Heya Pynts, long time no read.
Glad you replied, because I wanted to post this (two posts in row might seem a bit pushy)
In the Mixing Engineer’s Handbook, by Bobby Owsinski, Greg Penny (one of Elton John’s best engineers) states:
“As Nate Kunkel (protege of George Massenburg) says, you’ve got to make records for the guys that have the right system, because if you back off from that and try to dilute the vision down to the most common denominator, we’ll never get anywhere. You have to somehow set the benchmark. More often than not on these blogs on the Internet about Elton’s mixes, I either get slammed for being sacrilegious or lauded as a genius. They always talk about how the use of the surrounds is extreme on Elton’s records, but then a lot of guys say, “Finally I’m able to figure out my system. I’ve got some stuff that puts something through all of my speakers.” So my objective is to use the system entirely and not be too timid, but there are some songs where you don’t have enough data to put in all the speakers and have it make sense without it seeming lopsided.”
I think most people would agree that Shpongle has set a benchmark already. Why not raise it even higher? Who knows, people might be inspired to buy a surround system just to hear this album. I know I would.