Neil Young to release ‘low-tech’ album
Neil Young has revealed that he’s poised to release an album titled A Letter Home in March.
Speaking after he received a President’s Merit Award from the Grammy Awards’ Producers and Engineers Wing this week, Young told Rolling Stone: “It’s one of the lowest-tech experiences I’ve ever had.”
Asked for more details he replied: “You’ll hear it.”
But his acceptance speech offered a hint towards the approach he’d referred to when he celebrated the experience of recording with just one microphone, despite the number of musicians involved.
Young said: “Al Schmitt’s here tonight. He’s the father of what’s going on here. I’m going to make a record with Al – we’re talking about making a record together where there’s only one mic, but we do a huge orchestra.
“Every guy’s standing the right length from the mic. We’re not going to mix it, we’re going to do it and mix it while we do it. Everybody can get in the right place – and if it’s not right, well, we’ll move the bass up, move the bass closer. It’s not loud enough? Move the amp closer, move it in. And the drums? Leave it over there, go back farther.
“Do you know how fun that is to do? That is so much fun. It’s like playing music; it’s not making music, it’s playing it. I love doing these things. I’m anxious to do something I’ve never done before, because there were great records made that way.”
He reflected: “There’s something that happens with one mic, when everyone sings into one mic, when everybody plays into the same mic. I’ve just never been able to do that, with some rare instances like when I record in a recording booth from a 1940s state fair.
“It sounds just like an old records – and I like the sound of old records.”
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