WHY A QUANTUM TALE?
“A Quantum Tale is the result of a passion for music, physics, poetry and hullalabysies. Somehow we always knew they were connected, but it became almost evident when we were looking for help to translate and old chinese poem from Du Fu. With the aid of a chinese friend we were finally able to do it. The process came with an add on: the chinese friend would not know the meaning of isolated verses. She kept on insisting that she needed more and more verses to make some sense out of the thing (as we were sending to her bits and pieces of the poem, one at a time, hoping to have some translation freedom). So there we had it: the poem did not have a sense until the very end, when the use of some words affected past verses and the whole thing came out as an unitary work of art. Does this ring a bell for quantum physicists?”
THE MAKING OF the record was good fun. We had plenty of cakes, and other things too.
“TTT needed an english producer, and we were fascinated by the work of Nigel so it was only natural for us to give it a go. For reasons unknown to the band, he agreed to work with us and the whole process was fantastic. He would take a basic idea and make it big, or subtle, or simply amazing depending on what the song was requiring. A true gift for us. We are all aware of how difficult is to keep a friendly ambience when recording… well, we are not saying that it was an stress-free exerience, but we became good friends and enjoy wonderful music themed, or family themed, or (you name it) themed, evenings with a pint. Or two.”
THE RECORDING PROCESS
“I’d lay down guitar track, melody and reference background vocals, a guiding drum track. Nigel would come over to my place and work on structures, arangements, and some chord changes. Then we’d work separately in the ideas and put them together. Nigel would drop silly or very silly ideas while the songs were taking shape. And come up with brilliant stuff in the way. There are songs with like a trillion guitars (most of them so subtle you wouldn’t notice) and seventy six vocal lines, and a triangle.”