George Martin got it right when he said in a Newsweek interview:
How has technology affected the way music is produced?Today's music is missing something, with all the technical capabilities, it's missing the human soul. When I hear those electric drums I get a headache; they make me anxious and angry. I don't want to dance; I want to turn it off. I prefer the imperfections and emotions of a live drummer. Part of it is that I'm just very kinestetic; my entire body reacts to things in a hyper way.
We couldn't have done a project like this 40 years ago. I used to work with bits of tape, a razor bladeÂflying by the seat of my pants. Nowadays, you can take music like a bit of dough and squeeze it into different shapes. The manipulation of sound in digital form is fascinating. It makes things easier because you can press a switch and get the sound effects you want. But technology takes away human elements and it doesn't help the creation of new music. Laying down a bass line and adding bits on top is not the same. I've done it myself but I don't think it's the way to go. In the old days, you had to be disciplinedÂeach track was the band performing as a unit, like on a radio show. It gave you much more heart and soul.
I'd like to hear that new version of the Beatles, which is the main topic of this interview.