A musically talented friend of mine, one with a lot of recording experience, was giving me some much-appreciated feedback on a recent recording of one of our songs (this one, called "Blame the Dog"). He mentioned that it sounded like there was some phase cancellation in the drum mix, something that can happen as a result of using several mics to record the drums, which we certainly did... Jil and I recorded those drums ourselves with no adult supervision in our non-soundproofed basement on my laptop using a bunch of shitty mics I collected over the years. (For example, the snare and high-hat is mic'd using literally a $10 computer microphone from the early '00s). And although I know what he's talking about in a technical sense, I can't say that I can actually hear it at all (or maybe just barely?), even though I'm sure he's right and it's probably there.
So it's pretty clear that when I listen back to my own stuff, I must hear something possibly quite different than someone else with more recording experience. My ear forgives things that might stick out to that person and require immediate fixing. And what might sound to me like a decent approximation of an early Bikini Kill or My Bloody Valentine recording, probably sounds nothing like that to someone else who is familiar with those records.
And even a casual listener with zero recording experience will certainly hear my song very differently than I do. I am certain of this, as a casual listener of tons of other music. The little details that took so long to get just right, the others that just popped up accidentally and would be near impossible to duplicate-I hear and care about those things in a way that no casual listener would. But on top of all this, I hear the potential of the song itself- its fundamental reason for existing according to my gut. And I doubt many others (maybe Jil and Alex?) would be able to hear or infer this core potential based on any half-assed basement recording. That combined with my firsthand knowledge of the recording limitations that we live with down in the basement undoubtedly makes me extra impressed with some things that I hear in the song, and extra forgiving of others.
There's actually quite a bit more I want to say on this, but since it already looks like I'm running on and on, I'll make that a separate follow-up post.
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