Bytes and Backbeats: Repurposing Music in the Digital Age by Steve Savage

By Steve Savage

From Attali’s “cold social silence” to Baudrillard’s hallucinatory truth, reproduced tune has lengthy been the objective of severe assault. Steve Savage, in spite of the fact that, deploys an leading edge mixture of designed recording initiatives, ethnographic reports of up to date track perform, and demanding research to problem a lot of those conventional attitudes concerning the production and reception of track. Savage adopts the inspiration of “repurposing” as crucial to knowing how each element of musical task, from construction to reception, has been reworked, arguing that the stress inside of creation among a naturalizing “art” and a self-conscious “artifice” displays and feeds into our evolving notions of creativity, authenticity, and community.

Three unique audio initiatives shape a vital part of the paintings, drawing from rock & roll, jazz, and conventional African tune. via those initiatives, Savage is ready to objective components of up to date perform which are relatively major within the cultural evolution of the musical event from the viewpoint of composers, musicians, and listeners. This paintings stems from Savage’s event as a certified recording engineer and checklist producer.

“Instead of focusing exclusively on felony points, as many authors have performed, Savage takes the time to check not just how applied sciences have altered the way in which we make and eat song, but additionally how expertise pertains to tradition. This stability among ‘empirical’ and ‘critical’ methods is powerful.”
— Serge Lacasse, Université Laval

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Yet the new technologies that allow the relatively easy “‹xing” of human performance and “humanizing” of electronically constructed performances challenge long-standing practices and prejudices. And it is in part because of revolutionary technologies that popular music enjoys a kind of creative renewal. The studio study (chapter 2) explores other new elements of music construction generated by DAW-based technology. I examine the intersection of the technical part of the recording process with some of the sounds that singers make outside of the essential verbal elements that create the words they sing.

By doing this I had a tempo map that represented the “ideal time” when the Application Study performances were made. This was the “correct” beat structure that the drummer was conforming to when laying the initial drum track. I then used another feature of Beat Detective to slice all of the various drum tracks into separate regions,6 setting a variety of parameters to help it make “intelligent” decisions about how to read the transients and divide the performance into various beat-related elements.

The following rambling comment by prominent contemporary rock producer John Goodmanson indicates that the dif‹culty one may have in balancing personal aesthetics with success, and with the perceived demands of the marketplace, may affect the musical process in the studio: I wind up doing it instrument by instrument more now I think than I used to. I think that just has to do with how bands play together [since] I work with younger bands and now it’s more major label stuff, so being closer to perfect is sort of more important than it used to be.

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