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Magazine for sound engineers with a lot of technical info about the recording process of “The Magic Whip”. Interviews with Stephen Street and Stephen Sedgwick.

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Cracking the whip

The only way for Blur to make a new album was by pretending they weren’t. Without any pressure to perform, The Magic Whip’s template was cobbled together in a secret Hong Kong jam session. But it took a pair of Stephen Street and Sedgwick, to whip them into shape.

While band breakups can get messy, there’s also no easy script for getting back together. Besides being able to stand each other, the main challenge for reformed acts is to regain artistic credibility.

Most sidestep producing any significant new material. The moneys in the touring and reissues anyway, so why taint a perfectly good back catalogue. Especially one that’s aged beyond criticism. Blur had walked this well-trodden path ever since the band officially reformed at the end of 2008. Until recently, all the band had released since then were three singles. An attempt at recording more new material with producer William Orbit — who had produced their last effort as a four-piece, I3, and had a hand in the band’s last album before the final split, Think Thank — was aborted. Read More

‘It’s a bit more Monty Python than Disney’

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Possessed with a richly fertile imagination, he constantly nurtures a mind-boggling range of produce. Blur, Gorillaz, The Good, the Bad & the Queen, solo recordings, Africa Express and ambitious stage enterprises.
This year, he’s tended to a blooming brilliant new Blur album, The Magic Whip, but his primary focus is wonder.land, a musical that re-imagines Lewis Carroll’s Alice In Wonderland. Read More

‘My daughter’s phone obsession inspired Alice in Wonderland musical.’

Blur star reworks Alice in online world but says he shuns social media.

Albarn, who created the show with Buffini and National Theatre director Rufus Norris, said:

“The moment we started talking about this, with my daughter it felt like she had got on a cruise liner to the other side of the world via her phone so I was pretty upset. Read More