“Time Is Not Real”: Revitalizing Vintage Recording Techniques for the Here and Now
This project aims to revitalize vintage recording techniques in the contemporary hybrid model of music production. Modern popular music has become increasingly electronic. While the current trend is to do everything “in the box”, this project seeks to find the best balance between analog and digital. Two full length albums will be recorded and mixed focusing on blending old and new. The coloration of tape machines, analog consoles, and vintage outboard gear will collide with modern immersive audio techniques and digital editing within ProTools and Ableton Live. The first album is a 13 song collection of jazz fusion compositions performed live in studio with the MarcO Poingt Trio and was recorded on a vintage Neve console. The second album is a 9 song psychedelic rock odyssey under the name Cloudgazer, which was initially mixed in the box but finalized through a 24 track tape machine, SSL console, and various hardware compressors. The author performed on, engineered, and mixed both albums and also produced one music video to accompany one song on the Cloudgazer album. Hopefully this project will inspire fellow musicians to look back in time to find new inspiration.
Valencia (Spain) Campus
Two Albums; Analog Recording; Tape; Console
Project Componetns: project video (.mp4), reflection paper (.pdf), album (Cloudgazer) (ZIP file containing 9 .wav files), album (MarcO Poingt Trio) (ZIP file containing 13 .wav files), music video (.mp4).
Ruff, Samuel C. ““Time Is Not Real”: Revitalizing Vintage Recording Techniques for the Here and Now.” Master's Project, Berklee College of Music, 2021. https://remix.berklee.edu/graduate-studies-production-technology/306.