On 30/11/13 19:38, Will Godfrey wrote:
You have commented already, although it was over on KVR -- better twice
than never :-)
You mentioned there that you preferred Time To Go, but didn't go into
specifics. I did pass your comments on to Julien.
Thanks, I actually take that as a compliment since personally, I'd take
studied over improvised any day. It's not really possible to do decent
prog improvised, by the very nature of the music, unless perhaps when
you get a band like King Crimson. Even then, I bet they had a fair
number of misses with their improvs and the ones I've heard haven't had
the finesse of their composed pieces.
Time To Go is both the exception that proves the rule and an argument
against improv. I don't think I've ever before, and haven't since and
doubt I would again in the future, improvised a part that I've been able
to use whole sections from -- let alone in its entirety as in this case
-- on the Nth take, let alone the first.
I also had to do a huge amount of editing, correcting timing issues in
the drum performance (although the performance itself was otherwise
mostly fine), construct an in-tune and in-time bass part and do some
serious corrective mixing work on the piano because they were improvised.
The piece was essentially recorded in the same way as Cloud and
everything else that Julien and I have done individually, with overdub
after overdub, just in this case we didn't bother to write and practice
parts for it.
I know Julien loved the mix of TTG and the overall sound, but I think he
preferred Cloud as a piece of music and felt it had more going for it
because it was carefully written. It also doesn't help that TTG sounds a
bit Floydy and he hated them with a passion :-)
It's a shame he won't be able to chip in. But, he has sold all his music
gear, emigrated and has effectively dropped off the grid for the
forseeable future, although there's a chance he won't be totally
Sincerely, thanks again for listening and commenting (again) :-)
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