Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Engineers of oulde!

Whatever happened to classic, lovable engineers to the caliber of Andy Johns and Eddie Kramer? Okay, maybe the the industry killed them. Or bigger picture, culture killed them. Or maybe they were just at the right place, right time and swept up in something bigger than they were. Curiously, the stellar talents they worked with are no longer (really) around either. Contributing their talents to classic albums by the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Hendrix, etc, they helped shaped the sound of rock and roll, and that means something.
Here's Andy Johns evoking so much Spinal Tap

And look at what Eddie Kramer has to say. Ironically, where's Jet today?! Nowhere, that's where.

Is it me, or does it seem like engineers and production "professionals" today have some weird chip on their shoulders? I know it's not just the drugs, they've always been there! There's a distaste for "home" recording, and some weird elitism in the air as if they're so beyond integral. Well I say, those days are over, buddy! Just because you can recall a preset "faster" than the next robot doesn't really mean that much to anybody. Be creative and likeable, not just some chimpanzee button-pusher.

No comments: