The Making of the Dark Side of the Moon and SACD
Below material is relevant to our discussion about downMIXING, MIXING, Multi-channel (5.1), 2-channel of a SACD disc, and a regular Red Book CD layer on a hybrid SACD. As the Case Study, I've proposed the masterpiece called "The Dark Side of the Moon" which was issued on a SACD disc in 2003 on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the original recording.
Our discussions in this thread lead us to consider interesting issues related to recording, mixing, and mastering in order to see the bigger picture.
In this post I include some quotations from "The Making of the Dark Side of the Moon", DVD, 2003, to illustrate the complexity and expandibility of artistic creation by musicians in modern era of advanced technology.
Alan Pansons (the mixing engineer):
"... a lot of hands on deck. ..."
(now comes the logically continuous sequence properly "mixed in" on the DVD):
"All of us are on the desk with our fingers on the faders."
"But that's the way it was because we didn't have automation those days."
"A MIX in those days was a PERFORMANCE!!!!!!!
Every bit as much as DOING a GIG!!!!!"
It's one thing actually that we've kind of LOST in the modern age."
Since they could NOT agree on the final MIX they also hired a professional Mixing Supervisor Chris Thomas, from outside. Roger Waters admitted (on the DVD, 2003) that Chris Thomas did it "softer" than he himself would have done.
Probably similar involvement of Pink Floyd was during the artistic CREATION of the 5.1 version (for the SACD format). Perhaps "NOT all hands were on the deck" due to the significant technological improvements in mixing, mastering, but the ARTISTS-CREATORS were at the right place at the right time, by Guthrie, to "implement" their VISION of the LP.
In my opinion, this is the NATURAL and also ARTISTICALLY OPTIMAL process in which artists (Pink Floyd for that matter) EXTEND their creative process BEYOND composing and performing, to "produce" a masterpiece ("The Dark Side of the Moon").
I'll see You all on the Dark Side of the Moon.