The Man Who Sold The World - David Bowie on SNL via HuluPLUS

One of my musical influences was Nirvana and back in my college band days, I remember performing a cover of their cover of David Bowie's "The Man Who Sold The World".

I've been watching Saturday Night Live from the very first season and I enjoy seeing my favorite actors, actresses, comedians and musicians win their younger days.

What a delight to watch David Bowie on Season 5, Episode 7 performing "The Man Who Sold The World". I thought I'd post the excerpt on my blog so I can easily go back to it whenever I want to.

I hope you enjoy it too.


Why I'm Doing This Course

It's so cool to discover Coursera and particularly this Introduction to Music Production course by Loudon Stearns from the Berklee College of Music. By taking this course, it is my hope that the knowledge I've gained through trial and error and lots of reading will be reinforced by learning the basics from a "master".

This post is my submission for the Week 1 Assignment.

For the benefit of my "classmates"

My name's Mario Gozum, based in Maryland, USA. I've been doing home recording, on and off, since 2005. For the week 1 assignment I will share what I've learned about microphone polar patterns by using my own condenser microphone as the "test subject".


After completing the levels-only mix I went through the POD Farm vocal presets and found one that had a clean reverb effect. I stuck with my plan to record wet so that I didn't have to fiddle with the dry track during mixing.

I recorded one track for the main vocal first. Then another performance track doubling the chorus parts only.  I did one rough pass to include the main vocals to the levels-only mix. When I was happy with it, I proceeded to do the back up vocals. I used the same POD Farm vocal preset but adjusted the reverb module to increase the depth and make the back up vocals sound farther from the main vocal. I duplicated the back up vocals and panned them left and right.

Here's a clip.

Levels-and-Panning-Only Rough Mix including Vocals

So far so good :)

I'll let it stew for a bit to give my ear a rest and listen to it a few more times. Then I'll make a final decision whether to proceed with the mixing segment.


After recording the basic parts, Guitar, Bass and Drums, I did an initial "levels and panning only" mix to get a rough idea of the final product and also to make it sound somewhat pleasing when I start laying down vocals. I think it improves my performance when the music sounds good, at least in my ears.

The tracks I ended up with are: