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Recording is not "perfection" but rather "capturing a moment"

posted Apr 20, 2013, 9:27 AM by Brent Chamberlin
I always like to compare music when I'm working on it to "what's big".  I recently had to listen closely to Adele's "Rolling in the Deep" and heard "UN-perfection."  This brought me to write this post that looks at something I love to do, which is find "mistakes" in commercial music.  I use the word "mistake" loosely since recordings are not meant to be perfect, but rather "capturing a moment."  This is the included with the debate of digital vs. analogue.  I digress and bring us back to Adele.

Here is a quick list of some examples that I picked out imperfections in the recordings.  Take a listen to them yourselves and you decide.

-Adele "Rolling in the Deep"
   -First measure, guitar is sharp
   -Second measure, they unmute the vocal mic and you hear the "click track."

-Weezer "El Scorcho"
   -Right before Rivers comes in with the first words "God Damn," you hear his scratch vocal come in a split second early from when they were all in the same room while tracking the drums.  Confirmed with their video DVD which shows them doing this. 

-John Lennon "Oh Yoko"
  -As the drums begin on beat 4 of a pickup measure, you hear John saying "4" from them counting down in the same room. 

There is countless more but these are the first three that come to mind.  Find some yourself.