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All-Wave Recording

“Along with producer Steve Albini, Kim Deal from the Breeders has been at the forefront of designing a [analog-only] forward-thinking, punk-ethos upholding concept pertaining to the recording of their (and hopefully more artists’) music in the years to come: The All-Wave Recording Movement.

Their creed is loosely stated as “everything should be an analog sound recording of someone playing or singing, rather than using a computer to generate or digitally manipulate sounds separated from the dimension of time in which they were performed. Basically, to record All Wave one must use no computers, no digital recording, no auto-tuning, or any other mainstays of contemporary production. The 2008 Breeders album Mountain Battles was recorded using All-Wave philosophy, and Deal designed a logo (above) to shine as a beacon from the cases of those albums that would choose to adopt this philosophy as well. But that’s not fundamentalist extremism, is it?

All-Wave Recording

The goal, Steve Albini writes, is to create a movement that is “at least as significant as the Ska revival, or perhaps the WNBA.” Ooh, godspeed with that one.