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date: 12 August 2020

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Living on a circus train, in a space of four by eight feet, may not be the ideal recording studio, but between 2007 and 2009 Ryan States hired and produced musicians entirely via the Internet to create his album Strange Town. The album was recorded and mixed in States’s private car on a circus train in dozens of U.S. train yards and during long train runs. States presents his unique voice as a gay man during the recording of the album, writing songs about his journey across the USA, living in a train, and making his dream of playing music a reality despite the many obstacles. Through personal interviews with States, this chapter describes his process of recording asynchronous musical performances via the Internet and completing and releasing his project.

Keywords: Ryan States, circus train studio, long-distance recording, musician collaboration, virtual band, music production, music recording, lesbian/gay issues

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