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Artists on Recording Techniques by Jeff Touzeau

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17. Ivy: Converging Talent at New York’s Stratosphere Sound

Andy Chase, a multi-instrumentalist and composer in the group Ivy, is no stranger to the recording studio. He is a partner in Stratosphere Sound, along with James Iha, formerly of Smashing Pumpkins, and Adam Schlesinger of Fountains of Wayne. Stratosphere Sound is a top-flight, Francis Manzella-designed studio in the heart of New York City, which has since attracted folks such as Ryan Adams, America, and many others.

Ivy’s record, Guestroom, was a collection of their favorite cover songs. Doing an album of covers enabled them to discover their own arrangements and interpretations of songs that were important to them for one reason or another. It was also a vacation of sorts away from ...

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