The Bottle Garden analog studio cultivates unique music

New technology just isn’t as inspiring for musicians as it used to be. Vinyl made its comeback and now tape is being rediscovered as a way to record music.

In a basement in Mile End, Montreal bands are shunning digital and cutting tape instead

The Bottle Garden analog recording studio in the Mile End neighborhood was created over a period of eight years by members of the critically-acclaimed band Freelove Fenner. 1:23

New technology just isn't as inspiring for musicians as it used to be.   

Vinyl made its comeback and now tape is being rediscovered as a way to record music.

The Bottle Garden analog recording studio in the Mile End neighbourhood was created over a period of eight years by members of the critically-acclaimed band Freelove Fenner.

"The sound is different," The Bottle Garden's Peter Woodford said.

"And tape costs money so you have to be decisive. You can't make unlimited tracks."

They built a lot of the equipment in their basement studio by hand.

Members of Freelove Fenner join Jeanette Kelly on Cinq à Six this weekend. (Tessa Smith )
 Woodford said most musicians are used to digital recording where the options are endless, which makes the decisions daunting.

But he added that neither digital nor tape recording is necessarily better than the other.

As for the tape used to record, Woodford said it isn't in short supply just yet. There are still two manufacturers in the world — one in the U.S. and one in France.

The Bottle Garden studio's Caitlin Loney and Peter Woodford join Jeanette Kelly on Cinq à Six Saturday, March 26, at 5:05 p.m. on CBC Radio One. 

With files from Cinq à Six