In Memoriam: Frazier Mohawk / Barry Friedman

Since the beginning, “Frazier Mohawk’s coffee bean grinder” has been listed as a lightsweetcrude influence: long story, but a little imagination will get you there… He was a one-of-a-kind individual who helped form the Buffalo Springfield, had a hand in many goings on in Hollywood in the ’60s, worked at Elektra, and was a very positive musical force and mentor to anyone in his presence. He also hated Pro Tools – he knew how to make a record, and still believed in the magic that happens when the red light goes on…. In a world of industrial units with SSLs thrown in, Puck’s Farm was (and is) a unique studio with a real aesthetic and atmosphere, that sends you right back to another time and place: a better sounding one. That aesthetic: one of rustic vibes, wood, art, 1930’s Hollywood artifacts, ancient microphones, tape, and a huge but warm recording space, was Frazier’s. Coupled with the fact that this creative space was located on a fully functional farm, it made for an almost otherworldly experience. Leaving late at night, you could hear animal whispers everywhere, and dark percussive sounds coming from the emu “quarters”. Always meant to record that… I had the pleasure of working there for a few years, and it was an experience that has been with me ever since. I’m grateful to have had a generous taste of a world that is slowly disappearing. Thanks for all the stories, the laughs, and the knowledge, Frazier. Rest in Peace.

Frazier’s story
A taste of Frazier’s world in 1968


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