Here we are! Video numero uno. I'll keep it short.
In this blog series I'm challenging myself to compete with a online mastering algorithm. Being in a quiet room by yourself for hours on end can start to feel a bit weird, so why not throw some fun in the mix? My current opponent is the new Lydian engine from the brilliant minds at LANDR.
Let’s talk about Picasso.
Most people know of him as an artist and painter. And rightly so. 95% of his known art is oil on canvas. Although Picasso was at his best while painting, his art manifested themselves in many other forms.
He wrote several plays, designed sets for ballet, and sculpted with wood, clay, and wax. On his death bed he drew on his X-Ray developments.
I hate karaoke. With a passion.
I’ve found there are two ways to win at that miserable game—neither of which I’m capable of.
- Wow the crowd with your incredible pipes
- Sing just bad enough and make it funny
After slogging through Bohemian Rhapsody, here are a few things I’m muttering to myself on the walk of shame back to a now lukewarm Shiner:
We’re surrounded by cycles.
Winter follows Autumn. January brings a clean slate. Rest gives birth to meaningful work.
Rhythm can be found even in mundane objects—like sponges. I think this porous sage has much to teach us about how we grow. Sponges prove themselves useful through three life stages: soaking, synthesizing, and sharing.
LANDR, an AI based online mastering service, has caused quite the stir in the worldwide music community. Several rival factions have taken up arms on audio forums worldwide.
The three main reactions are as follows:
It seems now that if you have an internet connection you can learn anything. Basketweaving, fencing, proper haiku recitation. You name it, someone probably has a YouTube channel dedicated to teaching it.
Although I'm all for everyone being able to share their approach to making music, there's a ton of content to sift through.
I read this quote a few weeks ago and couldn't get it out of my head: "According to ancient theory of art, the practice of sculpting has less to do with fashioning a figure of one’s choosing than with being able to see in the stone the figure waiting to be liberated. The sculptor imposes nothing but only frees what is held captive in stone."
Have you ever been trapped in a discussion with a conversational narcissist? Not only can you not get a word in, but everything they say revolves around their own little world. If you hear that lame story about almost meeting John Stamos one more time you'll throw up in your mouth.
Nobody likes talking to these people.
Ok, I know what you're thinking: what the heck do equalizers and ice sculptors have in common?
These artisans always start with the same raw material: a giant block of ice. After having a vision for what they want to transform to the block into, they use several specialized tools to slowly chip away at the block until they're happy with its shape.
It's time to shake things up a bit in the mastering world.
Over the next (at least) 10 weeks, I will be taking on a weekly challenge while mastering a track.
I will be purposely making myself have to do without some tools, use crazy processing, or be under time constraints and see if I can still come out with a great sounding master.
Sounds crazy? Find out next Monday.