Barike Band

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Genre : Band
Column : Music

Barike Band existed before computerised (digital) studios reached the shores of PNG.

In their era, musicians had to be good and had to be able to play instruments manually when recording - where as in these days, you don't have to be a musician at all, you can just walk into a computerised studio and with the click of a mouse button... Magic is created! And programmed music is waiting for your voice, a few more clicks and your voice can sound like Elvis Presley or Jamaican ragga rappers instantly! The computerised studios are disney lands where magic takes place unlike in the past where such luxury did not exist.

This first Barike Band album was recorded using a very basic Tascam 4-Track reel-to-reel ¼ inch analogue recorder, mixing down through a 4-channel mixer with basic on-board effects and equalization to a ¼ inch 2-track tascam stereo reel-to-reel master recorder.  Sound Engineer, Greg C Seeto, would do many takes and mix-bounce these to two-track, back to 4-track and continue overdubs until satisfied. Most of the tracks at the time were recorded raw [no fx and compression, etc.] Because he was a musician, the rest of the tricks and good output of the final production of those early recordings was a result of his creative imaginations-Recorded in Rabaul at Greg Seeto's Sound Stream studios which later became Pacific Gold Studios in 1983. 

Sound Stream was the first commercial studio that existed in PNG.  Government NBC studios were also involved in recording.

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