Sam Spoons wrote:I really don't get that, close eyes, visualise drummer on stage in front of you (Simon Phillips, 1977, first live concert supporting the album) he plays that iconic tom fill and you watch him play the drums from high to low, right to left from your sound desk perspective, the sound coming out of the speakers goes left to right!!!!!
That's the thing though: when I'm building a mix (or just listening to music, really), I don't think of the music like I'm watching a band on stage that's playing something to the audience, where the listener is sitting.
I feel like I'm in the middle of the music - like I'm playing in the band - and that's pretty much how I visualise when I listen to music anyway. I want to be immersed in it - I don't want to be 30 rows back, disconnected and away from the music - I want to be part of it. And for me this is more usually what recorded music is, with extreme panning and so on. If you were always "out in the audience" then extreme panning stops working in the same way anyway.
On things like an actual live show (or video performance of a live show), where I am *actually* watching musicians on stage perform, my brain can make the necessary translations for what I'm hearing to still make sense (ie, it doesn't confuse me if my eyes force an audience perspective on me), but also in those cases, the music is usually presented in an audience perspective anyway so things will "match up".
But if I'm just making music, and I start moving the hihat over to the right, it just feels like I'm being dishonest to the listener...! :lol: