One of the things that Andrew & I never had to worry about when we were writing our own material was the practicalities of performing the material on stage. Full string orchestra? Coming right up. Horn section on this song? Not a problem. Overdub more guitars? Rewind the tape and let’s go. The only limit on our creativity and arranging options was the number of [outputs on the] synths and ROMplers that we had at our disposal and the number of tracks on tape. Nowadays, even those limitations are gone, as with the advent of digital recording, VSTs, VSTis and DAWS, the ever-increasing power of the computer means you can keep piling it on.
But do I want to? [Read more…]