Elliott Smith: Angeles Video

Posted by Scott

Here’s an incredible video of Elliott Smith apparently recording Angeles live in a living room. Amazing that they’re getting such great sound from one mic picking up both the guitar and the vocals. I use 3 mics just to capture one acoustic guitar, which might be overkill. I have been experimenting with mic’ing drums using just one condenser room mic placed at a good distance and a dynamic on the bottom of the snare only with decent results. (thanks to Dusty Brown for that technique)

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Lars Hedemann says:

May 9, 2008 at 12:05 am

I am also a drummer, and I have had great results using a stereo condenser mic either in near overhead position or better still, at an angle from behind @ approx. 1.5 meter height. This works especially great on “ambient” sounding drums with a big lowend sustain, such as 50′s and 60′s Ludwigs, Slingerland, Leedy or newer DW’s. Works very well if you want a natural sound. Smack some tube comp. on, and you could have a killer sound. Of course depends on the sound you want, but usually, miking from behind gives a nice natural compression and attack, that is hard to get from using ambient mics solo.
Anyway, that’s how I usually mike my Ringo kit from ’63 ( and he actually played on it!) to get a full sound. But it’s not for a “clean” drumsound, as you can imagine.

Lars Hedemann


mathew says:

May 9, 2008 at 9:58 am

Jem Cohen did this – a series of three shorts following him around Portland, called ‘Lucky Three’. It’s amazing.


Dave C. says:

June 11, 2008 at 8:22 pm

His music is one of my defaults when I’m designing. There’s just something about the somberness that makes me more productive. This is the first I’ve seen of him performing. I’m no musician, but he seems to be quite incredible with that guitar. The odd thing about this video is that I get a feeling about where his head was at, melancholy to a fault. It’s a shame we won’t be getting any new music from this genius.