I picked up the new Air album, Talkie Walkie, this past afternoon; the version with the bonus DVD, for A$35; it appears to be a kosher Red Book CD. (The bare version, however, is Copy Corrupted; though EMI at least had the foresight to price their shoddy merchandise at $22, rather than the usual $26-30. Still, that's $22 more than the MP3s I got from SoulSeek would have cost me, if I did naughty things like that. *ahem*)
I haven't looked at the DVD yet, which apparently contains concert footage. Oddly enough, it's a double-sided disc, with one side being PAL and the other NTSC. I've never noticed a difference between PAL and NTSC DVDs; from what I gathered, DVD players just decoded either to an RGB framebuffer and encoded it into whatever your TV understood without bothering with all that legacy analogue nonsense. Though maybe I'm wrong.
I still haven't seen an indigenous copy of the new Stereolab; I've seen US imports, which are kosher, at PolyEster (apparently, it was released in the US before it came out anywhere else; hence PolyEster importing a stack of US releases and selling them to diehard 'labrats keen to have it a week early (and too honest or technically inept to l33ch it off KaZaA) at a premium). Though the local Warners subsidiary has been known to corrupt most of their recent releases, just because they could.
Similarly, the new Franz Ferdinand album remains nowhere to be seen.
Back to Air: does anybody know what the choir synth pad in Run (which sounds suspiciously like the keyboard in 10CC's I'm Not In Love, or at least my recollection of it) is? Is it a Mellotron tape or a FM synth or a Fairlight sampler or something else?
I had a good look at the package to see what the catch was, and there wasn't one.
Actually, it's Blue Book, since there's the dinky little wallpaper section. I'm starting to wonder if some artists are putting inconsequential data packages with their CDs just so they can't be corrupted.
The pad's not a Fairlight; it's not wheezy enough, and it's not a Mellotron, because it's not spooky enough. Probably some synth patch inspired by Moon Safari.
I probably would've shelled out for the import of the Stereolab, just so I'd have a kosher copy lest the local Warners decides to fuck up another release.
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Well, if it's the one 10CC used, it'd be a piece of kit that was around in the 1970s. Given that it sounds rather choral, it could be a playback device of some sort. (And can't a Fairlight or a Mellotron sound like whatever samples/tapes they're loaded up with?)
10CC used real voices for that "sound".
Eric: I'm Not In Love came about because my wife said,
“Why don't you say you love me more often?“, I replied,
“If I say it too many times, it will lose its value “ !!!!!
But, the thought stuck in my mind, and I decided to
write a song about LOVING somebody very much without
saying the words “I Love You“. In the studio, the song
became 10cc property as always, and Kevin came up
with the idea of using voices for the whole backing track
( 256 of them !!! ) and Lol came up with the idea of using
tape loops to achieve this...
R.E.M. did the same thing with "Star Me Kitten". So Air might've done that, augmented with ProTools, or used a modern synth patch.
It would work best with distinct performances. I would images that they did 16 mix downs from a 16-track board, no fudging with delays and crap. People did things like that in the 70s, you know.
It's like the opening bit of the second side of Ommadawn, except Mike Oldfield did it with overdubbing heaps of guitars, only it comes out sounding like organs, but there's this great rippling effect here and there that reflects the origin of the sound.