BARRY KNOEDL -
In 1984, Barry upgraded his studio to from
4-track to 16-track. For the first time they became almost entirely
self-reliant, calling in other musicians only when they needed a specific sound,
or when they were working under time constraints that would make using outside
musicians more prudent. The advent of MIDI was a big leap forward for
Barry and Bill. It added the possibility of orchestration to their
recordings. This can be heard most prevalently on their Christmas CD released in 1994. Between 1974 and 2005, Barry and Bill recorded hundreds
of songs, between 1974 and 1976 on 2-track, between 1976 and 1984 on 4-track,
and between 1984 and 2000 on 16-track. In 2001, Barry set up a digital
recording station on his computer system, and all of their recordings since have
been recorded digitally.
Bill Kern was murdered in his video store
on December 28, 2005. Since that time, Barry has been working on digitally
restoring all of their analog tapes. Two major finds during this process
have been the unreleased Beat Bad Records LP's by The Badbeats, and Jimi Lalumia
and The Psychotic Frogs. Beat Bad Records is now looking into the
feasibility of releasing both of these projects from the early 1980's on CD.
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Barry with his daughter, Cassandra
In 2001, Barry's daughter, Cassandra,
began writing songs. Barry produced and entire CD of songs that Cassandra
had written in the summer of 2004. There has been little or no time to
promote this project while Cassandra finished school, but we may put a selection
of these recordings up on our web site to see if there is any interest in a Beat
Bad Records release of a Cassandra Knoedl CD.
Barry with his daughter Antonette
Barry currently teaches vocal music and
theatre at a high school on Long Island, N.Y., where he writes
arrangements for his vocal jazz choir. He also plays keyboard in a Long
Island oldies band with other teachers called The Retreads.