September-December 2009 – Pumpkinland II

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September-December 2009 – Pumpkinland II
Studio session of The Smashing Pumpkins
ArtistThe Smashing Pumpkins
AlbumTeargarden by Kaleidyscope - Vol. 1: Songs for a Sailor
FromSeptember 2009
ToDecember 2009
LocationPumpkinland II
Producer(s)Billy Corgan, Kerry Brown
Engineer(s)Bjorn Thorsrud

The September-December 2009 – Pumpkinland II was the first set of recording sessions for the ongoing Teargarden by Kaleidyscope project, at Billy Corgan's brand new personal studio Pumpkinland II. With the intent of releasing one song per month for free over the course of 44 months, each song was recorded one at a time. The band now consisted of Billy Corgan, Mark Tulin on bass and Mike Byrne on drums.

Tracks recorded[edit | edit source]

Officially released[edit | edit source]

Unreleased[edit | edit source]

Background[edit | edit source]

An API mixing console that was used, previously owned by The Doobie Brothers.

The goal was to release a new song each month for 44 consecutive months, giving each recording a unique sonic treatment. An old API recording console previously owned by The Doobie Brothers was used on the first song.[1]

Equipment[edit | edit source]

Guitar[edit | edit source]

Corgan played a 1961 Les Paul Junior Special through a Sound City Studio 20 amp.[2]

Bass[edit | edit source]

Mark Tulin was said to have played a 1963 Fender Jazz bass through a 1963 Ampeg Portaflex flip-top amp.[2]

Drum miking[edit | edit source]

Drummer Mike Byrne in the studio

Adapted from Kerry Brown's September 15, 2009 glittercop blog.[3]

  • An AKG D112 was used for the kick drum, positioned inside it about 3 inches from the beater. Outside the kick drum and about 4 inches from the head were a Beyer M88 TG and an AKG D30 (so-called the "Zep Mic" for achieving the huge kick drum sound used on many Led Zeppelin recordings).
  • On the top of the snare, a Shure Sm57 and an AKG 414 EB were used, and an AKG 414 EB on the bottom.
  • The high hats were miked with a Neuman KM184.
  • An U47 Fet i was used for the floor tom.
  • About 4 feet in front of the kit was a Telefunken Elam 251.
  • High overhead mics (left and right) were Neuman's KM84s.
  • For the tight overhead microphone sitting very close to the kit, a stereo Telefunken SM2 was used.
  • A mono AKG C28 was used as an additional overhead mic.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Kerry Brown, glittercop blog, September 23, 2009
  2. 2.0 2.1 Kerry Brown, glittercop blog, September 14, 2009
  3. Kerry Brown, glittercop blog, September 15, 2009