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your (studio's) definitive smell

Post by phillyphife » Thu Oct 19, 2006 12:24 pm

not so loosely derived from another post -

some studios have such complex smells, like a fine wine, somelike the YMCA locker room, some like the Starship Enterprise - is there any relation to the scents and the sounds produced therein?

i'll start -

cat pee, mildew and cedar

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Post by MoreSpaceEcho » Thu Oct 19, 2006 12:49 pm

tobacco and painfully strong coffee.

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Post by cgarges » Thu Oct 19, 2006 1:09 pm

Man, what an awesome thread. My favorite studio smells were at the recently-closed Jay Howard Production Audio, which smelled like old cedar and burlap, and the much older Arthur Smith studio, which smelled like even older cedar and burlap. Sunset Sound in LA has an interesting somewhat similar smell. The biggest smell-related thing I recall about Abbey Road is the guys from Stereophonic grilling red meat in the flat below us after we got mild food poisoning. Entirely unpleasant.

There used to be a hip-hop studio here in town located above a bagel factory. Mmmmmmm...fresh dough.

I used to work at a studio that was located on the second floor of a building above a fish market. Talk about smell...

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Post by Dave Nutz » Thu Oct 19, 2006 1:26 pm

30 years of tobacco smoke and burning neve consoles
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Post by John Jeffers » Thu Oct 19, 2006 2:05 pm

I work in a studio called Motaland. Take a guess what it smells like.

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Post by apropos of nothing » Thu Oct 19, 2006 2:09 pm

Catbox, curry, garam Masala, fenugrek, clove, coconut milk, garlic and other herbs.

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Post by cgarges » Thu Oct 19, 2006 2:14 pm

apropos of nothing wrote:Catbox, curry, garam Masala, fenugrek, clove, coconut milk, garlic and other herbs.
I'd say that's accurate.

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Post by trodden » Thu Oct 19, 2006 5:04 pm

marijuana and more marijuana, in fact the whole house smells like pot. but i wouldn't have ANYTHING to do with that now.

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Post by Jupiter4Jackie » Fri Oct 20, 2006 9:17 am

Tobacco, stale coffee, sour milk...
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Post by bewarethanatos » Fri Oct 20, 2006 12:40 pm

Occasionally, the studio I work at smells like tobacco, but more often than not, it smells like apple pie (thank you febreeze) or blackberry vanilla (thank you bath and body works.)

The blackberry vanilla smell has permanently been singed into my brain as being the smell of the studio.

The lounge smells like coffee.

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Post by mjau » Fri Oct 20, 2006 12:53 pm

My "studio", i.e., two rooms in deep reaches of the third floor of my house, smell like coffee, cats, and old house.

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Post by ;ivlunsdystf » Fri Oct 20, 2006 1:31 pm

Lately, the signature smell of my music lair has been that burnt crayon smell of the G3 ibook keyboard.

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Post by LifeGoesOff » Fri Oct 20, 2006 2:28 pm

NagChampa inscense, cigarettes, and lately something I just can't quite describe only than to say "not good"

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Post by I'm Painting Again » Fri Oct 20, 2006 2:47 pm

my room gets the smell that a lot of old electronics have..you know exactly what I'm talking about if you have experienced it..like the smell inside the electronics bays of an old Ampex deck..I wonder what the hell that is?

It really smells great though..

my place smells like that and crack and PCP..

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Post by trodden » Fri Oct 20, 2006 3:10 pm

Toolshed of Death wrote:my room gets the smell that a lot of old electronics have..you know exactly what I'm talking about if you have experienced it..like the smell inside the electronics bays of an old Ampex deck..I wonder what the hell that is?

It really smells great though..

my place smells like that and crack and PCP..
tell your mom she's got to crash somewhere else then.

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