Bookmarked Steve Albini, an alternative rock pioneer and legendary producer for Nirvana and the Pixies, dies at 61 by ABC News (ABC News)

The legendary producer who recorded music for bands including Nirvana, the Pixies, and PJ Harvey dies after a heart attack.

Steve Albini, music engineer at Electrical Audio Recording, died of a heart attack. In honour, Austin Kleon shared the following quote:

“I’ve lived my whole life without having goals, and I think that’s very valuable, because then I never am in a state of anxiety or dissatisfaction. I never feel I haven’t achieved something. I never feel there is something yet to be accomplished. I feel like goals are quite counterproductive. They give you a target, and until the moment you reach that target, you are stressed and unsatisfied, and at the moment you reach that specific target you are aimless and have lost the lodestar of your existence. I’ve always tried to see everything as a process. I want to do things in a certain way that I can be proud of that is sustainable and is fair and equitable to everybody that I interact with. If I can do that, then that’s a success, and success means that I get to do it again tomorrow.”

https://chicago.suntimes.com/columnists/2021/9/7/22625278/steve-albini-big-black-sound-engineer-producer-nirvana-success-retirement-hearing

Here is a link to the ‘Steve Albini’ sound. Interestingly, Annie Clark spoke about going to record at Electrical Audio for All Born Screaming.

Bookmarked I would like to be paid like a plumber by Shaun Usher (Letters of Note)

I would like to be paid like a plumber: I do the job and you pay me what it’s worth. The record company will expect me to ask for a point or a point and a half. If we assume three million sales, that works out to 400,000 dollars or so. There’s no fucking way I would ever take that much money. I wouldn’t be able to sleep.

Shaun Usher provides an insight into the creative thinking of Steve Albini through his pitch letter to Nirvana regards In Utero. He breaks down his philosophy:

1. If the band decides to pursue something, I’ll see that it gets done.

2. Remixing is for talentless pussies who don’t know how to tune a drum or point a microphone.

3. Predicating the recordings on my tastes is as stupid as designing a car around the upholstery.

4. Where we record the record is not as important as how it is recorded.

5. I have to be comfortable with the amount of money you pay me, but it’s your money, and I insist that you be comfortable with it as well.

“Austin Kleon” in Winning time – Austin Kleon ()