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Old 18th May 2007
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Originally Posted by tchad blake View Post
Maybe I understand now and I'll answer even more.
For me, I like contrast. High contrast, contradistinction. So I need gear that will allow me to capture and create that environment.
B&W example= A beautiful soft voice/song/performance contrasted with a tough/lo fi recording of it, or vice versa. Sometimes within the song, other times within the album as a whole (exampl. song1=crunchy, song2=clean, song 3= mixed bag etc..)
If everything sounds absolutely pristine I loose interest as I do if it all sounds crunchy or lo fi. I like these disparate sounds to co-habitate as they sometimes do out in the world, pulling my emotions every which way.
I used to record construction sites because of this. Brutal loud clangs mixed with soft hums of diggers and hissing of water jets, mixed with beautiful echoy squeals of rubbing steel all bouncing around a mud pit. Live and dead at the same time. Incredible.
That's what I require for a recorded emotional landscape.
Unsolicited interjection: I hope it's clear from his writing that Tchad Blake is an artist. In my opinion, this is the main thing you can learn from reading his writing (and from spending time in his presence, if you're ever have the good fortune to do it). He talks and acts like an artist. Because he is an artist.

People often think technicians and artists are different kinds of people. Tchad Blake's work disproves this notion. Hopefully you find this revelation inspiring.

I know I do.

-- C