Recording the Minas Tirith demotape 1992

I found this old studio diary and thought I´d share it. It was made during the recording of the Minas Tirith demo tape "Tales From The Woods" back in 1992 and may give you an in-depth look at the working process of those very early days as well as a few laughts - don´t take it too seriously...

By the way, "Exe" is Erik Ravn, "Spaden" is Morten Birch, "Kanut" is Kenneth Saandvig and "Martin" is Martin Røpcke. Jan is a close friend of the band as well as their official beer & pizza-hunter. And a Danish Krone is around $ 0,20/€ 0,13. The diary was of course written in Danish and much of it is almost impossible to translate, but anyway...

Have fun!
ERIK

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Minas Tirith
Tales From The Woods
Demo Project No 1
3.7.9.1.



92.07.14 Tuesday morning (early)

Everything delayed - way too much.
Chaos: - no taperecorder for hire
- no Dennis [probably one of the guys we borrowed gear from, ed.note]
- lack of time, return gear
- how to use taperecorder?
- Spaden almost busted on the train [for riding without a ticket, ed.note]
- the way to Brønshøj, please!

Costs:
transportation 58,50
tapes 99,-
sticks 75,-
mixer rent 100,-
Kenn&Morten 99,-
film 25,-
food 67,75 (Kenn)
pizza 122 (Jan, - Kenneth)

Schedule:
Tuesday - day: rehearsal
Tuesday - evening: soundcheck
Tuesday - night: bass/drums/acoustic guitar
Wednesday: guitar
Thursday: guitar

Dinner Tuesday:
500 g chopped meat
3 cans of chopped tomatoes
1 kg pasta
cheese (mozarella)

92.07.14 (later)
Spaden has made the gorger - boiled down spaghetti with stuff (?) Delicious !
First recording: 1.13 a.m.Wednesday.


92.07.15 (1.55 a.m.)

First recording, first screw-up, next one perfect.
Bass and drums for "Road goes ever on" is a wrap Wednesday morning.
"So long sig sæl": Start 2.45 a.m. finished approx. 6.00 a.m.
5 re-takes due to fatigue, some minor mistakes - but O.K.
Martin to bed at 3.00 a.m., he looks like shit right now, has to go to work at 9.00 (up at 8.00).

Wednesday morning 11.00 a.m.
We´re up and running againg, ready for action.
Martin is violently tired at work.
I don´t know what to write...
FUCK!

11.30 a.m.
Start rehearsing/recording of "3.7.9.1."
It´s a wrap by 1 p.m. Lots of fuck-ups in previous recordings.
"Fairy tale" taken in oneshot with bass and drums.
Recording started at 2 p.m. finished at 4.30 p.m.

4.45 p.m.
Me (Kenneth) and Morten chill out to "Grease".
Exe and Martin is doing guitar sound.

Wednesday evening
Erik is working at laying down the guitars for Road goes on, which is a bigger problem than first assumed, because the rhythms are ZWARNESLUMPE?!

Wednesday
Erik has recorded guitar for "3.7.9.1.", "Road goes...", "So long ago" & "Fairy tale" from 5 p.m. to approx. 11.30 a.m. He looks like a cake that has been eaten twice.


92.07.16 Thursday 8.30 a.m.

Martin has laid down the guitar (- one mistake?) from 0.00-8.00 a.m.
"Spaden" is done for as sound engineer for the next couple of hours.
Now it´s time for pizza!
Listening to Candlemass

Thursday (later)
1.20 p.m."A tale from the woods", "The wanderer", "Gather y.w." guitar done.
Trying to wake up the rhythm ensemble!

Thursday (latest)
Total chaos
Recorded bass&drums separately
Done approx. 3.50 p.m. Mixer is to be returned at 4.00
"Wanderers f..." chaos


Demo-recording, total costs:
gear etc. 332,50 + 240,00 = 572,50
food etc. 214,75
total: 547,25 + 240,00 = 787,25
(editorial note: I know that this calculation doesn´t make sense, but I know that we did a recording for less than 1000 DKK, and I´m quite proud of that really...)

Sleep (three days):
Martin: slept at home + 4 + 0
Exe: 6½ + 4 + 8 (stoner)
Kanut: 6 + 4 + 3½
Me (Morten): 6 + 4 + 0

Jan´s gift:
150,00 + 17,25 = 167,25/4 = 41,81 + Kenneth 6,- (smokes)
(editorial note: Jan of course had to have his birthday during these insane days...)


92.07.18 Saturday

Spaden records bass-track for "Gather ya´wild" with Exe as helper & button-twister.
Cymbal laid on "The wanderer´s..." after bass-fill (Ken.)


92.07.19 Sunday

Morten, Exe and me find out how sound and effects should be done for the coming demo. Departure for the studio tomorrow at 11-12 (Kenneth)


92.07.21.

Approx. 7.30 a.m.
Mastertape finished!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

We have been working from 8 p.m. in 40 degrees. Lars Motörhead has made godly sound on "the world´s longest demo". 1.000.000.000 thanx!


92.07.22.

Soon going back to Denmark again - this time with a mastertape in the bag! (& a copy of the newest CD with Dream Theater)

WE ARE MINAS TIRITH
WE ARE INVINCIBLE
3.7.9.1.



How about changing our name to Tsezar Marcowich and The Bread Delivery ?


92.08.01.

1 tape sold to Arne and paid for !


92.09.25.

8.15 a.m. Mastertape handed over for copying in Roskilde. (Exe)


92.10.02.

Tape received from "Tocano" in Roskilde. Heard. Perfect ! (Exe)