You've made me cry tonight. Its that simple. Incredible!
I first listened to The Lamia in an English public school chapel, on the first Sony walkman and, from then, I was an addict.
I'm an ex audio engineer that worked on some big albums in UK residential studios.
SSL E series, Mitsubishi, a Shep Neve and triggering bass drums in an AMS. The start of Avid. The Atari and the start of Steinberg Pro 16 on the Atari.
Happy days. You know.
I worked on Seriously Live Hits and even did some synth sampling sampling sessions for the worlds largest synth manufacturer at Real World. I now work in the music software business but ...being honest.....thats all irrelevant.
(however Nuendo is better than your ProTools! :P)
Anyway, my point is that what you've done with your analysis simply hits every nerve in my body, spirit and soul.
To the core.
The hackles on my neck are alive.
This audio is why I started engineering. I'm just tingling.
Damn I wish people would release stems but hey.....!
Lil, thank you. You inspired me to buy a second set of tickets to see Hackett at Hamburg next year.
Amazing job. Huge respect.
You've re-inspired all my roots to music.
The warmth and tones of those analogue sessions are incredible.
They are simply no longer recognised in todays music distribution or transmission.
I never write such mails from my personal account (NSA etc!) but, put simply, screw all that because music is more than that. You inspired me through music, analysis and your obsessive detail.
I wish you and your loved ones a great weekend. I'm off to close my eyes and listen again to the full collection.
Bloke in Hamburg, Germany loves what you've done! Brilliant :)
Now you made ME cry (especially with the frustrated, echoed cry about "stems"! LOL)!
Thank you, thank you, my dear friend.
Your lovely comment both humbles and gratifies me - especially coming from someone of your experience within the historic annals of our industry (and love of the same music & its organically-technical roots).
It is true that I seek to highlight the compositional and lyrical genius that was/is behind Gabriel, Hackett, Collins, Banks and Rutherford's work...but, it is also the attempt to illuminate the devoted fans to what an amazing set of feats it was for them to overcome, then harness, then lead on the technological innovations of the day.
Whenever I can speak personally to each of them (or the musicians/technicians who were working directly with them), as they..especially Gabriel..tried to push the envelope of what it was to create and innovate new forms of music/art.
It is interesting to hear what Hackett, Marotta, Levin..and Belew (when speaking of his time with Robert Fripp) say to that.
I still have a great deal of raw footage which is waiting to be edited down and posted - but, "Life" keeps getting in the way to do so.
I promise to get more things posted as the months come...things which I know you, as a fellow audio engineer, will really get into.
All my best..and, again, with tremendous thanks for all your kind words and enthusiastic support for the website.
Xoxo, Lil (Leigh)