The Harrison Fjord is a project forged from a lifelong friendship between
musicians Paul McWhinnie, Carl Braund, Tim Langan and Sascha Tukatsch. Having
originally met in 1974 and formed their first band Jupiter together, Tim and
Sascha went on to rename the group Reign with fellow high school confidantes
Paul and Carl. After a number of years performing music of their favourite
progressive rock contemporaries, the group disbanded, keeping in touch as
friends throughout the years and occasionally getting together in a studio or
home to freestyle jam musical ideas. This resulted in numerous pieces of
recorded music by the time they had already established families and built their
respective careers, from software development to the graphic arts. Music was
always a driving force and a constant component in each of their lives.
Fast-forward almost twenty years and the four friends decide it’s time to create
a body of work that will encompass the musical vocabulary they have developed –
While the focus resides on interesting film, television, and corporate opportunities, the late night alternative radio as well as the ‘musician’ audience is sure to embrace the music found on The Harrison Fjord’s machine tree CD.
CARL BRAUND keyboards
TIM LANGAN bass guitar, keyboards
PAUL MCWHINNIE guitar, keyboards
ALEXANDER "SASCHA" TUKATSCH drums, percussion
1974/1975 Grade 7 – Tim and Sascha meet
June 1975 1st gig as Jupiter with David Keaney on guitar
1976/1977 Practiced music with Tim
1977 – 1979 Rehearsed with new guitarist Dave McLaughlin
May 30th, 1979 1st gig as REIGN at A.Y Jackson with Dave McLaughlin on guitar
1980 Paul McWhinnie joins REIGN replacing Dave McLaughlin on guitar
Carl Braund leaves group ACT IV to join REIGN on keyboards
Feb.28th, 1981 Club Royale – debut as a quartet
No opening act
$4.00 cover charge – doors at 8pm – 126 people attend
May 29th, 1981 A.Y Jackson Secondary School
200 people attend
June 21st, 1981 Blessed Trinity Church Benefit Concert
420 people attend
July, 1981 Paul records acoustic music in backyard of 4 Olean Court
Tapes still missing
1986/1987 Rehearsals for OKO/Spring’s End Sessions begin
Recorded at Number 9 Studios in Markham
1991/1992 Rehearsals for Stand Back/Ambient Landscape sessions begin
Recorded at Spike Sound featuring Lisa Erskine on backing vocals
Let There Be "Reign"...
It all began in 1973 when Sascha and Tim met in Grade 7 at Saint Agnes Catholic School.
In 1980 Paul and Carl heard the beat of a different drummer. From that moment to the present, ‘so many songs, so many fresh and brave ideas’ were created, performed and recorded, but this time it was all about it just being ‘good to see you’.
The four of us all wanted to create a full body of work and capture it as a ‘performance of the moment’. The majority of this body of work is just that – live off the floor – along with a few tasty overdubs.
1998 – We set up a loose schedule that consisted of 2-3 full days each week in a rehearsal studio, with as many consecutive weeks as possible. Here we could write, play, create and fine - tune our interplay. We’d record each day as a means of cataloguing our ideas, then review, edit, re-compose and finally capture 3-7 performances/interpretations of each piece of music on tape or hard disk.
1999/2000 – Comping – composite tracking – taking various performances of the same song and combining them to create the final version.
2000/2001 – Overdubs – For us it was a given that we would be ‘sweetening’ the tracks. Each time we ‘jammed’ a version of a piece of music, we would work on different parts of the orchestration – from hard rhythm tracks to loop jams, simply playing variations on a theme for 10 minutes gave us what we needed/wanted.
2002 – The Mix – 4 weeks – 6-7 days a week – this is what it took to mix 13 compositions, consisting anywhere from 24 to 60 individual tracks per composition. We compiled a healthy amount of outboard equipment and embarked on the mix adventure with mix engineer Michael Barlow
2002 – The Mastering – It really should only take one or two days to put the final sonic sheen on a body of work, but in reality it took more like four or five days, as there was always ‘just one more thing’ that had to be addressed. The Lacquer Channel’s Phil Demetro had great patience and understood the scope of the project.
And so it went – almost 5 years of what some might call work -conversations, feeding, contradictions, criticism, controversy, chatter, rehearsing, reviews, fine tuning, recording, editing, altering, creating. All that wrapped into 70+ minutes of music. Are we happy?
Well, hell YEAH! Are we done? No!
2002 – 2003 - Artwork – Say What Communications – Our good friends Grant Ivens, Brian Low and Christopher Stratton take on the heady project of realizing our concept name The Harrison Fjord and the album title Machine Tree and taking it to the next level – the visual. 6 weeks in July of 2002 became 6 months (ending in March 2003), when we finally all had the focus and the peace of mind to give the artwork a collective thumbs up!
2003 – Production / Manufacturing – We’re in – we’re punching out copies and we’re in the ‘Here and Now’
Thanks for your support. We promise the next body of work won’t take sooooo long to deliver!