some people would say "why would you want to?"Hybrid88 wrote:the amazing stuff BT does these days, that's what I meant by how production has improved, I mean could you imagine "This Binary Universe" being programmed on an 808 - I for one sure can't
just because productions have become more complicated does not mean that they are more sophisticated.
for me the height of synth pop production is X by the Beloved. it is smooth, balanced, atmospheric, danceable, and poppy at the same time. same goes for Everything But The Girl's Tempermental album, or Nightlife by the Pet Shop Boys. these records are masterpieces and i have heard nothing since then compel me to listen to it as these records did or make me desire those sounds. Chromeo do a good job of coming close though, but those guys (literally) produce their tracks like it was 1993 (and pick sounds like it was 1983), so i'm not sure where to put them here other than to preface my next statement ...
what you're saying is akin to someone listening to Gentle Giant in 1978 say that it is "improved" upon Genesis' The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway or King Crimson's Red. yes, it's more complicated, but is it improved? people who really like Gentle Giant would indeed say so, but for me not so much.
some people might find my favourite records too glossy even ... one of my friends feels the height of dance music production was "Can You Feel It?" and "Acid Trax" ... and for him, they are. the part that blows me away is he's only 22 years old.
just because people now have the ability to cram more c**p in does not mean production has improved.
oh i should mention i don't really like Lady Gaga's production (her songs are very catchy though) but the lady probably knows her way around the studio more than any other hugely popular female diva vocalist of the past 30 years, and she can actually ... you know ... play piano too.