The Garmisch collection

The Garmisch collection

Where Garmisch collects things

It´s the remix!

StuffPosted by Patrik Garmisch Mon, October 24, 2011 21:23:48

Yes, the big remix album is now out on blocSonic.

A bunch of new remixes. A bunch of old stuff, including a cover of the Petshop Boys-track "Rent". And it´s all free and available in all types of formats and as usual with fantastic art work by our friend Mike Gregoire over at blocSonic.

Go get it will you.

  • Comments(0)//

Garmisch summer greetings

StuffPosted by Patrik Garmisch Wed, June 22, 2011 23:33:20

The selftitled Garmisch album "Garmisch" is still available over at BlocSonic. And it´s still absolutely free.

Also, a remix album is in the works, hopefully to be released in september. And if everything goes our way we will have new material ready for release in a not to distant future. It will be awesome.

For now, check out the extended liner notes for the album below. Some day, somehow, they also will be completed.

Have a great summer everyone.

  • Comments(0)//

Extended liner notes 8

Garmisch mp3Posted by Patrik Garmisch Sun, February 27, 2011 23:44:59

8. The Cultural History of the Penis

There is at least three different version of ”the Penis” recorded. The first one was some sort of rock version, based on the bass and a guitar with lots of distorsion. The second one was a more mellow and kind of nerdy version with some voice samples from a live recording of Slick Rick performing ”La Di Da Di”.

This is the third version, also known as the ”Off Pist remix”, it´s an electronic remake. Very far from ”La Di Da Di” perhaps, and Slick Ricks ”Tic Toc”-sample didn´t make it through to this (so far) final embodiment of the Penis.

What made it through the third time was the vocals recorded for the second version, and the piano solo at the end. We did it in our old rehearsal studio. We shared this studio with another band and they had a real nice old fender rhodes piano standing there, and of course we had to borrow it. We plugged it in and recorded and Birgitta just improvised over the beat. And it sounded great so when she stopped after two rounds I started waving in the air, trying to tell her to continue. She did, after a while, and we kept it just like that. You can hear the gap, after the second round, a couple of seconds of piano silence where Birgitta looks up at me, thinking ”really? more?”, and ”okey, whatever”, and then continues.

About the lyrics. This is what it is, it´s the cultural history of the penis, boiled down to three dense verses. But I must confess a minor lie. When it says ”the roman life expectancy was less than 23” it's a sort of poetic freedom. The roman life expectancy was actually, according to scientific research, 25 but since 25 don’t rhyme with ”bleed” I had to go with 23 in the lyrics. Now, you could always argue that if the life expectancy in all of the roman empire, through all it existance, was 25, then it certainly somewhere in the empire, at some time, was as low as 23. But that would of course be a cheap excuse. It really was 25. Don´t qoute us on on anything else.


Written by Patrik Svensson

Recorded: during a couple of years in different places in Malmö.

Used: electric bass, electric guitar, fender rhodes, reason, mics.

  • Comments(1)//

Extended liner notes 7

Garmisch mp3Posted by Patrik Garmisch Thu, February 24, 2011 23:14:05

7. Glimmer

It´s been some time. First there was the holidays. Then there was revolutions everywhere. Then there was life in general passing by.

At the same time the downloads of our selftitled album over at BlocSonic keeps ticking on. You can still get it there, or you can get it again. Please do.

And the extended liner notes moves on.

This time, on ”Glimmer”, the first single from the album, the seventh track on the disc, in some parts of the world one of our most popular songs.

First of all: I´m not much of a guitarist. At least not in any kind of Slash/Yngwie/Van Halen-way. If anyone asks me I usually say that my favourite guitarist is Eddie Hazel from Parliament/Funkadelic. Mostly because it seems like a cool thing to say. And then, of course, because his ”Maggot Brain” is a moment of clarity for anyone with any interest in what you could do with a guitar, what you can make it sound like. And I guess thats what I´m into when it comes to guitar playing, finding out strange ways to make the guitar sound like something else than a guitar.

Still I wouldn´t ever try to imitate him in any way. Firstly because I couldn´t.

With that said, this is our big guitar track. ”Glimmer” is our guitar bonanza. And if you find that hard to believe, I will try to prove it with a detailed description by transcribing in letters the strange sounds going on.

Cause it´s all guitars really. Almost all of the very electrical and syntetic sounds that make up the song are actually played on the guitar. I have to admit I find that aspect of it very cool.

First (1): the very first sound on the track, the ”piong weeo wong”, it´s a guitar. Second (2): the electric harmony that the beat is build around, the ”WEEOWEOWAAAOOO” that begins after exactly eight seconds, it´s a guitar. Third (3): the variation of (2) that goes around in the first verse and sounds a little bit more like ”weeoweowaaaooo”, it´s a guitar. Fourth (4): the disturbing, electrical and sparkling ”kreeo kraaao” thats played rythmically through the second verse, beginning at 1.20, it´s a guitar. Fifth (5): the bouncy sound that goes ”ping piping paping pong” and begins at the same time as (4), yes it´s a guitar.

Besides that there´s Charlotte L:s drums, a straight electric bass, some Moogs and other keyboards and of course Charlotte F:s voice recorded in smooth layers.

Oh, and yes, we did that Lady Gaga-trick again on that studdering ”g glim…glimmer…glimmering”-thing thats goes on after the choruses; recorded the voice and then played it on a keyboard. I have no idea if Lady Gaga ever did this. It´s just a feeling.


Written by: Patrik Svenson

Recorded: different places in Malmö.

Used: electric bass, electric guitar, drums, reason, mics.

  • Comments(0)//

Extended liner notes 6

Garmisch mp3Posted by Patrik Garmisch Sun, December 12, 2010 23:10:39

6. Laugh Tracks

A confession: half of the lyrics is stolen from Saul Williams. Then again, the lyrics consists in total of two sentences so the more defensive way to put it would be that we borrowed a couple of words from Saul Williams.

The borrowed line: ”I got a heartbeat produced by God and boy it sounds hard”.

The song is like a parody of a parody. Charlotte L is banging her drums like they were frogs emerging from holes in the ground. Stefans bass is doubled and emerges like some kind of unforseen disease. That annoying sound that goes ”bing bing bidibing bing” is actually a voice sample pitched up through the roof.

Charlotte F:s song is recorded, doubled, then sampled and played on a keyboard.

Lady Gaga-style!


Written by Patrik Svensson

Recorded at Simrishamnsgatan 13

Used: drums, big sticks, electric bass, electric guitar, reason, a mic.

  • Comments(0)//

Extended liner notes 5

Garmisch mp3Posted by Patrik Garmisch Fri, December 10, 2010 23:04:46

5. Doing Time

This is a song about corrupt lawyers and according to my knowledge it´s the first song ever written on that theme.

”Doing Time” is an old song that we always use to play live. It kind of stuck with us. We did it simple with drums and bass and piano and a wah wah-guitar-thing. It has always been about Charlottes voice, in ”Doing TIme” more than ever.

This is the studio version and there´s too much going on. The beat is built around a sample wich in some way is related to William Burroughs who of course knew something about corrupt lawyers. There´s a singing bowl in the intro. It´s a small metal bowl wich you play with a thick wooden stick. I bought it in China. There´s a bass solo, who would have figured? There´s the piano and several different guitar figures. Theres shaking of both an egg and a small wooden kids toy. And then there´s a guitar solo played backwards, you wouldn´t believe how hard it was to get that right. All the counting of bars, the backwards thinking, the doing it over and over again until it fits. It was exhausting.


Written by Patrik Svensson

Recorded at Simrishamnsgatan 13

Used: electric bass, electric guitar, piano, reason, chinese singing bowl, shaking egg, small wooden kids toy, mics.

  • Comments(1)//

Extended liner notes 4

Garmisch mp3Posted by Patrik Garmisch Sat, December 04, 2010 00:28:49

4. Uddling

No, ”Uddling” is not a word, not even in swedish. ”Udda” is, it´s an adjective, it means ”strange” or ”odd”. ”Uddling” then, would be the noun of that, someone strange or odd.

This is a lullaby actually, odd only in its composition. Have you ever had one of those nights? Watching over a child, or someone sick, or someone breaking into pieces. And the world gets so small it almost implodes and all thats left is just that room, and the silence, and at best some sleep. Thats what this is about. Sometimes you just have to let it implode. Everything else has to go.

The beat is so simple it´s almost stupid. It´s a straight bassdrum, a shaker and a couple of really odd voice samples. In the second verse there´s me playing on a chinese drum wich I bought in Beijing a couple of years ago. It´s a beautiful drum, with beautiful sound, and I got it for about 10 euros and I consider it to be one of my best buys ever. Actually you can hardly hear it in the recording, but it´s there. Like a pair of lucky underpants. Sometimes the knowledge of it´s presence is enough.

It sounds like Nina Simone saying ”We´re gonna take a break right here”, just before the break. But it´s not, it´s Erykah Badu, pitched down a few steps.

I did the piano solo. It was improvised and sloppy in a way Birgitta would never do, and never accept. But I kind of liked it.


Written by Patrik Svensson

Recorded: at Simrishamnsgatan 13

Used: electric bass, electric guitar, piano, reason, chinese drum, shaker, mics.

So, if you got this far, here´s a small treat. Extremely fresh, finished today. It´s a remix, a piano makeover. Very different. Hope you enjoy it.

Uddling (piano makeover)

  • Comments(0)//

Extended liner notes 3

Garmisch mp3Posted by Patrik Garmisch Wed, December 01, 2010 23:03:33

3. Unreal

I came in the door, I said it before: go get the whole Garmisch album for free, in all kinds of nice formats and with art works and everything, at BlocSonic.

This is just liner notes, the extended version. I wrote ”Unreal” a long time ago and it would have been forgotten but for some reason I suddenly remembered it and made an arrangement and I kind of liked it.

It wasn´t supposed to be like this though. I had imagined the chorus being sung on a higher note than the verse. But the key the recorded arrangement was made in stretched Charlottes limits already in the verse. Now I really like that, the stretched limit, there´s a very powerful feeling of uncertainty in it. But there was no way she could do the chorus like intended.

So in some kind of dejected geious she simply suggested that she would go low on the chorus instead, and we tried it and recorded it right away and thats the take that made it all the way. Of course it made it much better and, just as important, saved me the work of having to redo the whole arrangemant in another key. Lazyness and lack of time makes pop magic, my mother always told me.

There´s not much more to say. The beat is made from a couple of different samples put together. I could tell you where the samples are from but then I, of course, would have to kill you.


Written by Patrik Svensson

Recorded: at Simrishamnsgatan 13

Used: electric bass, electric guitar, reason, mics.

  • Comments(0)//
« PreviousNext »