There are those songs that can bring you back to a summertime past, one of those songs for me is 10cc’s I’m Not In Love. It could be snowing out and I hear that song, and I am back in the summer of 1975. The song always struck me as sounding a little different and I guess that’s what made me love it! It is notable for its innovative and distinctive backing track, composed mostly of the band’s multitracked vocals. The band spent three weeks recording themselves singing “ahhh” 16 times for each note of the chromatic scale, building up a “choir” of 48 voices for each note of the scale. The main problem facing the band was how to keep the vocal notes going for an infinite length of time, but they could got around this issue by using tape loops. They created loops of about 12 feet in length by feeding the loop at one end though the tape heads of the stereo recorder in the studio, and at the other end through a capstan roller fixed to the top of a microphone stand, and tensioned the tape.
UNSPECIFIED – JANUARY 01: (AUSTRALIA OUT) Photo of 10CC; Group portrait – L-R Eric Stewart, Graham Gouldman, Kevin Godley and Lol Creme (Photo by GAB Archive/Redferns)
I found this video on how they created the song, if you love that song, watch this, I found it very interesting!