“I’ve been thinking about doing this for a long time,” Steven Wilson told me backstage about an hour before his groundbreaking live quad show unfolded at the Performing Arts Center at Temple University in Philadelphia on Saturday, November 12. “And what I’ve gone for on this tour is what I’m calling ‘sound design.’ I wanted to present ambient textures in the back channels.” You can read my live review to find out just how well Wilson executed his plan.
In the 17-minute exclusive interview below, Wilson further details the choices he made for this unprecedented live quad tour, plus he details the 40th anniversary stereo and 5.1 mixes for Jethro Tull’s Aqualung and hints at what he might do next. Enjoy this A/V postcard from us to you...
Mike Mettler has been Editor-In-Chief of Sound + Vision since January 2006, and has been on staff since (gulp) 1989. An unrepentant audiophile, he spends many a sleepless night trying to reconcile his undying love for vinyl records with his iPod and iPad obsessions. Someday, he hopes to own a turquoise 1967 Mustang fastback.
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