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Trevor Horn talks about analog

Refreshingly non-worshipful reminisces about analog recording,  from the producer of the Buggles, Yes, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Art of Noise, Seal, Paul McCartney, Belle & Sebastian etc.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kz_ViCScPDs...m-subs_digest-g

Trevor Horn talks about analog

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Refreshingly non-worshipful reminisces about analog recording,  from the producer of the Buggles, Yes, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Art of Noise, Seal, Paul McCartney, Belle & Sebastian etc.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kz_ViCScPDs...m-subs_digest-g

He didn't just produce Yes, he actually did the lead vocals on the album 'Drama', when it was John Anderson's turn to flounce from the band for a few months. And he does a scarily convincing job!

Trevor Horn talks about analog

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Refreshingly non-worshipful reminisces about analog recording,  from the producer of the Buggles, Yes, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Art of Noise, Seal, Paul McCartney, Belle & Sebastian etc.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kz_ViCScPDs...m-subs_digest-g

He didn't just produce Yes, he actually did the lead vocals on the album 'Drama', when it was John Anderson's turn to flounce from the band for a few months. And he does a scarily convincing job!



I know. I saw them on the 1980 tour.  Horn performed in other acts (e.g.  Buggles, Art of Noise) and performs still,  with the Producers.  But none of that's particularly germane to analog vs. digital.


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He didn't just produce Yes, he actually did the lead vocals on the album 'Drama', when it was John Anderson's turn to flounce from the band for a few months. And he does a scarily convincing job!

The fact that Anderson is absent is largely irrelevant. Drama is a fantastic album, and he is not missed one iota. IMHO the coda to "Does it Really Happen" is Chris Squire's finest moment. Only lasts a few seconds, but it is just *exquisite*


Trevor Horn talks about analog

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Well, I guess we can all agree that technology/science can be misused or used for bad.

Digital audio really helps in music production, distribution and reproduction, but then we got stuff like crazy dynamic range compression, singers that can't sing but are "fixed" with auto-tune, bands with songs on their own albums that they cannot play (live)....

What's the saying? With great power comes great responsibility. I think it makes sense to train people using analog so they don't start with the attitude that nothing needs to be done right in the first place because it can later be fixed with the click of a few buttons anyway.
"I hear it when I see it."

Trevor Horn talks about analog

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Well, I guess we can all agree that technology/science can be misused or used for bad.

Digital audio really helps in music production, distribution and reproduction, but then we got stuff like crazy dynamic range compression, singers that can't sing but are "fixed" with auto-tune, bands with songs on their own albums that they cannot play (live)....

What's the saying? With great power comes great responsibility. I think it makes sense to train people using analog so they don't start with the attitude that nothing needs to be done right in the first place because it can later be fixed with the click of a few buttons anyway.



Which (for those who haven't watched the video) is what Horn suggests too

Trevor Horn talks about analog

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Ironically, those who used DSD in its early days faced the same limits: you could record, and you could play back, but that was it.

I think we should go back to direct-to-disc cut 78rpm wax blanks. 3 1/2 minutes, one take, no edits. Make a mistake and they have to melt it down and start again. Get it wrong three times and they'll probably send you home.

That clearly puts a very different attitude in the artist's mind than modern digital recording, or even analogue tape.

Cheers,
David.

 
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