By: Nick Southall

Posted 05/24/2007 - 04:44:43 PM by J_R_K_:
 wow nick, you really woke up the collective unconcious with that dynamics/compression article.
Posted 05/25/2007 - 04:24:23 AM by meatbreak:
 Hey Nick. My first reaction to this wasn't very favourable because I am always very sceptical / cynical about journalists (if you don't mind the word) writing about themselves. Then after another read and a sleep on it I can only come to the same conclusion as J_R_K_. It's great that bands are reading this stuff and absorbing it. It's not surprising to me to hear that it's the bands that are pushing for the top volume - yeah, it's the ego thing - most bands just want themselves to be the loudest they can be and it's the producers job to tell them to step back, they're supposed to produce it well and sometimes put bands in their places, you know? So yeah, good article that shows good writing about decent subjects can have an effect.

P.S> Dawlish Warren is one of the greatest places on Earth.
Posted 05/25/2007 - 06:08:08 AM by NickSouthall:
 To be honest meatbreak I wasn't massively comfortable with it because, while a lot of my writing (Soulseeking for example) has been about myself and how I listen, this is a different approach to that again, and not something I've ever really seen before.

Because of my discomfort, this piece was originally about 1,000 words longer, with lots of contextaul stuff about the gig and various other things; basically trying to convert it into a 'normal' interview in the style of the pieces I've done on Patrick Wolf or Guillemots.

Todd though, when I first sent him the piece, said it was too long (it was) and that the contextual stuff was unneccessary. He was right. (If you want the extra words they're here.)

Music writing can be passive, can be about contructing a canon or a buying guide, or it can be active, can be about trying to make a difference. I think, and hope, that the potential for the latter is real.
Posted 05/27/2007 - 05:32:28 PM by PeteGuy:
 My overwhelming thought after reading this piece is that its reassuring to read stuff which shows people care about music, and music journalism. Keep on, keeping on.
Posted 07/27/2007 - 11:12:05 AM by Jeffro:
 I read in a local weekly (FFWD of Calgary, Alberta, Canada) a piece about the "loudness war" that quoted Bob Rock saying that he had to convince Metallica not to compress St. Anger too much. Apparently they wanted it to sound louder than anything else on the radio and he (Bob Rock!) convinced them it would sound better with more dynamics. So Nick is absolutely right that the artists are driving the loudness war.