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HAHA SOUNDS

COLLECTIVE

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Assembling regularly at Wilton Way Studios in Hackney, East London, a loose and kinetic congregation of musicians commune regularly for the ecstatic joy of performing ensemble music. Twenty-five strong, they form a choir and accompanying instrumental group with roots in jazz, soundtrack and avant-garde music. Since early 2018 the group has been performing original compositions and re-workings of cult material from the late 60s and early 70s, a moment in musical history when groove and sonic experimentation were fertile bedfellows. In these troubled times, the group also seeks a devotional outlet: secular music made sacred in invocations for a more harmonised world.

 
 
PRESENTING A MIXTURE OF ORIGINAL COMPOSITIONS AND RE-WORKINGS OF CULT MATERIAL, SOURCING FROM FILM ARCHIVE, SAMPLED LIBRARY MUSIC AND AVANT-GARDE ORCHESTRATIONS.
 

It makes sense, then, that the centrepiece of the current Haha repertoire is David Axelrod’s 1970 album Earth Rot. The third in a trio of albums he produced for Capitol Records on the heels of the psychedelic era, it forecasts a man-made ecological disaster. With lyrics adapted by his son Matthew Axelrod from the Old Testament book of Isiah and an early Navajo creation legend, these “ancient yet timely words,” were a response to Axelrod’s vision of imminent end-times. The music is sweeping, expansive and rooted in heavy jazz grooves, with a dose of drama made possible by tightly orchestrated ensemble playing. The choral accompaniment is at times angelic, at others lamenting, with spoken word passages dubbed out for the psychedelic Armageddon.

The Haha Sounds repertoire also includes music by French Art Pop group Cortex, outward looking Americans Don Cherry and the World Experience Orchestra, and the soundtrack from Senegalese cult film Touki Bouki (1973).


 

MUSIC PRODUCTION

Over the last two years, SYD KEMP has been recording and producing numerous artists throughout Europe, including the likes of Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth), Spiritualized, Douglas Hart (The Jesus And Mary Chain), The Feeling, and rising bands such as Ulrika Spacek, HMLTD, Olivia, Peluché, Julien Gasc, Vanishing Twin…

Here’s a selected discography of Syd’s work as a producer, engineer, mixer, and arranger.

 
HMLTD - Hate Music Last Time Deleted   Engineer on "Mannequin" and "Apple Of My Eye"

HMLTD - Hate Music Last Time Deleted

Engineer on "Mannequin" and "Apple Of My Eye"

THURSTON MOORE - R'n'R Consciousness   Engineer, mixer on 'Cease Fire' and 'Mx.Liberty'

THURSTON MOORE - R'n'R Consciousness

Engineer, mixer on 'Cease Fire' and 'Mx.Liberty'

ULRIKA SPACEK - Suggestive Listening   Producer, Engineer, Mixer, Perfomer

ULRIKA SPACEK - Suggestive Listening

Producer, Engineer, Mixer, Perfomer

PELUCHE - Unforgettable   Co producer, Engineer

PELUCHE - Unforgettable

Co producer, Engineer

OLIVIA - Reason To Stay   Engineer

OLIVIA - Reason To Stay

Engineer

JULIEN GASC - Kiss Me You Fool   Producer, Engineer, Mixer, Performer

JULIEN GASC - Kiss Me You Fool

Producer, Engineer, Mixer, Performer

QUIET ISLAND - Telescope   Producer, Engineer, Mixer

QUIET ISLAND - Telescope

Producer, Engineer, Mixer

THURSTON MOORE - Mx Liberty   Engineer and Mixer

THURSTON MOORE - Mx Liberty

Engineer and Mixer

VANISHING TWIN - Dream By Numbers   Engineering

VANISHING TWIN - Dream By Numbers

Engineering

THURSTON MOORE - Cease Fire (radio edit)   Engineer, mixer

THURSTON MOORE - Cease Fire (radio edit)

Engineer, mixer

PELUCHE - Utopia Village   Engineer, Song Arranger

PELUCHE - Utopia Village

Engineer, Song Arranger

VANISHING TWIN - Choose Your Own Adventure   Engineer

VANISHING TWIN - Choose Your Own Adventure

Engineer

DEAD COAST - Shambolic   Producer, engineer, mixer

DEAD COAST - Shambolic

Producer, engineer, mixer

SYD KEMP - France

SYD KEMP - France

DOUGLAS HART - Let's Form A Cell   Engineer, Mix, Performer

DOUGLAS HART - Let's Form A Cell

Engineer, Mix, Performer


WILTON WAY STUDIOS

 
 

SYD KEMP is primarily based at HAHA SOUNDS headquarters; in a dynamic recording space located in the heart of Hackney, East London.

The space features a large live room with natural light, a vocal/drums booth and a large range of smaller rooms spread over two floors.

 
 
 
 
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RECORDERS

NEVE VR60 36 CHANNELS

OTARI MTR 90 MKII 24 INPUTS 2" TAPE MACHINE

OTARI MX-55 MASTERING 1/4" TAPE MACHINE

APOGEE SYMPHONY MKII

LAVRY AD-10 STEREO MASTERING CONVERTER

FOSTEX A80 8 TRACKS 1/4" TAPE MACHINE

MOTU EXPRESS MIDI XT


MICROPHONES

COLES 4038 PAIR

NEUMANN M141

NEUMANN U89i (x2)

NEUMANN U87ai (x2)

NEUMANN KM184 (x2)

NEUMANN KMS105 (x5)

NEUMANN USM69 STEREO

SHURE SM7B

SHURE SM57s

SENHEISER MD421 (x5)

SENHEISER MD441 (x2)


AMPLIFIERS

AMPEG PORTAFLEX SB-12

MATAMP 1224

HIWATT LEAD 100

VOX AC15 HTVHT

VOX AC30

1970 PEAVEY CLASSIC

FENDER BLUES DeVILLE

FENDER BLUES JUNIOR

GIBSON SUPERGOLDTONE


PEDALS

BLUE MOON SOUND PALPITATIONS

BLUE MOON SOUND BELLY SHEEP

BLUE MOON SOUND RUSSIAN DUTY

BLUE MOON SOUND REBELLION

STRYMON EL CAPISTAN

MOOG MOOGERFOOGER PHASER

BLACK RUSSIAN BIG MUFF

GREEN RUSSIAN BIG MUFF

BOSS FRV-1 63’ SPRING REVERB

BOSS BD-2 BLUES DRIVER

BOSS TR-2 TREMOLO

BOSS DD-3 DIGITAL DELAY

ARIA DT-5 DISTORTION

MARSHALL RC-1 REGENRATOR MODULATION

ELECTRO HARMONIX DOUBLE NUFF NANO

ELECTRO HARMONIX EAST RIVER DRIVE

DIGITECH WHAMMY

MAIN OUTBOARD

API 529 STEREO COMPRESSOR

IGS STEREO PULTEC EQ ‘RUBBERHANDS’ 500

UNIVERSAL AUDIO LA 610 MKII TUBE CHANNEL STRIP

AVALON VT 737sp TUBE CHANNEL STRIP

DBX 560A

TLA 5051 TUBE CHANNEL STRIP

REDDI TUBE DI BOX

EVANS EE-3 SUPER ECHO

TC ELECTRONIC M5000 REVERB PROCESSOR

WATKINS COPYCAT TUBE TAPE DELAY

PIONEER 202W SPRING REVERB


PIANOS AND KEYBOARDS

BECHSTEIN GRAND PIANO

TACK PIANO

MOOG VOYAGER

HAMMOND C3 ORGAN WITH LESLIE SPEAKER

WURLITZER ELECTRIC PIANO

PHILIPPS PHILICORDA

HOHNER CLAVINET D6

JUNO 106

FARFISA VIP 90 ORGAN

FARFISA COMBO COMPACT

CDX ‘ASTROSOUND’ 0632

RHODES PIANO BASS

NORD ELECTRO 2 ‘SEVENTY THREE’


GUITARS

(SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY)

FENDER STRATOCASTER

FENDER TELECASTER CUSTOM

FENDER MUSTANG

GIBSON ‘FLYING V’

GIBSON LES PAUL CUSTOM

GIBSON LES PAUL ARTIST

GIBSON SG

HARMONY ROCKET

GUILD S70

MARTIN D12 ACOUSTIC

EPIPHONE FT-12 STRINGS ACOUSTIC

HOKADA NYLON

HOFNER PRESIDENT BASS

GUILD B-301

SQUIER CLASSIC VIBE 70s PRECISION BASS


DRUMS

80s TAMA DRUMKIT

60s PREMIER DRUMKIT

K CUSTOM CYMBALS

PLENTY OF PERCUSSIONS (WOODBLOCKS, TAMBOURINS, SHAKERS, COWBELLS, THUNDERSTICK, TRIANGLE, ETC)