With your iPad at hand, here’s a chance to get your songwriting and production skills into action. Music Producer Chris Lee Ramsden, follows the Lars Von Trier footsteps for electronic musicians, creating the manifesto for rUbba nEck. Interested? Read on…
Music production can be a long, tortuous process. But it doesn’t have to be. Most of the Beatles’ songs were recorded on a four-track. Most of the jazz classics used even less. And what about all those Elvis tunes?
For producers of electronic music, who have to create sounds as well as compose, arrange and record tracks, imposing limitations on tools and time can be a godsend. Some of the early house and techno productions were made with tools that were very primitive by today’s standards. The processing power was mostly in the heads of the producers.
English electronic producers Rick Smith, Karl Hyde and DJ Darren Price, aka Underworld, used very little gear to produce seminal works such as Cowgirl and Born Slippy back in 1993. Rick Smith claims the lack of tools forced Underworld to be inventive with what they had. And, with limited resources, they got to know their gear inside-out. Smith’s relationship to his project studio was like Miles Davies’ relationship to his trumpet.
Feeling comfortable with your instrument is essential. You can’t release all your creativity if you’re sweating it out on a steep stretch of learning curve. You only have so much energy. But one thing you can do is simplify your toolbox. Pare it down to the essentials, until all you’re left with is your own creative juices.
That’s what award-winning Danish film maker, Lars Von Trier, achieved with his DOGME concept. He, and fellow director Thomas Vinterberg, made rules that pared down the film making toolbox, forcing film crews to use their skill, craft and imagination to capture shots and produce films. Although only a few DOGME films have been made, nearly all of them have garnered media attention, attracted audiences and won awards.
And now, electronic musicians have the rUbba nEck Manifesto.
A rubber necker is someone who slows down and turns their head to get a good look as they drive past a road accident. Make of that what you will, but you can find out more about the rUbba nEck Manifesto on the rUbba nEck blog. All you need is an iPad, a couple of hours and, once you get started, a sackful of ideas.