Bang on the drum all day, any day

If you happened to have read the previous weekend’s NY Times Magazine highlighting “25 Songs That Tell Us Where Music Is Going,” you may have encountered a short article about drummer Matt Chamberlain. You can find out more about what he’s done and who he’s played for here, and then you might be interested to know how you, too, can (attempt to) get such a sound for your recordings.

If you are not a drummer or can’t entice a good one to play for you, then you may want to use the many loops Chamberlain has made available. Alternately, should you have that drummer at hand who can play in the pocket, a quick search will reveal a series of videos featuring Matt playing for esteemed engineer/producer Bob Clearmountain as a showcase of cleanly executed recording techniques.Record

Taking the simplest approach, here is the two-mic technique for those of us on a limited budget and, if you’re lucky, a really stellar drummer at the kit. 😉


In search of audio recording & editing software

Amadeus Pro 2.1.6 – Multitrack sound recorder/editor with MP3 support (free download)Record

screen800x500This is one I’ve heard of before yet haven’t used. If you have, please share your opinions/advice—thanks!

Recording: Making it easy to capture music creativity when it happens


Feeling and freedom are the most important parts of creating a new song or musical idea and you kind of have to be able to get out of your own way to let it happen. Record

Don’t think perfection; in fact don’t really think at all. To be in the moment with your music, prepare your set up in advance so it’s at the ready.

This article, “The Importance of Scratch Tracks”, has some good pointers, particularly:

“Psychologically, scratch tracks are a temporary place marker. There is no pressure. With that relaxation comes cool moments.”

“Early takes are often best….The first couple of takes will have more energy. Maybe a few imperfections, but they’re inspired. By the end you will probably notice less [sic] mistakes, but a change in tone and performance. Almost a little dull and over performed. The best performances tend to be from the beginning to middle.”

Thank you 


Quizzical: Steve Albini Says the Internet Has Saved Music

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Steve Albini at Face The Music, Melbourne. Photo credit: Jayden Ostwald

Steve Albini: the internet has solved the problem with music by Monica Tan, The Guardian

Tan notes that Albini possesses rare optimism on the state of the industry; that “the internet has offered a way of creating a sustainable career.” That much I can respect, as artists are taking their careers into their own hands now more than ever before. Tan also notes…

“…(on) copyright: …we should let go of all attempts to exert control over the distribution of works once they are released. He uses that word “release” in a literal sense – like “a bird or a fart.”

I suppose that depends on your standing in the business; many will take issue with it. See The Guardian link for related comments and join the dialogue.

Note as well this article discovered at BoingBoing, where artist/writer Molly Crabapple lays out “rules for creative success in the Internet age.” Specifically, her final words:

“The Internet will not save creators.

Social media will not save us. Companies will not save us. Crowd-funding will not save us. Grants will not save us. Patrons will not save us.

Nothing will save us but ourselves and each other.

Now make some beautiful things.”