Burn After Reading was 2008’s offering from the Coen Brothers, whose use of music is integral to their ground-breaking and unconventional movies.
Paul Clarvis says:
“As far as I remember this was recorded in Abbey Road Studio 1, which is a great sounding room. Some of the drums we use are very dead, but they set off the sound of the room.”
“The Coen Brothers are very nice, very quiet, very shy blokes. But the whole film is ironic, so the drums were ironically loud. It was a drum sound that we started off when I did The Passion.”
“Things go in phases, but that was the start of people wanting these big, earth-moving drum sounds. A lot of it comes from doing a lot of quiet overdubs, and then a larruping one on top to get the energy. On this one I got in Frank Ricotti, Gary Kettel and Ralph Salmins, working as a team. We used a lot of orchestral bass drums as well as Taikos and other drums on top.”
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