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Dead Can Dance Member ‘Hates’ Their Recordings

7 February 2013 | 9:11 am | Sally Anne Hurley

Lisa Gerrard is her own toughest critic.

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One half of world music pioneers Dead Can Dance has admitted she's “never been happy” with any of the band's recordings.

In a recent interview, Lisa Gerrard expressed her less than excited feelings towards the 'sequenced and static” process of recording music.

“I really don't feel that the albums capture my best moments. I always feel like they are my worst moments. I have never been happy with any of the recordings I have done – I hate them! I always feel so much happier playing live. It is an extraordinary opportunity to work with the energy of live musicians. Then there is that wonderful energy in the room that is created uniquely by every audience. There are so many factors involved that bring light, excitement and electricity to a live performance. Even if the tuning isn't fabulous or whatever, it is so much more exciting. Recording in a studio is very sequenced and static. You keep doing performances over and over again that strive to be accurate and perfect in a sense, but sometimes I think [recording] lacks the magic of a live performance.”

Gerrard also gave insight her bond with fellow DCD member Brendan Perry and why they reunited to make Anastasis, their first album since 1998.

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“It was almost like an unfinished puzzle. I often think of music as a problem that you solve. You have a series of chaotic things that you put together to try to solve a kind of mathematical equation that leads you to a place with a wonderful bond of sympathy with soulful tissue, you know. So the thing is I met Brendan when I was seventeen, and when we started to think about music it was clear that we had such an incredible vision for what we wanted to do with the music. What drove us is that we formed this bond of sympathy for the work and that we have a very similar kind of excitement and passion for the music. We both were passionate about wanting to explore new ideas and music.”

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