One development – since the advent of the MP3 as a delivery format – is the complete lack of credits and liner notes. It’s amazing to look through the records in the iTunes music store, and see how many don’t have downloadable pdf versions of the artwork. I know most artists still put a great deal of effort into selecting the artwork for the cover, the photos and the layout of the booklet, putting together a list of credits, thank you’s and even some decent liner notes and lyrics in many cases. Surely looking at this as an extension of their artistic vision, so for them to then go ahead and not include it in the world’s largest music store, makes no sense to me.
For example, this new 20 yr. anniversary release of U2’s Achtung Baby Continue reading
In the last few years, there’s been an interesting shift in the music industry – not just among consumers, but also among artists. Albums are being made at an almost alarming rate and the equipment needed has become very affordable – it’s all become very democratized. Albums are being released as MP3‘s online, and thus reaching a lot more people than ever before. One would think that for us recording engineers this was a good thing. And in some cases it is, but not always. As a matter of fact, a similar thing has happened (albeit much faster) in the music industry as has happened in the food industry. The norm has become fast food.. made without nutrients, without soul and without heart. The idea that making an album should be an investment (time and money) is a thing of the past. Since it’s possible to make an album inexpensively, then.. shouldn’t I do it .. by myself? Continue reading
I’ve always been a gear person. At 10, i was finding ways to hook up more speakers to my stereo than the one ‘recommended’ pair: “There must be a way to twist the wires together, splice it in the back, or something” or I’d be hooking up an external mic to my Radio Shack cassette deck to record the US top 40 broadcasts from the US Military Base in Keflavik (with the mic jammed up against the speaker on my AM transistor radio). In fact, some of those songs would become forever altered in my memory, since these were the only recordings i had of them, and inevitably my mom would come in, mid-recording, to fetch me for dinner; Continue reading