Favourite Music Reads of the 00s #8 (Speed)

“One of the most instructive things I did was to listen to Another Green World at a number of different speeds. Each time I heard something new that I had not heard before — a new sound that was buried in the mix, for example, or an effect, a heavily layered backing vocal, an abstruse lyric. Speeding up and slowing down Discreet Music taught me a lot, too; the title track of Discreet Music, or ‘Side One’ if you happen to own the vinyl copy, is recorded at half-speed. So I listened to it at double-speed, to gain some insight into what the original material might have sounded like before Eno slowed it down. I also listened to it at quarter-speed, which I liked even more than Eno’s half-speed version.”
– Preface to Another Green World, part of Continuum’s 78 RPM 33 1/3 series, by Geeta Dayal

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