Seems that I’ve gotten conditioned to expect a little sarcasm/skepticism/satire when a character in a MK song is successful. He always seems sympathetic to those struggling or living simply but honestly, and takes a sharper look at the big shots – dating back to DS days through solo material. That’s part of what threw me at first during early listens of ‘Good on You, Son’ — I assumed the usual grain of satire with this song out of the gate, but, looking at the lyrics- it seems a genuine pat on the back– “What would you have had him do?” — this actually feels like a bit of an outlier for MK rather than the familiar territory. He said as much on what I saw of the recent Italian interview/Q&A. Do you regard it as a bit unusual in that respect?
What is your opinion about the mqa format? How do you think it compares to hi-res formats such as flac 192/24 and dsd64? And what about regular cd 44.1/16?
Thanks for all your wonderful work, both in the studio and online!
Fundraiser for Jack's daughter…
i’m sorry for this question but i read a very sad news about Jack Sonni daughter, Nadine. I’m not sure if it’s true or not, may be you can confirm ? i saw that there is a website to raise fund to help Jack’s family.
thank you. Fred
Hi , please is it possibile to know wich guitars/amps are used in “down to the road wherever” ??
I saw a video of Mark in Italy for the Imaginaction. Had he a bad back ? I hope he’s fine.
Hi Doc, a lil' album recommendation: Nordub by Norwegian jazz trumpetist Nils Petter Molvaer. Playing on this album is also Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare. Dope music and cool production. Cheers, Tom
I heard a little rumour that Mark will be making an appearance on Radio 2 in the Piano room later this month.
Could you please confirm if this is true, and will you also be there to tinkle the ivories?
Do you know the exact date yet?
Many thanks, Anthony
Does Avicii deserved this? Why let BG record this Clapton song? By the way, the rest of the album is wonderfull. There is magic in the studio.
Dr f, ignoring the forthcoming album, which is your favourite MK solo record to date. I’m torn between tracker and privateering.
I was kidding Guy, sorry. You guys have the most professional studio in the world. I was trying to make a joke about a few missing megabytes influencing the choice to record there or not. Ah well, difficult to express using just letters on a screen.
gosh all this talk about tuning plug-ins – SO dull. Can we get back to the normal topics of set lists, album enquiries, tour demands, pleas for DS reformation and gossip about DSE / DSL and fraternal relations with DK please. All the topics that dear GF loves to reply to 😉
I wanted to book a week of recording in British Grove Studios but now that I’ve learned there’s no AutoTune license available I’m afraid I’ll have to move to a more professional facility.
A technical question, Doc, if you don’t mind. I have a good stereo playback system, not high-end, but definitely audiophile grade, and I’ve got a good listening environment. When you sit in the sweet spot, the soundstage is huge and 3D like, and you get the impression that some instruments exceed the physical boundaries of the speakers. The most extreme example I have is the track Waiting for Coustau by Jean Michael Jarré. It not only goes outside the speakers, but it feels as if the sound also comes from behind you and envelops you, which of course is an illusion. Is it creative use of delays and reverb that causes this? I have some music by Bill Frisell too, and he likes to pan his guitar effects right and left, and again the soundstage is super wide. Good On You Son has a bit of the same in the way you have panned the synth(s). Cheers
Good morning Guy, I read to @icelander who says something about the Iguazu Falls in Argentina / Brazil … besides the visits of 2000 and 2001, were you in South America in other opportunities? Could you travel and know here?
@paulovieira – Come on, man. It was just funny that, around the time when Good On You Son was released, your videos were some of the earliest matches in Google when searching for that song. There was a lot of buzz about the song here and on the Knopfler forums, and all of a sudden someone who tries to emulate Knopfler (guitar, hand positions, tone) has three videos on YouTube. "Hey, Ma! Look what I can do!"
Guy, a good friend of mine who has travelled a lot of the world like yourself was asked what his favorite place was and he named Iquazu Falls on the Argentina/Brazil border. Now I know from past posts that Argentina was a favorite of yours as well and was wondering if you had been to these waterfalls? Like you, I have seen Niagara Falls along the Canada/U.S. border but only the Iquazu in video and they are quite impressive. On a un-related subject I was wondering if you and Mark knew Jim Kerr from Simple Minds as Jim lives in Taomorina, Italy and Mark has a song about the place – Co-incidence?
I notice that you guys used a plugin called Auto-Detune.
Is that true?
An BG employee told me that the Auto-Detune is used only for aliens who never sings out-of-tune.
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Technical question on mastering: when you listen to “Good on you son” and compare it for example to a new song of Clapton, the Knopfler song is at a lower volume (device stays at same volume). Of course you don´t aim to be “loud”, but when you listen to the Clapton tracks and switch to MK, you have to adjust volume. Is there any reason, dynamic reasons for example or is it just another technique in mastering.
Guy, it was just me having fun with the new song. Have you actually seen the clips?
I mean, I am a huge MK fan.
I don’t bother writing my ‘own music’. I am an established engineer and I don’t aim at being a successful musician.
That said, my point is that this was just to big as a retaliation for such a unpretentious record of a inspirational moment motivated by YOUR music.
Anyway, let’s face the truth regarding the Playtime Deluxe song. No matter how strongly you deny it, what’s the odds that this has popped up inside MK’s head as similar as it is to yhe original Pete’s song?