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As the dust and glitter of the Mercury press carnival settles on another year I can’t help but wonder if the awards are simply about celebrating the merits of individual artists. If the Mercury Music Prize acts as some form of musical zeitgeist, what can this year’s win say more broadly about where new, contemporary music might be heading?

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During recent weeks I’ve been planning the next Prince Consort album for Linn and I’ve noticed a lot of musical parallels in differences between film and studio recording and theatre and live performance. So for my next few blog posts, I’ve decided to open the door on what goes on at a professional recording, besides eating biscuits and swearing.

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