La prairie is my official debut album as Élément Kuuda. Most of it was recorded between 2001 and 2003 while I was still living in my Mom’s basement. I had very basic equipment to produce this album. I was equipped with a computer (Pentium 3) that I built with my Dad. It had a cracked version of Acid pro as a DAW and a bunch of plugins I got from a friend. I had bought a Roland JX-3P synthesizer at Songbird Music in Ottawa (Canada) and a Minidisc recorder to produce the field recordings used on the album. Most of the “rhythm sections” and textures we’re composed from decomposed field recordings from nature and reprocessed digitally with software. I took a lot of walks in the woods with my minidisc and recorded creeks, swamps, insects and footsteps.
I was also hanging out with my friends and attending/playing shows in small venues in Ottawa. We influenced each other a lot and had so much love and passion for music production. We shared knowledge and had weekly parties together four to sevens of us. We mostly got high and listened to records without speaking like it was a movie in a theatre. We we’re all working separately on music and mixes during the week and we made each other listen to our work in progress during those listening sessions. We would comment and explain our technics.
We decided to form a small record label/collective called Sul Pont and we released our first CDs in 2004. SUL 01 was Simon Guibord - Aspct and the second (SUL 02) was La prairie. Simon and I hung out a lot during this period. He made a bunch of sound manipulations and mixed my record and I added synthesizers on his.
Simon was also studying graphic design with Sylvain Lorgeou who made the illustrations and the design for both albums. It was mastered by a kind engineer called Luc Grégoire. It was such a great experience to go in his studio and watch him work the sounds. We had no experience and he taught us about phase, keeping the bass in the middle, using the sound image to create nice stereo effects, etc.
Right before the albums came out, I decided to move to Montreal.
released September 25, 2004
Produced by Christian Richer
Mixed by Simon Guibord
Mastered by Luc Grégoire
Artwork by Sylvain Lorgeou