Tuesday, March 17, 2009
I've been listening to a lot of early Wu-Tang Clan again.
I'm fed up with how clean and sample-free music production is sounding these days. Computers and better production equipment are diluting music, taking away a necessary level of creative dust. Glassy-clean MP3 files definitely don't sound very nice blasted out of the cheap JBL speakers most clubs have. I'm by no mens a vinyl purist but when the last 2-inch magnetic audio tape rolls off the Ampex assembly line fidelity will change forever.
Producers like Flying Lotus, Samiyam and Hudson Mohawke are bringing a certain dirt to their tracks, but nothing will match a beat up old MPC sampler, raggedy Technics turntable-sampled vinyl oldie and a decent reel-to-reel recorder.