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The opening theme song of Sonitotum is “Anastasia” written, performed, and recorded by yours truly, Matthew Wayne Selznick. You can hear or buy the full song on YouTube, Spotify, Amazon.com, iTunes, or just about anywhere you can buy or stream music online.
The closing and interstitial music is a little ditty I call “Gwinton,” also by yours truly, Matthew Wayne Selznick. It’s super-short and really just a looping thing, so it’s not available outside of the show.
On both songs, I play a 1972 Gibson Ripper bass guitar and a Fender “Bullet” Squire electric guitar. On “Anastasia,” the drums are performed on an Akai Professional MPD218 MIDI drum pad controller. For “Gwinton,” the drums are royalty-free loops found in the excellent Mixcraft Pro Studio software, which was also used to record, mix, and master both “Anastasia” and “Gwinton.”
Sonitotum is usually recorded using an Aurycle a460 large diaphragm studio condenser microphone through a Behringer U-Phoria UMC202HD (audio interface for directly connecting microphones and musical instruments to a computer). Outdoor / remote episodes are often recorded using my Audio-Technica ATR-3350IS omnidirectional condenser lavalier mic. The show is edited and mixed in Adobe Audition. The episode files are hosted and delivered by Zencast.fm; the website is hosted by Dreamhost.
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You’ve really captured the essence of teenage life during the 80s. Particularly life in Southern California, and even more particularly life in Orange County. It’s all so familiar…and yet different, mainly because I lived in L.A. County, where we rooted for the Dodgers and listened to KROQ rather than KNAC. (I hadn’t even known KNAC had a New Wave era prior to reading this serial. This could also be attributed to the fact that I was born about four years after you.)
Matthew Wayne Selznick
Thanks! Believe me, many of us were pretty bummed when KNAC changed from “Rock ‘n’ Rhythm,” their official format tagline, to playing heavy metal. I think that was in the late eighties..?
KNAC was the first place on the radio I heard anything from Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” album. They would play that right next to English Beat, the Fall, etc. It was almost like the short-lived “we play what we want” formats of the late nineties / early aughts… another casualty of the consolidation of media companies gobbling up radio stations…
Enjoying your weekly installments of HDACN, Matt. Hadn’t read the series before.
I was just about to ask you if Pinnacle Records was a real store or, more likely, what real life store it was based on… Then it hit me. Pinnacle. Tower. Correct?
Matthew Wayne Selznick
Heya Harold! Yep! Pinnacle = Tower. The location in the serial (which folks can subscribe to read for free right here) was at El Toro and Rockfield in what is now Lake Forest, California.
Glad you’re digging it!