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You've got to hear:
JIMMY'S FLUTE
 
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We've been blessed with many a four-track masterpiece recently, but Lee Gene Ardent has raised the bar by taking it down a notch. Recorded on a single track tape recorder, and then pieced together in Sound Edit 16, Ardent's sub-lo-fi approach removes all barriers between his message and your ears.

We spoke to him about his recording methods, and the subjects of his song writing.

FW: Tell me how your seventh record, "Ocean Leaves and Tobacco Water", was made.

LGA: I play everything into a tape recorder, it has this little microphone inside, and then play it into my computer to edit the layers together.

FW: Is the way you record related at all to your message?

LGA: Oh yes, it is.

FW:
How so? Tell me.

LGA: I feel like all of those devices, the sliders and cables and equipment, are all barriers between me and the listener. Your mind is really just a filter, like when the creek flows over the dam, you get everything rushing at you.

FW: Yet you use a computer to mix the final songs, and even add digital effects.

LGA: That's right. I'm not anti-technology at all. Computers and telephones are just more things to use, like tape recorders. I think the more sediment that's left on my music by simple things the better.

FW:
The songs on "Ocean Leaves and Tobacco Water" are sincere and honest. Are they all based on friendships?

LGA: Yes, I really love my friends. For instance, the song that you are going to have on your magazine, "Jimmy's Flute" is for my friend Jimmy Berman. It's a dedication of sorts, but I tried not to make the song too specifically about Jimmy. It' s meant to be applied to everyone that listens to it. It's personal, but it can be personalized by you all. I hope you like it as much as Jimmy.

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