August 8, 2012
When reporting on EDM festivals previously I have taken the perspective of a rock fan at an electronic music show. While it would be enjoyable to write here about Identity Festival the same way I wrote about Ultra, it seems the blog I wrote from that perspective has been imitated by others reporting on the festival. While I will take that as flattery, it seems redundant at this point to take an outsider’s perspective. In fact I have been immersed in the EDM sound for over a year now (a little late to the party I know) as well as the production it takes to craft a festival worthy track (only witnessed and not a party to). With a better understanding of the music, sub genre after sub genre, and the supporters of the EDM scene, it seems more appropriate to give you all a review of the festival …
June 18, 2012
It is probably a funny word choice that keeps the recording field intimidating to the casual observer, or the hopeful novice; but the act of building songs in the world of sequencers and synthesizers has long been stored under the catch all term of “programming.” The word probably becomes more accurate or inaccurate depending on how one chooses to equip one’s studio. The controllerists can easily imagine themselves as device wrangling borgs from outer space as they tie feature after feature to conveniently placed knobs and indulge in wild bursts of inspired creativity after a hard day of device building. On the other hand, the guy sitting with an acoustic guitar and a microphone probably looks at what they do as simply recording.
Programming has always been what I called it, but I also started at a time when a hardware sequencer was tied to hardware synths, drum machines and …