creation of the album.”
The songlist will be:
The Boy in the Forest
One More Push
Herman at the Fountain
It All Came Crashing Down
Jackson’s tenure with Floyd and its members includes work on “The Wall” film, “The Final Cut,” “A Momentary Lapse of Reason,” “The Division Bell,” “Pulse,” Roger Waters‘ “The Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking,” David Gilmour‘s “About Face,” “On An Island,” and “Live in Gdansk,” as well as the upcoming Floyd album “The Endless River.”
His work’s earned him two Grammy nominations and Mix magazine’s award for best live sound engineer for the “Pulse” tour.
Esoteric Antenna is a division of Cherry Red Records of London.
Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour is said to be working on a new recording project.
The news was seemingly leaked by Graham Nash (Crosby Stills Nash, The Hollies) on an appearance on vintage.tv’s “Needle Time” program last week.
Nash mentioned to host Neil McCormick that he and David Crosby were “taking the train to Brighton to go and sing with David Gilmour on his new record.”
Nash and Crosby provided some backing vocals on Gilmour’s previous studio album, “On an Island” (2006).
“Floydian Slip” turned to long-time Floyd sound engineer Andy Jackson who would certainly be working on such a project, if it was underway, for comment. He would neither confirm nor deny the project, but added, “Things are afoot, and more than you might expect.”
Gilmour’s former bandmate, Roger Waters, recently off his three-year world tour of “The Wall,” told Rolling Stone recently he’s completed a 55-minute demo of a new solo album.
We’ve put up for bid some interesting working tapes from the 2001 “Floydian Slip” interview with Pink Floyd recording engineer Andy Jackson.
These tapes were the result of assembling Jackson’s responses with our own re-recorded questions. Host Craig Bailey conducted the interview over the phone, without bothering to record the questions. Jackson recorded himself in a professional studio on his end for high fidelity, and mailed “Floydian Slip” a CD, which he’d burned at Astoria, David Gilmour‘s houseboat recording studio.
In addition to working with Floyd since “The Wall” movie (1982), Jackson’s an accomplished recording engineer who’s worked with Dream Academy and Boomtown Rats, among others.