to be honest i can't hear any sonic difference between surfer rosa and doolittle -- maybe it's the MP3s?the stooges album sounded like a regular high-gloss rock album.
― Philip Nunez, Sunday, 13 May 2012 23:13 (1 year ago) Permalink
In a way yeah he seems more like an engineer, someone who knows how to get a good sound and use the right mics. He says thats lots of times producers are responsible for you know, hiring a saxophone or crafting the arrangement or basically co-writing the song as recording. On Surfer he suggested a tempo change and pushed for the in-studio sounds ("You effing die!") but you get the sense he thinks of his job as simply getting the best sonic representation of a song/band. This is why he doesn't take royalties, I'm sure with his work ethic, if he was laying down synth patterns and extra instruments and stuff, he'd want credit.
The difference is between scaled-down multi-track analog and like a far more expensive 24-channel digital system. If you can't tell the difference then I'd say he did a pretty terrific job!
― Emperor Cos Dashit (Adam Bruneau), Monday, 14 May 2012 03:08 (1 year ago) Permalink
it also matters a lot who mixes the record and who they're answering to/who they feel their obligation is to (label vs. artist vs. themselves vs. idk "posterity" or something) -- mix is 1) an entirely different discipline from recording/engineering and 2) absolutely as important as the recording itself. I don't know who mixed those Pixies records but that'd be where I'd look most for differences.
― cosi fan whitford (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Monday, 14 May 2012 03:18 (1 year ago) Permalink
surfer rosa was all albini. doolittle was a gil norton production but some other dude mixed it
― our love will change the world (electricsound), Monday, 14 May 2012 03:21 (1 year ago) Permalink