Uploaded on Jul 31, 2010
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Linden wrote a famous ZZ Top song: http://lindenhudson.com/fa
A one minute tutorial. Linden Hudson has been a recording engineer for 40 years. The first 20 years he worked in recording studios. The past 20 years he's engineered sound for film and video production. In this tutorial Linden discusses dynamic vs condenser microphones. This discussion is for beginners. The mics shown here are common mics, as this video is intended for low budget home recordists.
In this short tutorial Linden gives some non-lawyer advice about copyrighting your songs. If you think your music has possibilities, you should copyright it.
Linden Hudson once wrote a song on the ZZ Top "Eliminator" album. This album went on to be one of the biggest albums of all time, in fact it's sales are listed as "diamond" which is much bigger than "platinum". The song Linden wrote for the album was titled "Thug". Then Linden spent 5 years suing ZZ Top for his money. This was a tough time in Linden's life as he had a newborn son and was having trouble paying the bills. Why do some stars treat people like this? Are they afraid there'll be one less Mercedes in the driveway? (Books are written, see book excerpts below).
FROM THE BOOK "SHARP DRESSED MEN - ZZ TOP" (HYPERION BOOKS)(BY DAVID BLAYNEY, ZZ TOP'S STAGE AND PRODUCTION MANAGER OF 15 YEARS): "sound engineer Linden Hudson co-wrote much of the material on the album (Eliminator) as a live-in high-tech music teacher to Beard and Gibbons."
FROM THE BOOK: "TRES HOMBRES -- THE STORY OF ZZ TOP" BY DAVID SINCLAIR (WRITER FOR THE LONDON TIMES): "Linden Hudson, the engineer/producer who lived at Beard's house (ZZ's drummer) had drawn their attention to the possibilities of the new recording technology and specifically to the charms of the straight drumming pattern, as used on a programmed drum machine. On "Eliminator" ZZ Top unveiled a simple new musical combination that cracked open a vast worldwide market".
FROM THE BOOK: "SHARP DRESSED MEN -- ZZ TOP" BY DAVID BLAYNEY: "Linden remained at Frank's (ZZ Top drummer) place as ZZ's live-in engineer throughout the whole period of "Eliminator" rehearsals, and was like one of the family... ...as he (Linden) worked at the controls day after day, watching the album (Eliminator) take shape, his hopes for a big step forward in his production career undoubtedly soared. "Eliminator" marked the first time that ZZ Top was able to rehearse an entire album with the recording studio gadgetry that Billy so loved. With Linden Hudson around all the time, it also was the first time the band could write, rehearse, and record with someone who knew the men and the machines. ZZ Top was free to go musically crazy, but also musically crazy like a fox. Linden made that possible too".
FROM THE BOOK: "SHARP DRESSED MEN -- ZZ TOP" BY DAVID BLAYNEY: "Linden found himself in the position of being Billy's (Billy Gibbons, ZZ TOP guitarist) closest collaborator on "Eliminator". In fact, he wound up spending more time on the album than anybody except Billy. While the two of them spent day after day in the studio, they were mostly alone with the equipment and the ideas."
FROM THE BOOK: "SHARP DRESSED MEN -- ZZ TOP" BY DAVID BLAYNEY: "Eliminator" went on to become a multi-platinum album, just as Linden had predicted when he and Billy were setting up the 124-beat tempos and arranging all the material. Rolling Stone eventually picked the album as number 39 out of the top 100 of the 80s. Linden Hudson in a fair world should have had his name all over "Eliminator" and gotten the just compensation he deserved. Instead he got ostracized.
THE HOUSTON CHRONICLE: Feb 1984
Houston songwriter and producer Linden Hudson has joined Broadcast Music Inc (BMI) as a songwriter affiliate. The former University Of Houston student had his song "Thug" recorded by ZZ Top on their recent "Eliminator" album.
FROM THE BOOK: "ZZ TOP -- BAD AND WORLDWIDE" (ROLLING STONE PRESS, WRITTEN BY DEBORAH FROST): "Eventually they decided to use the song ("Thug" by Linden Hudson) on "Eliminator". They (ZZ Top) and Bill Ham (ZZ's manager) refused to discuss the question of royalties or album points with him (Linden). They didn't deny he wrote the song".
FROM THE BOOK: "SHARP DRESSED MEN -- ZZ TOP" BY DAVID BLAYNEY: "The integral position Linden occupied in the process of building "Eliminator" was demonstrated eloquently in the case of the song "Under Pressure". Billy and Linden, the studio wizard, did the whole song all in one afternoon without either the bass player or drummer even knowing it had been written and recorded on a demo tape. Linden synthesized the bass and drums and helped write the lyrics; Billy did the guitars and vocals."
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