Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Jack White steers away from 'perfection'

The more digital technology makes recordings into "perfect" performances, the more Jack White admires the live, unpolished experience.

The musician behind the bands the White Stripes, the Raconteurs and now the Dead Weather, recorded the album Horehound in a few brief weeks at his Third Man studio in Nashville.

That includes writing several of the songs and jamming with Dean Fertita of Queens of the Stone Age, Alison Mosshart of the Kills and Jack Lawrence of the Raconteurs, all now part of the Dead Weather.

White told CBC's Q cultural affairs show he wanted the impression of a jam session and deliberately left the creak of his own drum stool in the first song.

"It might have done a disservice to the music to perfect it and make it all clean," White said in an interview aired Monday.

"I think people don't really know how records are made anymore … people don't know that drumbeats are put on a grid. They're put to be perfectly in time.... You have to land exactly on this grid, so the intent is perfection," he said.

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