2 years and counting

Here at home

There are still bands around who would like to spend over 2 years in the studio. Why is that? Is that because the record company thinks it should be done perfectly? Is it because you feel insecure?

Sure, if you only release an album once in a while it should be done as good as you can. But the downside is that you start hating your own music and it will cost you a lot of money and life energy.

Many modern albums sound bad anyway, no matter how much time is spend on them. Most of the time a mastering engineer ruins the album at the mastering stage. Check some modern CD’s and you’ll see what I mean. Latest U2 for example: seriously bad sounding. I can’t listen to it. Zero dynamics, everything is SCREAMING!

There you go: power to the blogging musician. A musician who’s not afraid to finish stuff quickly, not afraid to have a lofi sound, but one who’s at least concerned about dynamics. A person who loves remixing and building on the past.

Things are changing fast the last couple of years. Let me tell you this: I am far more interested in the creations of independent artists using Creative Commons licenses than those overproduced albums which are trying to sound louder than someone else’s album. And yes: I stopped buying those. My only exception of the last couple weeks: Scritti’s ‘White Bread, Black Beer’.

Just do it: create music and put it on the Internet. People are waiting to become your fan, your friend and to step into your niche.

Who needs a high-tech studio thesedays? Metallica, that’s right. Make that a high-tech studio plus expensive therapist 🙂

But do you need that too for your art? Do you really need to spend 2 years in an expensive studio to make something which people will play in their car, on their computers, their iPods or burn onto CD’s?

4 Responses to 2 years and counting

  1. Yann Seznec June 26, 2006 at 7:42 pm #

    very true!

    on top of it, I find that spending time in studios is quite anti-creative. making and recording music in a comfortable space always makes for better results, in my opinion…even if you can hear the occasional car driving by!

  2. Marco Raaphorst June 26, 2006 at 8:14 pm #

    Yes, I totally agree. The more expensive a studio, the more boring it is to me.

    Same for guitars and amps: I love old guitars and amps. Including the dusk 🙂

  3. Eroick June 29, 2006 at 8:55 pm #

    All people need to get started is a cheap microphone and maybe so adapters. If they just want to record guitar, they only need adapters. If they want better quality all it takes is a better soundcard and a condenser mic. With new technology, you can get your own studio for very little!

  4. Marco Raaphorst June 30, 2006 at 7:18 am #

    Sure, creating your own studio is very cheap thesedays!

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