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Charlie Bookout Studio Works

For more than twenty years, Mortuary Studios in Gentry, Arkansas has been producing its unique brand of artwork.

In 1990, several local artists began to occupy the building that was once Gentry's morgue and funeral chapel. They soon developed it into a creative space devoted to independent music, film, and many other artistic forms.

"Charlie Bookout Studio Works" is the project name for the compositions and recordings I've done there over the years. The first efforts were pretty humble and involved some of the most primitive lo-tech multi-track recording imaginable. Step #1: Start off by placing a $2 microphone up to a speaker that is playing the drum pattern you recorded. Step #2: Run the mic into a 2nd tape deck while you play a keyboard part to merge with it. Step #3: Put the 2nd tape into the first deck and repeat the process with a third instrument. Presto! You're your own one-man-band! But I moved forward, figuring that must be how the pros did it, and started composing. I wrote song after song firmly rooted to the influences of the 1970's progressive rock of Kansas, the modern funk of Prince, and the 'whatever' of Saturday morning School House Rock cartoons.

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