SPACE & TIME - TECH NOTES:

The principles of 'Audio Verite' have been employed:
All the material is intact and in the order it was played, warts n' all.
Although the tracks have now been mixed expressly for the purpose of sounding funky in your headphones, or through your stereo.
'Mixed', on this occasion, means that:

  • The relative volume levels of the individual instruments is adjusted throughout, for aesthetic reasons as well as for balance - ie turned up or down to make them fit with each other as well as possible;
  • Each instrument has been EQ'd - that is, the frequencies (such as treble and bass) have been adjusted to compensate for anomalies that arise in the sound during live concert recording;
  • Echo and reverb, and technical mixing aids like limiting and compression have been used.

All the above processes are employed in a very similar way to how they are used in a live sound mixing context, when they are used to balance the sound to suit the characteristics of the live concert venue, as well as for aesthetic reasons. No other studio techniques have been used, and no sounds at all have been added (oh yes, except for someone going "sshhh!", but you're very unlikely to spot that).

On virtually all commercially released 'live' albums the original recordings are 'sweetened'. That is to say, vocals and out-of-tune notes on the instruments are very often re-recorded later in the studio - and on some occasions ALL of it is re-recorded and only the ambience of the live show is retained! Also very often extra vocals or sounds are carefully blended in to fill out the sound. No mention is usually made of this, but trust me, this is totally the norm for live albums.
Not here though folks!

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