A Lesson from the 90s in Finalizing Projects
I spotted this uploaded to YouTube and had to share it. It’s from a 1995 documentary called Reel Satriani on the making of Joe Satriani’s seventh, self-titled album. There’s several cool things about this:
- It’s from the end of the analog age. Everything in it is legal pads, 2-inch tape, and physical instruments.
- It’s Joe’s first attempt at recording a totally live-in-the-studio rock album, like albums used to be made decades before. Everything is final. You can’t go back and fix anything, and when it’s done, it’s done.
- It was never released on DVD or Blu-Ray, only VHS. It’s probably one of those soon-to-be-lost music documentaries.
- This part linked to here (at 32:22ish), shows the writing and recording of a song from the moment of concept. It’s pretty much everything I wanted my life to be in the 90s. I was very young. But I did eventually save enough to buy the guitar he writes the song with (an Ibanez JS700).