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Listening to the Garbage track, I remembered Butch Vig was the drummer--Nirvana, I wondered if they'd done any stop-starts, but on a re-listen they did more soft-LOUD as the break.  Then I thought PJ Harvey (getting Butch Vig confused with Steve Albini!)....but I was thinking, hmmm, that Garbage sound...for me comes from the early nineties--ah, The Breeders!  Cannonball, from The Last Splash (1993).  This is the track I remember full of stops and starts.  In particular at 00:19, 00:25, (sort of another as everyone but the drummer stops at 00:37), 00:57....(whole song is 3:33)

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0RiJMZQXa2o

....thinking of Polly Harvey got me thinking to Patti Smith--did she use any important pauses?  I'm not sure, but this next is worth hearing because it has a memorable intro (start) (and because I like the song! ;) (3:10):

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0brHGJ6xqbk

Okay, a last piece, Polly Harvey, I'm going to suggest the first 11 seconds (on an embedding disabled version  it lasts 32 seconds) are a long pause--you can hear a crackle, so the track has started; when will the instruments or her voice enter the soundspace?  Great pause at 00:32 to introduce her voice, the song builds, up with the volume, then down (soft LOUD soft), then a build again, then a drop, and a sudden stop on the guitar at 3:02, bass stop at 3:08, voice stop at 3:24.

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E8ZE6XK89YA

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by rg (leopold dot lepster at google mail dot com) on Fri Jun 6th, 2008 at 05:42:25 AM EST
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