Is recording in sections cheating?

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Conall
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Re: Is recording in sections cheating?

Post by Conall » Thu Feb 08, 2018 12:59 pm

Mark Clifton-Gaultier wrote:
Thu Feb 08, 2018 12:08 pm
Conall wrote:A professional studio recording is intended for repeated listening so needs to be as perfect as possible. Nothing irritates more than hearing or predicting a mistake at exactly the same point every single time you listen to the track.
I don't buy recorded music in order to admire the skill of the engineer. I appear to stand alone here but I find that I am indeed more irritated by the coldness of this modern style of multi-edit presentation than by the odd minor error, squeaks (or in some cases even breathing/extraneous noise) - to the extent that repeated listenings simply don't happen.

I recently bought a CD by a guitarist that I've enjoyed live many times and who's performances are full of passion, intelligence and individuality. The CD is simply not representative of their work - what incentive then for me to listen to it again?

I accept that any recording process impacts on the resultant sound - efforts to mitigate this are understandable. I prefer edits correcting performer error to be at least minimal, preferably absent.
I understand where you are coming from but there are also other reasons to try to record as close to "perfect" as possible - as a reference recording or for transcribing from the recording for example. There enough poor editions of pieces which have wrong notes - add in other ones in the recording & it's not helpful!
Generally if I can't find a piece from a recording I'll try to transcribe it. Ironically once I found the sheet music for one I had transcribed I decided I preferred my version with a couple of inaccurate notes!

I also accept that some studio recordings lack the atmosphere of live recordings. In pop music I much prefer Paul Simon's "live" version of Kathy's Song to his studio versions because he truly sounded "in the moment" / as if he genuinely meant & felt the words he was singing.

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Re: Is recording in sections cheating?

Post by AndreiKrylov » Thu Feb 08, 2018 3:37 pm

there is no point to write hear
no point to share ideas
no point to share experience - it won't be understood or recognized
and it will be rejected...

Sorry for bothering you with my opinion
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Re: Is recording in sections cheating?

Post by ronjazz » Sat Feb 10, 2018 2:23 pm

records are "big lies", all performers edit, re-record, etc., because the two-dimensional and repeated listening aspects have to be factored in.
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Re: Is recording in sections cheating?

Post by AndreiKrylov » Tue Feb 13, 2018 10:56 pm

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I'd better speak by music...Please listen my guitar at Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon, etc.

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Re: Is recording in sections cheating?

Post by Gruupi » Sat Feb 17, 2018 1:24 pm

A great recording sounds inspired and not sterile, regardless of whether it was edited or one take. Some artists can sound sterile when trying to record in one take because they are focused on not making mistakes. Others sound sterile when piecing together multiple takes because they never get into the flow. I personally don't care one way or another how the final result is achieved. I don't want to hear obvious edits or obvious mistakes, but then again, when I listen to music I don't listen for mistakes, I listen for enjoyment or inspiration.

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