End Rants

Sporadic and regular articles from our contributors.

Sep/Oct 2020

End Rant  |  No. 139

Forest for the Trees

by Larry Crane

What would be the most important concept I would explain to someone just starting out recording music? There’re a lot of things I’d like to say, but one of the most salient is,...

Jul/Aug 2020

End Rant  |  No. 138

Equalizers and Equality

by Larry Crane

One of the cities in the United States that changed the face of popular music more than anywhere else has to be Memphis, Tennessee. It’s also a very important story of racial integration; of...

May/Jun 2020

End Rant  |  No. 137

Future Collaboration

by Larry Crane

The history of humankind shows that only in recent centuries have we have become less social creatures. I've long advocated in the pages of Tape Op that we all need to find time to get together...

Mar/Apr 2020

End Rant  |  No. 136

Journey Into Dub

by Geoff Stanfield

Lee "Scratch" Perry The Crocodile, Seattle, WA, 2019. by GS. Our heroes are flawed. Our gods will let us down. But there is no substitute for music that resonates with the soul when the listener...

Jan/Feb 2020

End Rant  |  No. 135

What Makes a Great Recording?

by Larry Crane

I've listened to music critically for most of my life. First, as a teenage music fan, I would sit with headphones on poring over masterpieces by Pink Floyd, The Beatles, Yes, the Beach Boys, King...

Nov/Dec 2019

End Rant  |  No. 134

The Guessing Game

by Larry Crane

In issue #133 of Tape Op, I interviewed Andrew Scheps. "I take everything personally. I curl up in a ball," Andrew told me when we discussed dealing with mix revisions from clients. I've been...

Sep/Oct 2019

End Rant  |  No. 133

Zip it Up

by John Baccigaluppi

It was a simple thing, really. Just a short one-page lease agreement I'd helped broker between a beekeeper and my adjacent neighbors, whose property I help manage. I had sent two copies of the...

Jul/Aug 2019

End Rant  |  No. 132

Letting the Process Happen

by Larry Crane

I don't remember a time while growing up when there wasn't clay, glaze, and kilns in my house. My mother had studied art when I was a baby, and she began producing a series of decorative and useful...

May/Jun 2019

End Rant  |  No. 131

Think Like Tape

by Tony SanFilippo

A while back, Larry Crane – Tape Op's editor – tweeted an observation implying that many producers, engineers, and artists fill up their productions with tons of tracks simply because the...

Mar/Apr 2019

End Rant  |  No. 130

At the Feet of the Masters

by Larry Crane

Last year I bought The Beatles’ super deluxe 50th anniversary box set edition of The BEATLES (commonly known as “The White Album”). The new mixes that Giles Martin [Tape Op #103]...