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Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Changing Your Environment

We've all heard stories of people like the producer Flume who's able to make amazing music with just a laptop and a pair of headphones. I personally know of a couple of producers locally who make all of their music like this and they're doing extremely well for themselves. So how do they do this? How do they avoid the gear acquisition syndrome trap that others fall into, where it's only a new peice of equipment that makes the process of making music interesting? While no doubt a large part of this is constantly changing their methods, another large part of it is no doubt changing their environment constantly. Getting bored of a method is one thing and it's important to do weird an wonderful things, max out your CPU and discover new ways of generating cool sounds, however as Flume himself points out himself in many an interview the environment you work in is also an important part of this equation.

I often notice this when i'm asked to show a student a technique involving sound design in one of the studios at my workplace. Each studio has it's own vibe and this imparts itself on the sounds that I end up generating in demonstrating said technique. Same can be said for the company involved, depending on the student whos present it can drastically affect the outcome of the process. So next time you're feeling a bit stuck with composing or sound design, be aware of your environment. Are you opening the same softsynth in the same room by yourself and therefore getting the same results everytime? Then take your laptop into an interesting place, put your headphones on and record the ambience of the place you are in. Mangle that recording up, mix it with some synthesized sounds you've made, and in doing so see if you can interact with different and interesting people. If you can't find someone to collaborate with then show an acquiantance or even a total stranger like the clerk at the local petrol station the sound and get his or her ideas on it. This might sound weird at first but opening your process up to new environments and new people will get you significantly different results.

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