Surrounded by the Spiral

I didn’t think it was possible that any of the very cool presents I plucked out from underneath the Christmas tree this year would be any cooler than The Sims 2 has been. This afternoon, while I was eating lunch, I found out I was wrong. I took a listen to the Dolby 5.1 Surround mix of Nine Inch Nails’ The Downward Spiral and I was absolutely blown away.

There so much stuff going on sonically in the piece that you’ve never heard before. They are the same songs, the same tracks, but with the extra speakers involved, you get to experience it in a whole new way.

Truth be told, there were some moments where I thought the levels on the satellite speakers were a bit loud, but generally I just thought the whole thing was phenomenal. “Closer” was fabulous, “A Warm Place” was sadder and more gorgeous than ever, and I think “The Becoming” got the best treatment. It just feels machine-like at the end, degrading into noise. The whole thing was a real trip.

I also got my requisite Sims 2 fix in and I just finished my first read-through of all the manuscripts we’ll be workshopping at my residency beginning a week from today, but it was listening to The Downward Spiral that really did it for me today. If you’re a fan at all, you should check it out. Or, you should come visit and I’ll play it for you.