The music-making process has always revolved around our individual creativity and imagination. Now more than ever, we need to find tools that compliment our artistic workflow, not complicate it. Today’s technology can be one of the most effective tools in making our music but it can also become the biggest hurdle in creating music that still feels musical. These ongoing blog posts explore the role of technology in creating art through the marriage of words & music and seek to clarify the more geeky details that can cloud your creative mindset.
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Develop a creative workflow and then find technology that will compliment your process, not complicate it. Remember that the level of quality in our music has to be preserved by the songwriters and the musicians, not the tools.
When used wisely, technology can be an incredibly effective tool for creating new music but it can also become the biggest hurdle in creating music that still feels musical. There must be a balance between efficiency and originality. We need to find tools to enhance our creativity, not to restrict, and certainly not to replace our creativity.
I've posted a short video showing how you can quickly get your phone or tablet set up for recording your voice and instruments onto individual tracks that can then be easily shared and downloaded across multiple platforms. Get started making more music, more often!
While many people already know how to save their finished song as a single stereo file to iTunes, fewer may be familiar with the process of properly exporting multi-track files from iOS GarageBand to collaborate with other musicians, producers, and mix engineers.
While workflows will vary from project to project and personal preferences always play a role, there are some items that are simply required. I've separated these from the "nice to have" items but often times it's several small things that will add up to either keep the project moving forward or to rob it of your time, money, and objectivity.
When inspiration strikes, you need to be able to easily capture your ideas with whatever device you have with you. For more and more people, this is becoming an Android phone.