- The rhythm guitar intro offers tremolo in sixteenth note time, and a sound that The Smiths’ fans spot from five miles away — an iconic sound.
Originally created using the tremolo channel in a Fender Twin Reverb guitar amp, it might more easily be created today using a gate or a compressor, and feeding a sixteenth note click track into the side chain.
It’s the sounds, the arrangements, the song form, and – to recordingologists like us – it’s the stunning advancement of what we thought was possible in a recording studio. While so many contemporaries were building on the Drums/Bass/Guitar band architecture, Brian Wilson synthesized timbres using unexpected instrument combinations, relying on what informally became his pop/rock [...]
John G. Cramer, physicist and – one would suspect – audio fan, has rendered the sound of the birth of the known universe audible. He had to shift the pitch up by factor of 10^26, or 100,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 times to bring it into the audible band, which might throw T-Pain and Cher for a bit of a loop. [...]