n.c. wrote:I started my home studio so that I could play around with different ideas for arrangements and sounds and performances / approaches. I still basically write the music, then record it, but having the access to the studio all the time and being able to try different things out in the recording and mixing stages is a huge influence on how stuff ends up sounding.
cgc wrote:Maybe you are aware of this, but Eno wrote an essay with nearly the exact title you are using:
http://music.hyperreal.org/artists/bria ... beat79.htm
He also wrote a shorter piece on assembling a studio:
http://music.hyperreal.org/artists/bria ... k-75a.html
Eric Tamm's book about Eno has Tamm relating studio techniques to compositional methods for a number of Eno rock and ambient pieces. The fact that Tamm timed the loops of 2/1 on 'Music for Airports' is particularly impressive.
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/ ... 35-8058202
Also, my friends Bruce Gilbert and Graham Lewis of Wire have a long and interesting history of using the studio as an instrument. A good summary of their exploits can be found in Kevin Eden's book on Wire.
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/de ... ce&s=books
You might also want to work in ideas from Stockhausen and Xenkais, and mention innovators like Lee 'Scratch' Perry and Keith Hudson who have done more towards making the mixing console a tool than just about anyone on the planet (save Rupert Neve).
Tamm's book in the unconscionable Microsoft Word .doc format. Now you can ponder the delightfully simple chord progression of 'The Big Ship' and realize exactly why conventional notation misses the entire nature of music.
Jon wrote:the beatles 'invented' the flanger effect whilst at abbey road, by dicking around with tape machines and sticking pencils in them. is that composition, though?
blue wrote:The Beatles definately utilyzed the studio as an instrument or compositional tool. I know they used to have several tape loops running through the mixer and then bring up different levels as if playing an instrument.
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