Producer Nigel Godrich has said the forthcoming album from Atoms For Peace was made in a similar way to classic albums by Miles Davis.
Godrich, who is part of Atoms For Peace alongside Thom Yorke of Radiohead and Red Hot Chili Pepper’s Flea, spoke to Rolling Stone about the band’s debut album ‘Amok’, delving into the process of making music with the group and offering fans a glimpse inside the studio where the eagerly anticipated record was made.
Comparing the recording process to the way jazz music was made, Godrich said: “I think of ‘In a Silent Way’ (Miles Davis’ 1969 album). Adding: “It’s that thing of creating interaction between people and then editing that whole thing to create dynamics, you know? It’s weird – it ended up being sort of [a process of] interacting as much as we could do that, and we were thinking about things in very much a jazz way in terms of using edits and big blocks of music to create arrangements.”
Godrich went on to elaborate on the sound of ‘Amok’, offering up an insight into the “blurring” of electronic and organic instrumentation.
“It’s supposed to blur the line between what’s generated electronically and what’s generated by a human being, no matter if it sounds organic or electronic or whatever. In an ideal world, I think it’s true to say there are things on the record that sound like machines that are actually people and there are things that sound like real sounds that are actually machines. But the real thing is just to get the combination that works. It’s not a lot of effort – we’re not trying to confuse anyone. You just end up with a lot of stuff, and you choose the things that go together.”
Atoms For Peace release ‘Amok’ on February 25 2013.