Every book, magazine, article on mixing I've ever read always state the same rules. Vocals center, bass center, etc........ but I'm sitting here listening to Rubber Soul by the Beatles, and those standards definitely don't apply.
I understand that they had limited technology, and tracks but their formula on Rubber Soul seems to be all the music on one side, and all vocals on the other, but they did it so well it sounds really good that way.
Did people get comfortable with these so called standards today that creativity has been lost? Back in the day of analog, the recorder, and mixer was almost like an instrument itself in the way you could manipulate sound. With a basic 4 track reel to reel you could reverse tracks, create echo, reverb. You could do some really cool stuff with them. It seems that with the convenience of new technology experimentation has gone to the way-side. Even Pink Floyd stopped doing the creative mixing, and started using the "standards".
Anybody have thoughts on this or favorite non-standard techniques that they like to use?