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Witnessing the creative process: Stephin Merritt’s “A Million Faces”

Stephin Merritt of Magnetic Fields fame created and recorded a song in two days at an NPR studio, and the song-crafting process is beautifully captured on film.

I found it interesting to watch how as the song developed its shape the tools that Merritt and the sound engineer use become more and more complex. Paper sketches are followed by the piano, then multiple analog instruments, to synthesizer, and finally to mixing and visualizing equipment.

The finished song is gorgeous.