Oh the things that are discussed between people in intimate moments. I wonder how much business gets conducted that way. Probably a large amount. Oy, you’re probably thinking during sex. Shame. I was referring to any type of bonding – sports, eating, drinking, etc… I suppose sex falls into that.
One thing that really helps some music stand out from the pack is the production that is used. This is the sugar I was referring to in the title of today’s post. The super sweetening of the recorded audio to create the final product is often called ear candy. It would include sounds, noises, or effects. All these things can be combined to create little tidbits that you’ll hear in a song based on listening environments.
In the studio you’re likely to hear everything that was put into the mix. That’s because it’s the environment it’s created in. In the real world it’s likely to change. In the car you might not hear some of the little things. If you’re listening on a mono speaker or headset, you may hear other things. If you’re in a different room from the speakers there’s other things that may jump out at you. Or if you’re closer to one speaker than the other in a stereo setup – that can yield still different results.
Does all this make your head spin? It’s part of the reason why good/great mixing engineers get paid so well. They are able to make heads and tails of all the audio parts and make they gel together. When working in conjunction with a mastering engineer it can really help to make or break the experience.
There’s not a lot of bands that I willing to put all differences aside on, but King’s X is one of them. I really wish I could have seen them in their heyday. A trio. A powerful trio. They’ve actually released a new CD in the past week, I have to make a moment to check it out. As you’re listening you can probably hear how they might be called a metal version of the Beatles. That’s how I tend to describe them to others that are not familiar with the band.
The album that this song comes from is called Ear Candy. In addition to the description I’ve given it can also represent amazingly good songs. King’s X certainly has that. Great songs. Although lyrically they don’t always connect with the masses. This album though has a good number of songs with lyrics that can connect.
Beyond the lyrics, there’s the vocals, the guitar playing, the bass playing and the drums that are just perfection. Musically speaking they are astounding musicians, which is why the band is so popular amongst musicians. How about you? Does this song help you want to explore more of their sound? It should.