nothing like a bit of drum editing on a monday night!
You’re hitting the nail right on the head, young Padawan. A great way to differentiate yourself in the recording world…
Thanks so much, i totally agree with feeling the intimacy with your equipment, always makes the process and product more satisfactory and enjoyable :-)
thank you so much! glad you got something out of it :)
i can’t help but feel that we should go back to our roots of making music, sometimes. not all the time, just sometimes. digital equipment is brilliant but when you hear recordings like the original Doctor Who theme music, (which was produced WAY before synthesisers became mainstream), it makes me think how we could create unusual and new sounds, through experimenting with old and perhaps forgotten techniques.
"Each note was individually created by cutting, splicing, speeding up and slowing down segments of analogue tape containing recordings of a single plucked string, white noise, and the simple harmonic waveforms of test-tone oscillators, which were used for calibrating equipment and rooms, not creating music. The main, pulsing bassline rhythm was created from a recording of a single plucked string, played over and over again in different patterns created by splicing copies of the sound, with different pitches and notes achieved by playing the sample in different speeds. The swooping melody and lower bassline layer were created by manually adjusting the pitch of oscillator banks to a carefully timed pattern. The non-swooping parts of the melody were created by playing a keyboard attached to the oscillator banks. The rhythmic hissing sounds, "bubbles" and "clouds", were created by cutting tape recordings of filtered white noise.’
how cool is that? it’s definitely inspired me to try old techniques to create something original and unusual. I was talking to my tutor about this kind of thing after he brought a guest in, and I can’t even remember how we got on to the topic, but he told me about this example and how at university, a project he was doing involved these kind of techniques. Now to me, a young person who has been exposed to mostly digital technology, it made me realise how weird it would be to not have easily editable recordings and use of such manipulatable mediums. It may be hard work and time consuming to splice and cut tape and to alter speed of recordings to produce the pitch/effect you’d like, but I can’t help but feel we sometimes fall into the trap of using preset and easy options to create sound. These presets perhaps do contribute to a lack of flair and thought, in terms of the recording and editing process. so why not start from scratch and go back to the basics once in a while?
Becoming ‘generic’ is possibly one of the biggest issues i’ve come across, when asking people about how to get a job you love in the music industry. It’s true though, if every record’s going to sound the same, it probably won’t sell! people will eventually get sick of the same thing, but on the contrary, it does, sometimes. A hell of a lot of music in the UK charts DOES sound the same! however, I always find the most timeless music is original, unusual and has special moments where even professionals may go ‘what the hell is that?’ or ‘how did they do that?’.
Maybe this is what we should strive for more often, in the recording process, and I personally think that going back to traditional recording techniques could help. even if it doesn’t you’ve lost nothing! I’m definitely not saying ‘don’t use digital EVER’. Digital opens up so many possibilities and editing options, when considering the recording process (and the beauty of the ‘undo’ button should never be underestimated!) but why not give traditional analogue editing a go? even i should take my url more seriously at times, but it’s always a nice reminder of where technology and music came from and how it may help us to create something special, unusual and brilliant, so give it a go!
Original Doctor Who Theme (1963)
1963 Doctor Who Theme Article - The Sounds of Time
so excited about this agh!!
we’re doing it to raise funds for our album (give our blog a follow?)
can’t even wait!
i’m studying music technology but yes, I write my own music and play guitar and bass guitar