Creativity through Recording Technology
Recently I’ve discovered a new outlet for my creativity… or should I say a combination of skills (passions) that are resulting in new-found creative expression. Vivian and I have been “working” on a CD recording project for the last several years. It’s about half finished. We’d been working with a producer (an old friend) who lives in Golden, Colorado––a six hour drive from where we live. It has been very difficult to find the time, let alone the money to finish the project.
A few weeks ago at the request of a friend and neighbor, Viv and I decided to record a version of one of her songs called “Seeking Mercy.” We did, and it came out beautifully. It suddenly occurred to me (duhhh!) that the Pro Tools editing skills that I’d been honing through producing our weekly radio show Art of the Song, could be transferred to recording a John & Viv CD. I had been laboring under the misconception that we needed an outside producer to get a good quality recording. With the advancements in technology and new plug-ins, Pro Tools updated version 8 gives me an incredible recording studio in our home. Drum sounds, B3 organ, synth, and guitar amp modeling are but a few of the new tools available to the Pro Tools 8 user. And, I’m learning to be a pretty good producer myself!
This technology and my editing skills combined with with my guitar playing and singing have opened an incredible opportunity for creative expression. I see our collection of guitars (half of which I made) and the Pro Tools sounds as a virtual palette of colors and brushes with which to sonically paint on my digital canvass. Now fully committed to a new John & Viv CD, I find myself working in my digital lab for hours while Vivian goes to her acting classes. Starting at 10:30 in the morning, I often look up and it’s mid afternoon and I hadn’t even taken a lunch break. Time seems to stand still while I am immersed in the recording process. This must be the “flow” spoken of when one is truly engaged in a creative act.
I’m incredibly grateful to have discovered this new passion and expression for music, and will keep you updated as to the progress of the recording project.