On the last album I couldn’t help but notice, on the first track in particular, the ‘dropping’ ‘in’ and ‘out’ of the acoustic guitar playing the melody. Normally one can get one’s head around it, especially in vocal tracks (where this problem also tends to happen), but this time it’s really noticeable. Sorry, I’m writing with reference to the Altamira record. I am assuming of course that this was all done ‘post-production,’ so to speak, in some kind of DAW like Pro-Tools? C’est vrai? But why? Would it not have been better to just leave it on and have a more realistic sound even if perhaps a little more ‘hissy’? To me it sounds as if Mark is playing in a giant submarine and you are lifting the lid every time he plays a line and then popping it back down. There’s one part, I can’t remember now if it’s on track one or two, where you can hear Mark give a little sniff, and then the sound disappears.
Oh, I have another question: on track three, I imagine that is largely Dame Evelyn Glennie’s work. Would that be correct? If so, how is such a piece ‘composed’? The booklet says you are playing on it, so how was it scored, if at all? In other words, how is such a work, er, written down?
Cheers for now, more madness much later,
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